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Feb 27, 2104
Noor Ali and Asghar Stanikzai steadied the Afghanistan innings in the chase of 249. Stanikzai has been cautious and has struggled to score freely. Afghanistan are 60 for in in 16 overs. Ali has been free flowing in his innings. Afghanistan require 189 runs to win in 34 overs.
Afghanistan had got off to a rollicking start with Shahzad flicking the first ball of the match for a boundary. However, it was Noor Ali who did most of the scoring playing some stylish glances and on-drives. The pacers looked ineffective as the pitch offered no movement and there was hardly any swing as well.
Just when it looked the pacers were being taken for a ride, Shahzad got a short of good length ball which rose on him and probably got a feather edge off the bat on it way to the wicketkeeper’s gloves. Umpire Billy Bowden took a lot of time before raising his crooked finger.
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