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Pakistan registered a 72-run victory over Afghanistan in the third match of the Asia Cup 2014 at Fatullah on Thursday. Chasing a target of 249, the Afghan batting collapsed after a cautious approach from in the middle. Pakistan spinners did the trick by annihilating the batsmen until the batting fell apart. By virtue of this big win, Pakistan have secured a bonus point and have raced to the top of the points table. But Pakistan will have to thank Umar Akmal for keeping their hopes alive as a top-order collapse left them at a precarious position.
Afghanistan would do well taking some lessons from some players who special in run-chases. There was hardly any calculated risk or effort to keep the scoreboard moving with the singles and twos. In the end, Pakistan’s score turned out to be a tall score to chase down.
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