Live Updates

  • 3:13 PM IST

    Live – AFG 150/1, 18.3 overs; Shahzad 80, Mangal 34: That is it! Afganistan qualify for the final of Desert T20 2017, thanks to Shahzad’s fiery knock of 80. However, the second semi-final will be played between Scotland and Ireland. And whoever wins between them will face Afghanistan for the ultimate encounter.

  • 2:17 PM IST

    Live – AFG 119/1, 15 overs; Shahzad 67, Stanikzai 15: Shahzad has gone bonkers. He has smashed Oman bowlers to pulp, smashing a stunning half-century. They now need 31 off 30.

  • 1:48 PM IST

  • 1:14 PM IST

  • 12:56 PM IST

  • 12:43 PM IST

    Live – Oman 95/5, 15 overs; Nawaz 10: 2 more wickets in the last 5 wickets. Maqsood goes for 33, while Lalcheta was dismissed for 33. However, it all depends on how Afghanistan bowl in the last 5 overs.

  • 12:38 PM IST

  • 12:18 PM IST

    Live – Oman 63/3, 10 overs; Nawaz 1, Maqsood 29: 35 runs and 2 wickets in the last 5 overs. Afghanistan have managed to keep things quiet despite Maqsood going greats guns in the sixth wicket. But Oman still have a chance, as there isn’t much on offer for the bowlers.

  • 11:59 AM IST

    Live – Oman 28/1, 5 overs; Ilyas 12, Maqsood 8: Brilliant bowling display by Afghanistan, keeping a lid on the runs. They have not given away easy boundaries, sticking to their game plan. However, they need to take more wickets to dent Oman’s spirit.

  • 11:34 AM IST

    AFG XI: Stanikzai*, Mangal, Shahzad, Nabi, Shinwari, D.Zadran, Gulbadin, N.Zadran, Arman, Hamza, Malik

    Oman XI: Sultan*, Maqsood, Lalcheta, Ali, M.Naseem, M.Khan, K.Khan, Nadeem, B.Khan, Ilyas, Kaleemullah

  • 11:32 AM IST

    TOSS: Afghanistan elect to field.

  • 11:32 AM IST
    This never gets old.

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Hello, good morning and welcome to CricketCountry’s live cricket blog and updates of the first semi-final between Afghanistan and Oman in the ongoing Desert T20 2017 tournament. Afghanistan will be considered as red-hot favourites for a place in the final of the Desert T20 2017, since they have registered comprehensive victories in all matches of the tournament so far. This is the final day of the one-week long tournament, and all the three business-end matches will be played on Friday itself. It will begin with the first semi-final, where a sturdy Afghanistan will be pitted against Oman. The pressure will particularly on Oman, who will be barely able to catch a proper night’s sleep after their match against Scotland today. Their match against Afghanistan, the giants of the tournament, will begin in less than 12 hours after the Scotland match, and if Oman somehow win that, they will play the final — their third match in 24 hours.

The first semi-final will be played in the morning and the next in the afternoon. The final will be organised later on Friday night, which would surely test the fitness and temperament of all the contesting teams in the shortest format of the game. The final will also help in determining which team among Afghanistan, Oman, Ireland and Scotland are strong enough to bear the pressure of workload. Afghanistan and Ireland have advanced into the semi-finals after ending up at the first two spots in the Points Table of the Desert T20 2017 tournament.

While Afghanistan had 6 points with 3 impressive matches which they all won. Ireland, on the other hand, won. In Group B, while Scotland sat pretty at the first position with 6 points in 3 matches, Oman finished second in the race with 2.