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Pakistan vs Afghanistan - Super Four, Match 2

Series: Asia Cup 2018
Venue: Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Date & Time: 21 September 2018

Pakistan 258/7 (49.3 Ovs) RR: 5.21 | Pakistan won by 3 wkts


Batsman R B 4s 6s
Fakhar Zaman lbw Mujeeblbw Mujeeb0600
Imam-ul-Haq runout runout 8010451
Babar Azam stumped Rashid Khanstumped Rashid Khan669441
Haris Sohail c Ihsanullah & b Mujeebc Ihsanullah & b Mujeeb132110
Shoaib Malik Not OutNot Out514331
Sarfraz Ahmed bowled Naibbowled Naib81200
Asif Ali c Aftab Alam & b Rashid Khanc Aftab Alam & b Rashid Khan7601
Mohammad Nawaz bowled Rashid Khanbowled Rashid Khan10801
Hasan Ali Not OutNot Out6301
Shaheen Afridi dnbdnb0000
Usman Khan dnbdnb0000
Extras 17 (b 2, lb 2, w 13, nb 0)
Total 258 (7 Wkts, 49.3 Ov)
Fall of Wickets
0-1 (Fakhar Zaman,0.6), 154-2 (Imam-ul-Haq,33.3), 158-3 (Babar Azam,35.1), 194-4 (Haris Sohail,41.1), 216-5 (Sarfraz Ahmed,44.6), 226-6 (Asif Ali,46.3), 242-7 (Mohammad Nawaz,48.3),
BowlingO M R WEcon
Mujeeb Ur Rahman10 2 33 2 3.30
Aftab Alam9.3 1 64 0 6.88
Gulbadin Naib10 0 61 1 6.10
Mohammad Nabi10 0 50 0 5.00
Rashid Khan10 0 46 3 4.60
Mohammad Shahzad0 0 0 0 0
Ihsanullah Janat0 0 0 0 0
Rahmat Shah0 0 0 0 0
Hashmatullah Shahidi0 0 0 0 0
Asghar Afghan0 0 0 0 0
Najibullah Zadran0 0 0 0 0


Spare a thought for Afghanistan who came so close to taking down yet another giant in ODI cricket. They fought valiantly, but it wasn't to be. Pakistan have prevailed. Phew.. just the kind of game to spark the Asia Cup to life. That's all from us here. Good night!

Malik, MoM: Being a senior player, the goal was to bat to the 50th over. That was the only thing. At one stage the required rate was 10, but I kept telling myself to play till the last over. Even good bowlers, when they're bowling at the end, the situation is different. As batsmen we can charge them. Would like to congratulate them. Everyday they've been improving. I think they're a great side.

Sarfraz, Pakistan captain: We were shaken. Credit to Imam, Babar and the way Shoaib played towards the end, that was fantastic. The spinners they have, I reckon they're the best in the world. Against them, to chase 250 in these conditions, you have to bat out of your skins. Shadab couldn't pass his fitness test. Got a lot of confidence the way we won today. Team has been motivated by this performance. Our fielding has improved in last one and a half years, but today it went awry.

Asghar Afghan, Afghanistan captain: I congratulate Pakistan, they played really well. It was tough and thrilling. The crowd enjoyed the game. It is the first game in this Asia Cup - close game. Lot of credit to Babar and Imam. They played very well and built a crucial partnership. If you give a chance to a senior player like Malik, it's difficult. Malik chased down and they won the game. Today, Hashmatullah and myself played well and we wanted 240+. Our fielding and medium-pacers let us down. I think on this type of track, Rashid is good. 4 overs 40 is tough to score and that's why we went with the same plan, but they played very well.

23:50 Local Time, 19:50 GMT, 01:20 IST: Shoaib Malik punches the air in delight. On a night where things got too close for comfort for Pakistan, he has shown what a champion he is and how badly they need his experience in tricky situations. When to attack, which bowler to target, which bowler to see off, this was just a lesson in finishing off a game. Pakistan appeared to be in control with the 154-run stand between Imam-ul-Haq and Babar Azam, but the pace at which they went meant that the batsmen to follow were always going to be under pressure against Rashid Khan. That's where Malik was instrumental in taking it deep and keeping his cool. He wasn't going to be denied, much to the agony of Alam who is devastated.

Aftab Alam to Shoaib Malik, FOUR, full ball on middle and leg, another poor delivery, and it's game over! Malik swipes it past short fine leg for the win. Sarfraz is pumped on the balcony, while Aftab Alam is in tears
Aftab Alam to Shoaib Malik, SIX, shocker from Alam, a waist-high short ball on leg stump which is pulled away witheringly into the crowd. Malik showing his class. It's now 4 from 4
Aftab Alam to Shoaib Malik, no run, Alam hits his mark. It's almost in the blockhole, no chance for Malik to get under the ball as he targets the mid-off region. Squeezed away into the off-side, declines the single

It's come down to 10 off the final over. Aftab Alam in a long conference with the Asghar Afghan. They've decided on keeping mid-off in the ring. Malik on strike

Rashid Khan to Hasan Ali, no run, oh almost! It's the googly from Rashid which slips past the inside edge and is a whisker away from knocking over off
Rashid Khan to Hasan Ali, no run, swings again but misses! The ball skidding through from a length and hurtling past off stump
Rashid Khan to Hasan Ali, SIX, Hasan Ali swings his first ball for a big six! Crazy. He may or may not have picked which way it was spinning, but he bent his back knee and bludgeoned it as hard as he could. Got enough meat on it

Hasan Ali, right handed bat, comes to the crease

Rashid Khan to Mohammad Nawaz, out Bowled!! Rashid Khan delivers. He has cleaned up Nawaz. What an ill-fated heave! Pushed through on a length, skids through right under Nawaz's bat as he swipes across the line. Rashid spreads his arms and twirls his wrist. Mohammad Nawaz b Rashid Khan 10(8) [6s-1]

Rashid Khan to Mohammad Nawaz, THAT'S OUT!! Bowled!!

Rashid Khan to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, dances down but maybe he got a little too close to the ball, hence couldn't get much elevation. Dragged off the inside half to deep midwicket
Rashid Khan to Mohammad Nawaz, 1 run, darted in on middle and leg, Nawaz pulls it with the turn to deep square leg

This has to be the over for Afghanistan. Rashid with his last

Aftab Alam to Mohammad Nawaz, 1 run, goes back to the yorker and nails it. All Nawaz can do is dig it out for a single
Aftab Alam to Mohammad Nawaz, SIX, clubbed into the stands! Alam goes for the back of a length slower ball to Nawaz and gets heaved over wide long-on. He did so well with the full length to Malik, not sure this was the right move
Aftab Alam to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, cracking yorker on middle, squeezed away into the off-side
Aftab Alam to Shoaib Malik, 2 runs, the length is good from Alam, it's nice and full. But Malik has made room to carve it through extra cover. Excellent cricket. It's cut off at the boundary, but it's an easy two

Tense faces in the crowd. Alam is taking his time here to think about his plans

Aftab Alam to Mohammad Nawaz, 1 run, slower ball on off, Nawaz tries slugging it away but can only mistime it down to long-on
Aftab Alam to Mohammad Nawaz, no run, speared in full on off, punched straight back to Alam

Aftab Alam [8.0-1-43-0] is back into the attack

Wow this is going down to the wire, isn't it! Who's your money on?

Rashid Khan to Shoaib Malik, 2 runs, fired in quick, almost in the blockhole from Rashid. Malik squeezes it through midwicket. They realize that the deep fielder has to cover a lot of ground while running in, get back on their horse for the second run. Excellent running
Rashid Khan to Mohammad Nawaz, 1 run, an inside edge onto pad again as Nawaz tries to defend this leg-break, rolls away in front of backward point
Rashid Khan to Mohammad Nawaz, no run, back of a length on middle, turns back into Nawaz who gets a thick inside edge onto pad

Mohammad Nawaz, left handed bat, comes to the crease

Poor game awareness from Pakistan. They haven't even crossed over

Rashid Khan to Asif Ali, out Caught by Aftab Alam!! Rashid Khan strikes back! It was the leg-break this time, fired in a little wide outside off. Asif Ali threw his hands looking to swing it down the ground but it spun on him ever so slightly. He ends up slicing it down to long-off. Asif Ali c Aftab Alam b Rashid Khan 7(6) [6s-1]

Rashid Khan to Asif Ali, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

Rashid Khan to Asif Ali, SIX, he has absolutely dismantled this googly! Goes down on one knee and smokes it over deep midwicket. What a brutal hit
Rashid Khan to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, back of a length, Malik picks the leg-break and clips it through midwicket. Still happy to play him off. Or maybe Asif Ali will take the chances

Rashid Khan [8.0-0-28-1] is back into the attack

It's 39 from 24 and Rashid has two overs left. Afghanistan might have just edged ahead in this game, but Pakistan have Malik out there. Geez this is close

Mujeeb to Asif Ali, no run, almost chops it back onto leg stump! Pressure right on Pakistan here. Back of a length, snakes back in and it's another inside edge from Asif Ali, this time on the back foot. Just past leg stump
Mujeeb to Asif Ali, no run, looks to slog-sweep the googly, but it doesn't even get off the pitch after he drags it onto the pad off a thick inside edge
Mujeeb to Asif Ali, no run, fired in on middle, turned wide of midwicket who dives across to stop


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