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Pakistan vs Afghanistan - Super Four, Match 2

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

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

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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.

49.3
4
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
49.2
6
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
49.1
0
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

48.6
0
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
48.5
0
Rashid Khan to Hasan Ali, no run, swings again but misses! The ball skidding through from a length and hurtling past off stump
48.4
6
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

48.3
0
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!!

48.2
1
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
48.1
1
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

47.6
1
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
47.5
6
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
47.4
1
Aftab Alam to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, cracking yorker on middle, squeezed away into the off-side
47.3
2
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

47.2
1
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
47.1
0
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?

46.6
2
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
46.5
1
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
46.4
0
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

46.3
0
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!!

46.2
6
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
46.1
1
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

45.6
0
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
45.5
0
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
45.4
0
Mujeeb to Asif Ali, no run, fired in on middle, turned wide of midwicket who dives across to stop
45.3
1
Mujeeb to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, probably the googly, turns it into the pads, Malik clips it to deep midwicket
45.2
1
Mujeeb to Asif Ali, 1 run, pushed through flat outside off, back of a length, Asif Ali dabs it through backward point
45.1
1
Mujeeb to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, works it calmly down to long-on

Mujeeb Ur Rahman [9.0-2-30-2] is back into the attack

Asif Ali, right handed bat, comes to the crease

44.6
0
Naib to Sarfraz, out Bowled!! Sarfraz has missed a juicy full toss altogether! He made room looking to carve it through the covers, but instead got his stumps flattened. What a bonus that for Afghanistan. Sarfraz b Naib 8(12)

Naib to Sarfraz, THAT'S OUT!! Bowled!!

44.5
1
Naib to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, well bowled. Gets it almost in the blockhole, squeezed away down to long-on
44.5
1
Naib to Shoaib Malik, wide, the slower ball goes well wide outside off, big wide
44.4
1
Naib to Sarfraz, 1 run, slower ball outside off, patted towards point
44.3
1
Naib to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, full toss outside off, sliced to the right of backward point who dives and makes a half-stop
44.3
1
Naib to Shoaib Malik, wide, down the leg-side from Naib
44.2
1
Naib to Sarfraz, 1 run, a clean gather from Naib and Sarfraz was gone! Dragged to midwicket who was quickly onto the ball this time which meant that Sarfraz was struggling at the bowler's end. Naib does well to get back from his followthrough and the throw is a decent one too, but he doesn't collect it
44.1
1
Naib to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, low full toss, chipped towards midwicket, lands short of him. They go through for one

Gulbadin Naib [9.0-0-54-0] is back into the attack

43.6
1
Rashid Khan to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, punched off the back foot to long-on. Smart batting. They've taken five off the over, which isn't bad at all against Rashid
43.5
2
Rashid Khan to Shoaib Malik, 2 runs, stays back to a length ball and nudges it softly in front of deep midwicket. This is good cricket from the Pakistan veteran, showing the value of his experience
43.4
0
Rashid Khan to Shoaib Malik, no run, shoulders arms to a ball that was well outside off to begin with. It was the googly which came in but Malik's off stump was never in danger
43.3
1
Rashid Khan to Sarfraz, 1 run, he picked the googly there and went for a hard pull, doesn't quite get it right. Mistimes it through square leg
43.2
1
Rashid Khan to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, back of a length, Malik gives himself time by camping back and then punches it to long-on
43.1
0
Rashid Khan to Shoaib Malik, no run, full leg-break just outside off, Malik gets forward to defend but only manages a thick edge to backward point

Rashid Khan [7.0-0-23-1] is back into the attack

Rashid time.. Big moment in the game

42.6
0
Aftab Alam to Sarfraz, no run, full ball on off, driven to mid-off
42.5
1
Aftab Alam to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, clipped away to midwicket, there's a moment of hesitation between the pair before the set off. Despite that, Malik was comfortably home
42.5
1
Aftab Alam to Shoaib Malik, wide, banged in way too short, balloons over Shoaib's head. Alam isn't pleased about the wide call but there was no doubt about it
42.4
1
Aftab Alam to Sarfraz, leg byes, 1 run, slanted into leg stump, deflects off Sarfraz's pad behind square
42.3
1
Aftab Alam to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, pushed down to long-on
42.2
1
Aftab Alam to Sarfraz, 1 run, thick inside edge onto thigh pad, rolls past leg stump! Sarfraz had no clue what was going on behind him, he just looked at Malik and ran through for the single
42.1
0
Aftab Alam to Sarfraz, no run, short of length just outside off, cramps Sarfraz for room and beats him on the cut. The ball curved away in the air as soon as it beat the bat, giving the impression of an edge. But it wasn't even close

Aftab Alam [7.0-1-39-0] is back into the attack

41.6
1
Mujeeb to Sarfraz, 1 run, chopped away wide of point for one
41.5
0
Mujeeb to Sarfraz, no run, quicker at the stumps from Mujeeb, Sarfraz defends
41.4
0
Mujeeb to Sarfraz, no run, back of a length on off, dabbed to backward point
41.3
1
Mujeeb to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, flighted ball on off, pushed to long-on
41.2
3
Mujeeb to Sarfraz, 3 runs, flat on off, back of a length, Sarfraz waits in the crease and dabs it behind backward point. That's a good start from him. Played it deftly, using the pace on the ball

Sarfraz Ahmed, right handed bat, comes to the crease

41.1
0
Mujeeb to Haris Sohail, out Caught by Ihsanullah!! Pulled up in the air, taken! Bad misjudgement in length from Sohail, it just wasn't short enough, and because of that he ends up hitting it much straighter than desired. Length ball on off, he tries to manufacture his own length by going deep in the crease but gets it high on the bat. Simple catch down the throat of long-on. Haris Sohail c Ihsanullah b Mujeeb 13(21) [4s-1]

Mujeeb to Haris Sohail, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

40.6
1
Naib to Haris Sohail, 1 run, slower ball on off, driven to long-off
40.5
2
Naib to Haris Sohail, byes, 2 runs, Afghanistan losing it in the field! A fumble from Shahzad followed up an overthrow by short fine leg. It was cleverly bowled from Naib, beating Sohail with the slower ball, but it landed just in front of the keeper and he could only parry it towards short fine leg. Unnecessary shy at the non-striker's end
40.4
1
Naib to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, length ball around off, defended towards point for one
40.4
1
Naib to Shoaib Malik, wide, slips out of his fingers, drifts wildly outside off, almost landing outside the cut-strip. Naib under great pressure
40.3
0
Naib to Shoaib Malik, no run, slower length ball close to off, punched to cover
40.2
2
Naib to Shoaib Malik, 2 runs, now overpitches outside off, just floated out there for Malik to cream through point. Rashid slides across in the deep and cuts it off
40.1
4
Naib to Shoaib Malik, FOUR, very, very poor delivery. The pacers have let Afghanistan down today. Short of length around the waist, no problems for Malik as he pulls it wide of fine leg

Gulbadin Naib [8.0-0-45-0] is back into the attack

Ten overs and Pakistan need 75. Malik is the key for Pakistan. He bats through and they will be home. Same way Rashid holds the aces for Afghanistan, couple more wickets for him and they will feel secure. Too close to call still..

39.6
0
Mujeeb to Haris Sohail, no run, another carrom ball and Sohail offers a forward block back to Mujeeb
39.5
0
Mujeeb to Haris Sohail, no run, carrom ball on off, punched to the left of Mujeeb
39.4
1
Mujeeb to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, quick carrom ball and Malik steers it to short third man
39.3
1
Mujeeb to Haris Sohail, 1 run, wrong 'un and Sohail drives it past a diving Mujeeb to long-on
39.2
1
Mujeeb to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, googly on a fuller length, Malik eases it past cover
39.1
1
Mujeeb to Haris Sohail, 1 run, starts from round the wicket with a flattish delivery, punched to sweeper cover

Mujeeb Ur Rahman [7.0-2-21-1] is back into the attack

38.6
0
Aftab Alam to Shoaib Malik, no run, back of a length close to off, defended to cover
38.5
1
Aftab Alam to Haris Sohail, 1 run, off-pace delivery outside off, steered to third man and Mujeeb keeps it to one

Round the wicket to Sohail

38.4
1
Aftab Alam to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, slower short of length delivery and Malik swivel pulls it to deep mid-wicket, just a single
38.3
1
Aftab Alam to Haris Sohail, 1 run, full and attacking the stumps, driven to mid-on and he was on his bike immediately, easily stolen
38.2
1
Aftab Alam to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, short of length and Malik punches it down to long-off
38.1
1
Aftab Alam to Haris Sohail, 1 run, starts with one on the legs, clipped to deep square leg

Aftab Alam [6.0-1-34-0] is back into the attack

37.6
0
Rashid Khan to Shoaib Malik, no run, flatter, quicker and on off, Malik is happy with a block back
37.5
0
Rashid Khan to Shoaib Malik, no run, on the shorter side and Malik knocks it to the right of the bowler, Rashid makes a diving stop
37.4
0
Rashid Khan to Shoaib Malik, no run, tad short in length and Malik plays the dab with soft hands, drops in front of the slip fielder
37.3
0
Rashid Khan to Shoaib Malik, no run, dropped? Don't think so. The fast leg-break and Malik is late on the cut shot, he was also beaten by bounce as it fizzes over his top-edge. That also made Shahzad's job difficult. Replays show that there was an edge. So it will go down as a chance. Tough one but a more agile 'keeper might have held on
37.2
1
Rashid Khan to Haris Sohail, 1 run, quick and on the stumps, tucked to deep square leg
37.1
4
Rashid Khan to Haris Sohail, FOUR, edged and four. Rashid can stare all he wants, but there is not much he could do. The wrong 'un is fractionally short and outside off, Sohail cue-ends the cut and gets it fine, past the slip fielder and backward point

The experience of Malik already showing. Afghanistan thought with two new batsmen they could slip in some quiet overs off Naib, but Malik ensured that was not the case. He played percentage cricket and has kept the asking rate close to 6.5.

36.6
0
Naib to Shoaib Malik, no run, slower delivery and Malik defends it in front of point, 10 off the over
36.5
2
Naib to Shoaib Malik, 2 runs, a better throw would have made things interesting. Too straight, on off and middle, Malik flicks it past mid-wicket and immediately called for two, the throw from Alam was not the greatest and Shahzad tried his best to parry it onto the stumps
36.4
2
Naib to Shoaib Malik, 2 runs, fuller and outside off, Malik leans into the drive and times it beautifully, wide of cover and the sweeper had some ground to cover. Easy two. Relied on timing rather powering the ball
36.3
4
Naib to Shoaib Malik, FOUR, Mujeeb overruns it. Naib is not happy and is down on his haunches. Asgar Afghan immediately removes Mujeeb from there. Slower delivery and Malik plays the steer very fine, Mujeeb slides and overruns it by a good margin. Two bonus runs given away
36.2
2
Naib to Shoaib Malik, 2 runs, that is well placed. On a length outside off, Malik angles it behind point and wide of third man, the placement was such that the second was on comfortably
36.1
0
Naib to Shoaib Malik, no run, fuller and around off, Malik is content with a knock back to Naib

Gulbadin Naib [7.0-0-35-0] is back into the attack

35.6
0
Rashid Khan to Haris Sohail, no run, another shout for LBW. But nothing from umpire Anil Chaudhary. Sohail is just about managing to survive. Another quick leggie and he squirts an inside edge onto pad. If not for the willow, he was dead in front
35.5
0
Rashid Khan to Haris Sohail, no run, leg-break and Sohail prods half forward, ekes out an inside edge onto pad and the ball rolls into the off-side, he reckons there is a single but not Malik
35.4
1
Rashid Khan to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, quicker and at the stumps, Malik goes deep in the crease to nudge square on the leg-side
35.3
0
Rashid Khan to Shoaib Malik, no run, another googly and Malik blocks it off the inner portion of the bat mid-wicket

Slip in place and he's too far for the spinner that is because Rashid is no normal spinner. That ball would fly if it takes the edge

35.2
0
Rashid Khan to Shoaib Malik, no run, wrong 'un that keeps a shade low, Malik is in no man's land as he brings his bat down in the nick of time to keep it out. There is a sense of expectation whenever Rashid is bowling

Shoaib Malik, right handed bat, comes to the crease

35.1
0
Rashid Khan to Babar Azam, out Stumped!! What quick work! Almost like his idol - MS Dhoni. So two pieces of brilliance has brought Afghanistan right back into the game. Even might have put them in the driver's seat. Rashid has the all important wicket of Azam and Pakistan have lost both their set batsmen in succession. Something they could ill afford. The quick leg-break that draws Azam forward before beating him on the outside edge, turned enough, Shahzad gloved the ball and was super quick in lighting up the sticks. The momentum had taken Azam out of the crease and he could not stretch it back in. Babar Azam st Mohammad Shahzad b Rashid Khan 66(94) [4s-4 6s-1]

Rashid Khan to Babar Azam, THAT'S OUT!! Stumped!!

Shahzad is jumping and pumping the air. Rashid is also celebrating. Azam might be stumped here. The square leg umpire has gone upstairs. Fair delivery. Over to the end. Yes. Shahzad has his man. OUT!

34.6
1
Nabi to Babar Azam, 1 run, darted in at the stumps, Azam goes back and across before nurdling it to deep square leg. Nabi is done for the night, 10-0-50-0. A bit on the expensive side today compared to the first two games
34.5
1
Nabi to Haris Sohail, 1 run, slower and Sohail has ample time to play the back foot punch to long-on
34.4
0
Nabi to Haris Sohail, no run, dip and drift into the left-hander, Sohail aims to drive and gets a thick inside edge to mid-wicket
34.3
0
Nabi to Haris Sohail, no run, the incoming angle from round the wicket and Sohail tucks it to backward square, finds the man again
34.2
0
Nabi to Haris Sohail, no run, drifts in quicker and Sohail turns it to mid-wicket, straight to the fielder
34.1
0
Nabi to Haris Sohail, no run, flatter in trajecotry and Sohail gently pushes it to cover
33.6
1
Rashid Khan to Haris Sohail, 1 run, wrong 'un that is pushed back and Rashid is slightly wrongfooted and hence can't get there with a dive to his right
33.5
0
Rashid Khan to Haris Sohail, no run, appeal for LBW and umpire Anil Chaudhary has got it spot on. The leg-break and Sohail prods forward to defend, gets an inside edge onto pad and that is what saved him
33.4
1
Rashid Khan to Babar Azam, 1 run, squeezed out drive to long-off

Haris Sohail, left handed bat, comes to the crease

33.3
0
Rashid Khan to Imam-ul-Haq, out Imam-ul-Haq Run Out!! Something brilliant was needed to break this partnership and Najibullah provides that moment of excellence. These two were taking risky singles and had got away a few times, but not this time. The googly is squirted off the outer half towards point, the pair were off in a flash without any hesitation but Imam is still caught a yard short at the bowler's end. That's because of Najibullah's brilliance, swooped down on the ball, clean pick up and the bullseye. All this in one motion. Imam-ul-Haq run out (Najibullah) 80(104) [4s-5 6s-1]

Rashid Khan to Imam-ul-Haq, THAT'S OUT!! Run Out!!

Afghanistan are celebrating. They reckon Imam is run-out. Yes. Well short of the crease. OUT!

33.2
0
Rashid Khan to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, very full and Imam bottom hand whips it to mid-wicket, where there is a half stop but the fielder recovers quickly to stop the single
33.1
1
Rashid Khan to Babar Azam, 1 run, flighted fuller outside off, Azam drives with an open bat face behind point, sweeper tidies up

Rashid Khan [4.0-0-14-0] is back into the attack

Time for drinks.. The match is set up perfectly. 105 off 102. Rashid has six overs to bowl. Two well settled batsmen. This might just be the game that the Asia Cup has been missing - going right down the wire. A wicket or two in succession will turn the tide and in the same way if these two continue with their sensible batting, Pakistan will be more relaxed. Those six overs of Rashid might just determine the outcome..

32.6
4
Nabi to Imam-ul-Haq, FOUR, Imam makes up for the two dot balls. Nabi followed the same plan of floating it up, Imam this time was waiting, with a slight crouch he slog sweeps it to deep mid-wicket, one bounce and over the rope
32.5
0
Nabi to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, slower in pace and Imam does not generate enough pace to get the drive past Nabi
32.4
0
Nabi to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, flighted just outside off, Imam drives it to cover
32.3
1
Nabi to Babar Azam, 1 run, fired in at the pad, clipped to deep square leg
32.2
1
Nabi to Imam-ul-Haq, 1 run, waits back in the crease for the incoming delivery and nurdles it to deep square leg
32.1
0
Nabi to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, saw the batsman give the charge and smartly followed him with a flatter delivery, knocked to mid-wicket
31.6
0
Mujeeb to Babar Azam, no run, drifting in on off, Azam prods forward and defends to cover
31.5
1
Mujeeb to Imam-ul-Haq, 1 run, tad fuller and though Imam's drive is not middled, it is in the gap, single to long-on
31.4
0
Mujeeb to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, carrom ball slips down leg and Imam glances to short fine. Missed out there
31.3
2
Mujeeb to Imam-ul-Haq, 2 runs, offie and Imam is picking it off the hand, steered it with the spin to third man, pocketed two more
31.2
0
Mujeeb to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, flatter and around off, pushed to cover
31.1
0
Mujeeb to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, quicker carrom ball outside off, Imam cuts it to backward point

Mujeeb Ur Rahman [6.0-2-18-1] is back into the attack

30.6
0
Nabi to Babar Azam, no run, on leg-stump and Azam tucks it straight to backward square
30.5
1
Nabi to Imam-ul-Haq, 1 run, played with soft hands to the left of point and an early call for the single, easily done
30.4
1
Nabi to Babar Azam, 1 run, waits in the crease and maneuvers the angler in front of square on the off-side
30.3
0
Nabi to Babar Azam, no run, tossed up across off and Azam's drive is straight to the cover fielder
30.2
1
Nabi to Imam-ul-Haq, 1 run, slower and drifting in, punched down to long-on
30.1
1
Nabi to Babar Azam, 1 run, darted in from round the wicket, nurdled to backward square, for a quick single

Mohammad Nabi [7.0-0-38-0] is back into the attack

29.6
1
Naib to Babar Azam, 1 run, tucked around the corner. 10 off the over
29.5
4
Naib to Babar Azam, FOUR, a hit-me delivery and Babar Azam takes heavy toll of it. Slow, short and just outside off. Babar Azam waits for the ball to arrive and heaves it over mid-wicket. Split the gap between deep mid-wicket and long-on
29.4
1
Naib to Imam-ul-Haq, 1 run, slower delivery, yorker length, jammed in front of mid-on and the short mid-wicket fielder runs across to cut it off
29.3
2
Naib to Imam-ul-Haq, 2 runs, firmly driven through extra cover after walking down the track
29.2
1
Naib to Babar Azam, 1 run, low full toss, Babar Azam crouches and drives. Mid-off moves to his left to tidy it up
29.1
1
Naib to Imam-ul-Haq, 1 run, too wide and Imam-ul-Haq dabs it down to third man

Gulbadin Naib [6.0-0-25-0] is back into the attack

28.6
0
Mujeeb to Babar Azam, no run, Mujeeb gets away with this horror ball. Way too short and Babar Azam finds the mid-wicket fielder with his pull shot
28.5
1
Mujeeb to Imam-ul-Haq, 1 run, they are milking singles with ease. On the shorter side and Imam-ul-Haq stands tall to punch it to long-off
28.5
2
Mujeeb to Babar Azam, 2 wides, googly going down leg, Babar Azam misses the glance. The keeper fails to collect it and the batters nab one more run
28.4
1
Mujeeb to Imam-ul-Haq, 1 run, slightly too full, eases a single down to long-on
28.3
0
Mujeeb to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, flat ball, straight-batted push back at the bowler
28.2
2
Mujeeb to Imam-ul-Haq, 2 runs, drifting on the pads, flicked to deep square leg and they come back for the second
28.1
0
Mujeeb to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, very full, squeezed back to the bowler

Mujeeb Ur Rahman [5.0-2-12-1] is back into the attack

27.6
4
Nabi to Babar Azam, FOUR, 12 off the over! Short and wide, asking to be punished and Babar Azam won't miss those. He goes deep in his crease and slaps it through extra cover. There's no one stopping that
27.5
1
Nabi to Imam-ul-Haq, 1 run, worked through mid-wicket
27.4
6
Nabi to Imam-ul-Haq, SIX, Imam-ul-Haq waltzes down the track, didn't quite get to the pitch of the ball, but he went through with his shot. didn't turn much and the left-hander lofted it over mid-on. Didn't try to over-hit it
27.3
1
Nabi to Babar Azam, 1 run, eighth ODI fifty for Babar Azam! Gets there by clipping an in-turner past the diving mid-wicket fielder
27.2
0
Nabi to Babar Azam, no run, walks across and turns it to backward square leg
27.1
0
Nabi to Babar Azam, no run, flat ball from round the wicket, patted towards mid-wicket
26.6
1
Rashid Khan to Babar Azam, 1 run, slower through the air, might have been the googly, Babar Azam nudges it to behind square leg to keep strike
26.5
0
Rashid Khan to Babar Azam, no run, pushed down the pitch. Rashid Khan dives in his followthrough, picks the ball and hits the stumps at the striker's end. The TV umpire is called, Babar Azam is in
26.4
1
Rashid Khan to Imam-ul-Haq, 1 run, scythed off the back foot to sweeper cover
26.3
1
Rashid Khan to Babar Azam, 1 run, now, Rashid Khan bowls it too short, pulled hard to the right of long-on and there's a slight mix-up as Azam wanted the second run. He's been sent back
26.2
1
Rashid Khan to Imam-ul-Haq, 1 run, too full and that's been wristed down to long-on
26.1
0
Rashid Khan to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, a mini-lunge across to blunt this leggie to mid-wicket off the inside half

Babar Azam might have hurt his calf here. He is being attended by the physio.

25.6
2
Nabi to Babar Azam, 2 runs, too much width and Babar Azam cracks the cut through backward point off the back foot. Babar Azam has to hurry for the second run and luckily for him, the throw was off-target. Azam put in the dive to make his ground
25.5
0
Nabi to Babar Azam, no run, comes down the track and is nowhere close to the pitch. Babar Azam pushed it back towards the bowler and Nabi allowed it go through his legs. Not costly though
25.4
0
Nabi to Babar Azam, no run, clipped to mid-wicket
25.3
1
Nabi to Imam-ul-Haq, 1 run, taps towards point and hares off for a quick single. A direct hit at the keeper's end would have made things interesting
25.2
1
Nabi to Babar Azam, 1 run, another watchful nudge from the crease towards square leg
25.1
1
Nabi to Imam-ul-Haq, 1 run, nurdled behind square on the leg-side off the back foot

Mohammad Nabi [5.0-0-21-0] is back into the attack

24.6
0
Rashid Khan to Babar Azam, no run, this one doesn't turn much and zips off the surface. Wasn't that short to be cutting and Babar Azam gets beaten
24.5
0
Rashid Khan to Babar Azam, no run, leg-break, Babar Azam cuts off the outside half, finds short third man
24.4
1
Rashid Khan to Imam-ul-Haq, 1 run, cut towards backward point, who makes a diving stop, but can't stop the single
24.3
2
Rashid Khan to Imam-ul-Haq, 2 runs, second fifty in this tournament for Imam-ul-Haq! Gets inside the line of the ball and glances it through backward square leg
24.2
0
Rashid Khan to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, skids through from a length and Imam-ul-Haq brings his bat down at the right moment to keep it out
24.1
0
Rashid Khan to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, too full outside off, driven off the front foot. A tumbling stop at extra cover

The asking rate is now above 6 RPO. However, Pakistan have nine wickets in hand..

23.6
0
Naib to Babar Azam, no run, blunts this length ball towards mid-wicket and the batsmen rightly decide against the single
23.5
1
Naib to Imam-ul-Haq, 1 run, comes down the track, converts this loopy ball into a low full toss and goes for the drive. The thick outside edge takes it to third man and the single brings up the 100-run stand
23.4
2
Naib to Imam-ul-Haq, 2 runs, slower ball, back-cut to the left of third man for two more
23.3
0
Naib to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, fuller in length, Imam-ul-Haq is forward and across to drive it back to the bowler. A mock-throw at the batsman
23.2
1
Naib to Babar Azam, 1 run, another slower delivery, firmly cut off the back foot. The cover fielder dives to his left and half-stops
23.1
0
Naib to Babar Azam, no run, back-of-the-hand slower ball, Babar Azam punches it straight to cover
22.6
1
Rashid Khan to Babar Azam, 1 run, back-footed push-drive to long-on
22.5
1
Rashid Khan to Imam-ul-Haq, 1 run, quick leggie and Imam-ul-Haq brings his bat down at the right time as he inside-edges the glance to square leg. A muted appeal for lbw, but the Afghans knew that there was bat involved
22.4
0
Rashid Khan to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, a bit more air on this delivery and Imam-ul-Haq chops it to backward point
22.4
1
Rashid Khan to Imam-ul-Haq, wide, Rashid Khan isn't happy with the ball. Googly outside off, Imam-ul-Haq misses the cut off the back foot. Fair call, IMO
22.3
0
Rashid Khan to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, fuller ball on middle and leg, blocked
22.2
0
Rashid Khan to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, skiddy delivery just outside off and Imam-ul-Haq pats it to the left of backward point. The fielder makes a good stop diving full length
22.1
1
Rashid Khan to Babar Azam, 1 run, another googly, Babar Azam stands tall and bunts it to long-on
22.1
1
Rashid Khan to Babar Azam, wide, quick googly from over the wicket, errs in line. Way down leg
21.6
1
Naib to Babar Azam, 1 run, short-and-wide ball, cut firmly to deep point. An ordinary over from Naib
21.5
1
Naib to Imam-ul-Haq, 1 run, this is getting too predictable. Way too many slower deliveries from Gulbadin Naib. Imam-ul-Haq has ample time in running it down to third man
21.4
0
Naib to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, stump-to-stump line, defended on the leg-side
21.3
1
Naib to Babar Azam, 1 run, skids off the deck, Babar Azam walks across a long way and he might have got an inside edge on his glance. A sharp single
21.2
4
Naib to Babar Azam, FOUR, deft! Normal-paced short of length delivery outside off, Babar Azam waits for it and dabs it just wide of the diving keeper. Third man can't get across. Nicely done
21.1
2
Naib to Babar Azam, 2 runs, slower ball, Babar Azam waits for the ball on the back foot and cuts through point. A fumble in the deep and that results in an easy couple

Gulbadin Naib [4.0-0-12-0] is back into the attack

20.6
0
Rashid Khan to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, now Rashid attacks the stumps and Imam-ul-Haq defends it back to the bowler. Good start for Rashid Khan
20.5
0
Rashid Khan to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, that wasn't the ball to play that kind of a shot. The leg-break skids through and the length wasn't too short, Imam-ul-Haq goes for the cut and the ball scoots under his bat. Dangerous shot
20.4
1
Rashid Khan to Babar Azam, 1 run, non-turner on leg, nudged into the leg-side

A slip in place

20.3
1
Rashid Khan to Imam-ul-Haq, 1 run, hangs back and watchfully turns it in the direction of the spin to square leg
20.2
0
Rashid Khan to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, leg-break, Imam-ul-Haq hurriedly pulls to mid-wicket and the fielder has a shy at the bowler's end
20.1
0
Rashid Khan to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, starts with a quick delivery from a short of length outside off, cut straight to point

Rashid Khan, right-arm leg break, comes into the attack

Here he is. Chants of "Rashid.. Rashid..."

19.6
1
Aftab Alam to Imam-ul-Haq, 1 run, short of length at the body, glanced down to fine leg
19.5
2
Aftab Alam to Imam-ul-Haq, 2 runs, short of length on off, Imam-ul-Haq rolls the wrist on it nicely as he pulls wide of deep midwicket
19.4
1
Aftab Alam to Babar Azam, 1 run, clipped off the thigh down to fine leg
19.3
0
Aftab Alam to Babar Azam, no run, full ball on middle, Azam closes the face on it too early and spoons a leading edge past the bowler. It was well wide of Alam
19.2
1
Aftab Alam to Imam-ul-Haq, 1 run, Imam-ul-Haq was on the charge there, but he smartened up to the shortened length. Just steers a single through the covers
19.1
1
Aftab Alam to Babar Azam, 1 run, back of a length delivery on off, stabbed down to third man
18.6
0
Nabi to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, shimmies down and plays it back to Nabi who fires a throw to Shahzad
18.5
1
Nabi to Babar Azam, 1 run, too short from Nabi, slapped to deep point
18.4
1
Nabi to Imam-ul-Haq, 1 run, pats it wide of cover-point, that was a very tight single. A direct-hit at the bowler's end and Imam-ul-Haq may have struggled
18.3
0
Nabi to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, back of a length on middle, Imam-ul-Haq steps back trying his best to whip the ball through midwicket but doesn't find any timing
18.2
0
Nabi to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, sliding in on middle, turned to short midwicket
18.1
0
Nabi to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, length ball sliding towards off, punched towards long-off but is intercepted by short cover
17.6
0
Aftab Alam to Babar Azam, no run, length ball on off, punched to cover
17.5
1
Aftab Alam to Imam-ul-Haq, 1 run, short of length delivery on off, pulled away to deep square leg
17.4
1
Aftab Alam to Babar Azam, 1 run, gentle short of length delivery outside off, slower ball, dabbed to third man
17.3
1
Aftab Alam to Imam-ul-Haq, 1 run, short of length delivery outside off, glides it down to third man
17.2
1
Aftab Alam to Babar Azam, 1 run, short of length, no great pace from Alam and Azam pulls it off the front foot to deep midwicket
17.1
1
Aftab Alam to Imam-ul-Haq, 1 run, back of a length delivery close to off, Imam-ul-Haq uses all the room he has to carve the ball past backward point. Cut off down at third man

Aftab Alam [4.0-1-23-0] is back into the attack

And with that, it's time for drinks! Pretty solid recovery from this pair after that early blow from Mujeeb. Still, with the rate approaching six an over, and with Rashid Khan yet to be unleashed, this promises to be very interesting.

16.6
1
Nabi to Imam-ul-Haq, 1 run, quick arm-ball on middle and leg, clipped away through midwicket
16.6
1
Nabi to Imam-ul-Haq, wide, darted down leg side, good take from Shahzad
16.5
1
Nabi to Babar Azam, leg byes, 1 run, fires it in and strikes Azam on the pad as he gives the charge
16.4
0
Nabi to Babar Azam, no run, sliding across middle stump, Azam was looking to work it through the on-side but gets a soft leading edge into the covers
16.3
0
Nabi to Babar Azam, no run, turned wide of midwicket, they think about the single but decide against it
16.2
2
Nabi to Babar Azam, 2 runs, that's too short outside off, Azam makes room and slaps it square enough of sweeper cover to eke out the second run
16.1
1
Nabi to Imam-ul-Haq, 1 run, drifting in at the stumps, works it to mid-on for a quick single. Fielder may have been on the heel slightly
15.6
1
Naib to Imam-ul-Haq, 1 run, slower ball outside off, waits on it and then guides it to third man
15.5
0
Naib to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, length ball slanted in on off, Imam-ul-Haq has to crouch quickly as the ball stays low. Keeps it out
15.4
1
Naib to Babar Azam, 1 run, back of a length delivery outside off, slapped to Rashid's left at sweeper cover. Great agility from there to keep them to one
15.3
0
Naib to Babar Azam, no run, full ball outside off, driven to the left of cover who pounces on the ball quickly
15.2
0
Naib to Babar Azam, no run, back of a length delivery outside off, swatted to cover. Misjudgement of length there, wanted to pull it through midwicket initially but it wasn't on
15.1
2
Naib to Babar Azam, 2 runs, back of a length delivery just outside off, Azam leans back and dabs it quite fine. Starting to flow into his innings now, races back for two
14.6
1
Nabi to Babar Azam, 1 run, short ball sliding away outside off, cuts it to deep point
14.5
6
Nabi to Babar Azam, SIX, held his shape so well there, Babar Azam. Just a chip down the ground for six. What timing. May not have reached the pitch of the ball after stepping out but he went through the line, punching it sweetly over Nabi's head
14.4
1
Nabi to Imam-ul-Haq, 1 run, works it down to long-on
14.3
0
Nabi to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, nicely drifting in on off before getting just a little bit of grip away from Imam-ul-Haq who is opened up. Does well to steer it to backward point
14.2
0
Nabi to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, a bit short outside off, not short enough to lace the cut though. Imam-ul-Haq mistimes it to cover
14.1
0
Nabi to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, uses his feet but can't get to the pitch of it, so defends to short cover. Nabi pulled it back nicely
13.6
1
Naib to Imam-ul-Haq, 1 run, short of length outside off, nicely controlled pull through square leg
13.5
1
Naib to Babar Azam, 1 run, ooh, a bit agricultural here is Azam. Slower ball at the stumps, he swipes hard and drags it off the inside half through square leg. Hands on head for the bowler
13.4
1
Naib to Imam-ul-Haq, 1 run, an attempted slower bouncer which is so slow that it dips to around waist height. It was pretty wide too, slapped by Imam-ul-Haq to sweeper cover
13.3
1
Naib to Babar Azam, 1 run, back of a length delivery outside off, dabs it down to third man
13.2
1
Naib to Imam-ul-Haq, 1 run, clipped off the hip through square leg
13.1
0
Naib to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, overpitched on off, punched straight back at Naib who was lining up another throw at the striker's end but couldn't gather the ball cleanly
12.6
1
Nabi to Imam-ul-Haq, 1 run, length ball turning away from off, Imam-ul-Haq adjusts for the spin by opening his bat-face, steers it wide of cover
12.5
1
Nabi to Babar Azam, 1 run, fired in on leg stump, Azam clips it to long-on
12.4
1
Nabi to Imam-ul-Haq, 1 run, full ball outside off, driven to long-off
12.3
0
Nabi to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, drifting into middle and leg, turned to short midwicket
12.2
0
Nabi to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, that's beautifully bowled from Nabi, tossing it up wide of off. The flight lured Imam-ul-Haq into going for a drive whereas the line made him reach out away from him. Gets a thick edge rolling towards point
12.1
0
Nabi to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, flighted up on off stump, Imam-ul-Haq prods forward in defence
11.6
0
Naib to Babar Azam, no run, back of a length delivery outside off, chopped into the off-side
11.5
0
Naib to Babar Azam, no run, slower leg-cutter, kicks up from back of a length and bounces over Azam's attempted cut
11.4
0
Naib to Babar Azam, no run, full ball outside off, driven handsomely but straight to cover
11.3
0
Naib to Babar Azam, no run, back of a length delivery outside off, not enough room for Azam to free his arm, chops it off a thick underedge to point
11.2
1
Naib to Imam-ul-Haq, 1 run, that's hideous cricket from Naib. Overpitched outside off, the ball was squeezed straight back at him. Spotting Imam-ul-Haq out of his crease, he shied back at the striker's end, only for the ball to slip out of his hand. Shahzad can't stop it, an overthrow to fine leg
11.1
1
Naib to Babar Azam, 1 run, slower ball drifting down leg, clipped to the left of fine leg who races to the ball and keeps them to one
10.6
1
Nabi to Babar Azam, 1 run, works it nicely through midwicket to end the over with a single
10.5
0
Nabi to Babar Azam, no run, darts it on middle stump, eased back to the bowler

Now round the wicket for Azam too

10.4
1
Nabi to Imam-ul-Haq, 1 run, sliding in with the arm from round the wicket, Imam-ul-Haq pushes it to long-on
10.3
1
Nabi to Babar Azam, 1 run, length ball pushed through on off stump, punched down to long-on
10.2
0
Nabi to Babar Azam, no run, fired down leg, very lucky to get away. Azam hits the sweep straight to short fine leg
10.1
0
Nabi to Babar Azam, no run, flighted up on middle, length is right on the money. Azam gets forward and pushes it down the pitch

Mohammad Nabi, right-arm off break, comes into the attack

9.6
0
Naib to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, round the wicket, good length delivery just around the off stump, Imam defends
9.5
1
Naib to Babar Azam, 1 run, good length delivery outside off stump, Babar guides it to third man. May have just swung a touch there
9.4
0
Naib to Babar Azam, no run, if only Babar had placed his shots in the gap, he would have been some 40 runs by now. Crunched cover drive again
9.3
0
Naib to Babar Azam, no run, fullish and outside off stump, Babar taps it to point, looks for a quick single, decides against it
9.2
0
Naib to Babar Azam, no run, cut away, again finds backward point
9.1
0
Naib to Babar Azam, no run, overpitched outside off stump, Babar drives it to cover

Gulbadin Naib, right-arm medium, comes into the attack

8.6
0
Mujeeb to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, full and on the stumps, Imam flicks it towards mid-wicket
8.5
0
Mujeeb to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, leans nicely forward and keeps it out, was the googly but Imam was solid in his block
8.4
0
Mujeeb to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, blocked
8.3
1
Mujeeb to Babar Azam, 1 run, fumble, clean pick up from the mid-off fielder could have been very interesting. Babar punched this flatter ball and rushed to the other end
8.2
1
Mujeeb to Imam-ul-Haq, 1 run, tucked away to deep mid-wicket
8.1
0
Mujeeb to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, flighted delivery on the stumps, Imam defends into the on-side
7.6
0
Aftab Alam to Babar Azam, no run, good length delivery outside off stump, Babar defends from the crease
7.5
4
Aftab Alam to Babar Azam, FOUR, smack that, no need to respect such deliveries. Poor short ball, not what you want to bowl to a batsman who's on 3 off 19 balls. A pressure releasing ball and Babar is classy enough to make full use of it with a powerful pull through mid-wicket

There's a breeze blowing from Babar's right to left. So that should aid Aftab Alam's inswing, only if he bowls full!

7.4
0
Aftab Alam to Babar Azam, no run, gentle shape back in, but not full enough to draw Babar forward to trouble him, happy back foot defence
7.3
0
Aftab Alam to Babar Azam, no run, gentle length ball, Babar softly taps it to the left of backward point, wants a quick single, sent back
7.2
1
Aftab Alam to Imam-ul-Haq, 1 run, again short of a length, easily run down to third man
7.1
0
Aftab Alam to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, back of a length and just outside off stump, Imam defends

Nabi has a word with Aftab. Bowl full son, and of course, try to swing it!

6.6
0
Mujeeb to Babar Azam, no run, comes nicely forward and defends this incoming delivery
6.5
1
Mujeeb to Imam-ul-Haq, 1 run, shortish and on the leg stump, Imam tucks it through backward square leg, dive from the fielder on the edge of the circle to save a few
6.4
2
Mujeeb to Imam-ul-Haq, 2 runs, very full and outside off stump, nicely tossed up, drives it to long-off
6.3
0
Mujeeb to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, defended into the on-side
6.3
1
Mujeeb to Imam-ul-Haq, wide, down the leg-side, heard a sound, not bat, may have been pad, but the umpire stretches his arms. Not sure
6.2
0
Mujeeb to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, the incoming delivery, slightly short and close to off stump, punched into the off-side
6.1
0
Mujeeb to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, fires it on the stumps, Imam defends into the on-side

Time Afghan talks to Aftab Alam. He's wasting the new ball, the length's been short. It's swinging just a touch and the fuller length could do the trick.

5.6
0
Aftab Alam to Babar Azam, no run, oh he's played some lovely shots, but not found the gap. Brilliantly timed cut shot, straight to cover-point
5.5
0
Aftab Alam to Babar Azam, no run, nice and straight, defended back to the bowler
5.4
0
Aftab Alam to Babar Azam, no run, short of length delivery outside off stump, Babar punches it to cover-point
5.3
0
Aftab Alam to Babar Azam, no run, the length is a little fuller and much better, Babar was late in his defence, may have just stayed a touch low as well, managed to block in the end
5.2
0
Aftab Alam to Babar Azam, no run, lovely back foot punch, but it goes straight to backward point, deserved a boundary
5.1
0
Aftab Alam to Babar Azam, no run, short of length delivery outside off stump, Babar punches it to cover

All Pakistan need to do is to not lose their calm and keep the scoreboard moving with minimal risks. Take the game deep and transfer the pressure back on the bowlers later.

4.6
0
Mujeeb to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, on the off stump, nudged to mid-wicket
4.5
0
Mujeeb to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, blocked to mid-wicket
4.4
0
Mujeeb to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, defended off the back foot
4.4
1
Mujeeb to Imam-ul-Haq, wide, round the wicket and pushed down the leg-side, good gather by Shahzad
4.3
4
Mujeeb to Imam-ul-Haq, FOUR, oh no! They can't be sloppy if they got to win a pressure game. Short and wide, cut to backward point, straight to him and he didn't counter for the spin that happens when a batsman cuts
4.2
1
Mujeeb to Babar Azam, 1 run, shortish and on the stumps, Babar punches it down to long-on
4.1
0
Mujeeb to Babar Azam, no run, fullish and just outside off stump, Babar defends off the front foot
3.6
1
Aftab Alam to Babar Azam, 1 run, tapped to mid-on and they take on the fielder for a quick single
3.5
1
Aftab Alam to Imam-ul-Haq, 1 run, short of length delivery on the leg stump, Imam works it to short fine leg
3.4
0
Aftab Alam to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, defends the back of a length delivery and stays back
3.3
0
Aftab Alam to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, good length delivery swinging away outside off stump, Imam lets it pass
3.2
4
Aftab Alam to Imam-ul-Haq, FOUR, oh a fumble and Imam gets three extra runs. Thick outside edge as the batsman tries to late-cut this away-swinger, wonder why there's no slip, third man had it covered, easily got there, but let it go through
3.1
0
Aftab Alam to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, look at that defence. Right under his eyes there as Imam defends this good length delivery
2.6
0
Mujeeb to Babar Azam, no run, oh inside edge rolls into the on-side as Babar was looking to cover-drive this angled in full ball. 2 overs, 2 maidens from Mujeeb. Gold!
2.5
0
Mujeeb to Babar Azam, no run, the length isn't that full this time, so Babar creams the cover drive, but finds the fielder
2.4
0
Mujeeb to Babar Azam, no run, again inswinger on a fuller length, Azam leans forward and drives it to cover
2.3
0
Mujeeb to Babar Azam, no run, carefully comes forward and defends
2.2
0
Mujeeb to Babar Azam, no run, fullish and outside off stump, Babar pushes it into the off-side
2.1
0
Mujeeb to Babar Azam, no run, what a ball! How would Babar Azam or anyone for that matter anticipate Mujeeb bowling an inswinging yorker from a short run-up? That's what it was and Babar was so lucky that the ball hit the boot way outside off stump, Mujeeb was almost on the floor appealing, so confident that he was adamant for the review, sometimes some thought's got to be put and it turned out to be a poor review

Massive shout for LBW, Mujeeb is so excited that he demands a review. Impact way outside off stump for me, waste of a review. But let's see. Absolute waste of a review. This is why the keeper's got to have a strong say. How on earth did he not spot that it was not in-line with the stumps, sometimes, the bowler won't realise that.

Aftab Alam bowled very well with the new ball last night. There is some grass. It did move under lights. Let's see how it all pans out!

1.6
0
Aftab Alam to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, good length delivery on the leg stump, Imam knocks it to mid-wicket
1.6
1
Aftab Alam to Imam-ul-Haq, wide, another one sprayed down the leg-side
1.5
4
Aftab Alam to Imam-ul-Haq, FOUR, you got to learn your lessons, Aftab Alam. You bowled one short first ball of the over and Imam smacked you, you can't bowl the same length again and expect a different result. But full marks to Imam for quickly rocking back to muscle the pull. He's timed that so sweetly. This is the kind of counterattack Pakistan needed after that wicket-maiden
1.5
1
Aftab Alam to Imam-ul-Haq, wide, that's way down the leg-side
1.4
0
Aftab Alam to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, good length delivery just outside off stump, Imam defends off the back foot

BIG MOMENT: The HawkEye on that Fakhar Zaman dismissal says impact outside off stump. A review would have saved him.

1.3
1
Aftab Alam to Babar Azam, 1 run, oh the edge found, but there's no second slip. Short of a length delivery straightens after pitching and opens up Babar in his defence, lucky that the edge was thick enough
1.2
1
Aftab Alam to Imam-ul-Haq, 1 run, short again, cut away past backward point
1.1
4
Aftab Alam to Imam-ul-Haq, FOUR, Imam-ul-Haq has no problems in crashing this first ball for four. Short ball from Aftab Alam, Imam stands tall and powers the pull to the left of mid-wicket

Aftab Alam, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack

Babar Azam, right handed bat, comes to the crease

0.6
0
Mujeeb to Fakhar Zaman, out Lbw!! Hugeeeee shout and up goes the finger after a loooong thought. What a start for Afghanistan. But did this strike Fakhar outside the line of off? Replays will tell. He consulted Imam-ul-Haq and decided not to review. Worth a review for sure. Will be umpire's call max for impact, so they wouldn't have lost the review. Mujeeb troubled Fakhar right through the over, so Fakhar tries to make a statement and get some runs on the board, tries to sweep this full ball and misses, impact was marginally in line with off stump, but it was definitely hitting the sticks. Fakhar Zaman lbw b Mujeeb 0(6)

Mujeeb to Fakhar Zaman, THAT'S OUT!! Lbw!!

0.5
0
Mujeeb to Fakhar Zaman, no run, "oh ho ho," goes the keeper. Mujeeb is troubling Fakhar. He has no idea which way the ball is going, reads this flatter delivery off the pitch and just about managed to defend
0.4
0
Mujeeb to Fakhar Zaman, no run, gets behind the line and defends
0.3
0
Mujeeb to Fakhar Zaman, no run, oh lovely ball! Again the drift into the left-hander this time and then just a bit of turn to open up Fakhar in his defences, almost the outside edge top-edge Shahzad
0.2
0
Mujeeb to Fakhar Zaman, no run, oh this one drifted away just a touch before turning away, Fakhar mistimes the drive into the off-side
0.1
0
Mujeeb to Fakhar Zaman, no run, flighted delivery on the stumps, Fakhar defends into the on-side

Fakhar Zaman and Imam-ul-Haq are at the crease. Fakhar Zaman is on strike. Mujeeb will open the attack