ICC Cricket World Cup Warm-up Matches, 2019

Pakistan vs Afghanistan - Match 1

Venue: County Ground, Bristol

Date & Time: 24 May 2019

Afghanistan 263/7

RR: 5.29 | Afghanistan beat Pakistan by 3 wickets

commentary

So that is it from the first Warm Up game! A big win for Afghanistan but another loss for Pakistan. They have a lot to think about. However, there are two mouth-watering clashes on Saturday with Australia taking on England in Southampton and India taking on New Zealand at The Oval. Both the games begin at 1030 local (0930 GMT). Till then, take care and goodbye!

Afghanistan skipper, Gulbadin Naib, says it is a great victory for their team and their supporters. Reckons the wicket was flat and it looked like a 300-plus wicket. Credits the bowlers for how they bowled and he is pleased they restricted them to 260. States Pakistan is one of the best sides in the world and they can't take it easy, they have to give it their all. Ends by thanking the fans for their support.

Pakistan skipper, Sarfaraz Khan, says they did not have enough runs on the board. Mentions they did not bowl well too in the first 10 overs. Further adds it is very tough if they are losing games but then need to back themselves and he hopes they will do well very soon. States the mood in the dressing room is very fine, the batters are doing well but it is their bowling which they have to work on. Says Babar Azam is the best batsman in his team and Wahab Riaz was top notch today.

Hashmatullah Shahidi who is up for an interview says he feels amazing after this win against Pakistan. Mentions he wanted to stay there till the end and finish the game. Mentions there were wickets falling but he stayed calm and Nabi supported him and he finished the game. States the Pakistan pace attack is very good and he is pleased he did well. States this game was important for them and it is a good win for Afghanistan. Thanks the crowd for the support they gave them.

Earlier in the day, Pakistan elected to bat and it was Babar Azam's ton which powered them to 262. They could have got a lot more but Afghanistan bowled really well in the second half of the first innings and in the end, that proved to be the differential factor.

The Pakistan bowling was once again not at its best. The pacers early on took a real pounding, especially Shaheen Afridi. Shadab Khan did have a wicket to his name but was expensive. Although Imad Wasim and Wahab Riaz were the positives for Pakistan. The former was extremely accurate and the latter was exciting to watch. Had it not been for the two, Afghanistan would have had a stroll in the park.

It was always going to be a tricky chase and it turned out to be that way. Yes, Afghanistan got off to a flier, courtesy their openers but Shahzad then had to retire hurt and Zazai fell a run short of a half ton. The brakes were then applied but the good thing for Afghanistan was, they did not lose wickets. They stitched handy stands and Shahidi was the mainstay. He anchored the innings and the rest played around him. His 50-plus run stand with Nabi was the one which probably took Afghanistan to the brink of victory. However, there was drama in the end where they lost a few wickets quickly, Shahidi and Rashid Khan held their nerves and ensured they got home.

What a game that was in the end! What a win for Afghanistan. Yes, it is just a warm-up match, but this will be a morale booster for the minnows heading into just their 2nd World Cup.

49.4
1
W Riaz to H Shahidi, There it is! Shahidi hits the winning runs for Afghanistan. A short ball outside off, he cuts it down to third man for a single. AFGHANISTAN WIN BY 3 WICKETS!
49.3
1
W Riaz to R Khan, A run off the leading edge! SCORES LEVEL NOW! Afghanistan can't lose, they have three balls to win. Very full again on middle, Rashid looks to flick but the ball tails away. It goes off the leading edge down to third man for one.
49.2
2
W Riaz to R Khan, In the air... safe! Two taken! Pressure released. 2 needed in 4. Misses the yorker by just. Rashid lofts it over mid off and takes a brace.
49.1
0
W Riaz to R Khan, A dot to begin first up! A yorker outside off, Rashid fails to jam it out. 4 from 5.
48.6
1
S Khan to R Khan, Another single! 4 needed in 6 now. Full and on middle, this is driven back towards the bowler who dives to his right and makes a half stop. It rolls towards mid on for a run.
48.5
1
S Khan to H Shahidi, Good batting! Takes a single through square leg. 5 needed in 7.
48.4
4
S Khan to H Shahidi, FOUR! That is probably the shot which seals the deal for Afghanistan. Poor delivery by Khan. He fires it down the leg side, easy pickings for Shahidi, he flicks it through backward square leg. The fielder in the deep does put in a dive but fails to stop it.
48.3
1
S Khan to R Khan, Short ball and Shadab gets away with it. It is pulled to deep mid-wicket for a run. 10 needed in 9 now.
48.2
1
S Khan to H Shahidi, A single now! This is fired outside off, Shahidi looks to cut but gets a bottom edge. It goes between the legs of the keeper for a single.
48.1
2
S Khan to H Shahidi, Starts off with a short one on middle, Shahidi goes back and pulls it through mid-wicket for a couple.
47.6
0
W Riaz to R Khan, Jaffa! A dot! 14 needed in 12 now. Goes around the wicket to the right hander. It begins from off and then tails away. It is a yorker. Rashid looks to jam it out but misses.

Rashid Khan comes in.

47.5
0
W Riaz to N Zadran, OUT! No inside edge and it is umpire's call! Two in the over for Riaz and he has brought Pakistan back into the contest. Another one of those inswinging yorkers. Zadran looks to work it on the leg side but misses. Gets his on the pads. An appeal and the umpire raises the finger. The batsman reviews but replays show that the on-field call is the right one. He has to walk back but Afghanistan do not lose the review. 14 more needed 13. Game on!

Zadran has been given out LBW! He has reviewed. Looks out if there is no inside edge.

47.4
1
W Riaz to H Shahidi, On the fuller side, the batter strokes it through cover point for one.
47.3
1
W Riaz to N Zadran, Full and way outside off, Zadran looks to put bat on ball but it goes off the inner half towards the leg side for a single.

Najibullah Zadran is the new man in.

47.2
0
W Riaz to G Naib, OUT! TIMBER! Pakistan are still in this! 16 from 16 now. What a corker of a yorker this is. On middle and it tails away. Naib looks to jam it out but plays down the wrong line. Knocks out the off pole. Pakistan would love 4 more deliveries like this.
47.1
0
W Riaz to G Naib, A yorker from around the wicket, the line is outside off though. Naib looks to jam it out but misses. 16 needed in 17.
46.6
0
M Hasnain to H Shahidi, Swing and a miss! Shahidi wants to end it as soon as possible. He shuffles right across and Hasnain bowls it short. Shahidi swings but misses.
46.5
1
M Hasnain to G Naib, On the shorter side outside off, it is cut through point for another single.
46.4
1
M Hasnain to H Shahidi, Slower one on middle, this is eased down to long on for a single.
46.3
1
M Hasnain to G Naib, Is of the mark straightaway as he works it through mid-wicket.

Gulbadin Naib is the new man in.

46.2
0
M Hasnain to M Nabi, OUT! EDGED AND TAKEN! There goes Nabi, however, one feels, it is a little too late. Slower one and outside off, Nabi goes after it away from his body but only gets an outside edge to the keeper who takes it. 19 needed in 22.
46.1
1
M Hasnain to H Shahidi, Runs needed now below 20! Short and on the body, Shahidi looks to pull but it hits the glove and rolls towards fine leg for one.
45.6
0
W Riaz to M Nabi, Short and outside off, Nabi looks to upper cut but misses.
45.6
0
W Riaz to M Nabi, WIDE! Down the leg side, it has been wided.
45.5
4
W Riaz to M Nabi, FOUR! Lovely shot! 21 needed now in 25. Length and outside off, Nabi strokes it through covers, it is away from the sweeper and a boundary results.
45.4
0
W Riaz to M Nabi, Another bouncer! Nabi evades it nicely!
45.3
0
W Riaz to M Nabi, Another yorker and this one is on off, it is hit to mid off.
45.2
1
W Riaz to H Shahidi, A yorker on middle, this is jammed down to long on for a single.
45.1
1
W Riaz to M Nabi, A low full toss outside off, it is guided through point for one.

Wahab Riaz is back!

44.6
0
M Hasnain to H Shahidi, Another short one and HS ducks under it once again. This time it is not a wide.
44.6
0
M Hasnain to H Shahidi, Short and on the body of the batsman, Shahidi ducks under it and it has been wided. The bowler and the keeper are not happy.
44.5
1
M Hasnain to M Nabi, On the shorter side, Nabi hops and slaps it through covers for one.
44.4
1
M Hasnain to H Shahidi, A little too straight again, Shahidi nicely works it around the corner and takes one.
44.3
1
M Hasnain to M Nabi, Full and on the pads, this is clipped towards deep square leg for a single.
44.2
1
M Hasnain to H Shahidi, Fuller on off, Shahidi hits it through covers for one.
44.1
1
M Hasnain to M Nabi, Length and on off, Nabi guides it through point for a run.

Mohammad Hasnain is back on!

43.6
4
S Khan to H Shahidi, FOUR! This over has probably released all the pressure that was built in the last. 11 from it. 33 more needed in 35. Shahidi goes down on one knee and plays the sweep, gets it away from square leg and the ball races away to the fence. The 50 run stand also comes up between both these batsmen.
43.5
0
S Khan to H Shahidi, Is that a drop catch? Well, Azam is in pain here. That was hit very hard but if it was a chance, it should have been taken. Replays though shows it was a chance. Has Azam just dropped the match here. Shahidi looks to play the slog sweep but due to the ball being very full. He fails to get under it. Hits it flat towards mid-wicket where Azam can't hang on.
43.4
1
S Khan to M Nabi, Singles will do it for them! Nabi plants his front foot across and works it through mid-wicket for one.
43.3
1
S Khan to H Shahidi, Another single as Shahidi works it through square leg.
43.2
1
S Khan to M Nabi, Smart batting! Follows the boundary up with a single through mid-wicket.
43.1
4
S Khan to M Nabi, FOUR! Smashed! A little too full on off, Nabi swings through the line and it races to the cover fence.
42.6
0
I Wasim to H Shahidi, On middle, this is worked to mid-wicket. Two dots to end, the runs needed is now more than the balls to be bowled.
42.5
0
I Wasim to H Shahidi, Very full and outside off, Shahidi strokes it to covers.
42.4
1
I Wasim to M Nabi, Slower through the air on off, Nabi is a touch early in the shot but still manages to hit it through cover-point for another single.
42.3
0
I Wasim to M Nabi, On the stumps, kept out.
42.2
0
I Wasim to M Nabi, This is worked with the angle through mid-wicket for one.
42.1
1
I Wasim to H Shahidi, This is eased through covers for a single.
41.6
1
S Khan to H Shahidi, This time flicks it wide of mid-wicket and keeps the strike with one.
41.5
0
S Khan to H Shahidi, On the pads, HS flicks it to the man at mid-wicket.
41.4
4
S Khan to H Shahidi, FOUR! Fifty for Shahidi! He has been very good in this game. On the pads, Shahidi flicks it fine down the leg side for a boundary.
41.3
0
S Khan to H Shahidi, Flatter on the stumps, Shahidi blocks it off the front foot.
41.2
0
S Khan to H Shahidi, On off, tapped back to the bowler by Shahidi.
41.1
1
S Khan to M Nabi, Pushed to the cover region by Nabi. They pick up a single.
40.6
1
I Wasim to M Nabi, Tossed up on off, Nabi milks it to long off for a run. He will keep the strike.
40.5
1
I Wasim to H Shahidi, Floated on off, Shahidi strokes it to cover for a run.
40.4
1
I Wasim to M Nabi, Tossed up on middle, Nabi flicks it to mid-wicket and gets a single.
40.3
0
I Wasim to M Nabi, Short on the body, Nabi looks to make room and hit but gets hit on the thigh pad.
40.2
1
I Wasim to H Shahidi, Shorter on off, HS punches it to covers and takes one.
40.1
1
I Wasim to M Nabi, Tossed up on the pads, Nabi looks to play the sweep but top edges it which falls short of square leg for a run.

Powerplay 3 signalled by the umpire. Now 5 fielders can be placed outside the 30-yard circle till the end of the game.

39.6
1
S Afridi to M Nabi, It does not cost much. Just a single. He bowls it full away from Nabi. He cannot do much but just squeeze it to sweeper cover for a run.
39.6
1
S Afridi to H Shahidi, NO BALL! Shaheen oversteps. It is full on middle, Shahidi tucks it towards mid on and takes a quick single. The fielder misses his shy at the bowler's end. Had he hit, Shahidi was a goner. Free Hit to follow.
39.5
0
S Afridi to H Shahidi, Very full on middle, Shahidi taps it back to the bowler.
39.4
0
S Afridi to H Shahidi, Surprise ball. It is a bouncer outside off, Shahidi awkwardly ducks under it as he was initially looking to play the ramp shot.
39.3
0
S Afridi to H Shahidi, Good length ball outside off, Shahidi taps it to the man at point.
39.2
1
S Afridi to M Nabi, On off, Nabi moves to the off stump and flicks it to fine leg for a run.
39.1
0
S Afridi to M Nabi, Full on off, Nabi drives it hard but straight to mid off.
38.6
0
I Wasim to H Shahidi, Tossed up on off, driven back to bowler.
38.5
1
I Wasim to M Nabi, Pitched on middle, driven towards long off for a single.
38.4
0
I Wasim to M Nabi, Pitched on middle, batsman looking to drive gets an inside edge towards the mid-wicket fielder.
38.3
0
I Wasim to M Nabi, Tossed up on off and middle defended
38.2
1
I Wasim to H Shahidi, Flatter on the stumps cut through point for a single.
38.1
0
I Wasim to H Shahidi, Looks to flick but misses to get hit on the pads.
37.6
0
S Afridi to M Nabi, Back of a length on off, Nabi defends it off the back foot.
37.5
1
S Afridi to H Shahidi, Width offered again, the batter opens the face and guides it down to third man to bring the 200 up. 63 more needed.
37.4
0
S Afridi to H Shahidi, A top yorker but equally well played as Shahidi gets his bat down in time.
37.3
0
S Afridi to H Shahidi, Good length on off, Shahidi guides it to point.
37.2
0
S Afridi to H Shahidi, Beaten for pace there! Full and outside off, Shahidi looks to drive but is late in bringing his bat down.
37.2
0
S Afridi to H Shahidi, On the shorter side and outside off, Shahidi hops and tries to upper cut it but misses. Wided.
37.1
1
S Afridi to M Nabi, On the shorter side, Nabi works it to fine leg for a run.
36.6
0
I Wasim to H Shahidi, Pitched outside off, defended to covers.
36.5
1
I Wasim to M Nabi, Pitching on middle, driven to mid off for a single.
36.4
0
I Wasim to M Nabi, Flatter on the stumps, pushed to covers.
36.3
1
I Wasim to H Shahidi, Flatter outside off, pushed towards backward point for a single.
36.2
1
I Wasim to M Nabi, Tossed up on off, driven to long off, a run added to the total.
36.1
0
I Wasim to M Nabi, Pitching on off, defended back to the bowler.
35.6
0
S Afridi to H Shahidi, Two dots to end but a top over for Afghanistan. Releases all the pressure that was building.
35.5
0
S Afridi to H Shahidi, Length and just outside off, Shahidi looks to guide it but gets beaten.
35.4
1
S Afridi to M Nabi, On the pads, this is worked to fine leg for one.
35.3
4
S Afridi to M Nabi, EDGY FOUR! Nabi won't care though. Length and around off, Nabi looks to guide it down to third man but gets an outside edge. It goes fine towards third man for a boundary.
35.3
0
S Afridi to M Nabi, Down the leg side, Nabi looks to flick but misses. Wided.
35.2
1
S Afridi to H Shahidi, Length again on off, it is guided down to third man for a single.
35.1
1
S Afridi to M Nabi, On the pads, it is worked to fine leg for one.
35.1
0
S Afridi to H Shahidi, Shortish and wide outside off, Shahidi looks to cut but misses. The keeper fails to collect it cleanly so a run is taken. It is also signaled it as a wide.

Shaheen Afridi is back!

34.6
1
I Wasim to H Shahidi, Flatter on the stumps, pusahed towards mid-wicket a fumble by th fielder allows a single to be taken.
34.5
0
I Wasim to H Shahidi, Tossed up outside off, eased to short third man.
34.4
0
I Wasim to H Shahidi, A flatter ball on middle and leg, Shahidi looks to work it towards mid-wicket but it spins and takes the inside edge onto the pads. There is a slight appeal from Imad but the umpire is unmoved. Remember Pakistan do not have any reviews left either.
34.3
1
I Wasim to M Nabi, Tossed up on middle, driven to long on. a run taken.
34.2
2
I Wasim to M Nabi, Short of length outside off, cut through point for a brace taken.
34.1
1
I Wasim to H Shahidi, Pitching on off, driven to mid off for a single.

DRINKS!

33.6
0
M Amir to M Nabi, Another length delivery on off, Nabi guides it to the man at point.
33.5
0
M Amir to M Nabi, Back of a length on off, Nabi stands tall and defends it onto the ground.
33.4
0
M Amir to M Nabi, Length and on off, Nabi strokes it to covers.
33.3
1
M Amir to H Shahidi, Shortish and outside off, this is slapped through covers for one.
33.2
0
M Amir to H Shahidi, Shortish and around off, it is guided to point.
33.1
0
M Amir to H Shahidi, Back of a length on off, it is blocked.
32.6
0
I Wasim to M Nabi, Tosses it up on off, Nabi strokes it to covers.

Mohammad Nabi is the new man in.

32.5
0
I Wasim to A Afghan, OUT! TIMBER! Two in two overs for Imad Wasim! Poor shot selection from Afghan. The big hit was just not needed. Afghan comes down the track and looks to go with the angle. He ends up yorking himself though. The ball goes under the bat and hits the stumps behind. Game very evenly poised now.
32.4
0
I Wasim to A Afghan, OHHH! BEATEN! Imad tosses this up, Asghar doesn't come to the pitch off the ball and he pokes it half heartedly. The ball spins past the outside edge. Lucky for him.
32.3
0
I Wasim to A Afghan, Pitching on a length, defended to the off side.
32.2
0
I Wasim to A Afghan, A tossed up delivery, Afghan looking to work it towards the on side but gets a soft leading edge towards the off side.
32.1
1
I Wasim to H Shahidi, Pitching outside off, pushed through covers for a run.
31.6
4
M Amir to A Afghan, FOUR! Edged, no slip in place and a boundary! Length and around off, it is angling away. Afghan hangs his bat out, the ball flies off the outside edge, past the diving keeper and into the fence.
31.5
0
M Amir to A Afghan, Back of a length on off, AA looks to work it on the leg side but closes the face of the bat early. He gets a soft leading edge back to the bowler.
31.4
1
M Amir to H Shahidi, Good length and it is outside off, this is guided down to third man for a single.
31.3
1
M Amir to A Afghan, A little too straight, Amir is once again clipped through square leg for a run.
31.2
1
M Amir to H Shahidi, This is guided through point for a run.
31.1
1
M Amir to A Afghan, On the pads, it is worked down to fine leg for a single.

Mohammad Amir is back!

30.6
1
I Wasim to A Afghan, Slightly shorter in length and outside off, this is cut through point for one.

Asghar Afghan is the new man in.

30.5
0
I Wasim to S Shinwari, OUT! CAUGHT! Shinwari falls in the trap. Sarfaraz had brought his fielders on the off side closer. Also, Imad continued bowling it outside off. SS looks to go over those fielders but the length was not there to do so. He ends up chipping it to covers where Khan takes an easy catch. A well-deserved wicket for Imad. 95 more needed with 7 wickets in hand.
30.4
0
I Wasim to S Shinwari, Shortish and outside off, Shinwari cuts it to point.
30.3
0
I Wasim to S Shinwari, Flatter and on the stumps, it is kept out.
30.2
1
I Wasim to H Shahidi, Shortish and outside off, it is cut through point for one.
30.1
0
I Wasim to H Shahidi, Uses his feet but does not get to the pitch of it, it is pushed back to the bowler.
29.6
0
S Khan to S Shinwari, Plays the sweep again but finds short fine leg. Sensible batting by the Afghans. Pressure releasing over. 10 runs coming in it.
29.5
4
S Khan to S Shinwari, FOUR! A boundary to the other side now! Afghanistan are doing this easily at the moment. Shinwari got into position early to play the paddle. Shadab fires it full on the leg side. He just puts bat to ball and it races away.
29.4
4
S Khan to S Shinwari, FOUR! SUPERB BATTING ! By Afghanistan. On middle and off, Shinwari reverse sweeps it to third man, The fielder from Short third man givs the chase but the ball wins the race to the fence. Less than 100 needed to win for the Afghans.
29.3
1
S Khan to H Shahidi, Flatter on middle and leg, the batsman dances down and flicks it towards mid-wicket for a single.
29.2
0
S Khan to H Shahidi, Flatter and spinning in to the batsman, defended by the batsman.
29.1
1
S Khan to S Shinwari, Flatter on off, driven to long on for a run.
28.6
0
I Wasim to H Shahidi, A dot to end! This is worked to short fine leg.
28.5
0
I Wasim to H Shahidi, Flatter and on off, Shahidi guides it to point.
28.4
1
I Wasim to S Shinwari, This is angled into the pads, Shinwari works it towards deep backward square leg. The call is for two but the fielder gets to the ball quickly and only a single.
28.3
4
I Wasim to S Shinwari, FOUR! Clever batting! Uses the pace of the bowler and plays the paddle. Hits it fine and it races to the fine leg fence.
28.2
0
I Wasim to S Shinwari, The arm ball on middle, Shinwari looks to drive but it goes off the inner half towards mid-wicket.
28.1
0
I Wasim to S Shinwari, This is fired on middle, it straightens. Shinwari looks to defend but it goes off the outside edge to short third man.
27.6
0
S Khan to H Shahidi, On the stumps, it is defended. Just three from this one, another tight over, need to keep building the pressure.
27.5
1
S Khan to S Shinwari, Good running! The googly on off, this is tapped towards cover for a quick run.
27.4
0
S Khan to S Shinwari, Flighted ball and outside off, Shinwari looks to drive but is beaten by the away turn.
27.3
0
S Khan to S Shinwari, Flatter and on the pads, Shinwari looks to flick but misses to get hit high on the pads.
27.2
1
S Khan to H Shahidi, A single as this is eased down to long off.
27.2
0
S Khan to H Shahidi, Down the leg side, the batter looks to sweep but misses. Wided. 150 up for Afghanistan.
27.1
0
S Khan to H Shahidi, The batsman defends it from within the crease.
26.6
0
I Wasim to S Shinwari, Tossed up on off, eased to mid off. Good over from Imad, just a single. Pakistan need a few more of these overs.
26.5
0
I Wasim to S Shinwari, Flatter on the stumps, pushed to mid off.
26.4
0
I Wasim to S Shinwari, The batsman dances down the track and does well to block the ball.
26.3
0
I Wasim to S Shinwari, Pitching on middle, eased to mid-wicket.
26.2
0
I Wasim to S Shinwari, Pitched outside off, pushed towards point.
26.1
1
I Wasim to H Shahidi, The batsman drives this through the covers. The batsmen have run through for a single.
25.6
1
S Khan to H Shahidi, This is eased down to long on for one.
25.6
0
S Khan to H Shahidi, WIDE! Down the leg side, HS looks to pull but misses.
25.5
0
S Khan to H Shahidi, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
25.4
1
S Khan to S Shinwari, On the shorter side on middle, the batter goes back and pulls it through square leg for a single.
25.3
1
S Khan to H Shahidi, This is worked through square leg for one.
25.2
0
S Khan to H Shahidi, Very full on the stumps, it is pushed back to the bowler.
25.1
4
S Khan to H Shahidi, FOUR! Beautiful shot! A little too full on off, this is stroked through covers and the ball races away to the fence.

Shadab Khan is back!

24.6
1
I Wasim to H Shahidi, Driven through the covers by the batsman. The batsmen have run through for a single.
24.5
0
I Wasim to H Shahidi, On middle, the batsman dances down the track and pushes the ball back to the bowler.
24.4
1
I Wasim to S Shinwari, Tossed up on middle, eased out to long on for a single.
24.3
0
I Wasim to S Shinwari, Flatter outside off, pushed to covers.
24.2
1
I Wasim to H Shahidi, Flatter and on middle, this is pushed down to long on for one.
24.1
0
I Wasim to H Shahidi, Very full and outside off, Shahidi mistimes his drive to covers.

Imad Wasim is on!

23.6
0
W Riaz to S Shinwari, Back of a length on off, it is kept out.
23.5
1
W Riaz to H Shahidi, Back of a length on off, HS guides it down to third man for one.
23.4
0
W Riaz to H Shahidi, Fuller and on the pads, Shahidi works it to mid on.
23.3
0
W Riaz to H Shahidi, Lovely stuff! Bends his back on this one and bangs it short on off, it keeps rising after pitching. Just about kisses the gloves of Shahidi as he tries to defend.
23.2
1
W Riaz to S Shinwari, On the pads, it is worked down to fine leg for a single.
23.1
0
W Riaz to S Shinwari, Good length on off, it is guided to point.
22.6
0
M Hasnain to H Shahidi, Slower ball on off, the batter guides it to point.
22.5
0
M Hasnain to H Shahidi, OHHH! BEATEN! Fuller in length and outside off, Sahidi looks to cut but connects with thin air. Luckily for Shahidi the ball misses the outside edge.
22.4
4
M Hasnain to H Shahidi, FOUR! Excellent placement! Goes short again and this time there is width on offer. Shahidi uses the pace and guides it to the left of third man for a boundary.
22.3
0
M Hasnain to H Shahidi, BEATEN! Short and outside off, Shahidi looks to cut but misses.
22.2
0
M Hasnain to H Shahidi, Short ball on the leg, it does not bounce much, Shahidi ducks under it.
22.1
4
M Hasnain to H Shahidi, FOUR! On a fuller length outside off, Shahidi leans and drives it through the covers for a boundary. Afghanistan looking in command here. No need to run for these.
21.6
0
W Riaz to S Shinwari, Back of a length on off, it is kept out.
21.5
1
W Riaz to H Shahidi, Shortish and outside off, it is slapped through covers for one.
21.4
0
W Riaz to H Shahidi, Back of a length on off, it is guided to point.
21.3
1
W Riaz to S Shinwari, Good length on off, Shinwari pokes at it and gets an outside edge down to third man for one.
21.2
1
W Riaz to H Shahidi, This time it is slapped to the left of the fielder at cover for a single.
21.1
2
W Riaz to H Shahidi, Slashed hard! Short and outside off, it is cut through point for a couple.
20.6
0
M Hasnain to S Shinwari, Beaten for pace there! A full toss on the pads, Shinwari looks to flick but is late and gets hit on the pads.
20.5
2
M Hasnain to S Shinwari, A couple now as this is worked through mid-wicket.
20.4
0
M Hasnain to S Shinwari, Shortish and outside off, it is left alone.
20.3
0
M Hasnain to S Shinwari, Another one which is driven to mid off.
20.2
0
M Hasnain to S Shinwari, Fuller on off, it is driven to mid off.
20.1
0
M Hasnain to S Shinwari, Was there an inside edge? Difficult to say! A yorker on middle, Shinwari looks to jam it out but not sure if he gets his bat down in time. The ball hits the pads. There is two noise though and hence, the umpire does not agree with the appeal.
19.6
1
W Riaz to S Shinwari, Shinwari off the mark staightaway. A back of a length on leg, Shinwari flicks it to fine leg for a single.

Samiullah Shinwari comes in.

19.5
0
W Riaz to R Shah, OUT! Shah loses his focus. A short delivery on leg, Shah tries to pull it towards fine leg but gets a little glove and the ball settles in the hands of skipper Sarfaraz. Much-needed wicket for Pakistan. The bowling change foes the trick. Shah departs after getting off to a start.
19.4
4
W Riaz to R Shah, FOUR! MISFIELD! A back of a length on off, Shah guides it to mid-wicket towards the third man. Hafeez at third man runs towards the ball and dives to his right but the ball goes under him and touches the ropes.
19.3
0
W Riaz to R Shah, Full on off, Rahmat Shah defends it.
19.2
0
W Riaz to R Shah, A back of a length delivery on off, Shah defends it with ease.
19.1
0
W Riaz to R Shah, Riaz bowls this short of a length on off, Rahmat plays it to point.
18.6
4
M Hasnain to H Shahidi, FOUR! Clever batting! Once again, excellent use of the pace of the bowler. Second boundary in the over. Short and on middle, Shahidi arches and then upper cuts it over the keeper and into the third man fence.
18.5
0
M Hasnain to H Shahidi, Full and on middle, this is hit to mid on.
18.4
0
M Hasnain to H Shahidi, NOT OUT! Absolutely nothing there! As written, it was a review more in hope. They lose their sole review though. Short and on off, Shahidi looks to upper cut but misses. Sarfaraz takes it and then appeals. The umpire shakes his head. A chat between the bowler and the keeper. They go for the review and replays show that the on-field call is the right one.

Review time! An appeal for a caught behind has been turned down. Pakistan review. No one looks excited though. It is more in hope.

18.3
1
M Hasnain to R Shah, Length delivery pushed to third man for a single.
18.2
4
M Hasnain to R Shah, FOUR! Down the ground! A length delivery outside off, Shah just uses the pace of the bowler and pushes it back past him. beautiful shot.
18.1
0
M Hasnain to R Shah, A length ball outside off, defended back to the covers.
17.6
1
S Khan to R Shah, On the shorter side, Zazai pushes it through covers for another run.
17.5
0
S Khan to R Shah, Floats it up on off, it is pushed to point.
17.4
0
S Khan to R Shah, Outside off, left alone.
17.3
0
S Khan to R Shah, Played to the point region by the batsman.
17.2
0
S Khan to R Shah, Nope! Shadab bowls it slower and wide outside off. Rahmat drags it but straight to mid on.
17.2
6
S Khan to R Shah, NO BALL AND SIX! A freebie there, a full toss, Shah stands tall and hits it over the mid on fielder. It carries all the way. Can he do the same on the Free Hit? 100 up for Afghanistan.
17.1
0
S Khan to R Shah, On the stumps, it is kept out.

Drinks!

16.6
1
M Hasnain to R Shah, Good timing again! Waits for the ball to come to him and then guides it to the right of point for one.
16.5
1
M Hasnain to H Shahidi, Nicely played! Opens the face of the bat at the very end and guides it down to third man for one.
16.4
0
M Hasnain to H Shahidi, Full and outside off, Shahidi guides it to point.
16.3
2
M Hasnain to H Shahidi, Full and on the pads, it is flicked towards fine leg. It is away from the fielder so they take two.
16.2
1
M Hasnain to R Shah, Shorter in length on off, Shah guides it down to third man for a single.
16.1
0
M Hasnain to R Shah, Back of a length on off, it is blocked.

Mohammad Hasnain comes in.

15.6
1
S Khan to R Shah, Another single as this low full toss is pushed through mid-wicket.
15.5
1
S Khan to H Shahidi, Flatter and on off, this is pushed to covers.
15.4
0
S Khan to H Shahidi, On off, it is kept out.
15.3
0
S Khan to H Shahidi, The googly on middle, Shahidi works it to mid-wicket.
15.2
1
S Khan to R Shah, A yorker outside off, it is jammed out towards cover for a single.
15.1
0
S Khan to R Shah, Flighted ball on middle, it is pushed back to the bowler.
14.6
0
M Hafeez to H Shahidi, Flatter and on off, it is pushed back to the bowler. Another tight over by Hafeez.
14.5
1
M Hafeez to R Shah, Once again uses his feet and then strokes it to long on for a single.
14.4
2
M Hafeez to R Shah, Nicely played! Uses his feet and works it away from deep mid-wicket for a brace.
14.3
0
M Hafeez to R Shah, Another dot as this is worked to square leg.
14.2
0
M Hafeez to R Shah, This is hit towards mid on but mid-wicket runs to his left and stops it.
14.1
0
M Hafeez to R Shah, On the stumps, Shah goes back and works it to mid-wicket.
13.6
0
S Khan to H Shahidi, The leg spinner, the batter picks it and with the turn, works it to mid-wicket. Pakistan managing to pull things back here.
13.5
1
S Khan to R Shah, Shah eases it down to long off for a run.
13.4
0
S Khan to R Shah, Floats it up on off, Rahmat keeps it out.
13.3
1
S Khan to H Shahidi, On the pads, it is worked towards square leg for a single.
13.2
0
S Khan to H Shahidi, A yorker, it is jammed out to mid-wicket.
13.1
1
S Khan to R Shah, Short and on middle, Rahmat powers the pull but to deep mid-wicket. Only a single.
12.6
0
M Hafeez to H Shahidi, Another dot and end of another tight over. This is pushed back to the bowler.
12.5
0
M Hafeez to H Shahidi, This is fired on the pads, it is worked to square leg.
12.4
1
M Hafeez to R Shah, Dances down the track and strokes it to long on for one.
12.3
1
M Hafeez to H Shahidi, Shahidi eases it down to long off for a run.
12.2
0
M Hafeez to H Shahidi, Slower through the air on off, Shahidi guides it to point.
12.1
0
M Hafeez to H Shahidi, Flatter and on off, it is pushed back to the bowler.
11.6
0
S Khan to R Shah, The slider and it is kept out. End of a brilliant over by Shadab. A much-needed one for Pakistan.
11.5
0
S Khan to R Shah, The googly now no off, Shah keeps it out.
11.4
0
S Khan to R Shah, Floats it up outside off, it is another leg spinner. Zazai looks to defend but it goes off the outside edge to short third man.
11.3
0
S Khan to R Shah, The leg spinner outside off, Shah picks it and leaves it alone.
11.2
2
S Khan to R Shah, Shortish and outside off, Rahmat guides it past point for a couple.

Hashmatullah Shahidi is the next batsman in.

11.1
0
S Khan to H Zazai, OUT! In the air... and what a catch there by Malik. What a return for Shadab, he strikes on his very first ball in his comeback game. Zazai falls one short of a half ton. The googly probably, it is fuller and on middle. Zazai looks to go against the spin, in the area he loves, over mid-wicket. Gets a top edge, it goes high up in the air towards the deep there. Mailk makes good ground to his right and takes a sliding catch. End of an entertaining innings from Zazai. He has got Afghanistan to a very good start. It will be interesting to see which team capitalizes now.

Shadab Khan is on now!

10.6
0
M Hafeez to R Shah, Uses his feet and works it to mid-wicket.
10.5
1
M Hafeez to H Zazai, Moves onto 49 as he pushes it down to long on for a single.
10.4
0
M Hafeez to H Zazai, Flatter and on off, Zazai pushes it back to the bowler.
10.3
1
M Hafeez to R Shah, Slower through the air on the pads, Zazai looks to work it but it goes off the inner half towards short fine leg. A single.
10.2
0
M Hafeez to R Shah, Uses his feet and works it to mid-wicket.
10.1
0
M Hafeez to R Shah, On the stumps, it is kept out.

Powerplay 2 time. 4 fielders allowed outside the inner circle till the 40th over.

9.6
6
W Riaz to H Zazai, SIX! SMOKED! No problem with the timing on that one. 18 from the over and Afghanistan are right on top after Powerplay 1. Shortish, a nothing length. Zazai smashes it over the mid-wicket fence for a biggie. 185 more needed.
9.5
4
W Riaz to H Zazai, FOUR! 10 from the two balls! This is also not timed though. Length and around middle, Zazai looks to slap it but gets a top edge. It goes over mid on where Malik runs after it but fails to reach it.
9.4
6
W Riaz to H Zazai, SIX! Fortune favours the brave and it has surely favoured Zazai here. A short ball on middle, Zazai goes for the pull but gets a top edge over the fine leg fence.
9.3
1
W Riaz to R Shah, Good fielding! This is stroked on the up towards the left of mid off. Malik there moves to the ball and keeps it down to one.
9.2
0
W Riaz to R Shah, Good length again on off, Shah drives it on the up towards mid off.
9.1
0
W Riaz to R Shah, Back of a length on off, it is defended.
9.1
0
W Riaz to R Shah, Down the leg side, the batter looks to flick but misses. Wided.
8.6
0
M Hafeez to H Zazai, On the stumps, HZ pushes it back to the bowler.
8.5
4
M Hafeez to H Zazai, FOUR! Easy-peasy! Too short and outside off, Zazai goes back and slaps it through the off side this time, finds the gap and the ball races away to the fence.
8.4
0
M Hafeez to H Zazai, Shortish and on off, Zazai goes back and slaps it to mid off.
8.3
0
M Hafeez to H Zazai, Floats it up on off, Zazai keeps it out.
8.2
1
M Hafeez to R Shah, This is eased down to long on for a single.
8.1
0
M Hafeez to R Shah, This is worked with the turn to mid-wicket.

Mohammad Hafeez is on!

7.6
0
W Riaz to H Zazai, A short delivery outside off from Riaz, Zazai looks for a pull but fails to make any connection.
7.5
1
W Riaz to R Shah, A back of a length on off, Rahmat guides it to third man for a single.
7.5
0
W Riaz to R Shah, WIDE! A bouncer! Rahmat ducks under it. Umpire signals wide.
7.4
0
W Riaz to R Shah, Riaz pulls his length back, Shah plays it to mid-wicket.
7.3
0
W Riaz to R Shah, Full on off, Shah defends it with ease.
7.2
0
W Riaz to R Shah, A back of a length delivery on middle and leg, Rahmat defends it on his back foot.
7.1
1
W Riaz to H Zazai, Riaz starts with a short delivery on off and middle, Zazai pulls it towards the mid-wicket region for a run.
6.6
0
M Amir to R Shah, A solid defense to end the over! Length and on off, Shah plants his front foot forward and keeps it out.
6.5
1
M Amir to R Shah, A wild swing! Slower one on middle, Zazai is way too early in the shot. It goes off the bottom and through mid-wicket for one.
6.4
0
M Amir to R Shah, Shortish and on off, Shah pushes it to covers.

Mohammad Shahzad is walking off! He wants to take no risks and that is probably the right decision. Rahmat Shah is the new man in.

6.3
4
M Amir to H Zazai, FOUR! Up and over! Short and outside off, easy for the batters. Zazai cuts it over point for another boundary. Pakistan are bowling to his strengths. 50 up for Afghanistan and it has come up in no time.
6.2
1
M Amir to M Shahzad, The batsman plays it with an angled bat and guides it to third man. One run added to the total.
6.1
1
M Amir to H Zazai, Good running! This is angled into the off pole, the batter guides it towards point for a quick run.
5.6
0
S Afridi to M Shahzad, Goes back to bowling length and on off, it is defended.
5.5
0
S Afridi to M Shahzad, Fullish and on the pads, Shahzad works it to mid-wicket.
5.4
0
S Afridi to M Shahzad, On the shorter side and this is closer to the off pole, Shahzad stands tall and keeps it out.

Shahzad is in some discomfort here. The physio is out to have a look at his leg. Seems to be cramps.

5.3
4
S Afridi to M Shahzad, FOUR! Again! Poor bowling this. He bangs it short and wide outside off, Shahzad once again cuts it through point. No stopping once it beats the fielders in the ring.
5.2
4
S Afridi to M Shahzad, FOUR! Dealing in boundaries are Afghanistan! A little width on offer outside off and the batsman pounces on it. MS cuts it through point and bags a boundary.
5.1
0
S Afridi to M Shahzad, Back of a length on off, Mohammad guides it to point.
5.1
0
S Afridi to M Shahzad, Bends his back on this one and bowls it short but it is above the batsman's head. Wided.

Afridi may have missed his run up there! He bails out at the very end.

4.6
0
M Amir to H Zazai, Another slower one on middle, Zazai works it to short fine leg.
4.5
0
M Amir to H Zazai, Another slower one and Zazai strokes it nicely to covers.
4.4
0
M Amir to H Zazai, Fullish and outside off, Zazai strokes it but finds covers.
4.3
1
M Amir to M Shahzad, Slower one on off, Shahzad waits for it and then guides it down to third man for a single.
4.2
0
M Amir to M Shahzad, Back of a length on off, it is defended onto the ground.
4.1
0
M Amir to M Shahzad, Fuller on off, Shahzad lunges and keeps it out.
3.6
4
S Afridi to H Zazai, FOUR! Wide outside off, Zazai smashes it through covers for the boundary. 21 runs from the over. Zazai having the upper hand against the bowler. He waves him to go back.
3.5
4
S Afridi to H Zazai, FOUR! Take that says Zazai. Short delivery by Shaheeh. Zazai pulls this towards the square leg region for another boundary. And that is how a batsman replies.
3.5
0
S Afridi to H Zazai, Wide! Shaheen bowls a bouncer which goes over the batsman's head. The umpire signals wide. A few words exchanged between the Zazai and Afridi. But Zazai is not interested as he signals Afridi to go to his bowling mark.
3.4
0
S Afridi to H Zazai, A dot ball against the run of play. And that's how a bowler replies. Bowls a bouncer on middle which goes past batsman's helmet.
3.3
4
S Afridi to H Zazai, FOUR! Three fours in a row. This is brilliant striking. Full on middle and leg, Zazai makes some room and smashes it past mid-wicket for another boundary.
3.2
4
S Afridi to H Zazai, FOUR! Crushed! Full on off, Zarzai drags it from off to mid-wicket for a four.
3.1
4
S Afridi to H Zazai, FOUR! Shaheen stays down the leg side. Zazai flicks it towards the square leg region for a boundary. That deserved to be hit.
2.6
0
M Amir to M Shahzad, Back of a length on off, it is guided to point. Excellent over for Afghanistan.
2.5
4
M Amir to M Shahzad, FOUR! Nicely played! Just used the pace of the bowler. Length and angling away from off. Shahzad opens the face and gets it past point. The third man fielder runs to his right and dives but fails to stop it.
2.4
0
M Amir to M Shahzad, Fuller and on off, the batter looks to drive but it goes off the inner half to mid off.
2.3
4
M Amir to M Shahzad, FOUR! Poor ball and put away! Down the leg side, the batter flicks it fine to the fine leg fence.
2.2
0
M Amir to M Shahzad, On the shorter side and on the body, MS looks to pull but misses to get hit on the body.
2.1
1
M Amir to H Zazai, This is angled into the batsman, he flicks it through square leg for a run.
1.6
0
S Afridi to M Shahzad, Slightly fuller and outside off, MS mistimes it to covers.
1.5
4
S Afridi to M Shahzad, FOUR! First of the innings! Full and on middle, Shahzad flicks it against the angle and through mid-wicket for a boundary.
1.4
0
S Afridi to M Shahzad, Goes wide outside off again, looking to draw a loose stroke from Shahzad. He lets it be.
1.3
0
S Afridi to M Shahzad, Another one just outside off, left alone.
1.2
0
S Afridi to M Shahzad, Back of a length on off, it is kept out.
1.1
0
S Afridi to M Shahzad, Shortish and outside off, Shahzad throws his bat at it but chops it to point.

Shaheen Afridi to bowl from the other end!

0.6
0
M Amir to H Zazai, On the fuller side again, no swing on offer, Zazai pushes it to mid off. End of a good over by Amir.
0.5
0
M Amir to H Zazai, Good length and around off, Zazai lunges and keeps it out.
0.4
1
M Amir to M Shahzad, Afghanistan are off the mark! Shahzad works it towards mid-wicket and gets to the other end.
0.3
0
M Amir to M Shahzad, This one is angled away from the batter, Shahzad makes a leave.
0.2
0
M Amir to M Shahzad, This one tails back in a little as it is a touch full. It is on middle, Shahzad defends it again.
0.1
0
M Amir to M Shahzad, Back of a length on off, Shahzad defends it off the back foot.

We are back for the chase. The Afghanistan openers Mohammad Shehzad and Hazratullah Zazai make their way out to the middle. Mohammad Amir to open the bowling. Here we go...