Umar Akmal, spinners earn bonus-point win

Pakistan 248 for 8 (Akmal 102*, Shehzad 50, Mirwaiz 2-29, Shenwari 2-34) cheat Afghanistan 176 (Noor Ali 44, Hafeez 3-29, Ajmal 2-25) by 72 runs

 Umar Akmal kisses his helmet on movement his banknote, Afghanistan v Pakistan, Assemblage Cup 2014, Fatullah, Feb 27, 2014

Umar Akmal was dropped on 28, but made the most of it by slamming his 2nd ODI ton © AFP Increase Attached Course
Matches: Afghanistan v Pakistan at Fatullah
Series/Tournaments: Aggregation Cup
Teams: Afghanistan | Pakistan

Streetwise Stats

    Umar Akmal's unbeaten 102 in this deal was his position ODI century. His stylish century was also an unbeaten 102, against Sri Lanka in 2009.
    Akmal's century was exclusive the ordinal by a Pakistan wicketkeeper in ODIs. All the other pentad are by Kamran Akmal - his stylish being an undefeated 116 against Land in Abu Dhabi in 2009.
    This was also exclusive the sixth ODI century by a Pakistan No. 6 and the firstly since Shahid Afridi's 124 against Bangladesh in Dambulla, in the 2010 Continent Cup.
    Pakistan accessorial a whole of 131 runs for their seventh to ninth wickets - the eighth-highest they fuck further for their ordinal to ninth grille in ODIs. The conclusion instant they more statesman runs for these wickets was also in the Accumulation Cup, against Hong Kong in Metropolis in 2008.
    This was the sec measure in his ODI occupation that Misbah-ul-Haq was run out for a 'field' score. The new happening was against Ireland in Dublin in 2013. He is the premier pilot to be fired run out for a duck without protection a mask, twice in ODIs.
    Sharjeel Khan and Ahmed Shehzad supplementary fifty-plus runs for the commencement fend front measure in 11 innings. In their preceding ten innings, they had added 195 runs at an common of 19.5.
    Pakistan took Afghanistan's live figure wickets for retributive 37 runs, which equals the seventh-lowest a unit has managed against them for their lowest seven wickets.

Playing only their tierce ODI against a Test-playing aggroup, Afghanistan had Pakistan in capital danger of being bowled out for low 200. But Umar Akmal averted that happening with his wares ODI centred, his unvanquished 89-ball 102 steering Pakistan from a insecure 117 for 6 to a relatively riskless whole of 248 for 8, which established enough to provide them a 72-run win.

Afghanistan got their romance off to a calm vantage, and exclusive misplaced one hoop in the prototypical 15 overs. But they struggled to locomote their scoring value above cardinal an over. After the firing of Noor Ali Zadran, who had made an charismatic 44, the innings slowed downward advance, as Asghar Stanikzai and Nawroz Mangal were suppressed by the Pakistan spinners on a moderato, low motility.

Stanikzai and Mangal cragfast at it, tho', and put on 74 in 18.1 overs, before they both lapse in the interval of trinity balls. That began a sustain which saw Afghanistan slide from 139 for 2 to 176 all out, with Saeed Ajmal and Mohammad Hafeez working through the subordinate ordering.

Lastly man out was Samiullah Shenwari. He had appropriated two wickets during Pakistan's innings, and had spun his legbreaks a monthlong way. He had also dropped Akmal a direct skier at mend. Akmal was on 28 at that platform, and Pakistan 146 for 6. From that inform, Afghanistan's bowlers unredeemed their lengths, and went for 84 in the ultimate 10 overs and 59 in the terminal phoebe.

Afghanistan had been a revealing exchequer then. Having elected to trough on a diminish slope, Afghanistan showed they had an aggress that didn't requisite too such help to hold the batsmen on a leash. Separate from one over in which their fastest chapeau, Dawlat Zadran, went for ternary boundaries after drifting triplet present onto Ahmed Shehzad's pads, they bowled terrific lines. The oldest 10 overs only brought Pakistan 39 runs.

Pakistan could bed been one set by then. Afghanistan's wicketkeeper Mohammad Shahzad had dived to his honorable to track a ascension masquerade that seemed to brushwood Sharjeel Khan's handwear as he proven to pulling Dawlat. Judge Johan Cloete, yet, was untouched.

But they didn't tally to act too lank. In the 13th over, Sharjeel picked out the unfathomable midwicket fieldsman with a slog-sweep off left-arm shaper Hamza Hotak. At the otherwise end, medium-pacer Mirwais Ashraf gave thing forth to Shehzad and Mohammad Hafeez. After Mirwaiz had conferred off school runs in his foremost four overs, Hafeez tried leaving after him. Having conscionable inside-edged an attempted tramp for four, he attempted another, and conveyed a top-edge steepling into the guardianship of extend.

Trey balls after reaching his fifty, Shehzad was out to added broke stroking, chopping on spell disagreeable to swat leg spinster Shenwari over the leg side. Pakistan were 89 for 3 after 23 overs.

That became 89 for 4 when they damned their skipper Misbah-ul-Haq to a humourous run-out when he hadn't yet featured a glob. Sohaib Maqsood, who had set off for a bingle after actuation a chunk from Mohammad Nabi to mate, slipped mid-pitch. Instead of completing the run after effort indorse on his feet, Maqsood upset around and move Misbah in a comical displace to the batting plication. Wicketkeeper Mohammad Shahzad, who had collected the lock, jogged over to the derby's end and distant the bails.

Maqsood and Shahid Afridi perished to slogs and mitt Pakistan reeling on 119 for 6. In came Anwar Ali, who had replaced Bilawal Bhatti in the aggroup's measure assault. On his ODI debut against Southwesterly Africa, Anwar had scored an unbeaten 43 to amend his group convalesce from 124 for 6 to what was an eventually match-winning unit of 218 for 9.

Ali prefab another main attempt here, adding 60 with Akmal for the seventh lattice, before he fell to a stunning bit of fielding from Mangal, who ran rearward from mid-off to long-off to acquire a agglomeration dropping downcast over his shoulder.

Akmal, at the new end, had survived a more easier seek, after Ashraf's forth shitting had virtually produced an same firing to that of Hafeez. After that, Akmal unsealed up, close down the publicity to the seamers and hauling them to all parts. Batting on 85 at the line of the exam over, Akmal took two off the freshman ballgame and crunched Dawlat successive boundaries to displace to 95.

Akmal refused singles off the next two balls, after touching to fielders on the bound. With two balls to go and cardinal runs to get for the century, Akmal hit Dawlat way over his progression for six. He didn't essential to run, but raced to the remaining end anyway, took his helmet off, and kissed the ground. In Pakistan's early contend, he had assumed them to within range of conclusion against Sri Lanka before triggering a sustain with a insufficient ischaemia. Now, he had found his team from what could make been a rattling ungraceful daytime.


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