ACC Trophy Elite 2010 - Commentary - Afghanistan v UAE

Venue : Kuwait
Dates : 31st March - 9th April 2010

 

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UAE really played close to their best and had to, in order to beat Afghanistan who were pretty good themselves. No doubts about the Man of the Match, it's going to be UAE's Saqib Ali for bringing his team back home but it was the UAE bowlers who set up the win, bowling very well in the morning to keep Afghanistan down to 217.

In the titanic tussle between these two great rivals, that's one for the UAE after a series of recent losses. They could even do it again if these two teams meet in the Final next Friday.
A really god match, the result in the balance until the very end.
UAE WIN BY TWO WICKETS
UAE 218 for 8 off 49.1 overs (A. Rehman 30, S.Ali 93*; S.Zadran 3-28)
UAE win a great match
49.1 Nowroz to Saqib, 1 run, in the air just past mid-on
UAE 218 for 8, need 1 run to win
48.6 Hamid to Qasim, no run
SCORES TIED
48.5 Hamid to Saqib, 1 run
48.4 Hamid to Qasim, 1 run, full length ball on the stumps pushed past the bowler
48.3 Hamid to Saqib, 1 run, pushed to off
48.2 Hamid to Saqib, 2 runs, driven to deep extra
48.1 Hamid to Saqib, no run, right in the blockhole
Saqib 88* (97 balls), Qasim 8* (3 balls)
End of over 48 (11 runs) UAE 212 for 8 off 48 overs
6 wanted off 12 balls
47.6 Shahpour to Qasim, FOUR, flicked off his pads fine
47.5 Shahpour to Qasim, 2 leg-byes
47.4 Shahpour to Qasim, FOUR, edged past the keeper
New batsman is Qasim Zubair RHB
Hamid landed awkwardly in taking the catch and is receiving treatment from the physio
It's his right-shoulder that sems to have been jarred in landing
Qadar Nawaz c Hamid Hassan b Shahpour Zadran 12 (10 balls, 2 fours)
UAE: 202 for 8, 16 wanted off 15 balls
47.3 Shahpour to Qadar, WICKET, waht a catch by Hamid, diving to his left! Qadar flicked the full toss to square leg and HAmid did wonders
47.2 Shahpour to Saqib, 1 run, edged down to third man
47.1 Shahpour to Saqib, no run, wide of off-stump
UAE 201 for 7 with 3 overs to go, and 17 wanted
Saqib 87*, Qadar 12*

Last over of the Powerplay coming up
46.6 Hamid to Qadar, no run, Hamid fields off his own bowling
46.5 Hamid to Saqib, 1 run
46.4 Hamid to Qadar, 1 leg-bye
UAE 200
Need 18 off 20 balls
46.3 Hamid to Qadar, FOUR, attempted yorker turns into a full-toss and Qadar swings through the line
46.2 Hamid to Qadar, no run
Slight hold-up n play as the sightscreen is adjusted
46.1 Hamid to Saqib, 1 run
Shadows long, crowd big, tension high
24 off 24 needed
End of over 46 (10 runs) UAE 194 for 7 TArget 218 (50 overs)
45.6 Shahpour to Qadar, 2 runs, full toss hit just over Karim's upraised hands at cover
45.6 Shahpour to Qadar, WIDE, outside off
45.5 Shahpour to Saqib, 1 run, pushed to cover
45.4 Shahpour to Qadar, 1 run. played to Sami at point
45.3 Shahpour to Qadar, FOUR, attempted leg-stump yorker flicked down to fine leg and with the Powerplay that's going all the way
45.2 Shahpour to Qadar, no run, Sami runs in hard
45.1 Shahpour to Saqib, 1 run, great drive and great stop by Karim at cover
The game could really go either way now
Shahpour Zadran LMF to come in from the Port End
End of over 45 (3 runs) UAE 184 for 7 Target 218 (50 overs)'
UAE need 34 off 30 balls
Saqib 83* (91 balls), Qadar 1*
44.6 Hamid to Saqib. 1 run to keep the strike
44.5 Hamid to Qadar, 1 run, firm push, confident stroke
The lion has roared, can he do so again?
New batsman is Qadar Nawaz RHB
UAE 182 for 7 off 44.4 overs
Shadeep Silva b Hamid Hassan 8 (20 balls, 1 four)
44.4 Hamid to Shadeep, WICKET, straighter and bowls Shadeep
44.3 Hamid to Shadeep, no run, beaten more closely outside off
44.2 Hamid to Shadeep, no run, beaten outside off
What can the lion do now?
44.1 Hamid to Saqib, 1 run, tapped back past the bowler
Hamid limping back to his mark
What can the lion do?
Hamid Hassan RF
UAE need 37 runs off 36 balls
End of over 44 (5 runs) UAE 181 for 6 Target 218 (50 overs)
Saqib 81*, Shadeep 8*
43.6 Karim to Saqib, 1 run to keep the strike
43.5 Karim to Saqib, no run, Nowroz fields well
43.4 Karim to Saqib, no run, on the pads, appeal
43.3 Karim to Saqib, no run
43.2 Karim to Saqib, no run
43.1 Karim to Saqib, FOUR, Karim drops short and Saqib cuts hard into the gap
Karim Sadiq OB - last over 9-2-35-1
Crowd very quiet. ONly UAE fans are in their own tent
End of over 43 (7 runs) UAE 176 off 43 overs
Saqib 76*, Shadeep 8*

UAE need 42 off 42 balls
42.6 Sami to Shadeep, no run
42.5 Sami to Saqib, 1 run
42.4 Sami to Saqib, no run, could have been run-out but gets back in time
42.3 Sami to Shadeep, 1 run, pushed to long-on
42.2 Sami to Shadeep, FOUR, tickled fine
42.2 Sami to Shadeep, WIDE
42.1 Sami LB to Shadeep LHB, no run
Sami to bowl his 8th over
End of over 42 (6 runs) UAE 169 for 6 Target 218 (50 overs)
UAE need 49 off 48 balls
41.6 Karim to Shadeep, 1 run, full toss hit to deep extra, extra run spunrned as Saqib wants the strike
41.5 Karim to Shadeep, no run
41.4 Karim to Shadeep, no run, plays and misses
41.3 KArim to Saqib, 1 run
41.2 Karim to Saqib, FOUR, connects with the cut shot this time
41.1 Karim to Sadiq, no run, played and missed
Karim OB to bowl his 9th over
End of over 41 (3 runs) UAE 163 for 6 Target 218 (50 overs)
UAE need 55 off 54 balls
40.6 Sami to Saqib, 1 run
40.5 Sami to Saqib, no run
40.4 Sami to Shadeep, no run, CHANCE, thrrough the bowler's hands diving to his left
1 run taken
40.3 Sami to Shadeep, no run
40.2 Sami to Shadeep, no run, dinked to backward point
40.1 Sami LB to Saqib, 1 run, swung high and hard to midwicket
End of over 40 (2 runs) UAE 160 for 6 Target 218 (50 overs)
UAE need 58 off 10 overs
39.6 Karim to Shadeep, no run
39.5 Karim to Saqib 1 run
39.4 Karim to Saqib, no run, bump-ball back to the bowler
39.3 Karim to Shadeep, 1 run, lofted drive, falls short of long-off
39.2 Karim to Shadeep, no run
39.1 Karim to Shadeep, no run
Good over for UAE in this ding-dong battle. UAE need 60 off 66 balls
End of over 39 (8 runs) UAE 158 for 6 Target 218 (50 overs)
38.6 Sami to Saqib, no run
38.5 Sami to Saqib, 2 runs
38.4 Sami to Saqib, no run
38.3 Sami to Saqib, FOUR, cut to third man
38.2 Sami to Saqib 2 runs, driven into the lergside gap
38.1 Sami LB to Saqib RHB, no run, bails whipped off by Shahzad
UAE 150 for 6 off 38 overs Target 218 (50 overs)
WICKET MAIDEN
Big over for Afghanistan
37.6 KArim to Shadeep, no run
37.5 KArim to Shadeep, no run
37.4 KArim to Shadeep, no run
Shadeep Silva LHB is the new batsman
UAE 150 for 6 off 37.3 overs
Fayyaz Ahmed c Asghar Stanikzai b Karim Sadiq 11 (21 balls)
37.3 KArim to Fayyaz, WICKET, sliced drive off a bal turning and bouncing and Asghar at backward point catches
37.2 KArim to Fayyaz, no run
37.1 KArim to Fayyaz, no run
UAE need 68 off 13 overs
End of over 37 (2 runs) UAE 150 for 5 Target 218 (50 overs)
36.6 Sami to Saqib, no run, stopped well off his own bowling
36.5 Sami to Saqib, no run, uppish to backward point
36.4 Sam to Saqib, no run, forward defensive
36.3 Sami to Fayyaz, 1 run, clipped to long on Hamid
UAE 150
36.2 Sami to Fayyaz LHB, no run, big appeal for lbw as the batsman sweeps
36.1 Sami LB to Saqib RHB, 1 run, cut to point
End of over 36 (9 runs) UAE 148 for 5 TArget 218 (50 overs)
35.6 Karim to Sadiq, 1 run, in the air for a long time, Asghar picks up on the bounce at deep backward square
35.5 Karim to Saqib, SIX, swung round to midwicket
35.4 Karim to Fayyaz, 1 run, tucked round to fine leg
35.3 Karim to Fayyaz LHB, no run, cut to backward point Hamid Hassan
35.2 Karim to Fayyaz, no run, big appeal for lbw
35.1 KArim OB to Saqib RHB, 1 run
UAE have doen well in just chipping away and with 5.26 an over needed off the last 15 the game is well within reach of the batting side
Game evenly poised, lot rests on Saqib who, in spite of running out Naeem (who wasn't happy at all) is the one batsman who can get UAE home.
DRINKS
UAE need 79 off 15 overs at 5.26 runs an over
End of over 35 (4 runs) UAE 139 for 5 Target 218 (50 overs)
34.6 Hamid to Saqib, 1 run to leg
Saqib's 50 off 60 balls
34.5 Hamid to Saqib, no run, slower ball into the legs and missed by the batsman
34.4 Hamid to Fayyaz, 1 run, full-toss played to off
34.3 Hamid to Saqib,1 run, punched to the cover sweeper
34.2 Hamid to Fayyaz, 1 run, swung to leg
34.1 Hamid RF to Fayyaz LHB, no run
UAE need 83 off 16 overs at 5.18 n over
End of over 34 (3 runs) UAE 135 for 5 Target 218 (50 overs)
33.6 Sami to Fayyaz, 1 run, played to square leg
33.5 Sami to Fayyaz, no run, tossed up, played back
33.4 Sami to Fayyaz, 2 runs, firm clip to midwicket
33.3 Sami to Fayyaz, no run
33.2 Sami to Fayyaz, no run
33.1 Sami to Fayyaz, no run
End of over 33 (6 runs) UAE 132 for 5 Target 218 (50 overs)
Saqib 48*, Fayyaz 4*
32.6 Hamid to Fayyaz, 1 run
32.5 Hamid to Saqib, 1 run, attempted yorker pushed tolong-on
32.4 Hamid to Saqib, no run. Saqib looking for the single, in the end hapy to avoid beng run-out
32.3 Hamid to Saqib, no run
32.2 Hamid to Saqib, FOUR, cut to backward point
32.1 Hamid to Saqib, no run
UAE 126 for 5 after 32 overs
UAE need 93 off 18 overs at 5.16 per over
End of over 32 (8 runs) UAE 125 for 5 Target 218 (50 overs)
31.6 Nowroz to Saqib. 1 run
31.5 Nowroz to Saqib. no run, on-drive missed as the balls spins into the pads
31.4 Nowroz to Saqib. FOUR, swept powerfully all along the ground
31.3 Nowroz to Fayyaz, 1 run
31.2 Nowroz to Fayyaz, 2 runs
31.1 Nowroz OB to Fayyaz Ahmed LHB, no run
UAE 117 for 5 after 32 overs
Temporary communications loss - BACK ASAP
30.1 Hamid to Naeem FREE HIT, 1 run to deep extra cover
30.1 Hamid to Naeem FREE HIT, NO BALL again
50 -partnership off 67 balls
30.1 Hamid to Naeem, NO BALL
HAmid RF comes back from the Port End, gets a big cheer from the Afghan fans
UAE need 109 off 20 overs at 5.45 runs per over
End of over 30 (9 runs) UAE 109 for 4 Target 218 (50 overs)
29.6 Nasrat to Saqib, SIX, swung sweetly from offstump over square leg
29.5 Nasrat to Naeem, 1 run, driven to long-on
29.4 Nasrat to Saqib, 1 run, driven square
29.3 Nasrat SLA to Saqib RHB, no run, no room to play a shot
29.2 Nasrat to Naeem, 1 run
29.1 Nasrat to Naeem, no run, fielded well off his own bowling
End of over 29 UAE 100 for 4 Target 218 (50 overs)
28.6 Sami to Saqib, no run, forward defensive again
28.5 Sami to Saqib, no run, forward defensive
UAE 100
28.4 Sami to NAeem, 1 run, tip and run on leg
28.3 Sami to Saqib, 1 run, good square drive
28.2 Sami to Saqib, no run
28.1 Sami LB to NAeem RHB, 1 run, pulled to leg
End of over 28 (5 runs) UAE 97 for 4 Target 218 (50 overs)
27.6 Nasrat to Naeem, 1 run, played to leg
27.5 Nasrat to Naeem, no run, drops on a length and played back
27.5 Nasrat to Naeem, WIDE, down leg
27.4 Nasrat SLA to Naeem RHB, no run
27.3 Nasrat to Saqib, 1 run, tip and run to the off-side
27.2 Nasrat to Naeem, 1 run, driven to long on
27.1 Nasrat to Naeem, no run
End of over 27 (5 runs) UAE 92 for 4 Target 218 (50 overs)
26.6 Sami to Saqib, 1 run, cut to backward point
26.5 Sami to Naeem, 1 run, cut to Shahpour at dep extra
26.4 Sami to Saqib, 1 run, tip and run behind square on the off-side
26.3 Sami to Saqib, no run, quicker delivery
26.2 Sami to Saqib, no run, the googly but missing leg
26.1 Sami LB to Saqib RHB, 2 runs, edges between keeper and slip, ball bouncing and turning
End of over 26 (5 runs), UAE 87 for 4 TArget 218 (50 overs)
25.6 Nasrat to Naeem, no run, driven to cover
25.5 Nasrat to Naeem, no run, tossed up, NAeem can't beat the infield
25.4 Nasrat to Naeem, no run
25.3 Nasrat to Naeem, no run
25.2 Nasrat to Naeem, FOUR, swept sweetly. Midw-wocket on the boundary has no chance
25.1 Nasrat SLA to Saqib, 1 run
ENd of over 25 (3 runs) UAE 82 for 4 Target 218 (50 overs)
UAE need 136 off 25 overs at 5.44 per over
24.6 Sami to Saqib, 1 run, Saqib cuts to point
24.5 Sami to Saqib, no run, defended
24.4 Sami to Saqib, no run, bounces on off stump, Saqib plays and mises
24.3 Sami to Saqib,no run, right on the stumps and Saqib has no choice but to defend
24.2 Sami to Saqib, no run
24.1 Sami t Saqib, 2 runs, dabbed down to third man
New Bowler Samiullah Shenwari LB replaces Nowroz 7-0-17-1
End of over 24 (2 runs) UAE 79 for 4 Target 218 (50 overs)
Temporary loss of communications, BACK ASAP
End of over 23 (4 runs) UAE 77 for 4 Target 218 (50 overs)
22.6 Nowroz to Saqib, no run, fird in faster, Saqib plays and misses
22.5 Nowroz to Naeem, 1 run, pushed to long-on, easy cricket
22.4 Nowroz to Saqib, 1 run, good tip and run
22.3 Nowroz to Naeem, 1 run, flicked to square leg
22.2 Nowroz OB to Saqib RHB, 1 run, driven to long-on
22.1 Nowroz to Saqib, no run, forwaerd defensive
UAE 73 for 4 off 22 overs Target 218 (50 overs)
Temporary loss of communications, BACK ASAP
End of over 21 (5 runs) UAE 68 for 4 Target 218 (50 overs)
20.6 Nowroz to Naeemuddin, 1 run, driven easilyto long-on
20.5 Nowroz to Saqib, 1 run
20.4 Nowroz to Saqib, WIDE
20.3 Nowroz to Naeemuddin, 1 run
20.1 Nowroz OB to Naeemuddin RHB, no run
UAE need 155 off 30 overs at 5.16 per over
End of over 20 (2 runs) UAE 63 for 4 Target 218 (50 overs)
19.6 Nasrat to Naeem, 1 run, worked to leg
19.5 Nasrat to Naeem, no run
19.4 Nasrat to Naeem, no run
Naeemuddin Islam RHB is the new bat.
UAE 62 for 4 after 19.3 overs
Abdul Rehman lbw Nasratullah Nasrat 30 (70 balls, 3 fours, 1 six)
19.3 Nasrat to Rehman, WICKET, lbw attempting a reverse sweep, the ball right up to the bat
19.2 Nasrat to Saqib, punched off a length to cover
19.1 Nasrat SLA to Saqib RHB, no run
Temporary communications Loss- BACK ASAP
End of over 18 (8 runs), UAE 60 for 3 Target 218 (50 overs)
17.6 Nasrat to Saqib, one run, off the overthrow as a run-out at the non-striker's end os attempted
17.5 Nasrat to Saqib, quicker ball, kept low, slashed away through gully, FOUR
17.4 Nasrat to Rehman, short ball cut well, Shabbir fields, 1 run
17.3 Nasrat to Rehman, no run
17.2 Nasrat to Saqib, TWO WIDES,
17.1 Narat to Saqib, no run
Nasratullah Nasrat SLA is the new bowler replacing Karim Sadg 5-1-18-0
End of over 17 (1 run_ UAE 52 for 3 Target 218 (50 overs)
16.6 Nowroz to Rehman, no run
16.5 Nowroz to Rehman, no run
16.4 Nowroz to Saqib, 1 run, ful-toss driven to long-on
16.3 Nowroz to Saqib, no run, turns in sharply from outside off, kept out
16.2 Nowroz to Saqib, no run, tried to pinch a single, ent bacl
16.1 Nowroz to Saqib, no run
DRINKS
End of over 16 (6 runs) UAE 51 for 3 Target 218 (50 overs)
15.6 Karim to Rehman, SIX, hits that one hard enough, over long-on
15.5 Karim to Rehman, no run, plays all over the ball, just misses off-stump
15.4 Karim to Rehman, no run, Rehman getting bat on ball but not hard enough to beat the infield
15.3 Karim to Rehman, no run
15.2 Karim to Rehman, no run
15.1 Karim OB to rehman, no run, watchfuly forward
UAE scoring at three an over, need 173 off 35 at just under 5 an over
End of over 15 (2 runs) UAE 45 for 3 - Target 218 (50 overs)
14.6 Nowroz to Saqib, no run
14.5 Nowroz to Rehman, 1 run, driven to square leg
14.4 Nowroz to Saqib, 1 run, punched through the off-side
Saqib Ali, quite a player, is the new batsman
UAE in some trouble now
Captain gets captain
Khurram Khan b Nowroz Mangal 7 (16 balls)
Everyone's surprised by that uncharacteristic rush of blood to the head
14.3 Nowroz to Khurram, WICKET, bowled attempting a big shot
14.2 Nowroz to Khurram, no run
14.1 Nowroz OB to Khurram LHB, no run, defensive
End of over 14 (5 runs) UAE 43 for 2 Target 218 (50 overs)
13.6 Karim to Rehman, no run
13.5 Karim to Rehman, no run
13.4 Karim to Rehman, FOUR, good square drive
13.3 Karim to Rehman, no run
13.2 Karim to Khurram, 1 run, leg-stump delivery worked round the corner
13.1 Karim OB to Khurram LHB, no run
End of over 13 (1 run) UAE 38 for 2 Target 218 (50 overs)
12.6 Nowroz to Rehman, no run
12.5 Nowroz to Rehman, no run
12.4 Nowroz to Rehman, no run, uppish drive, Karim fieldfs well
12.3 Nowroz to Rehman, no run
12.2 Nowroz to Khurram, one run, misfielded by Karim
12.1 Nowroz OB to Khurram LHB, no run, Khurram playing across the line, sweeps, misses
End of over 12 (5 runs) UAE 37 for 2; Target 218 (50 overs)
11.6 Karim to Rehman, no run, driven to cover
11.5 Karim to Rehman, no run, fired in faster and Rehman misses
11.4 Karim to Rehman, FOUR, sweet square drive ti a wide half-volley
11.3 Karim to Rehman, no run, Karim fields well off his own bowling
11.2 Karim to Rehman, no run
11.1 Karim OB to Khurram LHB, round the wicket, 1 run
End of over 11 (3 runs) UAE 32 for 2 Target 218 (50 overs)
10.6 Nowroz to Khurram, 1 run, worked off his legs, quick single, Hamid fires in, Shahhzad knocks the sticks down, Rehman is just hone
10.5 Nowroz to Khurram, 2 runs, Khurram off-glances to vacant third-man
10.4 Nowroz to Khurram, no run, driven firmly but Asgahr stops at cover
10.3 Nowroz to Khurram, no run, floated up, Khurram doesn't connect with the sweep
10.2 Nowroz to Khurram, no run, driven into the off-side weakly
10.1 Nowroz to Khurram, no run, fired into the pads
Rehman 14*, Khurram 1*
Nowroz Mangal OB comes on in place of Shahpour 5-2-9-2
UAE need another 189 off 40 overs at 4.725 per over
End of over 10 (2 runs) UAE 29 for 2; Target 218 (50 overs)
9.6 Karim to Rehman, 2 runs, driven off the outside half of the bat past a diving backward point
9.5 Karim to Rehman, no run
9.4 Karim to Rehman, no run
9.3 Karim to Rehman, no run
9.2 Karim to Rehman, no run
9.1 Karim OB to Rehman RHB, no run, big appeal for lbw, UMpire NAresh declines
End of over 9 (2 runs), UAE 27 for 2 Target 218 (50 overs)
8.6 Shahpour to Rehman, 1 run, controlled thick edge doen to third man
8.5 Shahpour to Rehman, no run, soid defensive stroke
BAtsman may lose his patience totally soon
8.4 Shahpour to Rehman, no run, fuller, outside off, play and a miss again
8.3 Shahpour to Rehman, no run, big diagonal bat waft to a ball outside off
8.2 Shahpour LMF to Rehman RHB, no run, on a length and the batsman defends
8.1 Shahpour to Khurram, 1 run, flicked off his legs to Hamid at fine leg
UAE 25 for 2 (8 0vers), Target 218 (50 overs)
KArim looping it into the batsmen just a little too fast for the batsmen to use his feet
MAIDEN
7.6 Karim to Rehman, no run
7.5 Karim to Rehman, no run
7.4 Karim to Rehman, no run, Karim fields the drive
7.3 Karim to Rehman, no run
7.2 Karim to Rehman, no run, driven, not timed to coverr
7.1 Karim to Rehman, no run, drven off the front-foot to over
Just square leg on the boundary
Karim comes on, to try his off-breaks with Khurram at the crease
6.6 Shhapour LFM to Khurram LHB, no run
Khurram Khan LHB the captain is the new batsman
Big wicket for Afghanistan, Arshad's the kind of batsman who could have taken UAE home by himself
UAE 25 for 2 (6.5 overs)
Arshad Ali c Karim Sadiq b Shahpour Zadran 10 (14 balls, 1 four)
6.5 Shahpour to Arshad, WICKET, Arshad drives and doesn't get on top of it, straight to Karim at cover
6.4 Shahpour to Arshad, no run
6.3 Shahpour to Arshad, 2 runs, nicley played off his legs, Shbbir gives chase
6.2 Shahpour to Arshad, no run, aiming for the top of off-stump, Arshad plays to point
6.1 Shhapour LMF to Arshad, no run, driven sweetly but Noori fields close in
End of over 6 (7 runs) UAE 23 for 1; Target 218 (50 overs)
5.6 Hamid to Rehman, 2 runs, leg-stump spear is played through mid-on
5.5 Hamid to Rehman, FOUR, third bouncer of the over, Rehman hooks from shoulder high and Shahpour falls over the ball
5.4 Hamid to Rehman, no run, another short one, hook attempted, missed
5.3 Hamid to Rehman, no run, attempted yorker on leg-stump played to leg
5.2 Hamid to Arshad, 1 run, bouncer swung round to midwicket, Raees fields
5.1 Hamid to Arshad, no run, comes forward to drive, can't beat the field.
More fans in the ground now, 500 Afghans
End of over 5 (5 runs) UAE 16 for 1, Target 218 (50 overs)
4.6 Shahpour to Rehman, no run, playing and missing to one that climbed off a length
4.6 Shahpour to Rehman, WIDE
4.5 Shahpour to Rehman, 2 runs, short of a length on off-stump. Rehman gets ontop of it and third man comes round
4.4 Shahpour to Rehman, no run, length ball
4.3 Shahpour to Arshad, 1 run, full-pitched delivery driven firmly back, Shahpour deflects, Nowroz atr mid-off fields
4.2 Shahpour to Rehman, 1 run, short ball, worked off his hips square
4.1 Shhapour to Rehman, no run, cut to point
End of over 4 (6 runs), UAE 11 for 1. Target 218 (50 overs
3.6 Hamid to Arshad, FOUR. sweetly flicked off his legs and Shahpour dives over it at fine leg, good shot
3.5 Hamid to Arshad, no run, another delivery looking for the outside edge
3.4 Hamid to Arshad, no run, full-pitched delivery firmly driven, Noor Ali fields
3.3 Hamid to Rehman, 1 run, pulled to fine leg
3.2 Hamid to Arshad, 1 run. climbs off a length and Arshad's inside edge falls away from leg-stump and they take a quick single
3.1 Hamid to Arshad, no run
UAE 5 for 1 after 3 overs Target 218 (50 overs)
MAIDEN
2.6 Shahpour to Rehman, no run
2.5 Shahpour to Rehman, long long run-up, no run, short of a length
2.4 Shhapour to Rehman, no run, full and on the stumps, Rehman comes forward bat and pad together
Three wides off the last over, so it wasn't a 7-ball one
2.3 Shahpour to Arshad, no run, full and on off-stump and Arshad plays it to cover
2.2 Sahpour to Arshad, no run, forward defensive
2.1 Shahpour to Arshad, no run
UAE after 2 overs: 5 for 1
1.7 Hamid to Arshad, 1 run, off what seems a 7-ball over
1.6 Hamid to Arshad, no run, APPEAL for a catch down leg, UMpire D'Souza declines
1.5 Hamid to Arshad, no run, wide of off-stump
1.4 Hamid to Arshad, no run, driven to point'
1.3 Hamid to Arshad, no run, yorker attempted, dug out
1.3 Hamid to Arshad, WIDE, down leg and Abdul Rehman tries to run on the keeper's fumble but is sent back just in time
1.2 Hamid to Arshad, no run, left alone outside off
1.2 Hamid to Arshad, WIDE, on the offside
1 slip and a gully in place for Hamid
1.1 Hamid to Arshad RHB, 1 run, full length ball drven to cover, Raees fields
Hamid Hassan RF fro the Port End
UAE 0 for 1 after 1 over
WICKET MAIDEN
0.6 Shahpour to Rehan, left alone outside off
0.5 Shahpour to Rehman, no run, let through

No slips, justa gully for Shahpour
0.4 Shahpour to Rehman, no run, shoulders arms
Abdul Rehman RHB is the new batsman
Indika Sampath c Mohammad Shahzad b Shahpour Zadran 0 (3 balls)
0.3 Shahpour to Indika, WICKET, caught behind by the diving Shahzad low to his right, played at one moving away
About 400 fans in the shade to the off-side of Indika

And thery have something to cheer about straight away
0.2 Shahpour to Indika, no run, flies through to the keeper
0.1 Shahpir to Indika, no runs, drops on a lenghth outside off and Indika pushes to Sami at point
Shahpour Zadran LFM to start things off from the KEC End. He's bowling to Indika RHB.
Hot today, about 34 degrees Centigrade.
Khurram Khan the UAE captain asked for the roller not to be applied in the mid-innings break, he doesn't want to make the surface any firmer for the Afghan fast bowlers. There's slow turn available for the spinners and evidence of a little bit of variable bounce but as things stand thre are no alarms in the wicket.

Should be an absolutely great contest.

UAE's openers the stalwart Arshad Ali and international debutant Indika Sampath stride out to join the Afghans in the middle.


LUNCH INTERVAL
Textbook late overs acceleration from the Afghans who were made to work very hard for the majority of the innings. The wicket was a touch slow and the UAE bowlers and fielders really did well early on. Boundaries were non-existent in the middle of the innings. From 57 for 4 in the 16th over, Raees Ahmadzai and Mohamad Shahzad consolidated, with only two boundaries being hit in their 20-over partnership of 57 runs.

Sami Shenwari and Raees then stretched out, Sami's hustle and inventiveness upsetting the rhythm of the UAE bowlers and he and the veteran Ahmadzai made two good 50s. 49 came off the Powerplay taken between overs 42 and 47 which set the Afghans up for their 200+ score

UAE have plenty of batting themselves however, plenty.

Stage is all set - with 500 Afghan fans and counting at the KEC ground, for a great run-chase after Friday prayers and lunch

Rejoin us at 1.15 Kuwait time (1015 GMT)
End of over 50 (13 runs) Afghanistan 217 for 7
(M.Shahzad 34, R.Ahmadzai 55, S.Shenwari 50*; S.Silva 3-29)
49.6 Shadeep to Hamid, no run
49.5 Shadeep to Hamid, FOUR, all run, including an overthrow
49.4 Shadeep to Hamid. 2 runs
49.3 Shadeep to Hamid, SIX, pulled over square leg over the trees!
49.2 Shadeep to Sami, 1 run
49.1 Shadeep to Sami, no run
Afghanistan 203 for 7
Sami 50 off 44 bals, 5 fours, 1 six
Shadeep Silva SLA to bowl the last over for UAE
48.6 Raza to Hamid, SIX, fast-man can bat! Middle-stump ball hit high over midwicket, right into the jubilant fans
48.5 Raza to Sami, 1 run, powerful hit, fielded well, one-handed by Saqib at long-on
48.4 Raza to Sami, no run, miscued reverse sweep
Plenty of nosier from the 300 or so Afghan fans at the ground
Martial music and beating drums
48.3 Raza to Hamid, 1 run
Afghanistan 195 for 7 after 48.2 overs
Shabbir Noori st Abdul Rehman b Ahmed Raza 1 (2 balls)
48.3 Raza to Shabbir, WIDE AND WICKET, Stumped well by the keeper
48.2 Raza to Sami, 1 run
48.1 Raza to Shabbir, 1 run
Ahmed Raza SLA back on
Afghanistan 192 for 6 after 48 overs, RR of exactly 4 an over
Raees Ahmadzai c sub b Qasim Zubair 55 (101 balls, 3 fours, 1 six)
47.6 Qasim to Raees, WICKET, Knee-high full toss hit high and long-on pouches. End of a good innings
47.5 Qasim to Sami, 1 run, full-length delivery hit to long-on
47.4 Qasim to Sami, 2 runs, full toos swung round to Naeemuddin at square leg
Sami on 44*
47.3 Qasin to Sami, FOUR, cheeky! Reverse sweep over third-man
47.2 Qasim to Raees, 1 run, low full-toss driven to long-off
47.1 Qasim RMF to Raees, no run
Afghanistan making full use of the Powerplay 49 coming off the 5 overs
End of over 46 (19 runs) Afghanistan 184 for 5
46.6 Qadar to Raees, 1 run, low full-toss driven straight
46.5 Qadar to Sami, 1 run, clipped to square leg
46.4 Qadar to Sami, FOUR, square cut to the point boundary
46.3 Qadar to Sami, FOUR, driven off his legs to backward square
46.2 Qadar to Sami, swung from outside off and goes 9 inches over the Midwicket rope
46.2 Qadar to Raees, WIDE and a run taken as the attempted yorker slips down leg
46.1 Qadar to Sami, leg bye
Qadar Nawaz RMF back on at the KEC End
End of over 46 (7 runs) Afghanistan 165 for 5
Raees 50 off 96 balls (3 fours, 1 six)
45.6 Qasim to Sami, 1 run, squirting off the bat backward of square
45.5 Qasim to Sami, no run, powerful drive to the low full toos, fielded well by Indika at cover
45.4 Qasim to Raees, 1 run
45.3 Qasim to Raees, FOUR and 52 to Raees, good innings, short ball just pulled in front fo square
45.2 Qasim to Sami, 1 run, tucked round the corner
45.1 Qasim to Sami, no run
Powerplay going well for Afghanistan so far
End of over 45 (11 runs) Afghanistan 158 for 5
44.6 Raza to Sami,1 run, from an overthrow from a frustrated Raza
44.5 Raza to Sami, FOUR, full toss swept to square leg
44.4 Raza to Sami, FOUR, flicked over midwicket
44.3 Raza to Sami, no run. batsman beaten by one that turns and bounces into the body
44.2 Raza to Raees, 1 run
44.1 Raza SLA to Sami RHB, 1 run, false stroke but falls safe
End of over 44 (3 runs) Afghanistan 147 for 5
43.6 Qasim to Raees, no run, plays over a half-volley outside off
43.5 Qasim to Sami,1 run, full toss driven to long-off
43.4 Qasim to Sami, down on one kneew to swing to leg, no run
43.3 Qasin to Raees. 1 run, driven to cover Ahmed Raza
43.2 Qasim to Raees, no run, climbs into the batsman off a length and bounces off the body, keeper colects
43.1 Qasim to Sami, 1 run, crisply driven half-volley to cover
Qasim Zubair comes back on, this time from the Port End
End of over 43 (9 runs) Afghanistan 144 for 5
Raees 46*, Sami 11*
Another good over by Raza, ^ notwithstanding the 6
42.6 Raza to Raees, no run
42.5 Raza to Raees, no run, played and missed to one turning away, stumping attempted, not out
42.4 Raza to Sami, 1 run, second one declined
42.3 Raza to Raees, 1 run
42.2 Raza to Raaes, SIX, the new thigh pad helps! Lifts one effortlessly over Saqib at long-on who tracks it all the way
42.1 Raza to Sami, 1 run, stroked to long-off
Slight break in play as Raees Ahmadzai gets a new thigh pad
Ahmed Raza comes back at the KEC End, he has 4 overs left
End of over 42 (6 runs) Afghanistan 135 for 5
41.6 Arshad to Raees, no run, playerd back to the bowler
41.5 Arshad to Sami, 1 run
41.4 Arshad to Sami, no run, comes down the track but finds Khurram at mid-off
41.3 Arshad to Raees, 1 run, punched through the off-side gap
41.2 Arshad to Raees, FOUR. lofted over long-off and the shackles are broken
41.1 Arshad to Raees, no run
Afghanistan 129 for 5 off 41 overs
UAE doing a great job in not allowing any boundaries. Shahzad was the last to hit one, in the 24th over!
40.6 Fayyaz to Sami, no run
40.5 Fayyaz to Raees, 1 run, clipped to point
40.4 Fayaz to Sami, 1 run, cut to deep point
40.3 Fayyaz to Raees, 1 run
40.2 Fayyaz to Sami, 1 run, down the wicket to long-off
40.1 Fayyaz SLA to Sami RHB, no run
End of over 40 (4 runs) 125 for 5
Raees 32* (79 balls), Sami 6* (13 balls)
39.6 Arshad to Sami, 1 run, tip and run through the off-side
39.5 Arshad to Raees, 1 run
39.4 Arshad to Raees, no run, faster and the batsman's beaten. Arshad in anguish
39.3 Arshad to Sami, 1 run
39.2 Arshad to Sami, no run
39.1 Arshad LB to Raees RHB, 1 run, hit powerfully to mid-wicket Qasim Zubait
Afghanistan 121 for 5 after 39 overs
38.6 Fayyaz to Raees, 1run
38.5 Fayyaz to Raees, no run
38.4 Fayyaz to Raees, no run
38.3 Fayyaz to Raees, no run
38.2 Fayyaz to Sami, 1 run
38.1 Fayyaz to Sami, no run
DRINKS
Afghanistan trying very hard to set a platform for some late-overs acceleration here. UAE have bowled and fielded very well. 50 runs aare wanted by Afghanistan in their last 5-overs Powerplay but they've got to have the batsmwn in hand first.
End of over 38 (3 runs) Afghanistan 119 for 5
37.6 Arshad to Raees, no run, cut to point
37.5 Arshad to Sami, 1 run, swept
37.4 Arshad to Raes, no run, beaten in the air, plays back to the bowler
37.3 Arshad to Raees, 1 run, half-volley on middle driven to long-on
37.2 Arshad to Raees, no run
37.1 Arshad LB to Sami RHB, 1 run, driven crsiply to deep extra
End of over 37 (2 runs) Afganistan 116 for 7
Raees 28*, Sami 1*
36.6 Fayyaz to Raees, no run
36.5 Fayyaz to Sami, 1 run, driven to deep extra
36.4 Fayyaz to Sami, no run, good ball, dipping in and Sami can only defend
36.3 Fayyaz to Sami, no run
36.2 Fayyaz to Raees, 1 run, ful-length ball driven to long off
36.1 Fayyaz SLA to Raees, no run
End of over 36 (3 runs) Afghanistan 114 for 5
35.6 Arshad to Sami, no run
35.5 Arshad LB to Sami, almost gets through with the googly, no run
Samiullah Shenwari RHB is the new batsman
Mohammad Shahzad c+b Arshad Ali 34 (65 balls, 1 four)
35.4 Arshad to Shahzad, WICKET, caught and bowled, soft dismissal
35.3 Arshad to Raees, 1 run
35.2 Arshad to Shahzad, 1 run
35.1 Arshad to Raees, 1 run
End of over 35 (2 runs) Afghanistan 111 for 4
34.6 Fayyaz to Raees, 1 run, half-volley driven to long-off
34.5 Fayyaz to Raees, no run
34.4 Fayyaz to Raees, no run
34.3 Fayyaz to Raees, no run
34.2 Fayyaz to Shahzad, 1 run
34.1 Fayyaz to Shahzad, no run, well stopped by Arshad at short-extra
Fayyaz Ahmed (SLA) replaces Ahmed Raza 6-2-14-0 at the KEC End
End of over 34 (3 runs) Afghanistan 109 for 4
33.6 Arshad to Shahzad, 1 run, firm drive to deep extra
33.5 Arshad to Shahzad, no run
33.4 Arshad to Shahzad, no run, given planty of air, Shahzad's drive is not timed and fielded well by Khurram
33.3 Arshad to Raees, 1 run, just a little too short from Arshad, piunch to deep extra
50-partnership in 106 balls
33.2 Arshad to Shahzad, 1 run, clipped to deep extra
33.1 Arshad to Shahzad, no run
Arshad Ali LB replaces Saqib Ali 2-0-10-0
End of over 33 (4 runs) Afghanistan 106 for 4
Shahzad 30*, Raees 23*

Partnership of 49
Good over from the tall UAE spinner
32.6 Raza to Raees, no run
32.5 Raza to Raees, no run, Raza and Raees is a ggod duel
32.4 Raza to Raees, 2 runs, driven over cover's hands
32.3 Raza to Shahzad, 1 run
32.2 Raza to Raees, 1 run, short ball pushed to point
32.1 Raza SLA to Raees, no run, Khurram saves well again
Partnership of 45 off 98 balls
End of over 32 (6 runs) Afghanistan 102 for 4
31.6 Saqib to Raess, just holds up on the surface, no run
31.5 Saqib to Shahzad, 1 run to long-off
31.4 Saqib to Shahzad, no run
Afghanistan 100
31.3 Saqib to Raees, 1 run, clipped to backward point and Shahzad proves he can run fast
31.2 Saqib to Shahzad, 1 run, driven to long-on
31.1 Saib LB to Shahzad, 2 runs, thick edge
Afghanistan 96 for 4 (31 overs)
MAIDEN
30.6 Raza to Raees, no run
30.5 Raza to Raees, no run
30.4 Raza to Raees, no run, Dropped Again? Keeper Rehman not having the best of days, as the one that went the other way mayhave taken ther outside edge judging by the reaction of the fielders
30.3 Raza to Raees, no run, right on a length and defended
30.2 Raza to Raees, no run
30.1 Raza to Raees, no run
Afghanistan on course for 160 at this rate
End of over 30 (4 runs) Afghanistan 96 for 4
29.6 Saqib to Raees, 1 run, sweet drive to long off Qadar Nawaz
29.5 Saqib to Shahzad, 1 run, walks a single
29.4 Saqib to Shahzad, no run, played back to the bowler
29.3 Saqib to Raees, 1 run
29.2 Saqib to Raees, no run
29.1 Saqib to Shahzad, gentle loosener hit to long-off, 1 run
New bowler replacing Khurram Khan 5-0-18-0 is Saqib Ali LB
End of over 29 (3 runs) Afghanistan 92 for 4
28.6 Raza to Raees, no run, defended
28.5 Raza to Shahzad, 1 run
28.4 Raza to Raees, 1 run, drives the full-length delivery to cover
28.3 Raza to Raees, no run
28.2 Raza to Shahzad, 1 run, makes room to drive the length ball to mid-on
28.1 Raza SLA to Shahzad RHB, no run, ball thuds into the pads
Partnership of 32 off 74 balls so far
End of over 28 (4 runs), Afghanistan 89 for 4
27.6 Khurram to Raees, no run
27.5 Khurram to Shahzad, 1 run
27.4 Khurram to Shahzad, 2 runs, short ball slashed to Backward point FFayyaz
27.3 Khurram to Raees, 1 run
27.2 Khurram to Raees, no run
End of over 27 (4 runs) Afghanistan 85 for 4
26.6 Raza to Raees, 1 run, quick single to fine leg
26.5 Raza to Raees, no run, quicker and aimed at middle and leg
26.4 Raza to Raees, no run, defended watchfully
26.3 Raza to Shahzad, 1 run, workked away to leg
26.2 Raza to Raees, 1 run, loops up off the outer half of the bat
26.1 Raza SLA to Shahzad RHB, 1 run, good run, pushed to point and a quick single
End of over 26 (3 runs) Afghanistan 81 for 4
Shahzad 16*, Raees 12*
25.6 Khurram to Raees, tossed up, slower in the air, lands on a length and defended. No run
25.5 Khurram to Raees, spinning in, defended, no run
25.4 Khurram to Raees, no run
25.3 Khurram to Shahzad, 1 run
25.2 Khurram to Raees, 1 run, cut away to deep extra
All well now
Raees and Keeper Rehman collide as the run is completed and both now get treatment. Ironically it is the one in the helmet and gloves who is in more trouble. Raees is helmetless to the spinners
25.1 Khurram to Shahzad, one run
UAE doing well
Afghanistan on course for 156 at this rate
End of over 25 (3 runs) Afghanistran 78 for 4
24.6 Raza to Raees, no run, dabbed down
24.5 Raza to Raees, no run, quicker on to the bat and played very late
24.4 Raza to Raees, 2 runs, driven off the bsck foot through cover, Qasim fields
24.3 Raza to Raees, no run, goes back in the crease to play the length ball aimed at leg
24.2 Raza to Raees, no run, almost gets through
24.1 Raza SLA to Shahzad RHB, one run, short of a length and punched to the cover sweeper
End of over 24 (4 runs) Afghanistan 75 for 24 overs
23.6 Khurram to Raees, FOUR, Raees gets the one he wants and cuts the ball which gives him room down to third man
23.5 Khurram to Raees, no run, Khurram bowling a little faster than normal
23.4 Khurram to Raees, no run
23.3 Khurram to Raees, no run
23.2 Khurram to Raees, no run, pressure being kept on
23.1 Khurram SLA to Raees RHB, no run
Afghanistan 71 for 4 after 23 overs
MAIDEN
22.6 Raza to Shahzad, no run
22.5 Raza to Shahzad, no run, kept low and coming in, Shahzad is late but is in time
22.4 Raza to Shahzad, no run, spinning in off a length and defended
22.3 Raza to Shahzad, no run
22.2 Raza to Shahzad, no run, loops in, defended
22.1 Raza to Shahzad, no run, plenty of bounce there
New bowler replacing Fayyaz Ahmed is 6-1-15-0 is Ahmed Raza at the KEC Enf
Tall young man , SLA
End of over 22 (6 runs) Afghanistan 71 for 4
21.6 Khurram to Shahzad, no run
21.5 Khurram to Shahzad, 1 run
21.4 Khurram to Shahzad, 2 runs, hit off his pads to long-on
21.3 Khurram to Raees, 1 run, faster from Khurram and Raees on the back foot, palms it to cover
21.2 Khurram to Raees, 2 runs, first run in 10 deliveries as the cut shot evades short third man
21.1 Khurram SLA to Raees RHB, no run
Afghanistan: 65 for 4 (21 overs)
MAIDEN
20.6 Fayyaz to Shahzad, no run
20.5 Fayyaz to Shahzad, no run, turn and bounce and a play and miss
20.4 Fayyaz to Shahzad, no run
20.3 Fayyaz to Shahzad, no run, length ball and played wth the turn to point
20.2 Fayyaz to Shahzad, no run, thuds into the pads, keeping low
20.1 Fayyaz SLA to Shahzad RHB, no run
Afghanistan's tun rate 3.25 per over
End of over 20 (1 run) Afghanistan 65 for 4
19.6 Khurram to Raees, no run
19.5 Khurram to Raees, no run, Could have been a chance as ther fast fizzer beats the batsman and the keeper. Khurram has his hesd in his hands
19.4 Khurram to Raees, no run
19.3 Khurram to Raees, no run
19.2 Khurram to Shahzad, 1 run, a little shorter and wider and pushed to point
19.1 Khurram to Shahzad, no run, drops right on a length and defended
New bowler replacing Shadeep Silva 8-2-16-3 is Khurram Khan (SLA)
End of over 19 (2 runs) Afghanistan 64 for 4
18.6 Fayyaz to Raees, no run, tossed up and pad more than bat, big appeal, not out
18.5 Fayyaz to Raees, 2 runs, short and fast and more edged than cut
18.4 Fayyaz to Raees, no run, defended again
18.3 Fayyaz to Raees, no run, defended
18.2 Fayyaz to Raees, no run
18.1 Fayyaz to Raees RHB, no run
Fayyaz (SLA) to continue from the KEC End
DRINKS
Mohammad Shahzad 9* (22 balls), Raees 0* (3 balls)
Afghanistan 62 for 4 (18 overs)
17.6 Shadeep to Shahzad, no run, fields the drive well off his ow=n bowling and that's a MAIDEN
17.5 Shadeep to Shahzad, no run
Long on drops back to the boundary
17.4 Shadeep to Shahzad, no run
17.3 Shadeep to Shahzad, no riun
17.2 Shadeep to Raees, 1 run, edgfed down to short third man Arshad
17.1 Shadeep SLA to Raees RHB, no run
End of over 17 (5 runs) Afghanistan 62 for 4
Fayyaz 4-0-13-0, Shadeep 7-1-16-3
16.6 Fayyaz to Shahzad, no run, well-flighted and defended
16.5 Fayyaz to Shahzad, 1 run, ball keeping low and spinning in is cut to deep extra Saqib
16.4 Fayyaz to Shahzad, FOUR, fuull-pitched delivery hit in the air through cover
16.3 Fayyaz to Shahzad, no run
16.2 Fayyaz to Shahzad, no run
16.1 Fayyaz to Shahzad, no run'
15.6 Shadeep to Raees, no run
15.5 Shadep to Raees, no run, right in the blockhole
Raees Ahmadzai RHB is the new batsman
Afghanistan 57 for 4 (15.4 overs)
Nowroz Mangal b Shadeep Silva 4 (12 balls)
Temporary loss of communications - BACK ASAP
End of over 15 (3 runs) Afghanistan 56 for 3
14.6 Fayyaz to Shahzad, 1 run, driven hard to Long-off
14.5 Fayyaz to Shhazad, no run
14.4 Fayyaz to Shahzad, no run, Khurram at short-extra saves another run
14.3 Fayyaz to Nowroz, 1 run, stroked elegantly to long-off
14.2 Fayyaz to Shhahzad, 1 run
14.1 Fayyaz SLS to Shahzad RHB, no run
End of over 14 (2 runs) Afghanistan 53 for 3
13.6 Shadeep to Nowroz, no run, bat and pad having to be close together as Shadeep attacks
13.5 Shadeep to Nowroz, no run, bat and pad and the ball loops up but there's no fielder there
13.4 Shadeep to Shahzad, 1 run, full and on the pads, Shahzad works it through the leg-side for single
13.3 Shadeep to Shahzad, no run, right on a length, Shahzad defends
13.2 Shadeep to Shahzad, no run
13.1 Shadeep to Nowroz, 1 run, short of a length delivery punched to long-off
Spinners doing the damage here for UAE
End of over 13 (2 runs) Afghanistan 51 for 3
12.6 Fayyaz to Shahzad, no run, edged down to slip along the ground
Mohammad Shahzad RHB is the new batsman
Afghanistan 51 for 3 (12.5 overs)
Noor Ali run out 26 (37 balls, four 4s)
12.5 Fayyaz to Noor, WICKET, short ball guided to short third man Indika , looks for a run, sent back by Nowroz and he's short of his ground as the keeper gathers
12.4 Fayyaz to Noor, 1 run
12.3 Fayyaz to Noor, no run, shorter, spinning away, off the outser half of the bat to point
12.2 Fayyaz to Noor, no run
12.1 Fayyaz to Nowroz, 1 run, punched off the bsck foot to mid-off
End of over 12 (5 runs) Afghanistan 49 for 2
11.6 Shadeep to Noor, 1 run, picked up through midwicket for an easy single
11.5 Shadeep to Noor, no run, held back a shade outside off and Noor plays it down behind point
11.4 Shadeep to Noor, no run, probing, probing
11.3 Shadeep to Noor, no run, almost got through did the arm ball
11.2 Shadeep to Noor, no run, full and on middle, pushed down the track
11.1 Shadeep SLA to Noor RHB, FOUR, top shot, Shadeep gave it air, and Noor just leans into a super of-drive
Crowd of 50 Afghan supporterts applaud
end of over 11 (3 runs) Afghanistan 44 for 2
10.6 Fayyaz to Noor, 1 run, pushed to cover
10.5 Fayyaz to Nowroz, 1 run, a shade shorter and punched to long-off Qasim
10.4 Fayyaz to Nowroz, no run, defended watchfully
10.3 Fayaz to Noor, 1 run, fuller delivery pushed to leg
10.2 Fayyaz to Noor, no run, length ball on off pushed to cover
10.1 Fayyaz to Noor, no run, right on the money first ball, defended
Fayyaz Ahmed SLA is the new bowler from the KEC End, replacing Qasim Zubair 5-0-18-0
Shaddep 4-1-8-2
End of over 10: Afghanistan 41 for 2
DOUBLE WICKET MAIDEN
9.6 Shadeep to Nowroz, no run
Nowroz Mangal RHB, Afghanistan's captain walks in
Asghar Stanikzai lbw Shadeep 0 (2 balls)
9.5 Shadeep to Asghar, WICKET, fizzing in and he's trapped in front. Umpire NAresh has no hesitation
9.4 Shadeep to Asghar, no run, spinning in, defended
Asghar Stanikzai RHB is the new batsman. Lots of class in the young man
Karim Sadiq b Shadeep Silva 16 (32 balls, 2 fours)
9.3 Shadeep to Karim, WICKET, bowled as he made room to glide and the ball coming in, keeps a bit low
9.2 Shadeep to Noor, no run
9.1 Shadeep SLA to Noor Ali RHB, no run
End of over 9 (3 runs) Afgahnistan 41 for 0
8.6 Qasim to Karim, no run, back-foot push has no power
8.6 Qasim to Karim, WIDE, down leg
8.5 Qasim to Karim, no run, length ball pushed to mid-off
8.4 Qasim to Karim, 1 run, not too short a delivery swung round to leg, Qadar Nawaz fields
8.3 Qasim to Noor, 1 run, dabbed down to third man
8.2 Qasim to Noor, on a length, a little slower, defended to point
8.1 Qasim RMF to Noor RHB, no run
Afghanistan 38 for 0 after 8 overs
7.6 Shadeep to Karim, no run, good ball, probing, well-defended
7.5 Shadeep to Karim, no run
7.4 Shadeep to Karim, no run, full-lengh delivery, drive off his legs not qyuuite timed
7.3 Shadeep to Karim, no run, Khurram fields well
7.2 Shadeep to Noor, one run, driven into the gap on the leg side, Indiak Sampath at long-on fields
7.1 Shadeep SLA to Noor RHB, no run, kept a bit low
6.6 Qasim to Karim, FOUR, full-pitched delivery, hit over mid-off, three bounces and over the rope
6.5 Qasim to Karim, no run, good ball, attacking the stumps, Karim can only defend "very good bowling" says Khurram to young Qasim
6.4 Qasim to Karim, no run
6.3 Qasim to Karim, no run, back-foot punch fielded one-handed by Khurram at short-extra saves a run
6.2 Qasim to Karim, 2 runs, chopped through point
6.1 Qasim to KArim, FOUR, full-pitchd delivery driven hard through long-off
End of over 6 (2 runs) Afghanistan 27 for 0
Karim 5*, Noor Ali 16*
5.6 Shadeep to Noor, no run, curving in to leg, played out to mid-on
5.6 Shadeep to Noor, WIDE, down leg
5.5 Shadeep to Noor, no run
5.4 Shadeep to Noor, no run, on middle, driven hard to mid-on
5.3 Shadeep to Karim, 1 run, tossed up, driven hard to mid-off, fumble allows the run
5.2 Shadeep to Karim, no run, played back to the bowler
5.1 Shadeep (SLA) to Karim (RHB), no run
End of over 5 (2 runs) Afghanistan 25 for 0
4.6 Qasim to Noor Ali, no run, faster and short of a length on off-stump, defended
Good over from young Qasim, unlucky not to get a wicket
4.5 Qasim to Noor Ali, no run, keeper standing up now, taken on the pads
4.4 Qasim to Karim, one run, full length delivery pushed back past the bowler's right-hand
4.3 Qasim to Noor Ali, 1 run, DROPPED, regulation chance to the keeper
4.2 Qasim to Noor Ali, no run, fuller on the same line, Noor drives, Khurram at short-extra dives to save a run
4.1 Qasim to Noor Ali, no run, off-stump ball, on a length, punched to short-extra
End of over 4 (5 runs), Afghanistan 23 for 0
Karim 3*, Noor Ali 15*
3.6 Shadeep to Karim, no run
3.5 Shadeep to Karim, no run, stifled lbw appeal
3.4 Shadeep to Noor, 1 run, driven off his pads to mid-on Indika
3.3 Shadeep to Noor, no run, spins back in sharply, big APPEAL, not out says NAresh D'Souza
3.2 Shadeep to Noor Ali, FOUR, just short of a length and sits up for Noor to punch a drive through cover
Karim gets some treatmen for what looks like a wrist injury
3.1 Shadeep to Noor Ali, no run, but there could have been a run-out, Karim has to scramble back as he backed up too far and just makes his ground as the wicket's broken by Shadeep as the throw comes in from cover
Bowling change: after Qadar's expensive start Shadeep Silva (SLA) come on from the Port End
End of over 3 (2 runs) Afghanistan 18 for 0
2.6 Qasim to Karim, no run
2.5 Qasim to Karim, no run, al ittle faster, on off-stump, Karim defends
2.4 Qasim to Karim, 2 runs, clipped off his pads, past mid-on, Shadep Silva turns and chases
2.3 Qasim to Karim, no run, ditto
2.2 Qasim to Karim, no run, on off-stump on a good length, Karim plays back to the bowler
2.1 Qasim to Karim, no run, full length deivery on the stumps. Karim defends
End of over 2 (5 runs) Afghanistan 16 for 0
Karim 1*, Noor Ali 10*
1.6 Qadar to Noor Ali, No run, off stump line, defended
1.6 Qadar to Noor Ali, WIDE, outside off
1.5 Qadar to Noor Ali, FOUR, Noor Ali shoes he's as good off his legs as he is on the off-side, flicks a carpet drive to midwicket
1.4 Qadar to Noor Ali, no run, full and on the stumps, pushed to mid-on
1.3 Qadar to Noor Ali, FOUR, top shot, punched through cover off the back-foot
Team-mates and spectators applaud
1.3 Qadar to Noor Ali, WIDE, down leg side
1.2 Qadar to Noor Ali, 2 runs, cut to Ahmed Raza at third man, Afghan fielders applaud
1.1 Qasim to Karim, no run, left outside off
1.1 Qadar to Noor Ali (RHB). WIDE, not as far outside off as before
1.1 Qadar to Karim. WIDE and an extra run taken
Qadar Nawaz (RMF) from the Port End
0.6 Qasim to Karim, one run, full on the pads, Karim pushes to Shadeep at mid-on, doesn't pick-up cleanly and a sharp single taken
0.5 Qasim to Karim, no run, keeps low outside off and the keeper takes
0.4 Qasim to Karim, no run, bit fuller on off stump, Karim flat bats to mid-off, keeping his powder dry for now
0.3 Qasim to Karim, no run, exactly the same again!
0.2 Qasim to Karim, no run, same again
0.1 Qasim to Karim, no run, short of a length, punched to Saqib at cover
Karim (RHB) to take strike as Qasim Zubair (RMF) comes in from the KEC End
Karim and Noor Ali the Afghsn openers walk out
The teams:

UAE: Khurram Khan (captain), Arshad Ali, Saqib Ali, Ahmed Raza, Naeemudin Islam, Shadeep Silva, Abdul Rehman (wk), Indika Sampath, Qadar Nawaz, Fayyaz Ahmed, Qasim Zubair; 12th man Shoaib Sarwar

Afghanistan: Nowroz Mangal (captain), Karim Sadiq, Raees Ahmadzai, Hamid Hassan, Asghar Stanikzai, Mohammad Shahzad (wk), Noor Ali Noori, Shahpour Zadran, Mirwais Ashraf, Samiullah Shinwari, Shabir Noori, Nasratullah Nasrat, 12th man Dawlat Ahmadzai
The game starts in about five minutes.
Afghanistan's captain Nowroz Mangal has won the toss and has chosen to bat.
Bright day, liitle bit of haze, not too warm at the pretty KEC ground. Welcomne to today's commentary for the big match between the titanic rivals Afghanistan and UAE in the group stage of this year's ACC Trophy Elite