Asian Games 2010 - Report Day 13: SF1: PAKISTAN v AFGHANISTAN


  • Pakistan won the toss and elected to field!
  • Khalid Latif noticed the tinges of green in the wicket and didn't want to expose his batsmen to the Afghan attack, so a defensive move overall. Nevertheless, we have seen throughout the tournament that there has been swing and seam in the first few overs. So, Karim Sadiq and Mohammad Shahzad stride out to bat
  • Karim takes leg-stump guard as usual, Afghan and Pakistan fans in the Gunaggong stadium in some numbers, crowd building with fans arriving from Hong Kong too
  • Afghnaistan have made one change to their line Mohammad Agha being replaced Shabbir Noori 'Lara'
  • Aizaz Cheema RFM, who impressed in his outing against China two days ago, takes the new ball from the Press Box End
  • Cool morning in Guangzhou, quite a breeze. Should be swing for sure for the white ball
  • End of the first over, Afghanistan 1 for 0
  • Could be a full house today
  • Lal Kumar LFM over the wicket. to bowl from the Pavilion End to Karim RHB
  • Gets one to cliimb on Karim, takes the shoulder of the bat, falls safe
  • Gulbudeen another change from the XI that played for Afghanistan against Hong Kong yesterday, he makes way for Shafiqullah Shafaq the hitter
  • Shahzad clips one going down leg to take a single rather than an extra ball and shakes his head ruefully aftgerwards as he realises maybe he shouldn't have
  • Karim charges Kumar and slashes over backward point for FOUR, Shazad tells him to be just a little more careful, but he charges and plays and misses the very next ball! Afghanistan 10 for 1 after 2 overs
  • And Karim as crazy as ever
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  • The Paksitan bowlers focussing on short-deliveries to Karim, looking for his self-destruct button - but so far he's playing and missing at all of them
  • Just seems to be taking his eye off the ball as he swivels round and attempts to play to leg
  • Afghanistan 15 for 0 after 3 overs, without really trying too hard
  • Big Muhammad Irshad RMF to come on with his seamers from the Pavilion End, Karim on strike
  • FOUR Shahzad on strike, rather, and smashes Irshad's first ball off the front foot over long-off
  • Very relaxed Afghan team, Pakistan too during the pre-match warm-ups, though Khalid Latif Pakistan's captain always looks serious!
  • This, the first official contest between Afghanistan and Pakistan on the cricket-field. Good feeling between the teams
  • Irshad bowls a beauty, a fast off-cutter that scythes through Karim and goes over off stump. end of the fourth over, Afghanistan 21 for 0
  • FOUR Karim top-edges Cheema down to third man
  • Karim is jammed on the index finger of the bottom hand next ball, takes a break but is ready to continue...
  • Pakistan really peppering him today
  • Afghanistan 28 for 0 after 5 overs, going well. Shahzad laying bat on ball every time, even the wide ones which shows his confidence and appetite for runs
  • Karim is late on his strokes today, not getting bat on ball on anything that's not pitched up but when it is SIX, he hits Cheema high over his head to the sightscreen
  • And then, being Karim, tries to paddle a ball a foot outside off, to fine leg and misses, and is OUT next ball, hoicking Irshad across the line to be caught at mid-on, Afghanistan 35 for 1 in the sixth over, Karim out for 19 off 22
  • Mirwais Ashraf the new batsman RHB, enterprising batting line-up changes by the Afghans
  • Hassan Raza SLA, comes on from the Press Box End, gone are the days when Afghanistan struggled against spin, but against China Raza was getting the ball to turn square
  • Afghanistan 38 for 1, Shahzad 11* off 16, Mirwais 1* after 7 overs
  • Mirwais runs himself out, coming down the wicket after Shahzad plays to point, and Afghanistan 38 for 2 off 7.1 overs
  • Nawroz Mangal RHB the new man in
  • FOUR Shahzad is in some form, late cuts SLA Jalat Khan exquisitely
  • Quite a bit in the wicket for the spinners
  • Afghanistan 43 for 2 after 8 overs, Pakistan won't be unhappy with that, Shahzad on 16* off 22.
  • Hassan Raza SLA is really bowling well, fizzing turn for him
  • WICKET Shahzad top-edges a pull he mistimes and is caught at mid-on by Naeemuddin off raza and he goes for 17 off 26 and 45 for 3 are Afghanistan in the 9th over. Someone has to make an innings of substance for Afghanistan
  • Afghanistan 45 for 3, 'best batsman' Asghar Stanikzai joins Nawroz mangal at the crease - they have to rebuild and attack
  • FOUR Nawroz slams Jalat SLA over long-off
  • FOUR Dinky paddle by Nawroz round the corner, for the over's second boundary, Afghanistan 54 for 3, 9.3 overs
  • 10 overs gone, Afghanistan 55 for 3
  • Not losing anymore wickets to Hassan Raza will be an achievement
  • WICKET Nawroz gets an outside edge, Naeem Anjum collects behind the stumps and Afghanistan are 55 for 4 after 10.2 overs
  • Shabbir Noori 'Lara' is the new man, chance to cement his place in the side now
  • Hassan Raza is bowling really, really well andis creating so much pressure, run-outs are an option, Naeem Anjum misses an opportunity to run out the diving Asghar
  • Afghanistan 58 for 4 after 11 overs
  • Shabbir Noori - difference between him and others - he uses his feet
  • Asghar too, does the same
  • SIX Shabbir goes doen the track to hit Jalat Khan SLA over long-off, Afghanistan 67 for 4 after 12 overs
  • For all of Afghanistan's power and flamboyance with the bat up and down the order, Asghar and Shabbir are the two who are the best batsmen and the ones who will most consistently be in the runs for their side
  • Pace back on, Lal Kumar LFM back on
  • Afghanistan 71 for 4 after 13 overs, looking on course for something near 120 but the game is very much in the balance
  • Muhammad Irshad RFM, long run-up, semi Shahpour hair, on from the Pavilion End
  • Now that Karim's gone, the Pakistani pacers are focussing not onthe short ball but the off-stump corridor
  • FOUR Awesome Shabbir drives through mid-off, POWER, TIMING, PLACEMENT
  • SIX Shabiir over midwicket, 81 for 4 in the 14th over, Shabbir 22 off 19.
  • Slower ball by Irshad, clever
  • Top shot off the final ball, Shabbir almost run-out cominbg back for the second but Naeem Anjum misses the chance with the batsman at his mercy following the throw from long on, Afghanistan 83 for 4 after 14 overs
  • Shabbir and Asghar giving the laundry people plenty to do as they keep diving into the crease as they scramble for every possible run
  • Afghanistan 88 for 4 after 15 overs
  • Hassan Raza 3-0-7-2 back on
  • Shabbir makes him look not so dangerous, by coming down the wicket and getting to the pitch
  • FOUR Shabbir off the outside edge to third man, safe all the way
  • FOUR Asghar over long-on, diving chance by the fielder, but he palms it over the ropes
  • Afghanistan 101 for 4 after 16 overs, 13 off the last Raza over. Amazing wehat can happen if you use your feet with positive intent
  • WICKET Asghar top-edges a pull to a ball going across him, Khalid Latif catches at cover, he's out for 10 off 12, Afghanistan 101 for 5 in the 17th, end of a good partnership between him ande dominant Shabbir
  • 17 overs gone, Afghanistan 104 for 5
  • Shabbi's lost a bit of impetus
  • WICKET Late on a drive and goes for 35 off 30, Irshad takes the wicket, backward point takes the catch, 104 for 6 in the 18th
  • Mohammad Nabi RHB the new batsman
  • Shabbir played really well but strangely Asghar's dismissal seemed to have affected him, with two overs to go Afghanistan are 105 for 6
  • SIX Nabi smites over long-on, first ballof the 19th over but is OUT next ball by Lal Kumar, miscuing to point looking for the midwicket boundary, he's out for 7 off 5 and Afghanistan are 111 for 7 with 10 balls to go
  • Sami Shenwari joins Shafiqullah Shafaq at the crease
  • One over to go, Afghanistan 112 for 7
  • Aizaz Cheema RFM to bowl the last over from the Pavilion End
  • It's all gone a bit quiet in the ground, neither teams fans know whether to be happy or disappointed it seems!
  • Louder now as Shafiqullajh slams a SIX off a full-toss over long on
  • WICKET Shafiq plays round a dipping full-toss and his back leg blocks the pasage of the ball to the stumps, 120 for 8 with two balls to go
  • Afghanistan finish on 125 for 8, Shabbir Noori 35, two wickets for Raza, Kumar and Irshad
  • A slight feeling that they've underperformed a little with the bat, 140 being their initial target but it was a good mid-innings recovery by Shabbir and Asghar after Hassan Raza had put Pakistan on top.
  • Pakistan have bowled to a plan and the wicket has not been easy for the batsmen. Afghanistan's bowlers have a good chance of doing some damage themselves. Should continue to be a real ding-dong battle.
  • So much at stake, gold or silver at the Asian Games
  • Shahpour Zadran LMF to Sharjeel Khan LHB
  • FOUR, short and Sharjeel rocks back and helps himself to one of the easier boundaries in his career and again FOUR through cover, next ball
  • And again FOUR Shahpour slow and short
  • Pakistan 12 for 0 after 1 over
  • 114 more wanted off 19 overs at exactly six an over
  • Mirwais Ashraf RFM from the Pavilion End
  • FOUR first ball to Khalid Latif, through cover
  • Run-out missed by Shafiq as Sharjeel backs up too far, Shafiq usually deadly!
  • Pakistan 19 for 0 aftger 2 overs
  • Spinners will play a very important part for Afghanistan, as they did for Pakistan
  • And indeed Nabi OB brings himself on after one Shahpour over but his first ball is hit for FOUR and his fourth for SIX by Sharjeel who is on 27 off 13 balls and Pakistan 30 for 0 off 16
  • Big appeal for a caught behind noit given and after three overs Pakistan are 30 for 0, needing another 84 off 17 at just under 5 an over
  • Run-outs look the likeliest option for a wicket at the moment
  • WICKET Mirwais strikes, Sharjeel pinned in front of the stumps by one that pitched on leg and would have hit off, Sharjeel out for 23 off 16 (four 4s, one 6), Pakistan 31 for 1 after 3.4 overs
  • New batsman is Azeem Ghumman RHB
  • Mirwais finding his range now
  • After 4 overs, Pakistan 31 for 1 and Shahpour comes back on for his second over after Nabi bowled just one
  • Shahpour LFM a wicket-taker and one who usually keeps things tight
  • Latif plays uppishly between mid-off and cover, and gets two
  • FOUR Khalid Latif eases into a lofted off-drive, class. And it's a no-ball, free hit next
  • Two to midwicket off the free hit
  • Shahpour may just need to bowl at his fastest, to take wickets. Line and length attempts aren't working for him
  • End of the 5th over, Pakistan are 40 for 1
  • FOUR Classy leg-side flick by Azeem, first ball of Mirwais's next over
  • Six overs gone, Pakistan 47 for 1 and looking ominously good for Afghanistan. Hamid Hassan replaces Shahpour Zadran at the Press Box End
  • Nabi running through all his options as he seeks a momentum-breaking wicket
  • Pakistan need 79 off the next 14 overs at just over 5.6 an over
  • Hamid too quick for the batsmen to assert themselves, Hamid today not with the Afghasn flag headband and the painted flags on his cheek!
  • Good over by Hamid, just two off it, Pakistan 49 for 1 after 7, needing 77 more off 13 at just under 6 an over
  • Sami Shenwari LB on from the Pavilion End
  • Pakistan, having started off like a runaway train, with Sharjeel Khan's 23 off 16, are having the brakes put on them slightly
  • Three off the over, Pakistan 52 for 1, needing 74 off the next 12 overs at just over 6 an over
  • Hamid, right on the money, on a length and climbing, Latif must be waiting for the yorker soon...
  • It does, and is tapped to mid-on for a single
  • Hamid is fast today!
  • Two off the over, Pakistan 54 for 1 off 9
  • MAIDEN By Sami Shenwari and only 6 runs off the last three overs, Pakistan 54 for 1 after 10 overs
  • Khalid Latif and Mohammad Shahzad are having some words, Shahzad seems to have appealed just a little too loudly and a little too wrongly for the Pakistan captain's liking
  • FOUR Khalid Latif is class, drives Nabi through mid-off
  • WICKET And is OUT next ball lbw, sweeping, Captain gets Captain, Latif out for 26 off 32 and Naeem is the batsman with Pakistan on 60 for 2 in the 11th
  • Nine overs to go, 66 wanted at 7.33 an over
  • WICKET Run-out, Naeem is run-out by Shafiq (deadly again!) and Pakistan are 60 for 3 in the 12th over
  • New batsman is Bilawal Bhatti LHB, Karim is the bowler
  • Let's take stock of the situation, eight overs to go, 63 wanted by Pakistan at just under 8 an over
  • Nabi OB to Bhatti LHB from the Press Box End
  • Pakistan just looking for the singles now
  • Afghanistan have Pakistan at 67 for 3 after 13, 59 more wanted by the men in green at 8.4 an over
  • Karim OB, crazy with the bat, but canny with the ball to continue from the Pavilion End, Nabi setting his field carefully
  • WICKET Karim has Bhatti caught at long-off by Shabbir Noori, running in, fingers pointing to the sky and Pakistan are 68 for 4 in the 14th
  • 58 wanted by Pakistan, 38 balls to go
  • Naeem Anjum RHB the new man in, joins Lal Kumar
  • Two wickets and two runs in the over, six overs to go, Pakistan 69 for 5
  • We saw yesterday how close Nepal took Sri Lanka to defeat, Afghanistan are in a strong position too and with more weapons and runs to play with
  • Nabi OB, Afghanistan's captain and good enough to play for anybody, is bowling beautifully from the Press Box End, turn and bounce
  • Nabi finishes on 4-0-22-1 and Pakistan are 72 for 5 with five overs to go
  • 54 wanted off 5 at 10.80 an over. How qucikly the required run-rate ratchets up in this format!
  • Afghanistan on top but this is cricket and it's Pakistani batsmen with years of experience and talent in bundles
  • Golden arm Karim continues
  • Lal Kumar LHB and Naeem Anjum RHB at the crease
  • Pakistan now 76 for 5 with four overs to go, 12.50 wanted an over from now on and Hamid Hassan with figures of 2-0-4-0 on from the Press Box End
  • Two runs a ball wanted by Pakistan
  • WICKET Naeem slashes and is caught by Shabbir at third man! Pakistan fans are quiet, even the Afghan ones are saving themselves for the potential eruption of real joy to come
  • Pakistan need 49 off 22 balls, four wickets in hand
  • Another top over from Hamid who is confirming his greatness with every game, Pakistan 80 for 6 off 17 overs, need 46 off the last three at almost 3 runs a ball
  • Karim to bowl his last over, has really turned the game Afghanistan's way with wickets and tightness in tandem with Nabi
  • As Pakistan chance their arm, runs will come, and so will wickets
  • FOUR to Lal Kumar down to backward square
  • Karim finishes with 2-17, Pakistan 90 for 6 with 2 overs to go, 36 wanted off the last 2 overs
  • Which is 3 runs a ball or the RRR climbs even higher
  • Three off 2 balls so far this Hamid over
  • Eight off the over, including a FOUR with one ball to go
  • WICKET Nawroz catches Jalat Khan at mid-off and Pakistan are 99 for 7 with one over to go and 27 wanted
  • Mirwais to bowl the last over
  • 1 run off the first and it has to be 6s and 4s for Pakistan
  • And it's not happening, 1 run off the second
  • 1 run off the third
  • 1 run off the fourth
  • Dot ball!
  • Last ball is 1 run
  • AFGHANISTAN BEAT PAKISTAN BY 22 RUNS and will play in the Asian Games final tomorrow

Video:
Karim Sadiq: Looking for gold in Guangzhou

Asian Games 2010

SF1: Pakistan v Afghanistan
AFGHANISTAN WON BY 22 RUNS
Pakistan won the toss and elected to field
Afghanistan: 125 for 8 of 20 overs (S.Noori 35; L.Kumar 2-24, M.Irshad 2-25, H.Raza 2-19)
Pakistan: 103 for 7 off 20 overs (H.Hassan 2-16, K.Sadiq 2-17)
Scorecard

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Filed November 25th, 2010