Pakistan beat Afghanistan after Shoaib Maliks last-over heroics

Joann Johnston
September 22, 2018

After Asghar Afghan, the Afghanistan captain, won the toss and made a decision to bat first, Mohammad Shahzad and Ihsanullah opened their innings, whereas Usman Shinwari and Shaheen Afridi shared the new ball for Pakistan.

It was a good effort by Afghanistan considering at one stage they were 94/3 just after the half way stage.

It was when Pakistan needed exact 100 runs from 15 overs.

With boundaries a rarity, Shahidi and Shah did the wise thing by relying on singles and doubles, taking to score to 93-2 after 25 overs.

Mohammad Nawaz was the pick of the bowlers for Pakistan as he grabbed three wickets.

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With his skipper Asghar, Shahidi shared a match-changing 94-run stand for the fourth wicket.

Hasan bowled out Najibullah Zadran in the 47th over and did the same to Shahidi in the penultimate over, only to see his ball adjudged a no-ball. Asghar had joined left-handed Shahidi at the crease after left-arm spinner Mohammad Nawaz (3/57) removed the top three Afghan batsmen - Mohammad Shahzad (20), Ihsanullah (10) and Rahmat Shah (36). Before the last over, in which he hit a four and a six, Malik's two boundaries came off a misfield by Mujeeb and off a poor delivery on the hips by Naib. The Afghanistan captain chipped in with a handy knock of 67 runs. They will be able to catch AFG vs PAK match at Asia Cup 2018 live commentary, and ball-by-ball updates provided by LatestLY.

In reply, Pakistan looked on course for the most part before Afghanistan pulled things back.

With few overs left, Asghar started hitting each everything thrown at him and was bowled by Afridi after being dropped by Haris Sohail in the 42nd over.

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