Asia Cup: Pakistan earn bonus point with 72-run win over Afghanistan
Umar Akmal's unbeaten century and Ahmed Shehzad's fifty helped Pakistan beat Afghanistan by 72 runs at Fatullah.
Pakistan's Ajmal Shehzad (50) scored a half-century in a game where the rest of the top-order was crumbling around him against Afghanistan at Fatullah (All images AFP and AP).
Afghanistan picked up wickets at regular intervals to rock the Pakistan top-order and pose a serious threat of causing a major upset.
Pakistan ran the risk of being bowled out cheaply after the fall of Shahid Afridi with the score at 117/6
Dawlat Zadran, Mirwais Ashraf and Samiullah Shenwari picked up two wickets each before Umar Akmal came to Pakistan's rescue.
Umar Akmal, who scored a fifty in the opening tie against Sri Lanka, worked hard for his runs and managed to stay defiant in tough circumstances.
Umar Akmal saved Pakistan's sinking ship and anchored the side to 248/8 with an unbeaten century.
Afghanistan started positively before Umar Gul provided the first breakthrough, dismissing Mohammed Shahzad in the fifth over.
Afghanistan slowed down in the middle overs. The pressure and the asking rate was mounting which resulted in a few rash shot selection and two run outs.
In the end Afghanistan fell short by 72 runs, giving Pakistan a bonus point and a chance to go top of the points table.