Listen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.com

Afghanistan vs Pakistan, Super 12 - Match 24 Commentary, Live Updates

AFG vs PAK, 2021 - T20 Live Commentary

Afghanistan vs Pakistan Scorecard
Share
Match Ended   
147/6 (20.0/20)
148/5 (19.0/20)
Pakistan beat Afghanistan by 5 wickets
Promoted
strategies banner
That's a wrap to this entertaining game. Every cricket fan will remember this day! It's been a day of thrillers, two nail-biting games. We saw Bangladesh lose 3 in 3 and here we witnessed Pakistan win 3 in 3, and have probably secured a semi-final spot. You got to feel sorry for Afghanistan, they fought and fought hard till the very end, but failed to cross the line. It's not the end of the road for them though. Super Saturday is next and it's going to be full of excitement. Two games coming your way - South Africa vs Sri Lanka at 2 pm local (10 am GMT) followed by the clash between arch-rivals England and Australia at 6 pm local (2 pm GMT). We look forward to your company for all the action. Cheers!
Babar Azam, the victorious skipper of Pakistan, says that the way they started with the ball was great and as planned, the bowlers got wickets. Feels that they gave away 10-15 runs extra in the end. Adds that they did not have an ideal Powerplay with the bat but once again, the way Shoaib Malik and Asif Ali batted was commendable. About Asif Ali, Azam replies that he always has confidence in him and knows that Ali will get the team over the line in such situations. Shares that they strategized their bowling innings by keeping the dimensions of the ground in mind and praises the bowlers for sticking to the plans. Mentions that Afghanistan have some quality spinners on their side and the pitch was assisting them so he planned to take the chase deep. Babar is disappointed that he could not finish the chase and once again credits Asif Ali for fulfilling his finishing role.
Mohammad Nabi, the skipper of Afghanistan, says that they didn't start well but still had a decent total on the board. Adds that his stand with Gulbadin Naib was a good one and they had decided that 150 would be a good score. Opines that three spinners are enough and Rashid Khan bowled at the right time but Asif Ali took the game away from them in the end. Mentions that there are a lot of positives as they fought till the very end.
ASIF ALI IS THE PLAYER OF THE MATCH! The man of the moment starts by congratulating the team and the fans for this win. He shares that the boundary was small from one end so he planned with Shoaib Malik to target the bowler from that end. Tells that he assesses the situation first and thinks about whose overs are left and targets them accordingly. Also states that he had a word with Shoaib Malik and was confident of scoring even 25 runs in one over.
Presentation time...
We were heading for a tense finish. 24 runs were needed off 12 balls and Afghanistan looked to have the upper hand. However, Asif Ali once again showed his six-hitting skills and also reminded everyone that his knock against New Zealand was not a fluke. He declined a single on the last ball of the 18th over and it was quite a mature decision from him. Four sixes followed in the next over bowled by Karim Janat and the chase was extraordinarily put to bed. Make that 3 in 3 for Pakistan and they have almost booked their place in the semi-final from this group.
Afghanistan fought this match with a lot of intensity. With the bat, they were ready to take their chances and always tried to attack the bowlers. That approach put them in a precarious situation at the halfway mark of their batting innings. But, towards the end, Mohammad Nabi and Gulbadin Naib combined for a stupendous stand and took Afghanistan to a fighting total. Mujeeb Ur Rahman was the trump card for them upfront with the ball and he bowled 4 economical overs to build the pressure. Rashid Khan was brought on after the 10th over and many thought that Mohammad Nabi had missed the trick but the Afghan maestro picked the wickets of Mohammad Hafeez and then Babar Azam with his last ball of the spell to hand the advantage to Afghanistan. It was all about how Pakistan will deal with the class of Mujeeb and Rashid Khan in the chase and eventually, they did just enough against them to cross the line.
The chase was planned to near perfection from Pakistan but losing wickets at the wrong time threw this match wide open towards the end. Despite losing one half of their power couple, Mohammad Rizwan cheaply, Pakistan never lost the plot. Babar Azam joined forces with Fakhar Zaman to raise a handy partnership of 63 runs. The Pakistan skipper built a couple of more crucial stands with Mohammad Hafeez and Shoaib Malik and his presence didn't allow Afghanistan to build enough pressure. However, his departure followed by the wicket of Shoaib Malik gave a little opening to the Afghans, Asif Ali's whirlwind knock sealed the deal for Pakistan.
What an electrifying game! Asif Ali, the six-hitting machine of Pakistan, has once again provided a blockbuster finish. A 7-ball 25 from Asif and he ended the chase with 6 balls to spare. Take a bow, Ali! A new 'finisher' is born!
End Of The Over 19 : 148/5
24 Runs
  • 618.1
  • 018.2
  • 618.3
  • 018.4
  • 618.5
  • 618.6
A. Ali
25 (7)
S. Khan
0 (1)
K. Janat
4-0-48-0
18.6
6
Karim Janat To Asif Ali
SIX! THERE IT IS! Scintillating hitting from Asif Ali and this is why he did not take the single in the previous over! On a length again, outside off. He sends the ball sailing over the cover fence. Pakistan win by 5 wickets!
18.5
6
Karim Janat To Asif Ali
SIX! So, the over so far as been - six, dot, six, dot, six! On a length, on off. Asif Ali hits it straight down the ground for another maximum. Pakistan are one big hit away now.
18.4
0
Karim Janat To Asif Ali
Another beautiful yorker, wide outside off. Asif Ali gets no bat on it whatsoever.
18.3
6
Karim Janat To Asif Ali
SIX! Karim Janat misses the mark and gets pumped again! Slower and shorter, outside off. Asif Ali heaves it over the mid-wicket fence. This is quality hitting by Asif Ali. He did it against the Kiwis. Can he do it here too?
18.2
0
Karim Janat To Asif Ali
Well bowled. A yorker, wide outside off. Asif Ali goes to drive but misses. Very well bowled under pressure.
18.1
6
Karim Janat To Asif Ali
SIX! BOOM! In the slot and Asif Ali punishes it! On a length, outside off. Asif Ali sits back in his crease and frees his arms to send the ball sailing over the long off fence. Great start to the 19th over for Pakistan.
Karim Janat (3-0-24-0) to bowl the all-important 19th over.
End Of The Over 18 : 124/5
2 Runs
  • 117.1
  • 117.2
  • 017.3
  • 017.4
  • W17.5
  • 017.6
S. Khan
0 (1)
A. Ali
1 (1)
Naveen
3-0-22-1
17.6
0
Naveen-ul-Haq To Shadab Khan
NOT OUT! Slower ball, on a length, on off. Shadab taps it to short mid-wicket and looks for a run. But Asif is not interested. Shabad runs back as the throw comes in and Mohammad Shahzad takes the bails off. The TV umpire is called in but Shadab is well inside. What an over by Naveen-ul-Haq though. Just 2 runs and a wicket from it. 24 needed in the last 2 overs.
Is that a run out? The umpires go upstairs but the replay shows that Shadab Khan is well in. NOT OUT!
Shadab Khan comes in at number 7.
17.5
W
Naveen-ul-Haq To Shoaib Malik OUT!
OUT! CAUGHT BEHIND! Naveen-ul-Haq has done what his captain would have wanted from him! He bowls a length ball, wide outside off. The eyes of Shoaib Malik light up and he goes for the booming drive. But all he gets is the outside edge and Mohammad Shahzad takes an easy catch. 24 needed in 13 balls now and the lower order of Pakistan will be tested here.
17.4
0
Naveen-ul-Haq To Shoaib Malik
BEAUTIFUL DELIVERY! A slower yorker, on off. Malik looks to drive it at first but the ball takes ages to come. He blocks it in the end. Two dots in a row.
Naveen-ul-Haq looks to have hurt himself. This one was struck hard by Malik and Naveen-ul-Haq just stuck out his hand. The physio is out and everything seems to be fine. We are ready to resume play.
17.3
0
Naveen-ul-Haq To Shoaib Malik
Dropped! But, this was a very tough chance. Length ball, on off. Malik smacks it very hard but straight back in the direction of the bowler. Naveen-ul-Haq sticks his right hand out. The ball hits his hand and pops out. He tries to catch it on the rebound but is not able to. Still, it is a dot ball.
17.2
1
Naveen-ul-Haq To Asif Ali
Slower and shorter, around off. Ali pulls it past square leg for one.
17.1
1
Naveen-ul-Haq To Shoaib Malik
Shorter ball, on off. Malik pulls it to deep mid-wicket for one.
Asif Ali, the hero of the last match, is in at number 6. Also, Naveen-ul-Haq (2-0-20-0) comes back into the attack.
End Of The Over 17 : 122/4
12 Runs
  • 016.1
  • 616.2
  • 216.3
  • 2 WD16.4
  • 116.4
  • 116.5
  • W16.6
B. Azam
51 (47)
S. Malik
18 (11)
R. Khan
4-0-26-2
16.6
W
Rashid Khan To Babar Azam OUT!
OUT! BOWLED! He gets the big fish! Rashid Khan, you beauty! A quicker googly, on off. Azam looks to slog-sweep but misses the ball completely. The ball crashes onto the stumps and Rashid Khan takes off in celebration! This could be the turning point of the chase. 26 needed off 18 balls.
16.5
1
Rashid Khan To Shoaib Malik
Flatter ball, on off. Pushed to backward point and they sprint for one. Last ball of Rashid Khan's spell coming up.
16.4
1
Rashid Khan To Babar Azam
DROPPED! Oh, my god. This is a big drop. Tossed up, on leg. Babar Azam looks to heave it away but gets the leading edge as it turns. The ball goes towards point. Naveen-ul-Haq runs across to his right from backward point. He gets to the ball, catches it as well with a dive but as he goes down, the ball slips out. They cross, Rashid cannot believe it.
16.4
wd
Rashid Khan To Shoaib Malik
Googly, but down the leg side. Malik misses the flick and even Mohammad Shahzad cannot collect it. So a wide and an extra run is taken by the batters.
16.3
2
Rashid Khan To Shoaib Malik
Loopy ball, outside off. Malik dances down the track and drags it wide of long on for a couple.
16.2
6
Rashid Khan To Shoaib Malik
SIX! High and handsome! Flatter ball, wide outside off. Malik gets low and then hammers it way, way over the long on fence. A quality stroke. We all were thinking that Pakistan would look to knock it around in this over and see off Rashid but Shoaib has other plans. He hit that ball on merit.
16.1
0
Rashid Khan To Shoaib Malik
Flatter ball, on the pads. Malik taps it to short mid-wicket. Dot ball.
Will Rashid Khan bowl out now or will Nabi keep him for later on? Nabi has a discussion with the senior players and decides to bowl out Rashid Khan. A very crucial 6 balls coming up in the context of this game.
End Of The Over 16 : 110/3
9 Runs
  • 115.1
  • 115.2
  • 115.3
  • 115.4
  • 415.5
  • 115.6
S. Malik
9 (7)
B. Azam
50 (45)
K. Janat
3-0-24-0
15.6
1
Karim Janat To Shoaib Malik
Just a single. Length ball, around off. Malik looks to carve it over covers but gets a thick outside edge. The ball goes to third man for one.
15.5
4
Karim Janat To Shoaib Malik
FOUR! Punished! Malik shimmies to the leg side a bit and Janat bowls a short and wide one. Malik cuts it hard past point for a boundary.
15.4
1
Karim Janat To Babar Azam
FIFTY FOR BABAR! Length ball, on off. Babar shuffles and taps it to deep square leg for one. That brings up his 50 but it is a muted celebration by him. He knows that he still has some work to do.
15.3
1
Karim Janat To Shoaib Malik
Short of a length, on middle and off, Malik backs away and punches it to deep cover for another single.
15.2
1
Karim Janat To Babar Azam
Fuller ball, on off, Azam drives it straight towards cover. A fumble allows the single. Azam feels that this ball should have reached the fence.
15.1
1
Karim Janat To Shoaib Malik
On a length, on the pads. Malik works it past square leg and gets an easy single.
Karim Janat (2-0-15-0) comes back into the attack.
End Of The Over 15 : 101/3
4 Runs
  • W14.1
  • 114.2
  • 014.3
  • 114.4
  • 114.5
  • 114.6
S. Malik
2 (3)
B. Azam
48 (43)
R. Khan
3-0-14-1
14.6
1
Rashid Khan To Shoaib Malik
Another short one, outside off. Malik pulls it all along the ground to deep mid-wicket for one.
14.5
1
Rashid Khan To Babar Azam
Shorter ball, down the leg side. Azam pulls it to deep square leg for one. 100 up for Pakistan.
14.4
1
Rashid Khan To Shoaib Malik
Darted on the pads. Malik gets off the mark with a single to deep square leg.
14.3
0
Rashid Khan To Shoaib Malik
A ripping googly, lands on off and comes back in. Malik gets his bat down in time and gets the inner half. The ball goes to mid-wicket.
14.2
1
Rashid Khan To Babar Azam
Flatter ball, outside off. Chopped past covers for one.
Shoaib Malik comes in at number 5.
14.1
W
Rashid Khan To Mohammad Hafeez OUT!
OUT! TAKEN! A century of wickets for Rashid Khan in T20Is and he is the fastest to this feat! This is another googly, around off. Hafeez gets low and looks to slog-sweep it but gets the top edge. The man from long on runs forward and takes it with ease. An easy catch for Gulbadin Naib and he celebrates it by flexing his biceps. Afghanistan are clawing back in this game. 51 needed in 35 balls.
End Of The Over 14 : 97/2
8 Runs
  • 113.1
  • 2 NB13.2
  • 113.2
  • 213.3
  • 013.4
  • 213.5
  • 013.6
B. Azam
46 (41)
M. Hafeez
10 (9)
M. Nabi
4-0-36-1
13.6
0
Mohammad Nabi To Babar Azam
Loopy ball, on off. Blocked out. A dot to end the spell of Nabi. He went for 36 in 4 and took a wicket, a touch on the expensive side.
13.5
2
Mohammad Nabi To Babar Azam
Shorter again, outside off. Babar cuts it away nicely. The man at deep point gets to his left and stops the ball with one hand. Two taken.
13.4
0
Mohammad Nabi To Babar Azam
Shorter ball, on the pads. Azam works it to short mid-wicket.
13.3
2
Mohammad Nabi To Babar Azam
Loopy ball, on off. Babar comes down the track and hits it down the ground. The ball does not run to the fence though and the man from long on gets to it. Two taken.
13.2
1
Mohammad Nabi To Mohammad Hafeez
Straight to the man! Fuller and quicker on the pads. Nabi hits it straight to deep mid-wicket. Rashid Khan catches it but it is a Free Hit. One taken.
13.2
nb
Mohammad Nabi To Babar Azam
Looped up, on the pads. Azam works it to short fine leg for one. Well, well it is called a no ball. Nabi has overstepped. Free Hit coming up.
13.1
1
Mohammad Nabi To Mohammad Hafeez
A full toss, on off. Hit down to long off for one.
End Of The Over 13 : 89/2
8 Runs
  • 1 LB12.1
  • 112.2
  • 112.3
  • 112.4
  • 412.5
  • 012.6
B. Azam
41 (36)
M. Hafeez
8 (7)
R. Khan
2-0-10-0
12.6
0
Rashid Khan To Babar Azam
Slower delivery, wide outside off. Azam toe-ends it back to the bowler.
12.5
4
Rashid Khan To Babar Azam
FOUR! Edgy boundary but Babar Azam will take it. Rashid Khan is quicker through the air this time and bowls it a touch flatter, on off, Babar Azam looks to punch off the back foot but gets an outside edge, past the first slip fielder and the ball races away into the third man fence.
Is that a run out? Nope, Mohammad Hafeez is well inside.
12.4
1
Rashid Khan To Mohammad Hafeez
SAFE! Quicker and shorter again, on off stump. Mohammad Hafeez goes on the back foot and taps it towards covers. The batters race across for a quick single but the fielder scores a direct hit at the bowler's end. The umpires go upstairs but the replay shows that Hafeez had his bat grounded. Not Out!
12.3
1
Rashid Khan To Babar Azam
Tossed up delivery, on off. Azam goes for the slog-sweep but doesn't quite get it off the middle of the bat. The ball goes towards deep mid-wicket and they pick up another single.
12.2
1
Rashid Khan To Mohammad Hafeez
Quicker and shorter, on middle and leg. Hafeez punches it off the back foot to the right of the bowler and picks up a single down to long on.
12.1
lb
Rashid Khan To Babar Azam
LEG BYE! Sliding down the leg side, it was the googly again. Azam looks to flick it away on the leg side but the ball goes off his pads towards mid-wicket. They take a leg bye.
End Of The Over 12 : 81/2
6 Runs
  • W11.1
  • 011.2
  • 211.3
  • 411.4
  • 011.5
  • 011.6
M. Hafeez
6 (5)
B. Azam
36 (32)
M. Nabi
3-0-28-1
11.6
0
Mohammad Nabi To Mohammad Hafeez
Flighted ball, on off and Hafeez drives it on the off side.
11.5
0
Mohammad Nabi To Mohammad Hafeez
Fullish ball, on middle. this is pushed towards mid on.
11.4
4
Mohammad Nabi To Mohammad Hafeez
FOUR! Slow and just outside off. Mohammad Hafeez stays deep in his crease looking to cut it away but gets an outside edge. Asghar Afghan gives chase from short third man but the ball beats him to reach the fence.
11.3
2
Mohammad Nabi To Mohammad Hafeez
Tosses it up again, on off. Hafeez gets down on his knees and sweeps it behind square on the leg side for a couple.
11.2
0
Mohammad Nabi To Mohammad Hafeez
Floats it up, around off. Mohammad Hafeez lunges forward, looking to push at it, but gets an inside edge onto the pad.
The Professor, Mohammad Hafeez, finds himself in the middle now. Professor vs President time.
Review again! Now, Fakhar Zaman reviews this LBW decision against him. But this looks out. No bat on that one. Three reds on Ball Tracker!
11.1
W
Mohammad Nabi To Fakhar Zaman OUT!
OUT! LBW! Well, it's not the wicket of Babar Azam but Fakhar Zaman is an equally big scalp. The skipper comes back on to bowl and gets the breakthrough right away. Mohammad Nabi angles it in from around the stumps and Fakhar Zaman gets down on one knee to sweep it away. Zaman misses and gets hit on the back thigh. The umpire raises his finger after thinking for a while and Pakistan review it again. UltraEdge confirms that there's no bat on it and this time Ball Tracker shows that the ball would go on to hit the leg stump. Fakhar Zaman has to depart. End of the 63-run stand. Can this wicket change the momentum of the game? 73 runs needed in 53 balls.
Change. Mohammad Nabi (2-0-22-0) brings himself back on.
Review time! Babar Azam is given out LBW and he has reviewed this decision. This looks quite close. Faint tickle on UltraEdge but the front-on vision shows a gap between bat and ball. Wickets missing! Babar Azam survives.
End Of The Over 11 : 75/1
3 Runs
  • 110.1
  • 110.2
  • 010.3
  • 010.4
  • 110.5
  • 010.6
B. Azam
36 (32)
F. Zaman
30 (24)
R. Khan
1-0-3-0
10.6
0
Rashid Khan To Babar Azam
NOT OUT! Rashid Khan almost does the trick in his very first over. This is the googly yet again, on the middle stump line and Babar Azam doesn't seem to pick it up. Azam gets rapped on the pads as he attempts to flick and the umpire does raise his finger. Babar Azam takes the review and the UltraEdge shows that the ball did not hit the bat but the Ball Tracker does show that it was going on to miss the leg stump. How huge could this review prove to be?
10.5
1
Rashid Khan To Fakhar Zaman
And again, slightly slower and fuller, on middle and leg. Zaman gets a leading edge as he looks to flick it on the leg side. The ball goes towards point and they take the single this time.
10.4
0
Rashid Khan To Fakhar Zaman
On middle and Zaman looks to work it on the leg side, the ball takes the leading edge and goes towards cover-point.
10.3
0
Rashid Khan To Fakhar Zaman
Peach! Rashid Khan bowls the googly and the ball just whizzes past the outside edge of Fakhar Zaman's bat.
10.2
1
Rashid Khan To Babar Azam
Fuller delivery, on off and driven through point. Asghar Afghan misfields and allows the single.
10.1
1
Rashid Khan To Fakhar Zaman
Rashid Khan immediately gets into the act. On middle and skidding on, Zaman looks to block but gets an inside edge towards short fine leg. They cross for a single.
Drinks! Despite losing Mohammad Rizwan early, Pakistan are in a very good position thanks to a good stand between the current pair. 76 are needed in 10 overs but 4 of those will be bowled by Rashid Khan. Are Afghanistan asking a bit too much from their champion bowler? Can he deliver? Here he comes to bowl with a slip in place...
End Of The Over 10 : 72/1
10 Runs
  • 19.1
  • 19.2
  • 19.3
  • 19.4
  • 29.5
  • 49.6
B. Azam
35 (30)
F. Zaman
28 (20)
K. Janat
2-0-15-0
9.6
4
Karim Janat To Babar Azam
FOUR! Banged in short, with not much pace on it and outside the off stump. Babar Azam just waits for it and ramps it over the keeper and into the third man fence for another boundary.
9.5
2
Karim Janat To Babar Azam
Full and around off, this is crunched through covers. The fielder at the deep point boundary runs to his right and slides in to keep it just to a couple.
9.4
1
Karim Janat To Fakhar Zaman
Back of a length, on off, Zaman dabs it down towards short third man for a single.
9.3
1
Karim Janat To Babar Azam
Back of a length, around off. Azam pulls it towards deep square leg for another one.
9.2
1
Karim Janat To Fakhar Zaman
Janat angles in a length ball on the middle stump line from around the wicket. Fakhar Zaman winds up for the big heave on the leg side but gets an inside edge down to backward square leg for a single.
9.1
1
Karim Janat To Babar Azam
Short of a length, outside off. Azam looks to free his arms and go over covers but manages to hit it towards mid off for a single.
End Of The Over 9 : 62/1
13 Runs
  • 48.1
  • 18.2
  • 18.3
  • 48.4
  • 28.5
  • 18.6
B. Azam
27 (26)
F. Zaman
26 (18)
Naveen
2-0-20-0
8.6
1
Naveen-ul-Haq To Babar Azam
Drop and run! Good-length ball, on off. Babar Azam just taps it back onto the deck and Fakhar Zaman calls him for a quick single. Fifty partnership is also up between these two. 13 off the over, a good one for Pakistan.
8.5
2
Naveen-ul-Haq To Babar Azam
Slower bumper now, around the off stump. Azam is able to get on top of the bounce as he pulls it down in front of square leg. The fielder over there fumbles a bit and they come back for the second as well.
8.4
4
Naveen-ul-Haq To Babar Azam
FOUR! Second boundary in the over and Babar Azam looks to have found his rhythm. A length ball, outside off stump. Azam just beautifully guides it past short third man and finds the fence.
8.3
1
Naveen-ul-Haq To Fakhar Zaman
Slower one, 105 kph and around the leg stump. Zaman waits for it and flicks it through square leg for an easy single.
8.2
1
Naveen-ul-Haq To Babar Azam
On middle and this is worked through mid-wicket for a single.
8.1
4
Naveen-ul-Haq To Babar Azam
FOUR! Up and over from Babar Azam and the 50 is up for Pakistan. Full and wide, almost a half volley, Azam just slaps it over the point region and the ball races away into the fence.
Change of ends for Naveen-ul-Haq. He went for 7 in his first over.
End Of The Over 8 : 49/1
5 Runs
  • 07.1
  • 27.2
  • 17.3
  • 17.4
  • 17.5
  • 07.6
F. Zaman
25 (17)
B. Azam
15 (21)
K. Janat
1-0-5-0
7.6
0
Karim Janat To Fakhar Zaman
Fakhar Zaman looks to make room and Janat follows him down the leg side. This is a length ball, angled into the body. Zaman looks to get it away on the leg side but gets hit in the ribs instead. Just 5 off the over.
7.5
1
Karim Janat To Babar Azam
Length again, on middle and tucked away towards deep mid-wicket for another single.
7.4
1
Karim Janat To Fakhar Zaman
Slightly fuller and on middle, Fakhar Zaman pushes it down to long on and rotates the strike.
7.3
1
Karim Janat To Babar Azam
Width on offer this time, Azam manages to slap it through covers for just a single.
7.2
2
Karim Janat To Babar Azam
Shorter in length, around the off stump. Babar Azam pulls it towards wide long on and comes back for the second.
Karim Janat will bowl now.
7.1
0
Karim Janat To Babar Azam
A length ball, angled in at the off stump. Babar Azam punches it towards the cover region.
End Of The Over 7 : 44/1
6 Runs
  • 16.1
  • 06.2
  • 16.3
  • 26.4
  • 16.5
  • 1 LB6.6
B. Azam
11 (17)
F. Zaman
24 (15)
Ur Rahman
4-0-14-1
6.6
lb
Mujeeb Ur Rahman To Babar Azam
LEG BYE! Mujeeb drifts down the leg side, Azam looks to flick but the ball goes off the pads towards short fine leg. They get a leg bye. Mujeeb Ur Rahman finishes his spell with figures of 4-0-14-1. He is seen walking off the field, as the umpire is seen having a word with Mohammad Nabi.
6.5
1
Mujeeb Ur Rahman To Fakhar Zaman
Nicely bowled, this one came in after pitching. Quicker one, around off and Zaman looks to repeat the trick but gets an inside edge back onto the pads. The ball goes past the off stump and towards short third man. They get a single.
6.4
2
Mujeeb Ur Rahman To Fakhar Zaman
Smart batting from Fakhar Zaman. Slower and shorter, on off. Zaman just bunts it towards the vacant mid on region and picks up an easy two.
6.3
1
Mujeeb Ur Rahman To Babar Azam
Flatter one, on middle and skidding on. Azam goes deep in his crease and works it through mid-wicket for a run.
6.2
0
Mujeeb Ur Rahman To Babar Azam
Loopy full toss, outside off. Babar Azam will feel he missed out on that one as he fails to get it through covers.
6.1
1
Mujeeb Ur Rahman To Fakhar Zaman
On off and Zaman just nudges it towards the point region for a quick single.
End Of The Over 6 : 38/1
7 Runs
  • 05.1
  • 15.2
  • 15.3
  • 45.4
  • 05.5
  • 15.6
F. Zaman
20 (12)
B. Azam
10 (14)
Naveen
1-0-7-0
5.6
1
Naveen-ul-Haq To Fakhar Zaman
On a length around off, Fakhar plays it down to cover-point and picks up a quick run. At the end of the Powerplay, Pakistan are 38/1. At the same stage, Afghanistan were 11 runs ahead but had also lost 3 wickets more. 110 needed off 84 balls.
5.5
0
Naveen-ul-Haq To Fakhar Zaman
On a length around leg, again at 130 kph, this time Fakhar fails to work it around off his pads. It drops in front of him on the pitch, Zaman is outside the crease but then returns after seeing the bowler attack the ball.
5.4
4
Naveen-ul-Haq To Fakhar Zaman
FOUR! Easy pickings! Naveen-ul-Haq loses his radar as he tries to bowl a pacy delivery. Clocks 130 kph but drifts a full ball down the leg side, Fakhar Zaman gets enough bat behind it and sends it screaming away wide of short fine leg for a boundary.
5.3
1
Naveen-ul-Haq To Babar Azam
Short in length, around off and angling in at 104 kph, Babar stays back and pulls it in front of square leg for a single.
5.2
1
Naveen-ul-Haq To Fakhar Zaman
Slower one, short and around off, Zaman stays back inside the crease and calmly plays it down towards backward point for one.
5.1
0
Naveen-ul-Haq To Fakhar Zaman
Naveen-ul-Haq begins with a fuller delivery, on middle and leg, Fakhar Zaman flicks but finds the mid-wicket fielder.
Change. Time for some pace now as Naveen-ul-Haq comes on.
End Of The Over 5 : 31/1
2 Runs
  • 04.1
  • 14.2
  • 14.3
  • 04.4
  • 04.5
  • 04.6
B. Azam
9 (13)
F. Zaman
14 (7)
Ur Rahman
3-0-9-1
4.6
0
Mujeeb Ur Rahman To Babar Azam
Floated and full around off, Babar pushes it back to the bowler who makes a half-stop. 3-0-9-1, Mujeeb Ur Rahman has left his impact in the Powerplay.
4.5
0
Mujeeb Ur Rahman To Babar Azam
Short in length on middle, Babar moves back to pull but fails to middle his shot properly. Finds the mid-wicket fielder.
4.4
0
Mujeeb Ur Rahman To Babar Azam
Short and outside off, cut through the line but straight to point.
4.3
1
Mujeeb Ur Rahman To Fakhar Zaman
Flighted on middle, turned on the leg side for a single at square leg.
4.2
1
Mujeeb Ur Rahman To Babar Azam
Hangs on the back foot and punches it in the gap at extra cover for a single.
4.1
0
Mujeeb Ur Rahman To Babar Azam
Flatter and on middle, Babar helps it away on the leg side but finds mid-wicket.
End Of The Over 4 : 29/1
14 Runs
  • 13.1
  • 13.2
  • 13.3
  • 13.4
  • 43.5
  • 63.6
F. Zaman
13 (6)
B. Azam
8 (8)
M. Nabi
2-0-22-0
3.6
6
Mohammad Nabi To Fakhar Zaman
SIX! High and handsome! No stopping this one. Flighted delivery, full and around off, Fakhar Zaman wears his dancing shoes to reach the pitch of the ball and clobbers it over wide long on for a biggie. 14 from the over!
3.5
4
Mohammad Nabi To Fakhar Zaman
FOUR! Aerial and just over the mid-wicket fielder. Floated and around off, Fakhar Zaman goes down on one knee and slog-sweeps it across the line. It beats the in-ring fielder's jump and races behind for a boundary.
3.4
1
Mohammad Nabi To Babar Azam
Flatter and shorter around off, Babar punches it from the back foot to covers. The fielder in the ring dives to stop the ball but cannot prevent the single.
3.3
1
Mohammad Nabi To Fakhar Zaman
Tossed up around off, Fakhar Zaman leans forward and pushes it softly towards backward point. He looks at his skipper and then they cross for a single.
3.2
1
Mohammad Nabi To Babar Azam
Fullish and on middle, Babar Azam whips it towards mid-wicket where the fielder dives across to his left but only manages a little fingertip on it. A single is taken.
3.1
1
Mohammad Nabi To Fakhar Zaman
Fuller and flatter on middle, Fakhar Zaman flicks it in the gap at mid-wicket and rotates the strike.
End Of The Over 3 : 15/1
4 Runs
  • 12.1
  • 02.2
  • W2.3
  • 02.4
  • 12.5
  • 22.6
B. Azam
6 (6)
F. Zaman
1 (2)
Ur Rahman
2-0-7-1
2.6
2
Mujeeb Ur Rahman To Babar Azam
Turning down the leg side, from the middle stump line, Babar flicks it in the gap at mid-wicket and picks up a couple of runs.
2.5
1
Mujeeb Ur Rahman To Fakhar Zaman
On middle, eased to square leg for a single.
2.4
0
Mujeeb Ur Rahman To Fakhar Zaman
Flatter and on off, Zaman stays back and hits it towards mid-wicket.
Fakhar Zaman walks out to bat.
2.3
W
Mujeeb Ur Rahman To Mohammad Rizwan OUT!
OUT! Rizwan holes out and the crowd rejoice! Floated delivery, full and around middle, Mohammad Rizwan goes down on one knee for his favourite slog sweep but fails to pack his shot with enough power and elevation. It goes to deep square leg, Naveen-ul-Haq is stationed there, he maintains his balance and composure near the boundary line and judges the catch superbly. A rare flop show from Rizwan.
2.2
0
Mujeeb Ur Rahman To Mohammad Rizwan
Very full and outside off, Rizwan digs it out back past the bowler to mid off.
2.1
1
Mujeeb Ur Rahman To Babar Azam
Flatter and a touch shorter on off, Babar pushes it towards wide mid off for a single.
End Of The Over 2 : 11/0
8 Runs
  • 11.1
  • 11.2
  • 11.3
  • 11.4
  • 01.5
  • 41.6
M. Rizwan
8 (8)
B. Azam
3 (4)
M. Nabi
1-0-8-0
1.6
4
Mohammad Nabi To Mohammad Rizwan
FOUR! Fine shot! Poor finish to the over from Mohammad Nabi. He bowls it down the leg side, fuller in length, Rizwan kneels and powers his sweep shot behind square leg for a boundary.
1.5
0
Mohammad Nabi To Mohammad Rizwan
Flighted this time, full and on middle, pushed back to the bowler.
1.4
1
Mohammad Nabi To Babar Azam
On the pads, tucked behind square leg for a single.
1.3
1
Mohammad Nabi To Mohammad Rizwan
Fires it flat and around off at 100 kph, Rizwan plays it down to point where the fielder fumbles and they cross.
1.2
1
Mohammad Nabi To Babar Azam
Risky single. Flighted and on middle, Babar clips it to mid-wicket and rushes to the other end. The fielder picks up the ball and has a shy at the bowler's end but misses. It would have been tight in case of a direct hit. Maybe, Rahmanullah Gurbaz should have thrown the ball to the keeper as Mohammad Rizwan was late to take off and could have been short.
1.1
1
Mohammad Nabi To Mohammad Rizwan
Tossed up and on middle, Mohammad Rizwan moves back and turns it in the gap at mid-wicket for a quick run.
Spin from the other end too. Mohammad Nabi will roll his arm over.
End Of The Over 1 : 3/0
3 Runs
  • 00.1
  • 10.2
  • 00.3
  • 10.4
  • 00.5
  • 10.6
M. Rizwan
2 (4)
B. Azam
1 (2)
Ur Rahman
1-0-3-0
0.6
1
Mujeeb Ur Rahman To Mohammad Rizwan
Straighter one on middle, helped towards mid-wicket for a single. A good start from Mujeeb Ur Rahman.
0.5
0
Mujeeb Ur Rahman To Mohammad Rizwan
Drift again for Mujeeb, full and around off, almost seam up and tailing into the right-hander, Rizwan tries to flick but fails to close the face of his bat in time. The ball takes the outer half of his blade and rolls back to the bowler.
0.4
1
Mujeeb Ur Rahman To Babar Azam
Quicker delivery, short and around off at 101 kph, Babar goes back and pulls it to long on for a single.
0.3
0
Mujeeb Ur Rahman To Babar Azam
The length is slightly short and it's around off, Babar punches it from the back foot to mid off.
0.2
1
Mujeeb Ur Rahman To Mohammad Rizwan
Loopy and around off, a little bit of drift in the air as it lands, Mohammad Rizwan knocks it down to long on for a single. Pakistan are away!
0.1
0
Mujeeb Ur Rahman To Mohammad Rizwan
Mujeeb Ur Rahman starts with a flighted ball on off, turning in, Rizwan stays back and pushes it out a bit aerially to the leg side.
Match Info
  • Venue Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai
  • Weather Clear
  • Toss Afghanistanwon the toss and elected to bat
  • Result Pakistan beat Afghanistan by 5 wickets
  • Player of the Match Asif Ali
  • Umpire Chris Brown (NZ), Joel Wilson (WI) and Langton Rusere (ZIM)
  • Referee David Boon (AUS)
Match Notes
  • Innings Break: Afghanistan 147/6 in 20.0 overs
  • 7th wicket partnership: 50 off 33 balls between M Nabi (18) and G Naib (28)
  • Afghanistan 100/6 in 15.4 overs
  • Drinks: Afghanistan 64/5 in 9.1 overs
  • Afghanistan 51/4 in 6.2 overs
  • Mandatory Power play (1-6): Afghanistan 49/4
  • S Malik dropped on 19 by N ul Haq in 17.3 overs
  • B Azam dropped on 50 by N ul Haq in 16.4 overs
  • Pakistan 100/3 in 14.5 overs
  • R Khan takes his 100th T20I wicket
  • Pakistan 75/2 : F Zaman lbw b Mohammad Nabi 25(25)
  • Referral 2 (11.1 ovs): F Zaman against AFG (LBW) Unsuccessful (AFG: 2, PAK: 1)
  • Referral 1 (10.6 ovs): B Azam against AFG (LBW) Successful (AFG: 2, PAK: 2)
  • Drinks: Pakistan 72/1 in 10.0 overs
  • 2nd wicket partnership: 50 off 39 balls between B Azam (23) and F Zaman (26)
  • Pakistan 50/1 in 8.1 overs
  • Mandatory Power play (1-6): Pakistan 83/1
Advertisement
Match Poll

Who will win the Match

Latest Form
  • W
  • W
  • W
  • W
  • T
  • W
  • W
  • A
  • A
  • W
Worm
PlayerRunsAvg.
Babar Azam PAK30360.60
David Warner AUS28948.16
Mohammad Rizwan PAK28170.25
Jos Buttler ENG26989.66
Charith Asalanka SL23146.20
View More
PlayerWicketsEco.
Wanindu Hasaranga SL165.20
Adam Zampa AUS135.81
Trent Boult NZ136.25
Shakib Al Hasan BAN115.59
Josh Hazlewood AUS117.29
View More

Cricket News