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Man of the Match Umar Akmal says that (about his dropped catch)when the ball was in the air he prayed that please let the fielder drop the catch, he won't play this shot again. Adds that the team management instructed him to stay till the end and he did the same. Mentions that it was one of his best innings and he would like to do even better the next time around. Thanks the seniors and management for keeping faith in him.
Misbah-ul-Haq says that at the start the way they lost the wickets, they were hoping to reach around 200 but then Umar Akmal played one of his best innings and got them out of jail. The batsmen were thinking that this pitch was like the one in the first match and that they were thinking of putting up a big total but this track was turning and was slow which turned out to be tricky. Afghanistan bowlers bowled really well and also they are a really good fielding side. Saeed Ajmal, Afridi and then Gul bowled really well.
Mohammad Nabi says that the bowlers bowled brilliantly to start off with but then Umar Akmal played a brilliant innings. The turning point was when Shinwari dropped Akmal which proved to be crucial. Ajmal bowled really well at the death.
A pretty good performance in the end from Pakistan. After being put into bat, they were in some real trouble at 117/6 but then Umar kmal played a terrific innings to help them post a competitive total. Chasing the target Afghanistan got off to a brisk start. Noor Ali played some lovely shots but the departure of Shahzad slowed down proceedings. Stanikzai got bogged down and then the spinners bowled frugal spells, which kept building pressure on Afghanistan batsmen. They never really get going and then lost wickets in flurry ending up conceding a bonus point to Pakistan.
Mohammad Hafeez to Samiullah Shenwari
OUT! That's it! Pakistan win by 72 runs! Length delivery on off, spins back in. stays a touch low. Shenwari goes for a pull but misses. The ball rattles the timber. Pakistan have ACHIEVED THE BONUS POINT!
Full on middle, Shenwari clips it to short fine leg.
Saeed Ajmal to Amir Hamza
Stays in his crease and defends it to backward point.
Quicker and goes straight on after landing outside off, Hotak comes forward for a defense but misses.
Saeed Ajmal to Samiullah Shenwari
Leans forward and looks to defend but misses and gets hit on the pads.
Beaten! Doosra outside off, Shenwari comes forward for a prod but misses.
Fullish outside off, Hotak pushes it back to the bowler.
Hamza Hotak is the last man in.
Mohammad Hafeez to Shapoor Zadran
OUT! Zadran departs! Loopy and a tad full on off, spinning away. Zadran goes for a heave but gets an outside edge to short third man where Ajmal makes no mistake.
Comes forward and pushes it back to the bowler.
Quicker outside off, spinning away. Zadran looks to push but misses.
Length delivery on the pads, Shenwari gets an inside edge on his clip to backward square leg.
Comes forward and defends it to mid-wicket.
Length delivery on the pads, Shenwari looks to clip but misses and gets hit on the pads.