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So that is it from the first Warm Up game! A big win for Afghanistan but another loss for Pakistan. They have a lot to think about. However, there are two mouth-watering clashes on Saturday with Australia taking on England in Southampton and India taking on New Zealand at The Oval. Both the games begin at 1030 local (0930 GMT). Till then, take care and goodbye!
Afghanistan skipper, Gulbadin Naib, says it is a great victory for their team and their supporters. Reckons the wicket was flat and it looked like a 300-plus wicket. Credits the bowlers for how they bowled and he is pleased they restricted them to 260. States Pakistan is one of the best sides in the world and they can't take it easy, they have to give it their all. Ends by thanking the fans for their support.
Pakistan skipper, Sarfaraz Khan, says they did not have enough runs on the board. Mentions they did not bowl well too in the first 10 overs. Further adds it is very tough if they are losing games but then need to back themselves and he hopes they will do well very soon. States the mood in the dressing room is very fine, the batters are doing well but it is their bowling which they have to work on. Says Babar Azam is the best batsman in his team and Wahab Riaz was top notch today.
Hashmatullah Shahidi who is up for an interview says he feels amazing after this win against Pakistan. Mentions he wanted to stay there till the end and finish the game. Mentions there were wickets falling but he stayed calm and Nabi supported him and he finished the game. States the Pakistan pace attack is very good and he is pleased he did well. States this game was important for them and it is a good win for Afghanistan. Thanks the crowd for the support they gave them.
Earlier in the day, Pakistan elected to bat and it was Babar Azam's ton which powered them to 262. They could have got a lot more but Afghanistan bowled really well in the second half of the first innings and in the end, that proved to be the differential factor.
The Pakistan bowling was once again not at its best. The pacers early on took a real pounding, especially Shaheen Afridi. Shadab Khan did have a wicket to his name but was expensive. Although Imad Wasim and Wahab Riaz were the positives for Pakistan. The former was extremely accurate and the latter was exciting to watch. Had it not been for the two, Afghanistan would have had a stroll in the park.
It was always going to be a tricky chase and it turned out to be that way. Yes, Afghanistan got off to a flier, courtesy their openers but Shahzad then had to retire hurt and Zazai fell a run short of a half ton. The brakes were then applied but the good thing for Afghanistan was, they did not lose wickets. They stitched handy stands and Shahidi was the mainstay. He anchored the innings and the rest played around him. His 50-plus run stand with Nabi was the one which probably took Afghanistan to the brink of victory. However, there was drama in the end where they lost a few wickets quickly, Shahidi and Rashid Khan held their nerves and ensured they got home.
What a game that was in the end! What a win for Afghanistan. Yes, it is just a warm-up match, but this will be a morale booster for the minnows heading into just their 2nd World Cup.
49.4WRiaz to HShahidi
There it is! Shahidi hits the winning runs for Afghanistan. A short ball outside off, he cuts it down to third man for a single. AFGHANISTAN WIN BY 3 WICKETS!
49.3WRiaz to RKhan
A run off the leading edge! SCORES LEVEL NOW! Afghanistan can't lose, they have three balls to win. Very full again on middle, Rashid looks to flick but the ball tails away. It goes off the leading edge down to third man for one.
49.2WRiaz to RKhan
In the air... safe! Two taken! Pressure released. 2 needed in 4. Misses the yorker by just. Rashid lofts it over mid off and takes a brace.
49.1WRiaz to RKhan
A dot to begin first up! A yorker outside off, Rashid fails to jam it out. 4 from 5.
48.6SKhan to RKhan
Another single! 4 needed in 6 now. Full and on middle, this is driven back towards the bowler who dives to his right and makes a half stop. It rolls towards mid on for a run.
48.5SKhan to HShahidi
Good batting! Takes a single through square leg. 5 needed in 7.
48.4SKhan to HShahidi
FOUR! That is probably the shot which seals the deal for Afghanistan. Poor delivery by Khan. He fires it down the leg side, easy pickings for Shahidi, he flicks it through backward square leg. The fielder in the deep does put in a dive but fails to stop it.
48.3SKhan to RKhan
Short ball and Shadab gets away with it. It is pulled to deep mid-wicket for a run. 10 needed in 9 now.
48.2SKhan to HShahidi
A single now! This is fired outside off, Shahidi looks to cut but gets a bottom edge. It goes between the legs of the keeper for a single.
48.1SKhan to HShahidi
Starts off with a short one on middle, Shahidi goes back and pulls it through mid-wicket for a couple.
47.6WRiaz to RKhan
Jaffa! A dot! 14 needed in 12 now. Goes around the wicket to the right hander. It begins from off and then tails away. It is a yorker. Rashid looks to jam it out but misses.
Rashid Khan comes in.
47.5WRiaz to NZadran
OUT! No inside edge and it is umpire's call! Two in the over for Riaz and he has brought Pakistan back into the contest. Another one of those inswinging yorkers. Zadran looks to work it on the leg side but misses. Gets his on the pads. An appeal and the umpire raises the finger. The batsman reviews but replays show that the on-field call is the right one. He has to walk back but Afghanistan do not lose the review. 14 more needed 13. Game on!
Zadran has been given out LBW! He has reviewed. Looks out if there is no inside edge.
47.4WRiaz to HShahidi
On the fuller side, the batter strokes it through cover point for one.
47.3WRiaz to NZadran
Full and way outside off, Zadran looks to put bat on ball but it goes off the inner half towards the leg side for a single.
Najibullah Zadran is the new man in.
47.2WRiaz to GNaib
OUT! TIMBER! Pakistan are still in this! 16 from 16 now. What a corker of a yorker this is. On middle and it tails away. Naib looks to jam it out but plays down the wrong line. Knocks out the off pole. Pakistan would love 4 more deliveries like this.
47.1WRiaz to GNaib
A yorker from around the wicket, the line is outside off though. Naib looks to jam it out but misses. 16 needed in 17.
46.6MHasnain to HShahidi
Swing and a miss! Shahidi wants to end it as soon as possible. He shuffles right across and Hasnain bowls it short. Shahidi swings but misses.
46.5MHasnain to GNaib
On the shorter side outside off, it is cut through point for another single.
46.4MHasnain to HShahidi
Slower one on middle, this is eased down to long on for a single.
46.3MHasnain to GNaib
Is of the mark straightaway as he works it through mid-wicket.
Gulbadin Naib is the new man in.
46.2MHasnain to MNabi
OUT! EDGED AND TAKEN! There goes Nabi, however, one feels, it is a little too late. Slower one and outside off, Nabi goes after it away from his body but only gets an outside edge to the keeper who takes it. 19 needed in 22.
46.1MHasnain to HShahidi
Runs needed now below 20! Short and on the body, Shahidi looks to pull but it hits the glove and rolls towards fine leg for one.
45.7WRiaz to MNabi
Short and outside off, Nabi looks to upper cut but misses.
45.6WRiaz to MNabi
WIDE! Down the leg side, it has been wided.
45.5WRiaz to MNabi
FOUR! Lovely shot! 21 needed now in 25. Length and outside off, Nabi strokes it through covers, it is away from the sweeper and a boundary results.
45.4WRiaz to MNabi
Another bouncer! Nabi evades it nicely!
45.3WRiaz to MNabi
Another yorker and this one is on off, it is hit to mid off.
45.2WRiaz to HShahidi
A yorker on middle, this is jammed down to long on for a single.
45.1WRiaz to MNabi
A low full toss outside off, it is guided through point for one.
Wahab Riaz is back!
44.7MHasnain to HShahidi
Another short one and HS ducks under it once again. This time it is not a wide.
44.6MHasnain to HShahidi
Short and on the body of the batsman, Shahidi ducks under it and it has been wided. The bowler and the keeper are not happy.
44.5MHasnain to MNabi
On the shorter side, Nabi hops and slaps it through covers for one.