Afghanistan made Pakistan toil before the U-23 team from Asian Test playing giants eked out a two-wicket victory for their first win in the ACC Emerging Teams Cup at the Kallang grounds in Singapore on Monday.
Afghanistan were bundled out for a meager 142 in 49.3 overs but their total ultimately proved to be huge for Pakistan whose innings crumbled despite getting solid starts. The solid Pakistani batting line-up struggled for every run before they managed to reach 143-8 in 48.4 overs.
Openers Babar Azam and Azeem Ghumman gave Pakistan the best possible start with a 50-run stand and the latter took his team close to triple figures adding 43-runs for the second wicket with Umar Waheed.
From 93-1, Pakistan then slumped to 137-8 before they held their nerves to reach home. Waheed top scored for Pakistan with 43 runs from 80 deliveries hitting four boundaries and a six. Ghumman made 39 from 98 in a boundary-less innings and Azam hit two fours in 58 balls to make 28. Hamid Hassan and skipper Mohammad Nabi returned with the identical figures of 2-21 from their collective 20 overs.
Earlier, Afghanistan were torn apart by a strong Pakistani bowling attack as only Hashmatullah Shaidi offered some resistance making an unbeaten 52 from 128 balls with one hit to the fence. Nabi made 21. Raza Hassan took 3-27 from 9.3 overs, while Mohammad Nawaz and Usman Qadir took two wickets each for Pakistan.
Anwar slams ton to hand UAE victory
Opener Shaiman Anwar smashed an unbeaten century as the United Arab Emirates thumped hosts Singapore by nine wickets in a Group ‘B’ match at The Padang. Singapore were 162 all out in 48 overs after three run outs in their top order and four wickets from Nasir Aziz shaped UAE victory.
Anwar then struck a superb 119 from 104 balls as UAE raced to 164-1 in 27.3 overs. Anwar and his opening partner Abdul Shakoor left Singapore down and out with a 129-run stand in chase of a low total. Shakoor made 36 from 57 balls with five boundaries, while Anwar’s whirlwind knock included 17 boundaries and three sixes.