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Afghanistan upset Pakistan to reach final

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Afghanistan stunned a second-string Pakistan in the semi-finals of the Asian Games in Guangzhou to continue their fairytale run in cricket over the past two years. This victory assures them of at least a silver, boosting the medals tally of a nation which has only two medals – both in taekwondo – in the Asian Games.

 It’s been a low-scoring tournament so far, and Afghanistan’s 125, after being sent in, was a competitive total. Eighteen-year-old Shabir Noori top scored with 35 to revive Afghanistan after they had slid to 55 for 4, but another bunch of wickets towards the end prevented a big final push.

 Pakistan’s opening pair, Sharjeel Khan and Khalid Latif, began the chase in a hurry, racing to 30 off three overs, seemingly setting the platform for a straightforward victory. Sharjeel then fell lbw to Mirwaiz Ashraf for 23, but Latif guided Pakistan to 60 for 1. There was a heated exchange between Latif and Afghanistan wicketkeeper Mohammad Shahzad, which needed the umpires to intervene. Latif was then dismissed lbw, and Naeemuddin Qazi was run out soon after, and two wickets in an over from offspinner Karim Sadiq left Pakistan at 68 for 5.

 With the asking-rate mounting, the Pakistan lower-order was unable to find the boundary and Afghanistan completed a famous upset.

 “It’s a big win for Afghanistan,” their captain Mohammad Nabi said. “Every person there is watching the match and everybody is happy about this win. I’m very satisfied because we have fantastic fitness levels and the boys have worked very hard in every position, whether it’s fielding, bowling or batting. “

 The vice-captain, Karim Sadeq, said the whole the country was behind the team. “On TV last night in Afghanistan, they told people to pray that we would win,” he said. “Tonight they will be celebrating all over the country. It’s a dream for us.”

 On Friday, Afghanistan will take on the winner of the other semi-final between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh in the clash for the gold medal.


25 November 2010 (20-over match)

 Afghanistan innings (20 overs maximum)RB4s6sSR 
 Mohammad Shahzadc Naeemuddin b Raza Hasan17262065.38 
 Karim Sadiqc Khalid Latif b Mohammad Irshad19222186.36 
 Mirwais Ashrafrun out (Azeem Ghumman)140025.00 
 Shabir Nooric Jalat Khan b Mohammad Irshad353022116.66 
 Nawroz Mangalc †Naeem Anjum b Raza Hasan10112090.90 
 Asghar Stanikzaic Khalid Latif b Lal Kumar10121083.33 
 Mohammad Nabi*c Jalat Khan b Lal Kumar7501140.00 
 Shafiqullahlbw b Aizaz Cheema6601100.00 
 Samiullah Shenwarinot out350060.00 
 Hamid Hassannot out2100200.00 
 Extras(b 1, lb 3, w 9, nb 2)15     
 Total(8 wickets; 20 overs)125(6.25 runs per over)


Did not bat Shapoor Zadran


Fall of wickets1-35 (Karim Sadiq), 2-38 (Mirwais Ashraf), 3-45 (Mohammad Shahzad), 4-55 (Nawroz Mangal), 5-101 (Asghar Stanikzai), 6-104 (Shabir Noori), 7-111 (Mohammad Nabi), 8-123 (Shafiqullah)


 Raza Hasan401924.75  
 Jalat Khan402706.75  
 Aizaz Cheema402616.50  
 Mohammad Irshad402526.25  
 Lal Kumar402426.00  


 Pakistan innings (target: 126 runs from 20 overs)RB4s6sSR 
 Sharjeel Khanlbw b Mirwais Ashraf231641143.75 
 Khalid Latif*lbw b Mohammad Nabi26323081.25 
 Azeem Ghummanlbw b Karim Sadiq11251044.00 
 Naeemuddinrun out (Shafiqullah)01000.00 
 Sheharyar Ghanic Shabir Noori b Karim Sadiq380037.50 
 Naeem Anjumc Shabir Noori b Hamid Hassan5110045.45 
 Lal Kumarnot out181510120.00 
 Jalat Khanc Nawroz Mangal b Hamid Hassan9810112.50 
 Mohammad Irshadnot out340075.00 
 Extras(lb 4, nb 1)5     
 Total(7 wickets; 20 overs)103(5.15 runs per over)


Did not bat Raza Hasan,Aizaz Cheema


Fall of wickets1-31 (Sharjeel Khan), 2-60 (Khalid Latif), 3-60 (Naeemuddin), 4-68 (Sheharyar Ghani), 5-68 (Azeem Ghumman), 6-77 (Naeem Anjum), 7-98 (Jalat Khan)


 Shapoor Zadran2021010.50  
 Samiullah Shenwari21301.50  
 Karim Sadiq401724.25  
 Mirwais Ashraf402015.00  
 Mohammad Nabi402215.50  
 Hamid Hassan401624.00  

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