ACC Twenty20 Cup 2013 - Afghanistan v Oman

  • ACC Twenty20 Cup, Day 1: Afghanistan v Oman at Tribhuvan
  • Afghanistan won the toss and chose to bat
  • Afghanistan's openers, the young Fazal Rehman and the veteran Karim Sadiq hammering anything pitched up or short, 22 for 0 after 2 overs
  • A bowler's always going to feel he's got a chance with Karim, but when he connects, he connects and a SIX soars over long-on, fast-medium half-volley driven on the front foot over the rope, 34 for 0 after 3 overs
  • Karim strides into a Hemal Menta SLA over-pitched delivery for a SIX over long-on, and then top-edges a sweep between two for FOUR backward of square and then shimmies down to drill a Ravi Shastri "tracer bullet" drive to long-on for FOUR and Karim will always be Karim 43*, and Afghanistan are 56 for 0 after 5 overs
  • Fazal Rehman misses a leg-break and is easily stumped, Zeeshan Maqsood SLA the bowler, Afghanistan are 56 for 1 in the 6th over. Fazal 12 runs, 12 balls, 1 four, 1 six
  • Field's in now, so Afghanistan may look for the gaps along the ground rather than in the air, Oman getting some control back but these are two hard-hitters Karim and young Najibullah Zadran and very quick between the wickets.
    Afghanistan 66 for 1 after 7 overs
  • Najibullah slams a FOUR over long-on, fielder parries over the rope, but then Karim slices a drive off SLA Zeeshan Maqsood and Sufiyan Mehmood holds a good catch at deep-extra
    Afghanistan: 72 for 2 in the 8th over
  • Najibullah, having defted a dink down to fine leg for FOUR shows his range with a HUGE SIX over long-on, out of the ground into the car-park off Zeeshan Maqsood SLA
    Afghanistan: 85 for 2 after 10 overs
  • Aamir Kaleem strikes! WICKET Skids past Shafiqullah's groping defense and bowls him
    Afghanistan: 103 for 3 after 11 overs
  • Najibullah Zadran shimmies down to Amir Kaleem SLA but misses and is stumped! He made 29 off 18. Mohammad Nabi joins Samiullah Shenwari at the crease
    Afghanistan: 103 for 4 in the 12th over
  • Two successive wickets for Hemal Mehta and he finishes with 2-22, Samillah and Nasim Baras foxed by left-arm spin.
    Afghanistan: 113 for 6 after 13 overs
  • Afghanistan: 123 for 7 with five overs to go, Mohammad Nabi a player of great self-assurance following his successful BPL season, is at the crease 20* and is going to want to take charge from now on in. Afghanistan wanting 170. Oman have some dangerous hitters
    Nabi super-sizes, the ball comes down fried having flirted with the sun, monster hit over long-on, just a stride down the wicket and a clean swing of the bat for SIX
  • Afghanistan: 142 for 7 after 17 overs
  • Nabi falls WICKET lbw to Amir Ali, played it on the walk, was quite a way down but Umpire Imran Mustafa was sure. He goes for 33 off 22 and Afghanistan are 145 for 8 in the 18th over
  • WICKET Aftab hoists Rajesh Ranpura high but with not much distance and Zeeshan Maqsood strolls in from the long-off boundary and steadies himself and waits for the ball to fall into his hands.
    Afghanistan: 150 all out off 18.5 overs
  • And it's Oman who have a sniff of victory here, they have been the team that have stuck to a game plan, Afghanistan without being reckless with their wickets haven't quite applied themselves as well as they'd like.
  • When the wicket plays low, Afghanistan's batsmen play in the air. What can their bowlers, in the absence of Hamid Hassan and Dawlat Zadran, who pretty much won them the last ACC Twenty20 in Nepal 14 months ago, do today?
  • Aftab Alam and Shahpour Zadran to share the new ball
  • FOUR leg-byes, FOUR wides, one wide and then a FOUR creamed through cover by Jatinder Singh before a stifled appeal for lbw and Oman are 15 for 0 after 1 over
  • MAIDEN by Shahpour LMF, back of a length deliveries all, Jatinder on the back-foot defense.
  • WICKET Nasim Baras OB castles Zeeshan and Oman are 15 for 1 in the third over
    This is going to be some duel: Shahpour LMF, 30-yard run up and great talent vs Vaibhav Wategaonkar LHB, classy and elegant
  • WICKET Shahpour in fine rhythm, pitches one up on Jatinder Singh's legs, drives uppishly and Nasim Baras dives to his right and takes a good catch
    Oman: 18 for 2 in the fourth over
  • CHANCE Stumping missed by Karim, Adnan Ilyas yards down the wicket to Nasim Baras
    Oman: 21 for 2 after 5 overs
  • SIX, Vaibhav's a batsman all right. Struggling with timing so far, but the moment Shahpour gives him room outside off, he uppercuts him over backward point
    Oman: 27 for 2 in the 6th over
  • Three runs off Mohammad Nabi OB's first over, on in place of Shahpour Zadran 3-1-10-1
    Oman: 37 for 2 after 8 overs
  • SIX by Adnan Ilyas, hoisted over wide long-on from a delivery by Hamza Hotak SLA
    Oman: 45 for 2 after 9 overs
  • Nabi keeping things tight, Oman setting themselves for a chase down the final stretch.
    Oman: 52 for 2 after 10 overs
  • Aftab Alam RMF, whose first over went for 15, back on at the Chovar End of the TU ground. A decent crowd of around 1500 watching intently
  • Adnan Ilyas, not just brawn, tucks a wide half-volley down to backward point for FOUR
    Oman: 58 for 2 after 11 overs
  • Nasim Baras SLA replaces Nabi OB at the Clubhouse End, singles taken around Vaibhav paddle-sweeping him for FOUR
    Oman: 67 for 2 after 12 overs
  • Fazal Rehman RFM on at the Chovar End
  • Fazal Rehman RFM bowling well, no room for the batsmen to swing, and that's the FIFTY partnership between Vaibhav and Ilyas, in 53 balls
    Oman: 70 for 2 after 13 overs
  • WICKET Adnan Ilyas comes down the wicket to Nabi, not to the pitch, through with the shot and the ball sails to deep square where Najibullah pouches, Adnan Ilyas out for 21 off 26
    Oman: 70 for 3 in the 14th over
  • WICKET Two in two for Nabi, captain to captain bowled middle stump. Vaibhav 31 off 38
    Oman: 70 for 4 in the 14th over
  • WICKET Three in the over for Nabi. Amir Ali drives at a doosra, outer half of the bat, high to mid-off, Fazal Rehman takes with his fingers pointing up to the sky
    Oman: 72 for 5 after 14 overs
  • WICKET Fazal Rehman could be a bit of a find for Afghanistan, hasn't bowled a loose ball yet and knocks over Sultan Ahmed's off-stump with a pacey dleivery
    Oman: 79 for 6 after 15 overs
  • WICKET Nabi gets his fourth, Zeeshan Maqsood LHB with 199 on his shirt is caught at long-on by Gulbodin Naib
    Oman: 81 for 7 in the 16th over
  • WICKET Fazal Rehman induces a snick from Rajesh Ranpura, loud one too, Karim takes nonchalantly
    Oman: 95 for 8 after 17 overs
  • WICKET Aftab Alam among the wickets now, trademark yorker, Hemal Mehta's stumps splayed
    Oman: 96 for 9 in the 18th over
  • Beautifully timed on-drive, clipped off his legs, FOUR by Sufiyan Mehmood but its too late
    Oman: 100 for 9 after18 overs
  • WICKET Aftab Alam takes the last, hits the stumps again and its all over at Tribhuvan today

ACC Twenty20 Cup 2013
Group B: Afghanistan v Oman at Tribhuvan
Afghanistan won the toss and chose to bat
Afghanistan: 150 all out off 18.5 overs (K.Sadiq 46, M.Nabi 32; R.Ranpura 2-34, Z.Maqsood 2-30; H.Mehta 2-25, A.Ali 3-29)
Oman: 106 all out off 19.1 overs (V.Wategaonkar 31; A.Alam 2-21, M.Nabi 4-18, F.Rahman 2-18)
Man of the Match: Mohammad Nabi (Afghanistan)

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Filed March 27th, 2013