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Afghanistan loses to Pakistan in Asian Cricket Council Cup

cricketThe Pakistan cricket team beat Afghanistan by two wickets in a low-scoring Group A match at the Asian Cricket Council’s Emerging Teams Cup (ACCETC) in Singapore on Monday.

Before suffering the loss to Pakistan, the Afghan cricket team had defeated Nepal by 3 runs in the ACCETC on Saturday.

Afghanistan was propelled by a partnership of 35 between Asghar Stanikzai and Hashmatullah Shaidi. The stand was broken when Usman Qadir, the leg-break bowler, dismissed Stanikzai and the wicket led to a mini implosion.

However, Shaidi held the innings together, putting on 46 for the sixth wicket with Mohammad Nabi and scoring a gritty 128-ball 52 to take Afghanistan to 142 in 49.3 overs.

The Pakistan cricket team got their turn off to a strong start with Babar Azam and Azeem Ghumman adding 50 for the opening wicket. Azam was run out, but the scoreboard kept ticking as Ghumman and Umar Waheed snagged 43 for the second wicket.
Hamid Hassan, the right-arm fast bowler, broke the stand by dismissing Gumman, and then Usman Salahuddin didn’t last long as Pakistan was reduced to 97 for 3.

Mohammad Nawaz and Waheed added 29 for the fourth wicket to take the total to 126, but Nawaz’s dismissal triggered a slide which very nearly derailed the chase. Pakistan lost five wickets in the space of 11 runs, and was eight down for 137.
The Afghan cricket team will face India on Thursday.

The ACCETC is hosting teams from Singapore, Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal and the United Arab Emirates.

Afghanistan is on the verge of qualifying for the 50-over World Cup, and has already played the World T20 Cup twice, in 2010 and 2012. At the moment, Afghanistan is in third place on the World Cricket League Championship points table, with the Netherlands just above them.

The Afghan squad includes: Mohammad Nabi (captain), Asghar Stanikzai, Dawlat Zadran, Gulbadin Naib, Hamid Hassan, Hamza Hotak,Hashmatullah Shaidi, Izatullah Dawlatzai, Karim Sadiq, Mirwais Ashraf, Mohammad Shahzad,Mohibullah Oryakhel, Nawroz Mangal, Rahmat Shah, Samiullah Shenwari.(Source: Tolo News)

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