Shahidi stays solid and completes his fifty!
It has been a responsible knock from the southpaw. He has ensured the middle phase has been devoid of chaos despite the wickets going down around him.
Imad Wasim bags two wickets in two overs as Pakistan attempt a fightback. Shenwari went for a loft but found the fielder at cover while Afghan is bowled after trying to play across the line. Afghanistan are 178 for 4 in the 33rd over.
Riaz strikes in the 20th over to end Rahmat’s stay. Looking to put away a short delivery, Rahmat was probably surprised by the pace as he is caught down the leg side to depart for 32 off 49.
Rahmat keeps Afghanistan on track:
A steady knock from Rahmat Shah, who has mixed caution with a few shots to the ropes to guide Afghanistan in the chase. They are 115 for 1 after 19 overs.
One shot too many!
Zazai falls for a quickfire 49. He was on fire but has fallen to Shadab in his first over. Malik at deep mid took a good catch. A loopy ball and Zazai fell into the trap.
Shahzad retires hurt after positive start:
Hazratullah and Shahzad have given Afghanistan a superb start, scoring a flurry of boundaries to bring up the half-century stand in the seventh over. However, Shahzad, who was struggling with his hamstring and even received some help from the physio, decides to walk off.
Hasan Ali falls to Aftab Alam, while Dawlat gets rid of Shadab Khan. Imad Wasim is the last to depart, run out for 18 as Pakistan are bowled out for 262, with 2.1 overs still left in their innings. A fine bowling performance from Afghanistan. Can they complement that with the bat?
Azam, in his attempt to pull a Dawlat delivery over the fence, ends up handing a catch to Rahmat at deep mid-wicket to depart for a 108-ball 112. Pakistan are 246 for 7 in the 46th over.
Ton for Azam:
The right-hander has extended his good form with a fine century. However, wickets at the other end haven’t helped Pakistan’s cause and they will rest their hopes on Azam to help them to a good total. Pakistan are 232 for 6 after 43 overs.
Sarfaraz is gone!!!
A quick leggie, turns past the outer-edge and the back leg of Sarfraz was dragged out for the keeper to whip the bails off.
Third wicket for Nabi as Malik fails in his attempt to clear the boundary, handing a catch to Najibullah at deep mid-wicket to depart for a 59-ball 44. Pakistan are 204 for 5.
Pakistan cross 200:
Azam and Malik have extended their partnership past 100, helping Pakistan to the 200-run mark in the 37th over, having scored three sixes between them in the lasy few overs. Pakistan move to 201 for 4 after 37.
Having started slowly, Malik has started to find the boundaries while Azam has grown from strength to strength with his innings. The fifty partnership is raised off 58 deliveries as Pakistan move to 151 for 4 after 30 overs.
Fifty for Azam:
A boundary off Hamid helps Azam bring up a run-a-ball fifty in the 25th over. Azam has looked the most comfortable of the Pakistan batsmen against the Afghanistan spinners and Pakistan will be hoping that he builds on this innings and finishes with a big score.
Pakistan in more trouble:
Hafeez and Azam’s partnership is cut short as the former departs for 12. Looking to take on Rashid coming down the track, Hafeez ended up slicing a full toss to Rahmat at the deep to leave Pakistan struggling at 100 for 4 in the 21st over.
Make that three!!
After a patchy start in the field, Afghanistan are making amends and in some style. Haris Sohail is the third wicket to fall, bowled by Nabi for 1. Pakistan have been reduced to 65 for 3.
Pakistan lose both openers
Fakhar Zaman’s streaky knock comes to an end after he was cleaned up by Mohammed Nabi on 19. Pakistan are 63 for 2 in the 12th over
Nabi unlucky again:
Zaman gets a reprieve in the 10th over as he’s put down by skipper Gulbadin Naib after top-edging a Nabi delivery.
Imam finally departs as he chops one on to the stumps while attempting a pull off Hamid Hassan. He heads back for a 35-ball 32, leaving Pakistan at 47 for 1 in the ninth over.
Dawlat raps Imam on the pads in the 7th over after the left-hander misses a flick. The umpire ruled in favour of the batsman, and replays revealed that it was umpire’s call regarding the impact with the stumps. He gets another lucky break in the next over as he’s beaten by Nabi’s turn but Shahzad missed a stumping opportunity.
Review comes to Zaman’s aid:
Rapped on the pads after missing one that came straight on from Mujeeb, Zaman was given out leg-before. However, he opts for the review and is justified in his decision as replays revealed that the ball was missing the stumps. Meanwhile, Imam continues confidently as he pulls a short delivery from Dawlat for another boundary.
Positive start for Pakistan:
Dawlat Zadran and Mujeeb Ur Rahman start the proceedings for Afghanistan. Imam-ul-Haq has appeared comfortable in his stay so far, clipping a Dawlat delivery on his legs for the first boundary. A short delivery from Dawlat in his next over is punched away confidently for a four by Imam. Fakhar Zaman, meanwhile miscues a big hit and just about manages to clear mid-on. Pakistan move to 21 for 0 after three overs.
TOSS: Pakistan opt to bat
Hello and welcome to the first warm-up game between Pakistan and Afghanistan! Here we are, as close to the much-awaited World Cup 2019 as can be!
This is the last chance for teams to experiment with combinations whilst getting a measure of the conditions that they will have to contest with in the tournament. First-up, Pakistan and Afghanistan!
Pakistan were handed a 0-4 loss in the recently-concluded five-match series against England, with a game washed out, in their last series before the tournament. Afghanistan, who had a brief Ireland detour, drew the two-match series 1-1, with much-needed game time under their newly-appointed captain Gulbadin Naib.
The warm-up will be a good chance for Afghanistan to asses how they need to go about their business against the best teams in the world. Pakistan, meanwhile, will want to give as much game-time to Wahab Riaz and Mohammad Amir who were last-minute entrants into their squad after not having been named in the preliminary ones. It’s worthy to note that Riaz last played an ODI back in 2017, while Amir played just the first ODI against England, but didn’t get a chance to bowl as the game was washed out.
Join us for the toss in a bit.