Fatullah, Feb 27 (): It would be a test by fire for Afghanistan when the new team from the strife-torn country makes its Asia Cup debut by taking on defending champions Pakistan here on Thursday.
Afghanistan vs Pakistan, played at Khan Shaheb Osman Ali Stadium, Fatullah, 27 February 2014 – day/night (50-over match)
Points by match
|25 Feb 2014||Sri Lanka||4||Pakistan||0||Table | Match|
|26 Feb 2014||India||4||Bangladesh||0||Table | Match|
After falling short of 12 runs in their first match against Sri Lanka, Pakistan would certainly be making use of this match against Afghanistan to score their first points.
Pakistan have to leave the frustrating defeat behind in order to make their stay longer in the tournament. Fatullah ground is not favourable for the pace attack but the team would expect a good fiery spell from their rising bowler Junaid Khan. The expectations would be high from spinner Saeed Ajmal on this spinner friendly track.
On the batting side, Umar Akmal looked impressive with 74 runs off 72 balls show before giving it up against Sri Lanka. Records say whenever skipper Misbah-ul-Haq had scored a half century in their last seven matches, Pakistan went on to lose those matches. He scored four half centuries out of seven matches.
Team Pakistan: Misbah-ul-Haq (captain), Mohammad Hafeez, Ahmed Shehzad, Sharjeel Khan, Shahid Afridi, Umar Akmal(wk), Sohaib Maqsood, Fawad Alam, Saeed Ajmal, Abdul Rehman, Junaid Khan, Umar Gul, Anwar Ali, Bilawal Bhatti, Mohammad Talha.
Afghanistan is making their debut with this edition of Asia Cup 2014. Afghanistan has been included in the 12th Asia Cup 2014 edition after they qualified for the World Cup taking place next year. They would like to prove their worth in this tournament and in general.
Afghanistan would make use of this match to make a good impression in front of their four sub-continental neighbours, namely India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.
Afghanistan team led by captain Mohammad Nabi has good spirits to face the challenge against Pakistan. They would look to crush their opponents who are coming into their second match with a defeat in their kitty. Wicket-keeper batsman Mohammad Shahzad is crucial to the team’s side.
Team Afghanistan: Mohammad Nabi (captain), Naowroz Mangal, Asghar Stanikzai, Dawlat Zadran, Fazal Niazai, Hamid Hassan, Hamza Hotak, Karim Sadiq, Mirwaiz Ashraf, Mohammad Shahzad (wk), Najibullah Zadran, Noor Ali Zadran, Rahmat Shah, Samiullah Shenwari, Shapoor Zadran.