Pakistan vs. Afghanistan, Only T20: Scorecard, Report and More from Sharjah

Mark PattersonUK Staff WriterDecember 8, 2013

SHARJAH, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - DECEMBER 08:  Bilawal Bhati of Pakistan celebrates after dismissing Mohammad Asghar Stanikzai of Afghanistan during the Twenty20 match between Afghanistan and Pakistan at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on December 8, 2013 in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates.  (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)
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Pakistan proved to be just too strong for Afghanistan, winning by six wickets in the first ever T20 international to be played between the two sides.

Afghanistan, the fast-rising associate nation, batted and bowled with bravery. But their total of 137 for eight from their 20 overs was too light, and they were unable to defend it.

Pakistan, asked to chase, managed to get to the target but took until the last ball of the innings to creep over the line.

Congratulations Afghanistan Cricket Team for the wonderful fight against Pakistan. You guys really played professionally. #AfgVsPak.#Sharjah

— Javid Faisal (@Javidfaisal) Dec. 8, 2013

Afghanistan began as if caught in the headlights. Sohail Tanvir bowled two successive maiden overs and removed opener Mohammad Shahzad. Reaching 7-2 from 25 deliveries, an embarrassing defeat looked on the cards.

But they dug themselves out of trouble, thanks to some powerful hitting from the likes of Najibullah Zadran (38 from 30 balls) and Mirwais Ashraf (28 not out from 22).

It left a sizeable task for their bowlers, and although they did not rip through Pakistan, they did make sure that scoring was problematic.

Ahmed Shehzad's 35 from 37 balls set the pace, keeping the target within range without ever taking full control. 

With eight wickets in hand and Mohammad Hafeez well-set at the crease, they needed 15 more runs from the final two overs.

Hamid Hassan made a bright start to bowling the penultimate over only for his last two balls to cost six runs and leave Pakistan needing six from as many deliveries.

Dawlat Zadran went for five from five to leave it all on the final ball of the match.

But, the paceman plumped for a short ball—and it was too short. Well above head height for Shahid Afridi, it was no-balled by the umpire, and the game was over.

Pakistan vs. Afghanistan (Only T20)
Afghanistan Innings
Mohammad Shahzad†c †Umar Akmal b Sohail Tanvir24
Nawroz Mangalc Sohaib Maqsood b Zulfiqar Babar110
Asghar Stanikzai b Bilawal Bhatti1520
Najibullah Zadran b Junaid Khan3830
Mohammad Nabi* b Shahid Afridi1510
Samiullah Shenwaric Ahmed Shehzad b Junaid Khan1610
Mirwais Ashrafnot out2822
Gulbadin Naib b Sohail Tanvir39
Dawlat Zadran b Junaid Khan01
Hamid Hassannot out44
Extras(b 4, lb 9, w 2)15
Total(8 wickets; 20 overs)137(6.85 runs per over)
Mohammad Hafeez40130
Sohail Tanvir42112
Zulfiqar Babar30271
Bilawal Bhatti30251
Shahid Afridi20241
Junaid Khan40243
Pakistan Innings
Ahmed Shehzadc Gulbadin Naib b Samiullah Shenwari3537
Sharjeel Khanc Samiullah Shenwari b Mohammad Nabi1816
Mohammad Hafeez*not out4237
Umar Akmal† b Dawlat Zadran2823
Sohaib Maqsoodrun out (Nawroz Mangal)54
Shahid Afridinot out13
Extras(b 1, lb 2, w 5, nb 1)9
Total(4 wickets; 19.5 overs)138(6.95 runs per over)
Mohammad Nabi40211
Shapoor Zadran30170
Hamid Hassan40290
Dawlat Zadran2.50251
Samiullah Shenwari30261
Mirwais Ashraf30170