Pakistan recorded their first win in the 2014 Asia Cup with a 72-run victory over Afghanistan in Fatullah.
Afghanistan won the toss and elected to field before restricting Pakistan to 248-8 in their 50 overs.
|Pakistan: 248 for 8 (50 overs)|
|Khan||c Ali||b Hotak||25||57||37|
|Hafeez||c Nabi||b Ashraf||10||27||16|
|Maqsood||c Stanikzai||b Shenwari||13||26||25|
|Misbah-ul-Haq||run out (Shehzad)||0||0|
|U Akmal||not out||102||120||89|
|Shahid Afridi||b Zadran||6||9||11|
|Anwar Ali||c Mangal||b Ashraf||21||59||36|
|Extras||1nb 2w 0b 2lb||5|
However the tournament debutants were dismissed for 176 in their reply as Pakistan bounced back from losing the tournament opener to Sri Lanka by 12 runs.
Umar Akmal's unbeaten century was the centrepiece of the innings, the number six batsman making 102 from 89 balls with seven boundaries and three sixes.
Ahmed Shehzad made a half-century at the top of the order but Pakistan lost five wickets in 10 overs to slump to 117-6 including captain Misbah-ul-Haq who was run out without facing a ball.
However Akmal's second ODI century rescued Pakistan as he put on 60 with Anwar Ali (21) and 40 with Umar Gul (15) before bringing up his ton with a six off the penultimate ball of the innings.
Noor Ali Zadran (44), Asghar Stanikzai (40) and Nawroz Mangal (35) all made solid contributions at the top of the innings for the Associate Member nation but they slipped behind the run rate.
Stanikzai and Mangal went in consecutive deliveries and suddenly Afghanistan had slipped to 140-4 in the 38th over.
The tail was unable to wag as Mohammad Hafeez picked up 3-29 with his off-breaks and he sealed the victory by dismissing Samiullah Shenwari in the 48th over.
|Afghanistan: 176 all out (47.2 overs)|
|Shehzad||c U Akmal||b Gul||9||23||12|
|Stanikzai||c Hafeez||b Shahid Afridi||40||128||91|
|Mangal||run out (Anwar Ali)||35||72||57|
|N Zadran||b Hafeez||1||8||6|
|Ashraf||run out (Junaid Khan)||4||11||12|
|S Zadran||c Ajmal||b Hafeez||1||5||7|
|Extras||0nb 5w 8b 0lb||13|
The round-robin stage of the five-team tournament, which also features India and Bangladesh, comes to an end on March 6 with the top two teams contesting the final two days later.
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