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Pakistan vs. Afghanistan, Asia Cup ODI: Video Highlights, Scorecard and Report

Pakistan’s Umar Akmal celebrates after scoring a century during the Asia Cup one-day international cricket tournament against Afghanistan in Fatullah, near Dhaka, Bangladesh, Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014. (AP Photo/A.M. Ahad)
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Lee WalkerUK Managing EditorFebruary 27, 2014

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)
7Minutes Balls
Khan c Ali b Hotak 25 57 37
Shehzad b Shenwari 50 97 74
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
Gul b Zadran 15 25 12
Ajmal not out 1 9 1
Extras 1nb 2w 0b 2lb 5
Bowler Overs Maidens Runs Wickets
S Zadran 91 42 0
Zadran 100 73 2
Nabi 80 46 0
Hotak 81 22 1
Ashraf 81 29 2
Shenwari 70 34 2
BBC

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)
Runs Minutes Balls
Shehzad c U Akmal b Gul 9 23 12
Ali lbw b Ajmal 44 80 63
Stanikzai c Hafeez b Shahid Afridi 40 128 91
Mangal run out (Anwar Ali) 35 72 57
Nabi lbw b Gul 15 18 13
N Zadran b Hafeez 1 8 6
Shenwari b Hafeez 14 29 20
Ashraf run out (Junaid Khan) 4 11 12
Zadran b Ajmal 0 1
S Zadran c Ajmal b Hafeez 1 5 7
Hotak not out 0 3 2
Extras 0nb 5w 8b 0lb 13
Bowler Overs Maidens Runs Wickets
Gul 90 44 2
Anwar Ali 40 23 0
Junaid Khan 61 16 0
Shahid Afridi 100 31 1
Ajmal 91 25 2
Hafeez 9.2 0 29 3
BBC

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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