press trust of india
Bangladesh, 27 February
Umar Akmal’s unbeaten century and a dramatic batting collapse of Afghanistan helped defending champions Pakistan register a 72-run win in the third ODI of the Asia Cup cricket tournament at the Khan Shaheb Osman Ali Stadium here Thursday.
Chasing a target of 249, Asia Cup debutants Afghanistan were well placed at 139 for two but they lost the last eight wickets for a mere 37 runs and were bowled out for 176 runs in 47.2 overs.
At the end, it turned out to be an easy win with some much needed bonus points for Pakistan, who lost their opening encounter to Sri Lanka.
Noor Ali Zadran (44), Asghar Stanikzai (40) and Nawroz Mangal (35) were the chief contributors for Afghanistan with the bat.
Stanikzai and Mangal were involved in a key 74-run stand for the third wicket that kept Afghaistan in the hunt till the 37th over. But after they departed, Afghanistan lost the plot and a good chance to create an upset.
Spinners Mohammad Hafeez (3/29) and Saeed Ajmal (2/25) wiped out the lower middle-order wile paceman Umar Guul picked up two for 44.
Earlier put in, Akmal’s unbeaten 102 helped Pakistan save the blushes and reach a competitive 248 for eight in 50 overs.