Pakistan A Take Comfortable Win Over Afghanistan
Pakistan A 154-5 (Sharjeel Khan 47) beat
Afghanistan 152 (Mohammad Nabi 72) by 5 wickets
First one-day game, Islamabad
Pakistan A eased to a five-wicket win over Afghanistan in the first of three one-day games between the two sides, held in Islamabad.
Batting first, Afghanistan were bowled out for 152 in 37.3 overs and later paid the penalty for failing to use up their overs as it took Pakistan just 39.5 overs to reach their target.
The tourists made a woeful start as they were reduced to 13 for three and then 42 for five as their top order failed to cope with the skills of Sohail Tanvir (2-33), Sadaf Hussain (2-25) and Mohamad Talha (3-29).
Captain Nawroz Mangal scored a defiant 33 in 47 balls before Mohammad Nabi's 72 in 75 balls, which included three sixes, hauled Afghanistan up to a reasonable score.
They then struck quickly to remove opener Shan Masood, who was trapped in front by Dawlat Zadran, but thereafter Pakistan remained in control.
Sharjeel Khan (47), Umar Amin (29) and wicket-keeper Sarfraz Ahmed (21 not out) made the weightiest contributions as the home side knocked the runs off with more than ten overs to spare despite Zadran also taking the wickets of Amin and Tanvir (5) to finish with three for 29.
The second match is in Rawalpindi on 27th May before the third and final game is in Faisalabad on 29th May.
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