Pakistan 248-8 (Umar Akmal 102no) beat
Afghanistan 176 (M Hafeez 3-29) by 72 runs
Asia Cup game three, Fatullah
Pakistan survived an early scare against tournament newcomers Afghanistan to win their Asia Cup clash in Fatullah by 72 runs and take their first victory of the competition.
They lost their opening match to Sri Lanka by 12 runs and were in trouble early on at 117 for six before Umar Akmal's unbeaten 102 steered them to 248 for eight.
Afghanistan made a good start to their run chase before falling away dramatically as Pakistan's spinners took six wickets between them to bowl the debutants out for 176 in reply.
At the halfway stage of Pakistan's innings, after they had lost the toss and been put in by Afghanistan, they had already lost the wickets of Sharjeel Khan (25), Ahmed Shehzad (50), Mohammad hafeez (10) and Misbah-ul-Haq, who was run out without facing a ball.
When Sohaib Maqsood was caught by Asghar Stanikzai off Samiullah Shenwari for 13 and Shahid Afridi was bowled by Dawlat Zadran for six, the reigning champions were in real trouble.
However, Akmal rescued them by hitting 102 not out in 89 balls with seven fours and three sixes. Partnerships of 60 with Anwar Ali (21) and 40 with Umar Gul (15) ensured Pakistan had a defendable score on the board.
For Afghanistan, Zadran, Samiullah Shenwari and Mirwais Ashraf all took two wickets.
Gul then struck to remove Mohammad Shehzad for nine but Afghanistan were in a hurry early on against Pakistan's quick bowlers.
Once the spinners came on however struggled. Although Noor Ali Zadran (44), Stanikzai (40) and Nawroz Mangal (35) all scored useful runs, they used up 211 balls combined.
Ajmal trapped Noor in front, Stanikzai was caught by Hafeez off Afridi and Mangal was run out.
After Mohammad Nabi as out lbw to Gul, Hafeez bowled Najibullah Zadran for one and Shenwari for 14 as Afghanistan's challenge rapidly disintegrated.
Mirwais (4), Dawlat (0) and Shapoor Zadran (1) fell in quick succession as Afghanistan lost their last seven wickets for 36 runs in 60 balls to be all out in 47.2 overs.
Afghanistan play hosts Bangladesh on Saturday in a game between the two sides that have lost their only game so far while Sunday sees arch-rivals India and Pakistan clash.
India play Sri Lanka in tomorrow's fixture.
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