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Afghanistan vs India (T20)

Match Status- Match Ended, Venue - R.Premadasa Stadium, Colombo,, Date - 19/09/2012, Toss won by - Afghanistan
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Commentary (Afghanistan innings)

That's it from us for today. Hopefully enjoyed our coverage. Do join us tomorrow for the South Africa vs Zimbabwe game at 1400 GMT. Till then, good bye and take care.

Virat Kohli is the Man of the Match for his knock of 50 runs. There seems to be no real stopping for him.

Mohammad Nabi played a nice cameo of 31 runs from 17 balls with two fours and two sixes. Yuvraj Singh chipped in with 3 wickets in the middle and stopped the run flowing. Ashwin took wickets at crucial time and Balaji picked up 3 wickets for 19 runs.

A fantastic fightback from Afghanistan, kept themselves in the game. However, couldn't hold on for long and ended up losing. Had they taken the catches earlier, result might have been different. Fine performance over all and India will be happy with the win. Not ideal batting from India but their bowlers did a good job and didn't allow any upset to happen.

19.3 L Balaji to D Zadran, OUT! India win by 23 runs! Full and straight on the off stump, Zadran gives himself some room to play that one but misses the line of the delivery and gets bowled. 136/10

Shapoor Zadran is the last man in.

19.2 L Balaji to G Naib, OUT! Length delivery outside off, Naib tries to play to the leg side but miscues. The ball goes towards mid off where Raina takes a safe catch. 136/9

19.1 L Balaji to G Naib, Shortish length, Naib goes for the pull but gets beaten by a fair distance. 136/8

18.6 I Pathan to D Zadran, FOUR! Well played! Fullish on middle, Zadran whips it away towards mid-wicket and finds the gap. The ball races away towards the boundary rope. 136/8

18.5 I Pathan to D Zadran, FOUR! Outside off, Zadran lofts it over mid off cleanly, the ball races away to the boundary rope in no time. 132/8

18.4 I Pathan to D Zadran, Shortish on middle, the batsman had a go at it but did not judge the ball well. 128/8

18.3 I Pathan to G Naib, Landed outside off, Naib tries to play to the off side but gets a top edge. Takes a single, there's a mix up for another run but settles with one run. 128/8

18.2 I Pathan to G Naib, Length delivery outside off, Naib gets to the pitch of the ball only to defend it. 127/8

Free hit coming up!

18.2 I Pathan to G Naib, No ball! Short of a length delivery, Naib pulls it away but doesn't take the run. Umpire signals no ball for overstepping. 127/8

18.1 I Pathan to G Naib, Short of a length delivery, Naib gets across to play that one but misses it completely. Umpire calls it one for the over. 126/8

Pathan back on.

17.6 L Balaji to D Zadran, Zadran walks across to play the scoop but misses it as the ball goes above his stumps. 126/8

17.5 L Balaji to G Naib, Shortish length, Naib pulls it away to the leg side for a single. 126/8

Dawlat Zadran walks in next.

17.4 L Balaji to G Naib, OUT! Run out! Back of a length delivery on middle, Naib gets struck on his body. Zadran sets off for a single but Naib sents him back. There's a throw from Dhoni at the non-striker's end but Zadran dives in. Replays show he's short of the crease and has to depart. Afghanistan 125/8. 125/8

Appeal for run out! Referred upstairs. The question is whether Balaji whip the bails off cleanly or not?

17.3 L Balaji to G Naib, Short of a length delivery outside off, the batsman goes for the pull but misses it completely and gets beaten. 125/7

17.2 L Balaji to N Zadran, Fullish outside off, Zadran pushes it to covers and takes a single. 125/7

17.1 L Balaji to N Zadran, FOUR! Poor fielding! Fullish outside off, Zadran drives it through covers, Zaheer does a misfield at extra cover while stopping the ball. The ball races away to the boundary rope. 124/7

17.1 L Balaji to N Zadran, Wide! Bowls down the leg side. Zadran lets it go through. Umpire signals it a wide. 120/7

Balaji back on.

16.6 R Ashwin to G Naib, On middle and off, Naib defends it watchfully. 119/7

Najibullah Zadran walks in.

16.5 R Ashwin to M Nabi, OUT! Flighted on off, Nabi gets to the pitch of the ball to play it to the leg side but miscues. The ball goes towards long on where Rohit Sharma takes a safe catch. Big blow for Afghanistan. 119/7

16.4 R Ashwin to G Naib, Naib heaves it to mid-wicket this time for a single. 119/6

16.3 R Ashwin to G Naib, On middle and leg, Naib gets across to play it to the leg side but gets struck low on the pads. 118/6

16.2 R Ashwin to M Nabi, Sweeps it towards mid-wicket and takes a run. 118/6

16.1 R Ashwin to G Naib, Flighted outside off, Naib tries to defend but gets an outside edge, the ball goes towards short third man. Single taken. 117/6

Ashwin back on.

15.6 Z Khan to G Naib, Fullish length, Naib drives it towards mid on and takes a run. 116/6

15.5 Z Khan to M Nabi, Drives it through mid on this time and takes a single. 115/6

15.4 Z Khan to M Nabi, FOUR! Well played! Full toss on the pads, Nabi whips it towards fine leg and gets a boundary. Perfect treatment for a poor delivery. 114/6

15.3 Z Khan to M Nabi, Lofts it over mid off and comes back for the second once again. Good running between the wickets. 110/6

15.2 Z Khan to M Nabi, On middle, Nabi plays it towards mid-wicket and takes a couple. 108/6

15.1 Z Khan to M Nabi, SIX! Powerful shot! Landed just outside off, Nabi lofts it over mid off. This one's gone all the way over the ropes for a six. 106/6

Zaheer back on.

Gulbodin Naib walks in.

14.6 I Pathan to Shafiqullah, OUT! LBW! Length delivery on off at 129.1 kph, Shafiqullah tries to defend but seems to get an inside edge onto his pads. Bowler appeals for LBW and the umpire gives it out. Probably there was a double noise, anyway a wicket though. Afghanistan 100/6. 100/6

14.5 I Pathan to M Nabi, Back of a length delivery, Nabi pulls it away towards fine leg for a single. 100 up for Afghanistan! 100/5

14.4 I Pathan to M Nabi, Shortish outside off, Nabi defends it back to the bowler. 99/5

14.3 I Pathan to M Nabi, FOUR! Wonderful shot! Length delivery outside off, Nabi gives himself some room and lofts it over covers. The ball races to the boundary. 99/5

14.2 I Pathan to Shafiqullah, Shortish on off, Shafiqullah tries to defend but gets struck on the thigh pads. The batsmen take a quick run. Leg byes signalled by the umpire 95/5

14.1 I Pathan to M Nabi, Bowls around off, Nabi works it down the leg side and takes a single. 94/5

Pathan back on.

13.6 Y Singh to Shafiqullah, Outside off, the batsman plays it towards point. 93/5

13.5 Y Singh to Shafiqullah, SIX! Monstrous! Shortish on middle, Shafiqullah rocks back and pulls it away over deep mid-wicket for a huge six. 93/5

13.4 Y Singh to Shafiqullah, Tries to sweep but gets struck on the pads. 87/5

13.3 Y Singh to Shafiqullah, On middle and off, the batsman defends it watchfully. 87/5

13.2 Y Singh to M Nabi, Drilled towards mid on and takes one. 87/5

13.1 Y Singh to M Nabi, SIX! Humongous! Tossed up on middle and off at 78.5 kph, Nabi hammers it straight down the ground towards long on, the ball goes all the way over the ropes into the stands. 86/5

12.6 R Ashwin to M Nabi, Driven towards mid off, single taken. 80/5

12.5 R Ashwin to Shafiqullah, Flicks it away to the leg side and takes a single. 79/5

12.4 R Ashwin to Shafiqullah, Flighted on off, Shafiqullah plays it to point. 78/5

12.3 R Ashwin to M Nabi, Drives it through mid off and picks up a single. 78/5

12.2 R Ashwin to Shafiqullah, Flighted on middle, Shafiqullah drives it to mid on and takes a single. 77/5

The spinners are turning on the screws now, this time it's Ashwin who strikes. How long can Afghanistan last?

Shafiqullah walks in next.

12.1 R Ashwin to S Shenwari, OUT! Caught and bowled! Flighted on middle and leg, the carrom ball from Ashwin, Shenwari drives it back to the bowler. Ashwin takes an easy catch and Shenwari departs. Afghanistan showing a collapse here, 76/5. 76/5

11.6 Y Singh to M Nabi, Flighted outside off, Nabi tries to play to the off side but gets an inside edge onto his pads. 76/4

11.5 Y Singh to M Nabi, Fullish outside off, Nabi plays it towards point. 76/4

11.4 Y Singh to S Shenwari, Tossed up outside off, Shenwari pushes it to covers for a single. 76/4

Samiullah Shenwari comes to face the hat-trick ball. Two slips in place.

11.3 Y Singh to A Stanikzai, OUT! Edged! Yuvraj on a hat-trick! Tossed up on off, the ball turns away from the batsman. Stanikzai tries to defend but gets an outside edge and Dhoni collects it. Bowler appeal and umpire gives it out. 75/4

Mohammad Nabi walks in next.

11.2 Y Singh to K Sadiq, OUT! Flighted on middle and off at 84 kph, Sadiq plays the slog sweep, mistimes and the ball goes high up in the air. Gambhir takes a safe catch at deep mid-wicket and Yuvraj gets another wicket. 75/3

11.1 Y Singh to A Stanikzai, Drills it to long on and picks up a single. 75/2

10.6 R Ashwin to A Stanikzai, Plays it to mid-wicket and takes a single. 74/2

10.5 R Ashwin to A Stanikzai, Stays back in his crease and defends. 73/2

10.4 R Ashwin to K Sadiq, On middle and leg, Sadiq gets across and plays it towards mid-wicket and picks up another single. 73/2

10.3 R Ashwin to A Stanikzai, On off, Stanikzai punches it towards point off his back foot and takes one. 72/2

10.2 R Ashwin to K Sadiq, Dabs it towards point for a single. 71/2

10.2 R Ashwin to K Sadiq, Wide! Stumping chance missed! Sadiq walks down the track and Ashwin bowls it down the leg side. Dhoni fails to collect the ball and misses the stumping chance. Umpire signals it a wide. 70/2

10.1 R Ashwin to K Sadiq, Sadiq has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 69/2

9.6 Y Singh to A Stanikzai, Flighted on the pads, Stanikzai tries to play but gets struck on the thigh pad. 69/2

9.5 Y Singh to A Stanikzai, On middle and leg, Stanikzai plays it towards mid-wicket for a single. 69/2

9.4 Y Singh to K Sadiq, Landed just outside off, Sadiq pushes it to covers and takes a single. 67/2

9.3 Y Singh to K Sadiq, On middle, Sadiq works it down the leg side but finds the fielder. 66/2

9.2 Y Singh to K Sadiq, FOUR! Well played! Tossed up on off, Sadiq gives himself some room and cuts it past point superbly. The ball races away to the boundary rope. 66/2

9.1 Y Singh to K Sadiq, Comes down the track only to block the ball. 62/2

8.6 R Ashwin to A Stanikzai, Carrom ball outside off, Stanikzai tries to defend but misses it and gets beaten. 62/2

8.5 R Ashwin to K Sadiq, Flighted on middle, Sadiq sweeps it towards mid-wicket for a single. 62/2

8.4 R Ashwin to K Sadiq, Comes on his front foot and defends it into the ground. 61/2

8.4 R Ashwin to K Sadiq, Wide! Full down the leg side, Sadiq goes after it but misses. Dhoni couldn't grab it properly as well. The umpire signals it a wide. 61/2

8.3 R Ashwin to K Sadiq, On middle, Sadiq tries to play to the leg side but gets a leading edge and the ball goes towards the off side. 60/2

8.2 R Ashwin to K Sadiq, FOUR! Superb shot! Flighted outside off, Sadiq hits it straight down the ground over the bowler's head. The ball races away towards the boundary rope in no time. 60/2

8.1 R Ashwin to K Sadiq, Shortish outside off, Sadiq cuts is past point for a couple. 56/2

Ravichandran Ashwin into the attack.

7.6 Y Singh to K Sadiq, On middle and leg, Sadiq flicks it towards mid-wicket for a single. 54/2

7.5 Y Singh to K Sadiq, Flighted on middle and leg, Sadiq tries to play to the on side but gets struck low on the pads. 53/2

7.4 Y Singh to K Sadiq, Tossed up outside off, Sadiq plays it to point from within his crease. 53/2

7.3 Y Singh to K Sadiq, Outside off, Sadiq defends it into the ground. 53/2

7.2 Y Singh to A Stanikzai, Tossed up outside off, Stanikzai punches it to the off side and takes a single. 53/2

Asghar Stanikzai is the next man in.

7.1 Y Singh to N Mangal, OUT! LBW! Yuvraj strikes straightaway! On middle at 82.9 kph, Mangal tries to play but misses the line of the delivery and gets struck on the pads. Bowler appeals and the umpire gives it out. 52/2

Yuvraj Singh into the attack.

6.6 R Sharma to K Sadiq, Flighted on off, Sadiq plays it to mid-wicket. 52/1

6.5 R Sharma to K Sadiq, On middle, Sadiq works it down the leg side. Poor effort from Balaji while collect the ball, two runs taken. 52/1

6.4 R Sharma to K Sadiq, FOUR! Great shot! Flighted outside off, Sadiq hits it over mid on, couple of bounces and the ball crosses the boundary rope. 50/1

6.3 R Sharma to N Mangal, Fullish on middle, Mangal dabs it to mid-wicket and takes a run. 46/1

6.2 R Sharma to K Sadiq, Flighted on off, Sadiq punches it to long on for a single. 45/1

6.1 R Sharma to K Sadiq, On middle and leg, Sadiq pushes it towards square leg and takes a couple. 44/1

Rohit Sharma into the attack.

5.6 L Balaji to N Mangal, SIX! Wonderful shot! On middle and off, Mangal gives himself some room and lofts it over mid-wicket cleanly. The ball goes all the way over the ropes for a maximum. 42/1

5.5 L Balaji to N Mangal, Landed outside off, Mangal drives it through covers for a couple. 36/1

5.4 L Balaji to K Sadiq, Outside off, Sadiq pushes it to covers and takes a quick single. Overthrows and the batsmen decides for another run but they settle with a single. 34/1

5.3 L Balaji to K Sadiq, Short of a length delivery outside off, Sadeq gets down on his knees and looks to pull. Gets beaten completely. Umpire signals it one off the over. 33/1

5.2 L Balaji to K Sadiq, Play and a miss! Length delivery outside off, Sadiq tries to guide towards third man but misses it and gets beaten. 33/1

5.1 L Balaji to N Mangal, Landed just outside off, Mangal flicks it to the leg side and picks up a single. 33/1

4.6 I Pathan to N Mangal, On middle and leg, Mangal works it down the leg side, fielders appeal for LBW but the umpire is not interested. Probably there was bat involved. Single taken. 32/1

4.5 I Pathan to N Mangal, On middle and off, Mangal drives it straight down the ground. 31/1

4.4 I Pathan to N Mangal, FOUR! Lovely shot! Bit fullish outside off, Mangal drives it through covers superbly and finds the gap. The ball races away to the boundary rope. 31/1

4.3 I Pathan to N Mangal, Fullish outside off, Mangal tries to defend but gets an inside edge. Pathan collects the ball and tries to aim at the non-striker's end but doesn't throw. 27/1

4.2 I Pathan to N Mangal, Shortish on middle, Mangal tries to play it to the leg side but gets struck on the thigh pads. 27/1

4.1 I Pathan to K Sadiq, Fullish on middle, Sadiq works it down the leg side and takes a single. 27/1

Change of ends for Irfan Pathan.

3.6 L Balaji to N Mangal, Length delivery outside off, Mangal defends it watchfully. 26/1

Karim Sadiq is the next man in.

3.5 L Balaji to M Shahzad, OUT! Top edged and caught! Shortish length, Shahzad goes for the pull but mistimes, gets a top edge and the ball goes towards mid on where Yuvraj takes a good catch. 26/1

3.4 L Balaji to M Shahzad, Length delivery outside off, Shahzad dabs it past point and comes back for the second. Umpire signals it one short and just one run added to the total. 26/0

3.3 L Balaji to M Shahzad, Short of a length delivery outside off, Shahzad lets it go through. Umpire calls it one for the over. 25/0

3.2 L Balaji to N Mangal, Outside off, Mangal plays it past point for a single. 25/0

3.1 L Balaji to N Mangal, Back of a length delivery outside off, Mangal initially looks to pull but decides to defend it. 24/0

Balaji into the attack.

2.6 Z Khan to M Shahzad, FOUR! Edged! Length delivery outside off, Shahzad tries to play to the off side but gets an outside edge. The ball goes through the slip region and races away to the boundary rope. 24/0

2.5 Z Khan to M Shahzad, FOUR! Well, take that, Dhoni. Yes, he played the helicopter shot! On middle, Shahzad flicks it away towards mid-wicket and gets a boundary. 20/0

2.4 Z Khan to N Mangal, Fullish on middle and leg, Mangal works it down the leg side and picks up three runs. 16/0

2.3 Z Khan to M Shahzad, On middle, Shahzad punches it to mid off and takes a single. 13/0

2.2 Z Khan to M Shahzad, Appeal for caught behind! On middle and leg, drifting down the leg side. Shahzad tries to flick but the ball hits his thigh pad. Huge appeal from the fielder but the umpire says not out. 12/0

2.1 Z Khan to N Mangal, Length delivery outside off, Mangal guides it towards third man and takes a single. 12/0

1.6 I Pathan to M Shahzad, Bouncer! Shahzad tries to pull but misses it. 11/0

1.5 I Pathan to M Shahzad, On middle, Shahzad drives it to mid on. 11/0

1.4 I Pathan to M Shahzad, Shortish outside off, Shahzad plays it past point for a couple. 11/0

1.3 I Pathan to M Shahzad, FOUR! Fine shot! On middle, Shahzad hits it over mid-wicket, it's a clean strike and the ball races away to the boundary rope. 9/0

1.2 I Pathan to N Mangal, Landed outside off, Mangal tries to play to the off side but gets an inside edge. Mangal sets off for a quick single, Kohli shows his football skills and tries to kick the ball towards the stumps at the striker's end with his shoes but misses his shy and a single taken. 5/0

1.1 I Pathan to N Mangal, Length delivery on middle, Mangal defends it off his back foot. 4/0

Irfan Pathan to bowl from the other end.

0.6 Z Khan to N Mangal, On middle and leg, Mangal flicks it to the leg side and takes a single. 4/0

0.5 Z Khan to M Shahzad, On the pads, Shahzad tries to flick but gets struck on the pads. The batsmen pick up a leg bye. 3/0

0.4 Z Khan to M Shahzad, Fullish outside off, third consecutive play and a miss! 2/0

0.3 Z Khan to M Shahzad, Another play and a miss outside off. 2/0

0.2 Z Khan to M Shahzad, Play and a miss! Landed outside off, Shahzad tries to defend but gets beaten by the away swing. 2/0

0.1 Z Khan to M Shahzad, Starts off with a fullish delivery outside off, Shahzad lofts it over mid off straightaway. Gambhir gives a chase and does an exceptional work at the boundary rope. Two runs taken. 2/0

Commentary (India innings)

That's it from us for today. Hopefully enjoyed our coverage. Do join us tomorrow for the South Africa vs Zimbabwe game at 1400 GMT. Till then, good bye and take care.

Virat Kohli is the Man of the Match for his knock of 50 runs. There seems to be no real stopping for him.

Mohammad Nabi played a nice cameo of 31 runs from 17 balls with two fours and two sixes. Yuvraj Singh chipped in with 3 wickets in the middle and stopped the run flowing. Ashwin took wickets at crucial time and Balaji picked up 3 wickets for 19 runs.

A fantastic fightback from Afghanistan, kept themselves in the game. However, couldn't hold on for long and ended up losing. Had they taken the catches earlier, result might have been different. Fine performance over all and India will be happy with the win. Not ideal batting from India but their bowlers did a good job and didn't allow any upset to happen.

19.3 L Balaji to D Zadran, OUT! India win by 23 runs! Full and straight on the off stump, Zadran gives himself some room to play that one but misses the line of the delivery and gets bowled. 136/10

Shapoor Zadran is the last man in.

19.2 L Balaji to G Naib, OUT! Length delivery outside off, Naib tries to play to the leg side but miscues. The ball goes towards mid off where Raina takes a safe catch. 136/9

19.1 L Balaji to G Naib, Shortish length, Naib goes for the pull but gets beaten by a fair distance. 136/8

India recovered well to post a decent total on the board! They were in early trouble after losing Gambhir and Sehwag early but then Kohli and Yuvraj started the resurrection process and added 46 for the 3rd wicket. Kohli completed another stylish half-century and added 46 runs with Raina for the 4th wicket. Dohni then played a cameo of 18 runs off 9 balls to power India to 159! Afghanistan were good with the ball but extremely poor in the field, dropping too many catches which cost them dearly.

19.6 M Nabi to MS Dhoni, SIX! Dhoni ends the innings in style! Full toss on middle, Dhoni rocks back and heaves it powerfully over mid-wicket for a humongous maximum. 16 runs off the over and India end on 159/5! 159/5

19.5 M Nabi to MS Dhoni, FOUR! This time Dhoni gets the better of him! Quicker and flatter on middle, Dhoni just rams it straight back past the bowler with great use of the bottom hand for a muscular boundary. 153/5

19.4 M Nabi to MS Dhoni, Brilliant stuff from Nabi! Again delivers a quicker and flatter delivery on a yorkish length outside off, Dhoni digs it out at the last moment. 149/5

19.3 M Nabi to R Sharma, Very full on the leg stump, driven to long on for a single. 149/5

Rohit Sharma is the new batsman.

19.2 M Nabi to S Raina, OUT! Castled! Nabi delivers a quicker and flatter delivery at 108.8 kph on off, Raina again chips down the track for a biggie but is beaten by the pace and misses. The ball zips through and rattles the timber. 148/5

19.2 M Nabi to S Raina, WIDE! Slips in a short delivery down the leg side, Raina misses his pull. 148/4

19.1 M Nabi to S Raina, FOUR! Excellent placement! Dances down the track, converts it into a full toss and heaves it away over mid-wicket for a boundary. 147/4

Right then, Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir are the two batsmen at the crease. Shapoor Zadran will start off proceedings for Afghanistan.

The players have made their way out for the national anthems.

Afghanistan - Karim Sadiq, Asghar Stanikzai, Mohammad Shahzad(Wk), Nawroz Mangal(C), Mohammad Nabi, Shafiqullah, Gulbodin Naib, Samiullah Shenwari, Dawlat Zadran, Shapoor Zadran, Najibullah Zadran

India - Gautam Gambhir, Virender Sehwag, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, Rohit Sharma, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni(Wk/C), Irfan Pathan, Ravichandran Ashwin, Lakshmipathy Balaji, Zaheer Khan.

Toss - Afghanistan have won the toss and elected to field.

Pitch- The track is rock solid and hard, still good for batting. Might get slow as the match progresses.

It's another big day for Afghanistan as they take on the mighty Indians in their opening game. The Indians would be looking to get off to a positive start with a comprehensive win after having a roller-coaster ride in the warm-up matches. They won the 1st warm-up game against Sri Lanka but lost out to Pakistan in the 2nd as they failed to defend 185. Afghanistan, on the other hand, have improved leaps and bounds since their inception. They have a great talented side and possess a significant threat of a major upset. If they play to their potential, we can have a cracker on the cards.

Hello and welcome to the coverage of the 3rd match of the World T20 between India and Afghanistan in Colombo.

18.6 I Pathan to D Zadran, FOUR! Well played! Fullish on middle, Zadran whips it away towards mid-wicket and finds the gap. The ball races away towards the boundary rope. 136/8

18.5 I Pathan to D Zadran, FOUR! Outside off, Zadran lofts it over mid off cleanly, the ball races away to the boundary rope in no time. 132/8

18.4 I Pathan to D Zadran, Shortish on middle, the batsman had a go at it but did not judge the ball well. 128/8

18.3 I Pathan to G Naib, Landed outside off, Naib tries to play to the off side but gets a top edge. Takes a single, there's a mix up for another run but settles with one run. 128/8

18.2 I Pathan to G Naib, Length delivery outside off, Naib gets to the pitch of the ball only to defend it. 127/8

Free hit coming up!

18.2 I Pathan to G Naib, No ball! Short of a length delivery, Naib pulls it away but doesn't take the run. Umpire signals no ball for overstepping. 127/8

18.1 I Pathan to G Naib, Short of a length delivery, Naib gets across to play that one but misses it completely. Umpire calls it one for the over. 126/8

Nabi to bowl the final over.

18.6 D Zadran to MS Dhoni, Slower bouncer on off, Dhoni looks to pull but ends up mistiming it straight back to the bowler. 12 runs off the over, a good one for India! 143/4

18.5 D Zadran to MS Dhoni, FOUR! Plundered! A tad short on middle, Dhoni rocks back and pulls it muscularly over mid-wicket for a boundary. 143/4

18.4 D Zadran to S Raina, Fullish delivery outside off, driven to long off for one. 139/4

18.3 D Zadran to S Raina, Well! He needs to be consistent with these! Delivers a brutal yorker outside off, Raina again fails to dig it out. 138/4

18.3 D Zadran to S Raina, FIVE WIDES! Follows up a good delivery with a terrible one! Delivers a back of a length delivery way outside the leg stump, Raina rocks back for a pull but seems to miss it. The keeper too misses it as it is out of react and the ball runs away for a boundary. 138/4

18.2 D Zadran to S Raina, Terrific delivery! Delivers a yorker outside off, Raina fails to dig it out. 133/4

18.2 D Zadran to S Raina, WIDE! Delivers a slower full toss well outside off, Raina leaves it alone. 133/4

18.1 D Zadran to MS Dhoni, Low full toss on middle, Dhoni drills it to long on for a single. 132/4

Pathan back on.

17.6 L Balaji to D Zadran, Zadran walks across to play the scoop but misses it as the ball goes above his stumps. 126/8

17.5 L Balaji to G Naib, Shortish length, Naib pulls it away to the leg side for a single. 126/8

Dawlat Zadran walks in next.

17.4 L Balaji to G Naib, OUT! Run out! Back of a length delivery on middle, Naib gets struck on his body. Zadran sets off for a single but Naib sents him back. There's a throw from Dhoni at the non-striker's end but Zadran dives in. Replays show he's short of the crease and has to depart. Afghanistan 125/8. 125/8

Appeal for run out! Referred upstairs. The question is whether Balaji whip the bails off cleanly or not?

17.3 L Balaji to G Naib, Short of a length delivery outside off, the batsman goes for the pull but misses it completely and gets beaten. 125/7

17.2 L Balaji to N Zadran, Fullish outside off, Zadran pushes it to covers and takes a single. 125/7

17.1 L Balaji to N Zadran, FOUR! Poor fielding! Fullish outside off, Zadran drives it through covers, Zaheer does a misfield at extra cover while stopping the ball. The ball races away to the boundary rope. 124/7

17.1 L Balaji to N Zadran, Wide! Bowls down the leg side. Zadran lets it go through. Umpire signals it a wide. 120/7

Dawlat Zadran back on.

17.6 M Nabi to MS Dhoni, Yorker length delivery on the leg stump, Dhoni drives it to long on for one. 131/4

17.5 M Nabi to S Raina, Slices it to short third man for a single. 130/4

17.4 M Nabi to S Raina, Gets to the pitch of the ball and helps it back to Nabi. 129/4

17.3 M Nabi to MS Dhoni, Drills it to long of for a single. 129/4

17.3 M Nabi to S Raina, TWO WIDES! Slips it down the leg side, it spins away viciously, Raina misses his sweep, the keeper gets a glove to it and they run through for a single. 128/4

17.2 M Nabi to S Raina, FOUR! Great placement! Fullish on the pads, Raina dances down the track and flicks it over mid-wicket for a boundary. 126/4

17.1 M Nabi to S Raina, Good fielding! Raina dances down the track and rams it back to Nabi who gets down in time and makes a good stop. 122/4

Balaji back on.

16.6 R Ashwin to G Naib, On middle and off, Naib defends it watchfully. 119/7

Najibullah Zadran walks in.

16.5 R Ashwin to M Nabi, OUT! Flighted on off, Nabi gets to the pitch of the ball to play it to the leg side but miscues. The ball goes towards long on where Rohit Sharma takes a safe catch. Big blow for Afghanistan. 119/7

16.4 R Ashwin to G Naib, Naib heaves it to mid-wicket this time for a single. 119/6

16.3 R Ashwin to G Naib, On middle and leg, Naib gets across to play it to the leg side but gets struck low on the pads. 118/6

16.2 R Ashwin to M Nabi, Sweeps it towards mid-wicket and takes a run. 118/6

16.1 R Ashwin to G Naib, Flighted outside off, Naib tries to defend but gets an outside edge, the ball goes towards short third man. Single taken. 117/6

16.6 S Shenwari to S Raina, Ouch! A short ball, Raina gets well behind and smacks it straight back, hits Dhoni, who hardly had any time to react and they run one. 122/4

16.5 S Shenwari to S Raina, Touch short, Raina angles it straight down to short third man. 121/4

16.4 S Shenwari to S Raina, Chips down the track to flick but gets hit on the pads. 121/4

16.3 S Shenwari to S Raina, FOUR! Poor again from Afghanistan. There is lot of pluck, but they haven't covered the basics of fielding and catching right. A well tossed up delivery outside off, Raina crashes it through covers. Sweeper cover gets across but lets it slip through. 121/4

16.2 S Shenwari to MS Dhoni, Low full toss, Dhoni heaves it down to long off and takes one. 117/4

16.1 S Shenwari to S Raina, Chips down the track and drills it down to long off for a single. 116/4

Ashwin back on.

15.6 Z Khan to G Naib, Fullish length, Naib drives it towards mid on and takes a run. 116/6

15.5 Z Khan to M Nabi, Drives it through mid on this time and takes a single. 115/6

15.4 Z Khan to M Nabi, FOUR! Well played! Full toss on the pads, Nabi whips it towards fine leg and gets a boundary. Perfect treatment for a poor delivery. 114/6

15.3 Z Khan to M Nabi, Lofts it over mid off and comes back for the second once again. Good running between the wickets. 110/6

15.2 Z Khan to M Nabi, On middle, Nabi plays it towards mid-wicket and takes a couple. 108/6

15.1 Z Khan to M Nabi, SIX! Powerful shot! Landed just outside off, Nabi lofts it over mid off. This one's gone all the way over the ropes for a six. 106/6

15.6 D Zadran to S Raina, Pulls it to square leg and scampers through for a quick single. 115/4

15.5 D Zadran to S Raina, Raina shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot. 114/4

MS Dhoni is the new batsman.

15.4 D Zadran to V Kohli, OUT! At last a catch is held! Fullish outside off at 136.2 kph, Kohli goes for a loft but ends up slicing it to long off where Nabi takes a good running catch to his right. The bat turned in his hands which led to the miscue! Nevertheless, a brilliant innings from Kohli comes to an end. 114/4

3rd T20I fifty for Kohli!

15.3 D Zadran to V Kohli, High full toss on off, Kohli mistimes his heave to long on for a couple. Brings up his half-century! He is in breathtaking form! 114/3

15.2 D Zadran to S Raina, Rains stays back and slices it past point for one. 112/3

15.1 D Zadran to S Raina, Fullish outside off, square driven straight to point. 111/3

Zaheer back on.

Gulbodin Naib walks in.

14.6 I Pathan to Shafiqullah, OUT! LBW! Length delivery on off at 129.1 kph, Shafiqullah tries to defend but seems to get an inside edge onto his pads. Bowler appeals for LBW and the umpire gives it out. Probably there was a double noise, anyway a wicket though. Afghanistan 100/6. 100/6

14.5 I Pathan to M Nabi, Back of a length delivery, Nabi pulls it away towards fine leg for a single. 100 up for Afghanistan! 100/5

14.4 I Pathan to M Nabi, Shortish outside off, Nabi defends it back to the bowler. 99/5

14.3 I Pathan to M Nabi, FOUR! Wonderful shot! Length delivery outside off, Nabi gives himself some room and lofts it over covers. The ball races to the boundary. 99/5

14.2 I Pathan to Shafiqullah, Shortish on off, Shafiqullah tries to defend but gets struck on the thigh pads. The batsmen take a quick run. Leg byes signalled by the umpire 95/5

14.1 I Pathan to M Nabi, Bowls around off, Nabi works it down the leg side and takes a single. 94/5

Dawlat Zadran back on!

14.6 S Shenwari to S Raina, Dropped! Another one dropped and it's the substitute fielder Izzat! Length delivery on middle, Raina goes for a heave but is too early into the shot and gets deceived by the flight, he ends up outside edging. The balloons in the air at point and Izzat sits under it but fluffs it. They run through for a single. 111/3

14.5 S Shenwari to V Kohli, Fullish on the pads, drilled to long on for one. 110/3

14.4 S Shenwari to S Raina, Fullish on the pads, driven to long off for one. 109/3

14.3 S Shenwari to V Kohli, Chips down the track and ends up yorking himself but still gets it away to long on for one. 108/3

14.2 S Shenwari to S Raina, Dances down the track and drills it to long off for a single. 107/3

14.1 S Shenwari to S Raina, FOUR! In the air but safe! Fullish outside off, Raina leans forward for a drive but ends up slicing it uppishly over short third man for a lucky boundary. 106/3

Pathan back on.

13.6 Y Singh to Shafiqullah, Outside off, the batsman plays it towards point. 93/5

13.5 Y Singh to Shafiqullah, SIX! Monstrous! Shortish on middle, Shafiqullah rocks back and pulls it away over deep mid-wicket for a huge six. 93/5

13.4 Y Singh to Shafiqullah, Tries to sweep but gets struck on the pads. 87/5

13.3 Y Singh to Shafiqullah, On middle and off, the batsman defends it watchfully. 87/5

13.2 Y Singh to M Nabi, Drilled towards mid on and takes one. 87/5

13.1 Y Singh to M Nabi, SIX! Humongous! Tossed up on middle and off at 78.5 kph, Nabi hammers it straight down the ground towards long on, the ball goes all the way over the ropes into the stands. 86/5

Samiullah Shenwari into the attack.

13.6 S Zadran to S Raina, Slower delivery outside off, Raina guides it to point where the fielder misfields and concedes a single. 102/3

13.5 S Zadran to S Raina, FOUR! Poor from Zadran! Delivers a full toss on middle, Raina rocks back and heaves it over mid-wicket for a boundary. 101/3

13.4 S Zadran to S Raina, FOUR! Doesn't time it well but still effective! Fullish on off, Raina stays back and clobbers it over long on for a boundary. 97/3

Wicketkeeper Mohammad Shahzad seems to be struggling with the knee injury here and he has left the field. Karim Sadiq will keep wickets now!

13.3 S Zadran to V Kohli, Back from over the wicket! Delivers a full toss on off, Kohli mistimes his swipe to long on for a single. 93/3

13.2 S Zadran to V Kohli, FOUR! Excellent placement! Fullish outside off, Kohli dances down the track and lofts it over extra cover for a boundary. 92/3

13.1 S Zadran to V Kohli, Comes from round the wicket and delivers a good length delivery on middle, Kohli turns it to mid-wicket. 88/3

12.6 R Ashwin to M Nabi, Driven towards mid off, single taken. 80/5

12.5 R Ashwin to Shafiqullah, Flicks it away to the leg side and takes a single. 79/5

12.4 R Ashwin to Shafiqullah, Flighted on off, Shafiqullah plays it to point. 78/5

12.3 R Ashwin to M Nabi, Drives it through mid off and picks up a single. 78/5

12.2 R Ashwin to Shafiqullah, Flighted on middle, Shafiqullah drives it to mid on and takes a single. 77/5

The spinners are turning on the screws now, this time it's Ashwin who strikes. How long can Afghanistan last?

Shafiqullah walks in next.

12.1 R Ashwin to S Shenwari, OUT! Caught and bowled! Flighted on middle and leg, the carrom ball from Ashwin, Shenwari drives it back to the bowler. Ashwin takes an easy catch and Shenwari departs. Afghanistan showing a collapse here, 76/5. 76/5

Shapoor Zadran back on.

12.6 K Sadiq to V Kohli, Goes on the back foot and punches it away for a single to end the over. 88/3

12.5 K Sadiq to S Raina, A touch short, punched down the ground for one. 87/3

12.4 K Sadiq to V Kohli, Gets down and strokes it through mid on for a single. 86/3

12.3 K Sadiq to V Kohli, SIX! DROPPED! What a drop could that be? Flighted delivery, Kohli chips down and flicks it with the spin over mid-wicket. Shenwari settles under it but puts it down, the ball also lands over the ropes. Some other time, India could have been five or six down by now. 85/3

12.2 K Sadiq to V Kohli, Tucks it with the spin through the leg side. 79/3

12.1 K Sadiq to V Kohli, FOUR! Whack! A short delivery, Kohli steps down the track and cracks it straight through mid off. The long off fielder is wide and he had no chance. 79/3

11.6 Y Singh to M Nabi, Flighted outside off, Nabi tries to play to the off side but gets an inside edge onto his pads. 76/4

11.5 Y Singh to M Nabi, Fullish outside off, Nabi plays it towards point. 76/4

11.4 Y Singh to S Shenwari, Tossed up outside off, Shenwari pushes it to covers for a single. 76/4

Samiullah Shenwari comes to face the hat-trick ball. Two slips in place.

11.3 Y Singh to A Stanikzai, OUT! Edged! Yuvraj on a hat-trick! Tossed up on off, the ball turns away from the batsman. Stanikzai tries to defend but gets an outside edge and Dhoni collects it. Bowler appeal and umpire gives it out. 75/4

Mohammad Nabi walks in next.

11.2 Y Singh to K Sadiq, OUT! Flighted on middle and off at 84 kph, Sadiq plays the slog sweep, mistimes and the ball goes high up in the air. Gambhir takes a safe catch at deep mid-wicket and Yuvraj gets another wicket. 75/3

11.1 Y Singh to A Stanikzai, Drills it to long on and picks up a single. 75/2

11.6 M Nabi to S Raina, Chips down the track but helps it straight to covers. 75/3

11.5 M Nabi to V Kohli, Rocks back and pulls it to deep mid-wicket for just a single. 75/3

11.4 M Nabi to S Raina, Comes forward and punches it to covers for one. 74/3

11.3 M Nabi to S Raina, Play and a miss! Spins away after landing outside off, Raina looks to steer it but misses. 73/3

11.2 M Nabi to S Raina, Dropped! Nabi drops again but this time a sitter! Fullish on middle, Raina leans forward for a drive but checks his shot at the end and ends up chipping it straight back to Nabi who at first looks to have grabbed it but then the ball pops out of his hand. 73/3

11.1 M Nabi to V Kohli, Drives it to long on for a single. 73/3

10.6 R Ashwin to A Stanikzai, Plays it to mid-wicket and takes a single. 74/2

10.5 R Ashwin to A Stanikzai, Stays back in his crease and defends. 73/2

10.4 R Ashwin to K Sadiq, On middle and leg, Sadiq gets across and plays it towards mid-wicket and picks up another single. 73/2

10.3 R Ashwin to A Stanikzai, On off, Stanikzai punches it towards point off his back foot and takes one. 72/2

10.2 R Ashwin to K Sadiq, Dabs it towards point for a single. 71/2

10.2 R Ashwin to K Sadiq, Wide! Stumping chance missed! Sadiq walks down the track and Ashwin bowls it down the leg side. Dhoni fails to collect the ball and misses the stumping chance. Umpire signals it a wide. 70/2

10.1 R Ashwin to K Sadiq, Sadiq has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 69/2

10.6 K Sadiq to V Kohli, Clips it to mid-wicket and takes one. 72/3

10.5 K Sadiq to S Raina, Helps it to long off and takes a single. 71/3

10.4 K Sadiq to S Raina, Comes forward and drives it straight to covers. 70/3

10.3 K Sadiq to V Kohli, Rocks back and slaps it wide of long on for a single. 70/3

10.2 K Sadiq to S Raina, Pushes it to covers and takes a single. 69/3

Suresh Raina is the new batsman.

10.1 K Sadiq to Y Singh, OUT! Soft dismissal! A tad short and wide outside off, Yuvraj rocks back and cuts it uppishly straight to the short third man fielder who makes no mistake. A wicket at a crucial juncture for Afghanistan. 68/3

9.6 Y Singh to A Stanikzai, Flighted on the pads, Stanikzai tries to play but gets struck on the thigh pad. 69/2

9.5 Y Singh to A Stanikzai, On middle and leg, Stanikzai plays it towards mid-wicket for a single. 69/2

9.4 Y Singh to K Sadiq, Landed just outside off, Sadiq pushes it to covers and takes a single. 67/2

9.3 Y Singh to K Sadiq, On middle, Sadiq works it down the leg side but finds the fielder. 66/2

9.2 Y Singh to K Sadiq, FOUR! Well played! Tossed up on off, Sadiq gives himself some room and cuts it past point superbly. The ball races away to the boundary rope. 66/2

9.1 Y Singh to K Sadiq, Comes down the track only to block the ball. 62/2

9.6 M Nabi to Y Singh, Goes back and looks to clip but misses and gets hit on the pads. They run through for a leg bye. 68/2

9.6 M Nabi to Y Singh, WIDE! Slips a fullish delivery down the leg side, Yuvraj misses his flick. The keeper whips off the bails in a flash and appeals but the umpire is not interested. Wide is signalled by the umpire. 67/2

9.5 M Nabi to V Kohli, Goes back and dabs it to point for a single. 66/2

9.4 M Nabi to Y Singh, Looks to flick it but gets an outside edge to short third man for a single. 65/2

9.4 M Nabi to Y Singh, WIDE! Strays in line again! Delivers a quicker and fuller delivery way down the leg side. 64/2

9.4 M Nabi to Y Singh, WIDE! Slips it down the leg side, Yuvraj leaves it alone. 63/2

9.3 M Nabi to Y Singh, Dropped! A tough chance though! Fullish on middle, Yuvraj chips down the track for a whip but the bat turns in his hands and he ends up hitting it powerfully straight back. Nabi gets both the hands to it but doesn't manage to hold on. 62/2

9.2 M Nabi to V Kohli, Fullish on middle, Kohli drives it to long on for one. 62/2

9.1 M Nabi to Y Singh, Fullish on the pads, Yuvraj flicks it to mid-wicket for a single. 61/2

8.6 R Ashwin to A Stanikzai, Carrom ball outside off, Stanikzai tries to defend but misses it and gets beaten. 62/2

8.5 R Ashwin to K Sadiq, Flighted on middle, Sadiq sweeps it towards mid-wicket for a single. 62/2

8.4 R Ashwin to K Sadiq, Comes on his front foot and defends it into the ground. 61/2

8.4 R Ashwin to K Sadiq, Wide! Full down the leg side, Sadiq goes after it but misses. Dhoni couldn't grab it properly as well. The umpire signals it a wide. 61/2

8.3 R Ashwin to K Sadiq, On middle, Sadiq tries to play to the leg side but gets a leading edge and the ball goes towards the off side. 60/2

8.2 R Ashwin to K Sadiq, FOUR! Superb shot! Flighted outside off, Sadiq hits it straight down the ground over the bowler's head. The ball races away towards the boundary rope in no time. 60/2

8.1 R Ashwin to K Sadiq, Shortish outside off, Sadiq cuts is past point for a couple. 56/2

Mohammad Nabi comes into the attack.

8.6 K Sadiq to Y Singh, Quicker full toss outside off, Yuvraj rams it to long off for just a single. India recovering well here! 60/2

8.5 K Sadiq to V Kohli, Goes back and whips it to long on for a single. 59/2

8.4 K Sadiq to Y Singh, Comes forward and drives it to long off for one. 58/2

8.3 K Sadiq to V Kohli, Pushes it to covers where the fielder fumbles and allows a run. 57/2

8.2 K Sadiq to V Kohli, FOUR! Brilliant shot! Fullish outside off, Kohli rams it powerfully straight down the ground for a thumping boundary. The long off fielder had no chance of stopping it. 56/2

8.1 K Sadiq to Y Singh, Drives it wide of long on for a single. 52/2

Ravichandran Ashwin into the attack.

7.6 Y Singh to K Sadiq, On middle and leg, Sadiq flicks it towards mid-wicket for a single. 54/2

7.5 Y Singh to K Sadiq, Flighted on middle and leg, Sadiq tries to play to the on side but gets struck low on the pads. 53/2

7.4 Y Singh to K Sadiq, Tossed up outside off, Sadiq plays it to point from within his crease. 53/2

7.3 Y Singh to K Sadiq, Outside off, Sadiq defends it into the ground. 53/2

7.2 Y Singh to A Stanikzai, Tossed up outside off, Stanikzai punches it to the off side and takes a single. 53/2

Asghar Stanikzai is the next man in.

7.1 Y Singh to N Mangal, OUT! LBW! Yuvraj strikes straightaway! On middle at 82.9 kph, Mangal tries to play but misses the line of the delivery and gets struck on the pads. Bowler appeals and the umpire gives it out. 52/2

7.6 G Naib to V Kohli, Chips down the track and checks his shot at the last moment, helps it back to the bowler who threatens to throw it back. Kohli has a word or two with the bowler. 51/2

7.5 G Naib to V Kohli, SIX! Thumped by Kohli! Fullish outside off, Kohli stays back and rams it aerially over the bowler's head for a breathtaking maximum. 51/2

7.4 G Naib to Y Singh, Fullish on the pads, driven to long on for a single. 45/2

7.3 G Naib to Y Singh, Fullish on the pads, Yuvraj flicks it sweetly and uppishly over mid-wicket for a couple. Yuvraj collided with the bowler while taking the first run but made it well in the end to complete the second.. 44/2

7.2 G Naib to V Kohli, Full toss on off, Kohli flicks it to long on for just a single. He missed out on a good scoring opportunity there. 42/2

7.1 G Naib to V Kohli, Fullish outside off, Kohli chips down the track and drives it straight to covers. 41/2

Yuvraj Singh into the attack.

6.6 R Sharma to K Sadiq, Flighted on off, Sadiq plays it to mid-wicket. 52/1

6.5 R Sharma to K Sadiq, On middle, Sadiq works it down the leg side. Poor effort from Balaji while collect the ball, two runs taken. 52/1

6.4 R Sharma to K Sadiq, FOUR! Great shot! Flighted outside off, Sadiq hits it over mid on, couple of bounces and the ball crosses the boundary rope. 50/1

6.3 R Sharma to N Mangal, Fullish on middle, Mangal dabs it to mid-wicket and takes a run. 46/1

6.2 R Sharma to K Sadiq, Flighted on off, Sadiq punches it to long on for a single. 45/1

6.1 R Sharma to K Sadiq, On middle and leg, Sadiq pushes it towards square leg and takes a couple. 44/1

6.6 K Sadiq to Y Singh, Stays back and glances it behind square leg for a quick couple. 41/2

6.5 K Sadiq to V Kohli, Comes forward and clips it to square leg for a single. 39/2

6.4 K Sadiq to Y Singh, Full length delivery on middle, Yuvraj drives it powerfully to long on for just a single. 38/2

6.3 K Sadiq to V Kohli, Fullish on the pads, driven to long on for one. 37/2

6.2 K Sadiq to Y Singh, Comes forward and drives it sweetly through covers for a single. 36/2

6.1 K Sadiq to V Kohli, Goes back and punches it to long on for a single. 35/2

Rohit Sharma into the attack.

5.6 L Balaji to N Mangal, SIX! Wonderful shot! On middle and off, Mangal gives himself some room and lofts it over mid-wicket cleanly. The ball goes all the way over the ropes for a maximum. 42/1

5.5 L Balaji to N Mangal, Landed outside off, Mangal drives it through covers for a couple. 36/1

5.4 L Balaji to K Sadiq, Outside off, Sadiq pushes it to covers and takes a quick single. Overthrows and the batsmen decides for another run but they settle with a single. 34/1

5.3 L Balaji to K Sadiq, Short of a length delivery outside off, Sadeq gets down on his knees and looks to pull. Gets beaten completely. Umpire signals it one off the over. 33/1

5.2 L Balaji to K Sadiq, Play and a miss! Length delivery outside off, Sadiq tries to guide towards third man but misses it and gets beaten. 33/1

5.1 L Balaji to N Mangal, Landed just outside off, Mangal flicks it to the leg side and picks up a single. 33/1

Karim Sadiq into the attack.

5.6 G Naib to Y Singh, Fullish on off, Yuvraj drives it straight back, doesn't connect it well. The ball hits the stumps at the non-striker's end and ricochets to the off side. They ponder about a single but then decide against it. 34/2

5.5 G Naib to Y Singh, Fullish on middle, nips away. Yuvraj helps it back to Naib. 34/2

5.4 G Naib to V Kohli, Full toss outside off, Kohli mistimes his drive to mid off and scampers through for a quick single. 34/2

5.3 G Naib to V Kohli, Length delivery on the pads, Kohli looks to flick but misses and gets hit on the pads. 33/2

5.2 G Naib to V Kohli, FOUR! Brilliant just brilliant! Length delivery outside off, Kohli leans forward and drives it sweetly past covers for a crunching boundary. 33/2

5.1 G Naib to V Kohli, Fullish on off, Kohli drives it straight back to Naib. 29/2

4.6 I Pathan to N Mangal, On middle and leg, Mangal works it down the leg side, fielders appeal for LBW but the umpire is not interested. Probably there was bat involved. Single taken. 32/1

4.5 I Pathan to N Mangal, On middle and off, Mangal drives it straight down the ground. 31/1

4.4 I Pathan to N Mangal, FOUR! Lovely shot! Bit fullish outside off, Mangal drives it through covers superbly and finds the gap. The ball races away to the boundary rope. 31/1

4.3 I Pathan to N Mangal, Fullish outside off, Mangal tries to defend but gets an inside edge. Pathan collects the ball and tries to aim at the non-striker's end but doesn't throw. 27/1

4.2 I Pathan to N Mangal, Shortish on middle, Mangal tries to play it to the leg side but gets struck on the thigh pads. 27/1

4.1 I Pathan to K Sadiq, Fullish on middle, Sadiq works it down the leg side and takes a single. 27/1

Gulbodin Naib into the attack now.

4.6 S Zadran to Y Singh, Good length delivery outside off, Yuvraj pats it to point, wants a single but is sent back. 29/2

4.5 S Zadran to Y Singh, SIX! Yuvraj at his best! Fullish on off, Yuvraj stays in his crease and lofts it nonchalantly over long on for an effortless maximum. 29/2

4.4 S Zadran to Y Singh, Good length delivery outside off, Yuvraj stays back and punches it sweetly but straight to covers. 23/2

4.3 S Zadran to Y Singh, Comes forward and prods it to the off side. 23/2

4.2 S Zadran to Y Singh, Comes forward and pushes it to covers. That would have given him a lot of confidence, the ball hitting the middle of the bat. 23/2

4.2 S Zadran to Y Singh, WIDE! But play and a miss! Back of a length delivery wide outside off, it moves away after landing. Yuvraj looks to force it through the off side but misses. 23/2

Yuvraj Singh is the new batsman.

4.1 S Zadran to V Sehwag, OUT! Zadran finally has his man! Excellent bowling from the big man! Good length delivery outside off, nips away after landing. Sehwag goes for half a poke but gets an outside edge to the keeper who makes no mistake. Zadran was constantly troubling Sehwag with that line and finally he gets his reward. 22/2

Change of ends for Irfan Pathan.

3.6 L Balaji to N Mangal, Length delivery outside off, Mangal defends it watchfully. 26/1

Karim Sadiq is the next man in.

3.5 L Balaji to M Shahzad, OUT! Top edged and caught! Shortish length, Shahzad goes for the pull but mistimes, gets a top edge and the ball goes towards mid on where Yuvraj takes a good catch. 26/1

3.4 L Balaji to M Shahzad, Length delivery outside off, Shahzad dabs it past point and comes back for the second. Umpire signals it one short and just one run added to the total. 26/0

3.3 L Balaji to M Shahzad, Short of a length delivery outside off, Shahzad lets it go through. Umpire calls it one for the over. 25/0

3.2 L Balaji to N Mangal, Outside off, Mangal plays it past point for a single. 25/0

3.1 L Balaji to N Mangal, Back of a length delivery outside off, Mangal initially looks to pull but decides to defend it. 24/0

3.6 D Zadran to V Sehwag, Goes for a massive heave but gets an inside edge off a length delivery outside off to fine leg for a single. 22/1

3.5 D Zadran to V Kohli, Fullish outside off, Kohli drives it muscularly to covers. The fielder gets a bad bounce and misfields. Kohli wants a run but is sent back as the fielder misses his shy at the striker's end. There is no fielder backing up and they run on the overthrow. 21/1

3.4 D Zadran to V Kohli, Stays back and punches a good length delivery outside off sweetly to point. 20/1

3.3 D Zadran to V Kohli, Good length delivery on leg stump, Kohli misses his flick and gets hit on the thigh pads. Wants a single but is sent back. 20/1

3.2 D Zadran to V Kohli, Length delivery outside off, Kohli leans forward for a drive and gets a slight outside edge to covers. 20/1

3.1 D Zadran to V Kohli, Comes forward and pushes it to mid off. 20/1

Balaji into the attack.

2.6 Z Khan to M Shahzad, FOUR! Edged! Length delivery outside off, Shahzad tries to play to the off side but gets an outside edge. The ball goes through the slip region and races away to the boundary rope. 24/0

2.5 Z Khan to M Shahzad, FOUR! Well, take that, Dhoni. Yes, he played the helicopter shot! On middle, Shahzad flicks it away towards mid-wicket and gets a boundary. 20/0

2.4 Z Khan to N Mangal, Fullish on middle and leg, Mangal works it down the leg side and picks up three runs. 16/0

2.3 Z Khan to M Shahzad, On middle, Shahzad punches it to mid off and takes a single. 13/0

2.2 Z Khan to M Shahzad, Appeal for caught behind! On middle and leg, drifting down the leg side. Shahzad tries to flick but the ball hits his thigh pad. Huge appeal from the fielder but the umpire says not out. 12/0

2.1 Z Khan to N Mangal, Length delivery outside off, Mangal guides it towards third man and takes a single. 12/0

2.6 S Zadran to V Sehwag, Play and a miss again! This time the bowler takes the credit! Nips away after landing outside off, Sehwag looks to force it through the off side but is beaten by the away movement. 20/1

2.5 S Zadran to V Sehwag, FOUR! Terrific reply from Sehwag! Fullish on the pads, Sehwag stays back and flicks it nonchalantly and uppishly over mid-wicket for a boundary. 20/1

2.4 S Zadran to V Sehwag, Beauty from Zadran! Good length delivery on off, nips away after landing. Sehwag goes for a poke but misses. 16/1

2.3 S Zadran to V Kohli, Comes forward and guides it to third man for one. 16/1

2.2 S Zadran to V Kohli, Fullish outside off, Kohli comes forward and drives it to mid off. Mangal picks up the ball and knocks down the stumps at the bowler's end, Sehwag, who had taken a few steps further, seems to have got his bat back in time. The umpire goes upstairs and replays show that Sehwag had just got his bat inside. 15/1

Appeal for a run out against Sehwag and the umpire has gone upstairs!

Virat Kohli is the new batsman.

2.1 S Zadran to G Gambhir, OUT! Gambhir drags it on! His footwork fails again! Length delivery outside off, Gambhir, without moving his feet, looks to force it to the off side but gets an inside edge onto the stumps. Early breakthrough for Afghanistan and Zadran is delighted as he pumps his fist in the air! 15/1

1.6 I Pathan to M Shahzad, Bouncer! Shahzad tries to pull but misses it. 11/0

1.5 I Pathan to M Shahzad, On middle, Shahzad drives it to mid on. 11/0

1.4 I Pathan to M Shahzad, Shortish outside off, Shahzad plays it past point for a couple. 11/0

1.3 I Pathan to M Shahzad, FOUR! Fine shot! On middle, Shahzad hits it over mid-wicket, it's a clean strike and the ball races away to the boundary rope. 9/0

1.2 I Pathan to N Mangal, Landed outside off, Mangal tries to play to the off side but gets an inside edge. Mangal sets off for a quick single, Kohli shows his football skills and tries to kick the ball towards the stumps at the striker's end with his shoes but misses his shy and a single taken. 5/0

1.1 I Pathan to N Mangal, Length delivery on middle, Mangal defends it off his back foot. 4/0

Wicketkeeper Mohammad Shahzad seems to have taken a blow on his knee while fielding the last ball and is receiving some treatment.

1.6 D Zadran to G Gambhir, Fullish outside off, Gambhir goes for a drive but gets a bottom edge to the keeper who misfields and allows a single. 15/0

1.5 D Zadran to G Gambhir, FOUR! Deft! Good length delivery on the pads, Gambhir swivels across and glances it to fine leg for a well placed boundary. 14/0

1.4 D Zadran to V Sehwag, Edged but safe! Fullish on middle, Sehwag looks to flick but is late into the shot and gets a leading edge to third man for a single. 10/0

1.3 D Zadran to V Sehwag, Play and a miss! Good length delivery outside off, Sehwag chases it for a slash but misses. 9/0

1.2 D Zadran to V Sehwag, Rocks back and clips it to mid-wicket. 9/0

1.1 D Zadran to G Gambhir, It's all happening! Just short and a run out missed too! Good length delivery on the pads, Gambhir looks to flick but gets a leading edge which falls short of the mid off fielder. Gambhir sets off for a single but the fielder picks up the ball on one bounce and misses his shy. Gambhir was nowhere in the picture. 9/0

Irfan Pathan to bowl from the other end.

0.6 Z Khan to N Mangal, On middle and leg, Mangal flicks it to the leg side and takes a single. 4/0

0.5 Z Khan to M Shahzad, On the pads, Shahzad tries to flick but gets struck on the pads. The batsmen pick up a leg bye. 3/0

0.4 Z Khan to M Shahzad, Fullish outside off, third consecutive play and a miss! 2/0

0.3 Z Khan to M Shahzad, Another play and a miss outside off. 2/0

0.2 Z Khan to M Shahzad, Play and a miss! Landed outside off, Shahzad tries to defend but gets beaten by the away swing. 2/0

0.1 Z Khan to M Shahzad, Starts off with a fullish delivery outside off, Shahzad lofts it over mid off straightaway. Gambhir gives a chase and does an exceptional work at the boundary rope. Two runs taken. 2/0

Dawlat Zadran to bowl from the other end.

0.6 S Zadran to G Gambhir, Back of a length delivery on off, nips back in after landing. Gambhir goes for a pull but it stays a touch low so he misses and gets hit on the thigh pads. The ball rolls over to the leg side and they run through for a leg bye. 8/0

0.5 S Zadran to G Gambhir, Fullish on the pads, Gambhir misses his flick and the ball brushes his pads and rolls over to the keeper. 7/0

0.4 S Zadran to V Sehwag, Opens the face of the bat and guides it to third man for a single. 7/0

0.3 S Zadran to G Gambhir, A tad short outside off, Gambhir pats it to point and scampers through for a quick single. The fielder misses his shy at the striker's end and the back up fielder does exceptionally well to stop it. 6/0

0.2 S Zadran to V Sehwag, Length delivery outside off, Sehwag goes for a slash off the back foot but ends up slicing it uppishly to third man for a single. 5/0

0.1 S Zadran to G Gambhir, Good length delivery outside off, Gambhir stays back and pushes it sweetly past covers. The ball dies down near the ropes and they run through for three. 4/0

0.1 S Zadran to G Gambhir, WIDE! Poor start! Starts off with a wild back of a length delivery way outside off, Gambhir leaves it alone. 1/0

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