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Pakistan survive Afghanistan scare

Afghanistan narrowly failed to pull off their most memorable Twenty20 international success after the one-off match against Pakistan in Sharjah went down to the final ball.

A Dawlat Zadran wide from the last delivery handed Pakistan a nervous victory by a six-wicket margin.

After recently qualifying for next year's World Twenty20, Afghanistan enhanced their reputation of being a potential banana skin for when the world's best gather in Bangladesh.

Najibullah Zadran's 38 from 30 balls helped them post 137 for eight, with left-arm paceman Junaid Khan claiming 3-24 to stand as the pick of the Pakistan bowlers.

Pakistan always appeared on course to reel in the total, although with six needed from the final over top-scorer Mohammad Hafeez, who finished unbeaten on 42, and Shahid Afridi took the match to the final delivery.

Zadran had already been called for a wide on height earlier in the over and, when he again infringed after bowling too short to Afridi, Afghan hopes of a first win against a full-member nation were dashed.