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.