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Umar ton too much for Afghanistan

Pakistan got off the mark in the Asia Cup with a 72-run bonus-point win over Afghanistan in Fatullah.

Misbah-ul-Haq's men were in trouble during the early stages of their innings and slipped to 117 for six before Umar Akmal hit an unbeaten 102 from 89 balls to drag them up to 248 for eight.

Afghanistan started well but quickly crumbled once the top order was dismissed with, Mohammad Hafeez taking 3- 29 to help skittle them for 176 as Pakistan bounced back from an opening defeat to Sri Lanka.

Pakistan were in a spot of bother on 117 for six but Umar Akmal's century helped them post a total that was beyond Afghanistan

Pakistan scored slowly during the early stages of their innings, labouring to 80 for two after 20 overs.

When half-centurion Ahmed Shehzad chopped on to Samiullah Shenwari two balls after reaching the landmark and his captain Misbah was run out without facing a ball, they were 89 for four.

Sohaib Maqsood and dangerman Shahid Afridi were the next to go before Umar got to work.

Dropped on 28 by Shenwari off Shapoor Zadran, the wicketkeeper added 60 alongside Anwar Ali before being joined by Umar Gul.

The tail-ender proved to be a fine foil with 15 from 12 deliveries, while Umar opened his shoulders to ensure each of the last two overs of the innings were dispatched for 13.

And the duo combined in the field, Umar pouching Mohammad Shahzad at the wicket off Gul to check Afghanistan’s brisk start in the fifth over.

Noor Ali made 44 before falling lbw to Saeed Ajmal and Nawroz Mangal and Asghar Stanikzai compiled 74 for the third wicket, but the pace had slowed considerably.

When the former was run out Afghanistan were 140 for four, needing nine per-over from the final 12. It was a task beyond a flimsy tail.

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