Afghanistan VS Uganda, T20 World Cup 2024 Match 5 – FULL SCORECARD, COMMENTARY, SQUAD

Afghanistan beat Uganda by 125 runs
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nd Innings Uganda
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Rashid Khan, the captain of Afghanistan says that this is the kind of start they wanted as a team and it is all about the mindset and applauds the openers and then praises the bowling as well. On captaincy, he says that it was a proud moment and reckons that it is about keeping things simple and giving his hundred percent. Adds that they have multiple options in different phases of play and if someone isn't having a good day, he can turn to others and even the batters and all-rounders, who make a lot of difference in T20 cricket. Mentions that the ODI World Cup last year has given them the belief to beat any team and it is all about what they are doing and ends by saying that against New Zealand it is a big game and want to keep things simple and give it their best as a team.
Brian Masaba, the skipper of Uganda says that it was pretty special to see their flag and the national anthem at the World Cup. Shares that they had a lot of nerves going into the first game and will be better prepared for their next challenge. Mentions that Afghanistan got a pretty good start but credits his team on how they came back. Launds Afghanistan on their bowling and adds that they are a quality side. Ends by sharing that the team is hoping to bounce back in their next game against PNG.
Fazalhaq Farooqi is the Player of the Match for his stellar five-wicket haul. He starts by thanking the Almighty and says that he has missed the hat trick a few times and will try to get it in the future. Adds that he tried to bowl a few balls into the wicket but then he tried to get used to the swing and later on tried to bowl the slower ones. Mentions that playing franchise cricket helps your overall game and you don't feel much pressure on the big stage.
Presentation Time….
Earlier in the game, Afghanistan were sent into bat first and they made 183 for 5 on the back of attacking 70s from Ibrahim Zadran and Rahmanullah Gurbaz. The middle order could not keep the momentum once the openers were gone and they finished 20-30 runs short of the expected score. Cosmos Kyewuta and skipper Brian Masaba were the pick of the Ugandan bowlers as they snapped two wickets each and bowled economically. Uganda came back brilliantly with the ball but were not in the contest at all with the bat. They will hope to take the positives from this game and more forward in the competition.
A comprehensive win for Afghanistan as they trump Uganda by 125 runs and start their campaign with a big win. Chasing 184 for the win, Uganda were in all sorts of trouble from the start as they were reduced to 18 for 5 inside the first five overs. Riazat Ali Shan and Robinson Obuya hung around for a while but once they were dismissed, the lower order fell like a pack of cards and Uganda were bundled out for just 58. For Afghanistan, Fazalhaq Farooqi was the star of the show with 5 wickets for 9 runs in his spell. He broke the back of Ugandan batting and bowled splendidly. Rashid Khan and Naveen-ul-Haq chipped in with a couple while Mujeeb-Ur-Rahman took a solitary wicket. Afghanistan will be mightly pleased with this win and it gives a massive boost to their net run rate.
15.6
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Rashid Khan to Henry Ssenyondo, OUT! TIMBER! Rashid Khan wraps up proceedings with a double whammy and Uganda are bundled out for just 58 runs here. Quicker through the air, floated up a bit fuller and around off stump. It is another googly from Rashid and the ball turns back in sharply. Henry Ssenyondo looks to defend off the front foot but the ball goes between bat and pad to castle into the stumps and Afghanistan beat Uganda by a massive 125 runs.
Henry Ssenyondo is the last man in for Uganda.
15.5
W
Rashid Khan to Bilal Hassan, OUT! LBW! Bilal Hassan is hit on the pads for the upteenth time and the finger goes up for LBW. Rashid Khan just drags the length back, bowling it flatter around off and gets the googly to turn back in. Bilal goes for the reverse swep but misses and gets hit flush on the pads. Bilal does review it but there;s nothing on UltraEdge and Ball Tracking shows three reds. Finally, Rashid is able to see the back of Bilal here.
15.4
Rashid Khan to Bilal Hassan, Flighted ball around off stump, Bilal Hassan looks to shuffle across and sweep but misses and gets hit on the pads.
15.3
Rashid Khan to Bilal Hassan, The googly now, on the stumps, Bilal Hassan looks to use his feet but fails to flick it away.
15.2
2
Rashid Khan to Bilal Hassan, On the stumps, played away through the mid-wicket region for a couple of runs by Bilal Hassan.
15.1
Rashid Khan to Bilal Hassan, Excellent review! Looks dead straight but it has been reviewed immediately by Bilal Hassan. Quick and full from Rashid Khan and this is bowled on off stump. Bilal looks to block tentatively and gets hit on the pads. A huge appeal and the finger goes up. UltraEdge though shows that there was an outside edge and the onfield call is reversed.
14.6
1
Fazalhaq Farooqi to Bilal Hassan, Full and wide outside off, hit away off the toe end of the bat square on the off side for one. End of a sensational spell from Fazalhaq Farooqi as he ends with 5 for 9 in 4 overs.
14.5
Fazalhaq Farooqi to Bilal Hassan, Oh, dear! How has that missed the stumps? Takes pace off and bowls it on a fullish length on middle and leg. It is the cutter that stays low and goes an inch or so over the leg stump as Bilal Hassan misses the heave on the leg side once again.
14.4
Fazalhaq Farooqi to Bilal Hassan, Goes full again but aims this one right at the stumps and gets it in the blockhole, Bilal Hassan does well to jam it back to the bowler.
14.3
Fazalhaq Farooqi to Bilal Hassan, Full and quick again, a bit closer to the off stump and angling in. Bilal Hassan shuffles across to heave it leg side but is beaten past the inside edge.
14.2
Fazalhaq Farooqi to Bilal Hassan, Comes from around the stumps and slides one in really full and outside off stump, Bilal Hassan looks to drive but is beaten.
14.1
1
Fazalhaq Farooqi to Cosmas Kyewuta, Pitched up on off stump, angling away, Cosmas Kyewuta gets on the front foot and plays it away past covers for a single.
13.6
Rashid Khan to Bilal Hassan, Another stifled appeal for LBW turned down and Afghanistan have no reviews left. Nice and full around off stump, Bilal Hassan goes across to sweep but misses and gets hit on the pads yet again.
13.5
Rashid Khan to Bilal Hassan, Another appeal for LBW but again, it is turned down. This time, Rashid Khan does review it. Looked like the wrong'un again, on a nagging length and around off stump. Bilal Hassan moved across to the off side for the slog but misses it. Nothing on UltraEdge and Ball Tracking shows the impact as outside the line of off stump. The original decision of NOT OUT stays.
13.4
4
Rashid Khan to Bilal Hassan, FOUR! Nicely done! Quicker and flatter at the stumps, Bilal Hassan shuffles to the off side and sweeps the ball over backward square leg for a boundary.
13.3
Rashid Khan to Bilal Hassan, Quicker and fuller on off stump, Bilal Hassan manages to keep this one out.
13.2
1
Rashid Khan to Cosmas Kyewuta, On the stumps, clipped away through mid-wicket for a single and the 50 comes up for Uganda.
13.1
1
Rashid Khan to Bilal Hassan, Leg bye! Half an appeal for LBW but the impact seemed outside the line of off stump. Shorter in length and it is the googly, turning in from around off. Bilal Hassan comes forward to slog it away but misses. The ball goes off the pads through the point region and they get a leg bye.
Cosmas Kyewuta is the new man in.
12.6
W
Fazalhaq Farooqi to Robinson Obuya, OUT! EDGED AND TAKEN! Fazalhaq Farooqi gets a maiden T20I five-wicket haul. On a length, around off. Robinson Obuya looks to steer it through point but gets an under edge and goes toward the keeper. Gurbaz comes forward and takes a well-judged catch. Uganda lose their eighth.
12.5
Fazalhaq Farooqi to Robinson Obuya, Slower length ball, around off. Robinson Obuya plays inside the line and misses.
12.4
Fazalhaq Farooqi to Robinson Obuya, Goes short, around off. Robinson Obuya ducks under it and lets it go.
12.3
1
Fazalhaq Farooqi to Bilal Hassan, Short of a length, angling in. Bilal Hassan advances and pulls it through backward square leg for one.
Bilal Hassan is in next to face the hat-trick ball.
12.2
W
Fazalhaq Farooqi to Brian Masaba, OUT! EDGED AND GONE! Fazalhaq Farooqi is on a hat-trick yet again. Farooqi comes from round the wicket and bowls it full, outside off. Masaba goes for the drive and gets a thick edge to the keeper. Rahmanullah Gurbaz takes a sitter and Uganda are seven down.
The skipper, Brian Masaba is the new man in.
12.1
W
Fazalhaq Farooqi to Riazat Ali Shah, OUT! BOWLED'EM! Fazalhaq Farooqi gets his third! Off-cutter, on a length and at the stumps. Riazat Ali Shah looks to hack it across the line but is deceived by the lack of pace. He is early into the shot and misses it completely. The ball rattles into the stumps and another one bites the dust.
11.6
Mujeeb Ur Rahman to Robinson Obuya, Flatter on the middle and leg. Obuya punches it back at the bowler.
11.5
1
Mujeeb Ur Rahman to Riazat Ali Shah, Floated, full, outside off. Riazat Ali Shah drives it toward deep extra cover for one.
11.4
Mujeeb Ur Rahman to Riazat Ali Shah, Tossed up on off. Drilled back at Mujeeb.
11.3
Mujeeb Ur Rahman to Riazat Ali Shah, Dropped! Full outside off. Riazat Ali Shah pushes at it and seems to nick it. Gurbaz, though, cannot hold on. Replays confirm there was bat involved.
11.3
5
Mujeeb Ur Rahman to Riazat Ali Shah, FIVE WIDES! Drifting down the leg. Riazat Ali Shah plays and misses. The keeper fails to collect and it runs down to fine leg for five wides.
11.2
Mujeeb Ur Rahman to Riazat Ali Shah, Fullish outside off. Defended towards extra cover.
11.1
Mujeeb Ur Rahman to Riazat Ali Shah, Carrom ball, sliding across the batter. Riazat Ali Shah prods forward and is beaten all ends.
10.6
1
Rashid Khan to Riazat Ali Shah, Googly, on the middle and leg. Riazat Ali Shah hangs back and knocks it toward long-on.
10.5
1
Rashid Khan to Robinson Obuya, Flatter around off. Obuya punches it through covers for a single.
10.4
Rashid Khan to Robinson Obuya, Quicker ball on off. Obuya defends it forward.
10.3
1
Rashid Khan to Riazat Ali Shah, LEG BYE! Wrong'un on the pad. Nudged toward square leg for a leg bye.
10.2
Rashid Khan to Riazat Ali Shah, Tossed up on the middle and leg. Riazat Ali Shah turns into the leg side.
10.1
Rashid Khan to Riazat Ali Shah, Fuller leg break, just outside off. Riazat Ali Shah comes forward and is beaten on the outside edge.
Time for Drinks! Uganda are struggling at 38 for 5 at the half way mark in their chase. Riazat Ali Shah and Robinson Obuya have added some sanity to the innings and added 20 runs so far. They will hope to bat deep and up the scoing rate. Afghanistan have been relentless from the start and have been pickings wickets at regular intervals. They will hope to wrap up this game and force a big win for themselves.
9.6
Mohammad Nabi to Robinson Obuya, Swing and a miss! Flighted delivery, a bit fuller and around off, Robinson Obuya sets up for the big slog-sweep but misses it completely.
9.5
Mohammad Nabi to Robinson Obuya, Flatter delivery bowled in and around the off stump, Robinson Obuya fends it off the back foot.
9.4
6
Mohammad Nabi to Robinson Obuya, SIX! The first maximum for Uganda in the T20 World Cup and it comes off the bat of Robinson Obuya. This is floated up on off stump, Robinson Obuya stays deep in the crease and makes room before going hard at it. The ball gets lifted up high and travels over the cover fence for a maximum.
9.3
1
Mohammad Nabi to Riazat Ali Shah, A bit quicker and short around off, Riazat Ali Shah punches it off the back foot and gets it down to long off for a single.
9.2
Mohammad Nabi to Riazat Ali Shah, Holds that one back a touch and bowls it on a nagging length around middle, Riazat Ali Shah nudges it to the leg side.
9.1
1
Mohammad Nabi to Robinson Obuya, Starts off with a loosener as this is bowled short and wide. Robinson Obuya slaps the ball straight to covers where the fielder misfields and they get a single.
8.6
Rashid Khan to Riazat Ali Shah, Stump-to-stump bowling, Riazat Ali Shah leans on and plays the ball back to the bowler.
8.5
1
Rashid Khan to Robinson Obuya, Pushed through a bit quicker and fuller around off stump, this is swatted awya without much timing and past the diving bowler towards long off for one more.
8.4
Rashid Khan to Robinson Obuya, Bowled flatter on the stumps, slightly turning away, Robinson Obuya blocks it off the back foot.
8.3
1
Rashid Khan to Riazat Ali Shah, Floats this one up pretty full and around off stump, this one dips as well, Riazat Ali Shah drives it off the toe end of the bat down to long off for a single.
8.2
1
Rashid Khan to Robinson Obuya, Tosses this one up very full and on the stumps, Robinson Obuya sets up for the slog-sweep but miscues it behind square leg for one run. Another halt is play as Obuya seems to be suffering from a leg injury. The physio is out again and it is the right calf that seems to be in pain and Obuya is getting it stretched out. Thankfully, Obuya seems to be fine and we are good to continue.
8.1
Rashid Khan to Robinson Obuya, Starts off with a fullish delivery, pushed through flatter and around off stump, Robinson Obuya stays back and plays it late past the first slip fielder.
7.6
Azmatullah Omarzai to Riazat Ali Shah, Good length in the channel around off stump, played on the up and pushed out to covers.
7.5
1
Azmatullah Omarzai to Robinson Obuya, Ooh, that was aggressive from Azmatullah Omarzai! A well-directed short ball at around 138 clicks and aimed right at the helmet. Robinson Obuya just wanders on the front foot and trhen has to duck for cover and the ball goes off the gloves onto the leg side for one.
7.4
Azmatullah Omarzai to Robinson Obuya, Very full and trying to get it in the blockhole around leg stump, Robinson Obuya backs away and hits it straight back at the bowler. Azmatullah Omarzai gets hitflush on the left leg and the physio is out to have a look. Azmat does seem to be in a bit of pain and we will have a slight delay in proceedings.
7.3
Azmatullah Omarzai to Robinson Obuya, Slightly back of a length and over off stump, Robinson Obuya stays on the back foot and plays it away to point.
7.2
2
Azmatullah Omarzai to Robinson Obuya, Airborne but well over the infield. Banged in well short and outside off, Robinson Obuya looks to smash it over the off side but is late on it and the ball flies off the higher part of the bat and over extra cover. Naveen-ul-Haq chases it down and Obuya gets a brace.
7.1
Azmatullah Omarzai to Robinson Obuya, This is dug in short, a heavy ball and angled into the body. Robinson Obuya looks to pull but is hurried on and gets a blow just above the groin region.
7.1
1
Azmatullah Omarzai to Robinson Obuya, WIDE! Fuller delivery trying to slide one into the legs but this is spilled down the leg side for a wide.
6.6
Naveen-ul-Haq to Riazat Ali Shah, Beaten! Another slower one, bowled full and wide again but this one straightens a bit off the deck. Riazat Ali Shah looks to play at it but is beaten past the outside edge.
6.5
Naveen-ul-Haq to Riazat Ali Shah, Nicely bowled! Slower delivery, floated up wide of the off stump and angling back in off the deck. Riazat Ali Shah looks to cover drive but is beaten on the inside edge.
6.4
1
Naveen-ul-Haq to Robinson Obuya, Robinson Obuya is finally off the mark! This is bowled quite full and angled in at the stumps, Obuya hits it towards mid on and scampers across for one.
6.3
Naveen-ul-Haq to Robinson Obuya, Slower one, pitched up a bit at the stumps, Robinson Obuya blocks it out on the off side.
6.2
Naveen-ul-Haq to Robinson Obuya, Another one that is bowled from wider on the crease and a bit fuller, angled into the stumps, Robinson Obuya punches it away towards cover.
6.1
1
Naveen-ul-Haq to Riazat Ali Shah, Bowled from wider of the crease and angled in a long way into middle and leg, Riazat Ali Shah tucks it away behind square leg for a single.
5.6
Azmatullah Omarzai to Robinson Obuya, A dot to end the Powerplay and Uganda are reeling at 21/5! On a good length, floated up outside off and swinging away, Robinson Obuya leaves it alone for the keeper to collect.
5.5
1
Azmatullah Omarzai to Riazat Ali Shah, Fractionally short and angled in at the hips, Riazat Ali Shah gets a bit cramped for room and just flicks it without any timing towards mid-wicket for a single.
5.4
Azmatullah Omarzai to Riazat Ali Shah, Well stopped! Back of a length and outside off, tapped away to the right of point where Naveen-ul-Haq makes a fine diving stop.
5.3
Azmatullah Omarzai to Riazat Ali Shah, That was nicely bowled! A delayed but strong appeal for caught behind as well but it is turned down. Afghanistan do eventually review it. Azmatullah Omarzai bowls this one on a fullish length and gets it to nip away nicely off the deck. Riazat Ali Shah looks to drive on the up but the ball just beats the outside edge. There was a noise but UltraEdge shows a clear gap between bat and ball. NOT OUT!
5.2
Azmatullah Omarzai to Riazat Ali Shah, Hard length around off and middle, sliding on, Riazat Ali Shah blocks it back to the bowler.
5.1
2
Azmatullah Omarzai to Riazat Ali Shah, Starts off with a good-length ball on the stumps, Riazat Ali Shah flicks it aerially down to deep backward square leg and picks up a couple of runs.
4.6
Naveen-ul-Haq to Robinson Obuya, Slower length ball, on off. Robinson Obuya comes forward and defends into the off-side.
4.5
Naveen-ul-Haq to Robinson Obuya, Length ball, angling back into the middle and leg stump line and goes just over the stumps. Robinson Obuya has a wild swing across the line but does not connect.
Robinson Obuya is in at number 7.
4.4
W
Naveen-ul-Haq to Alpesh Ramjani, OUT! EDGED AND GONE! Naveen-ul-Haq gets his second and Uganda are in trouble. Pitched full, around off. Alpesh Ramjani goes for the drive and gets a thick outside edge that goes toward the first slip fielder. Gulbadin Naib takes the catch and Uganda have lost half their side now. Afghanistan are on top.
4.3
Naveen-ul-Haq to Alpesh Ramjani, Fuller than a good length, around off. Ramjani dabs it toward the first slip.
Alpesh Ramjani walks out to the middle now.
4.2
W
Naveen-ul-Haq to Dinesh Nakrani, OUT! BOWLED'EM! Naveen-ul-Haq strikes! On a length, just outside off. Dinesh Nakrani looks to dab it toward third-man but gets an inside edge and he chops it onto the stumps. Uganda lose another as Dinesh Nakrani trudges off the field.
4.1
1
Naveen-ul-Haq to Riazat Ali Shah, Full-length, angling in, around off. Riazat Ali Shah turns it toward mid-wicket for a single.
4.1
1
Naveen-ul-Haq to Riazat Ali Shah, WIDE! Full and outside the tramline. Riazat Ali Shah lets it go. Wide signaled.
3.6
Mujeeb Ur Rahman to Dinesh Nakrani, Quicker and flatter, outside off. Nakrani plays and misses.
3.5
Mujeeb Ur Rahman to Dinesh Nakrani, Flatter, around off. Dabbed to short third.
3.4
4
Mujeeb Ur Rahman to Dinesh Nakrani, FOUR! Punished! Short and wide outside off. Dinesh Nakrani hangs back and cuts it through the backward point region for a boundary.
3.3
1
Mujeeb Ur Rahman to Riazat Ali Shah, Drifted on the pad. Nudged round the corner for one.
3.2
Mujeeb Ur Rahman to Riazat Ali Shah, Slider, just outside off. Riazat Ali Shah prods forward and is beaten on the outside edge.
3.1
Mujeeb Ur Rahman to Riazat Ali Shah, Tossed up on middle and leg. Riazat Ali Shah bunts it back at Mujeeb.
2.6
Fazalhaq Farooqi to Dinesh Nakrani, On a length, nipping away. Dinesh Nakrani has a poke at it and gets beaten.
2.5
1
Fazalhaq Farooqi to Riazat Ali Shah, Full-length, angling in, on off. Riazat Ali Shah proda and gets it off the inner half through backward square leg for one.
2.4
Fazalhaq Farooqi to Riazat Ali Shah, Comes from round the wicket and lands it on a fullish length, just outside off. Another leave from Riazat Ali Shah.
2.3
Fazalhaq Farooqi to Riazat Ali Shah, On a length, angling away. Riazat Ali Shah plays inside the line and lets it go.
2.2
1
Fazalhaq Farooqi to Dinesh Nakrani, Full and at the stumps. Dinesh Nakrani pushes it toward mid-on for one.
2.1
Fazalhaq Farooqi to Dinesh Nakrani, Hard-length, angling into the middle and leg. Dinesh Nakrani hangs back and is rushed on it. The ball hits the pad and rolls toward point.
1.6
Mujeeb Ur Rahman to Riazat Ali Shah, Quicker and fuller, around off. Riazat Ali Shah comes forward and is beaten on the drive.
1.5
1
Mujeeb Ur Rahman to Dinesh Nakrani, Drifted on the pad. Dinesh Nakrani nudges it into the leg side for one.
Dinesh Nakrani walks in with Uganda in a spot of early bother.
1.4
W
Mujeeb Ur Rahman to Simon Ssesazi, OUT! In the air and caught! Soft dismissal for Simon Ssesazi. This was tossed up, outside off. Simon Ssesazi looks to sweep but gets a top edge that goes toward the short fine leg region. Fazalhaq Farooqi goes back and takes a simple catch. Uganda ae three down and in all sorts of trouble.
1.3
Mujeeb Ur Rahman to Simon Ssesazi, Fired in at the leg peg. Simon Ssesazi slogs and misses.
1.2
4
Mujeeb Ur Rahman to Simon Ssesazi, FOUR! Simon Ssesazi is off the mark with a boundary! Tad short, outside off. Ssesazi goes back and cuts it through the short third region for a boundary.
1.1
Mujeeb Ur Rahman to Simon Ssesazi, Tossed up on off. Simon Ssesazi pushes it to mid-off.
Mujeeb Ur Rahman to operate from the opposite end.
0.6
Fazalhaq Farooqi to Riazat Ali Shah, Good length, honing in on off. Riazat Ali Shah comes forward and defends into covers. A top over from Fazalhaq Farooqi.
0.5
Fazalhaq Farooqi to Riazat Ali Shah, Pitched full, on middle stump line. Riazat Ali Shah prods forward and gets an inside edge onto the pad. A loud appeal but the umpire was unmoved.
0.4
Fazalhaq Farooqi to Riazat Ali Shah, Fazalhaq Farooqi nearly gets his hat-trick. Bowls a full-length yorker, on off. Riazat Ali Shah jams it out and survives.
Riazat Ali Shah walks in at number 4 to face the hat-trick delivery.
0.3
W
Fazalhaq Farooqi to Roger Mukasa, OUT! LBW! Appeal and given by the umpire. Fazalhaq Farooqi gets two in two! Full and on the middle and leg stump line. Roger Mukasa plays across the line and misses. He is pinned in front. The umpire raises the finger and Roger Mukasa departs for a golden duck.  Afghanistan are on top.
Roger Mukasa is in at number 3.
0.2
W
Fazalhaq Farooqi to Ronak Patel, OUT! BOWLED'EM! Fazalhaq Farooqi comes back in style! A yorker-length delivery, swinging back into the middle and leg stump line. Ronak Patel plays all around it and the stumps are castled. Uganda are rocked early.
0.1
4
Fazalhaq Farooqi to Ronak Patel, FOUR! WHAT A WAY TO START! Pitched full, around off. Ronak Patel times it through the cover region and hits an elegant boundary.
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st Innings Afghanistan
We are back for the run chase! The umpires are back out in the middle and Rashid Khan can be seen leading the Afghanistan players in a huddle before they take their places on the field. It will be the duo of Ronak Patel and Simon Ssesazi to open the innings for Uganda. Fazalhaq Farooqi will begin proceedings with the ball for Afghanistan. Let's go…
… The Run Chase …
Right 184 needed for Uganda to win their first ever World Cup match at the senior level but it won't be one bit easy. Afghanistan have quality spinners in their ranks and given how the last 5-6 overs of the first innings panned out, Uganda will need to go ballistic in the Powerplay. Join us in a bit for the exciting run chase.
Ibrahim Zadran, one of the stars of Afghanistan's innings is up for a chat. He says that he tries to keep it very simple. Adds that he is working hard on his skills and wants to enjoy his cricket. Mentions that him and Rahmanullah Gurbaz have been playing for a long time and have good communication. Shares that they haven’t faced the Uganda bowlers in the past but they discussed on checking out the bowlers before taking them on.
Uganda will now feel if they had bowled better lines and lengths early on, they could have easily restricted Afghanistan to about 160 odd runs but they will still take 183 given 210 seemed almost a guarantee at one point and they will have momentum heading into the interval as well. They were second best for about 14 or so overs but once skipper Brian Masaba got that elusive first wicket, they were able to latch onto the opportunity and picked up wickets in a heap. Masaba was the pick of the bowlers with 2 wickets to his name for just 21 runs in his 4 overs and Cosmas Kyewuta also closed out the innings pretty well. They do have a big job to do with the bat but will certainly believe that they can do some damage.
What a fine comeback from Uganda in the final five or so overs but it was all about the Afghanistan openers as they put on a fine show and have helped their side to put on a pretty substantial total here. Afghanistan began their innings on a positive note and got away a flurry of boundaries in the Powerplay, racking in 66 runs as well. Rahmanullah Gurbaz looked at his hard-hitting best and Ibrahim Zadran also looked classy at the other end. The duo put on 154 runs for the first wicket before both of them fell in the space of two runs. Gurbaz made 76 and Zadran made 70 but once they got out, the innings simply crumbled and we could see that it wasn't easy to get going right away on this track. Mohammad Nabi was the only batter who managed to get into double figures beside the openers as Afghanistan stumbled their way to 183 for 5 in their 20 overs.
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20 | 6 Runs | HH: 183/5
19.6
2
Cosmas Kyewuta to Rashid Khan, On a length, outside off. Rashid Khan reaches for it and slaps it toward deep extra cover for a couple. Afghanistan finish on 183 for 5. They will be disappointed as they were well on course to get above 220. Excellent fight back from Uganda.
Skipper, Rashid Khan comes in to face the final delivery.
19.5
W
Cosmas Kyewuta to Azmatullah Omarzai, OUT! CAUGHT! Cosmas Kyewuta gets his second of the night! Pace-off, on a length, around off. Azmatullah Omarzai swings across the line and gets an outside edge that flies toward the cover point region. Alpesh Ramjani comes under it and takes a dolly.
19.4
1
Cosmas Kyewuta to Mohammad Nabi, Pitched full, outside off. Nabi drills it to extra cover for just a single.
19.3
Cosmas Kyewuta to Mohammad Nabi, Full-length delivery, outside off. Mohammad Nabi plays and misses. A half an appeal from the bowler, Cosmas Kyewuta and he convinces his skipper to take the review for caught behind. The UltraEdge shows a flat line and Nabi survives.
19.2
2
Cosmas Kyewuta to Mohammad Nabi, Slower length ball, outside off. Nabi swings hard and gets an insidge edge that rolls toward backward square leg for a couple.
19.1
1
Cosmas Kyewuta to Azmatullah Omarzai, Pace-off, on a fullis length, around off. Azmatullah Omarzai heaves it off the cue end, toward deep square leg for one.
19
over
19 | 6 Runs | HH: 177/4
18.6
1
Brian Masaba to Azmatullah Omarzai, Tossed up on the middle and leg. Drilled to long-on for just a single. End of a fantastic spell from Brian Masaba.
18.5
1
Brian Masaba to Mohammad Nabi, Full and quick at the stumps. Mohammad Nabi heaves it toward deep mid-wicket for one.
18.4
1
Brian Masaba to Azmatullah Omarzai, Pitched full, around off. Azmatullah Omarzai advances and pushes it to the right of the bowler. Masaba runs around and has a shy at the stumps. He misses and allows the batter to take a run.
18.3
1
Brian Masaba to Mohammad Nabi, Tosses it full, outside off. Nabi drives it to long-off for one.
18.2
Brian Masaba to Mohammad Nabi, Full, outside leg. Nabi gets low and has a wild slog but fails to connect.
18.1
2
Brian Masaba to Mohammad Nabi, Low full toss on the leg peg. Nabi works it through square leg for a couple.
18
over
18 | 5 Runs | HH: 171/4
17.6
2
Cosmas Kyewuta to Azmatullah Omarzai, Pitched full, outside off. Azmatullah Omarzai reaches for it and drives it toward sweeper cover for a couple.
Azmatullah Omarzai is the new man in.
17.5
W
Cosmas Kyewuta to Gulbadin Naib, OUT! In the air and taken! This has been an excellent over from Cosmas Kyewuta and he has been rightly rewarded with a wicket. This was full and at the stumps. Naib stays deep in the crease and lofts it off the toe end toward the long-on region. Skipper Brian Masaba settles under it and takes it nealtly. Uganda are coming back strongly in the game. Afghanistan are four down!
17.4
1
Cosmas Kyewuta to Mohammad Nabi, BYE! Excellent yorker, just outside off. Nabi fails to jam it out as the ball goes toward the keeper. A bit of fumble and the batters cross for a bye.
17.3
1
Cosmas Kyewuta to Gulbadin Naib, High full toss, angling in. Naib pulls it toward deep mid-wicket for one.
17.2
Cosmas Kyewuta to Gulbadin Naib, Full and quick outside off. Naib swings across the line and misses.
17.1
1
Cosmas Kyewuta to Mohammad Nabi, Pitched full, at the stumps. Nabi clears the front leg and drills this to long-off for one.
17
over
17 | 5 Runs | HH: 166/3
16.6
2
Brian Masaba to Gulbadin Naib, Flighted on the middle and leg. Naib nudges it toward mid-wicket region and gets back for the second.
16.5
1
Brian Masaba to Mohammad Nabi, Quicker and fuller at the stumps. Nabi whips it through mid-wicket for a single.
16.4
Brian Masaba to Mohammad Nabi, Full on off. Nabi pushes it toward extra cover.
16.3
1
Brian Masaba to Gulbadin Naib, Flatter leg break, on off. Punched to long-off for one.
Gulbadin Naib walks out to bat now.
16.2
W
Brian Masaba to Najibullah Zadran, OUT! CAUGHT! Brian Masaba gets his second wicket! Flatter and quicker on off. Najibullah Zadran goes back and pulls it straight to Dinesh Nakrani at the deep square leg boundary. The fielder does not move an inch and pouches a simple catch. Uganda are fighting back. They have picked three wickets in quick time. Najibullah Zadran holes out in the deep and departs early.
16.1
1
Brian Masaba to Mohammad Nabi, Fuller leg break, around off. Driven to long-off for one.
16
over
16 | 5 Runs | HH: 161/2
15.6
1
Alpesh Ramjani to Mohammad Nabi, Pushed through on off. Nabi drops it toward short cover and takes a quick run.
15.5
2
Alpesh Ramjani to Mohammad Nabi, Tossed up on off. Nabi backs away and lifts it toward wide long-off for a brace.
15.4
1
Alpesh Ramjani to Najibullah Zadran, Floated, around off. Najibullah Zadran makes room and drills it to wide of long-off for one.
15.3
1
Alpesh Ramjani to Mohammad Nabi, Full on the middle and leg. Nabi eases it to long-on for one.
15.2
Alpesh Ramjani to Mohammad Nabi, Flat, around off. Nabi comes forward and dabs it to exta cover.
Mohammad Nabi is the new man in.
15.1
W
Alpesh Ramjani to Rahmanullah Gurbaz, OUT! CAUGHT! One wicket brings another and both the openers are back in the hut now. Ramjani tosses it full, outside off. Gurbaz gets across and slog-sweeps it aerially but straight to the throat of Riazat Ali Shah at the deep backward square leg boundary. He makes no mistake and both the set batters are dismissed in the space of few balls.
15
over
15 | 4 Runs | HH: 156/1
14.6
1
Brian Masaba to Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Leg bye! Another wrong'un that is bowled flat and into the pads, Rahmanullah Gurbaz plays all over it and the ball rolls off the pads on the off side. They get a leg bye.
14.5
Brian Masaba to Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Half an appeal for LBW but missing leg stump! Flatter one on middle and darting back in sharply off the deck, Rahmanullah Gurbaz looks to flick but misses and wears it on the pads.
14.4
1
Brian Masaba to Najibullah Zadran, Flighted delivery around off, turns out to be a full toss, Najibullah Zadran just drives it down to long off and gets off the mark with a single.
Najibullah Zadran is in at 3.
14.3
W
Brian Masaba to Ibrahim Zadran, OUT! TIMBER! UGANDA HAVE THEIR FIRST WORLD CUP WICKET! And it is their skipper, Brian Masaba who has done the job here. This is bowled quite flat and drifted into the leg stump, Ibrahim Zadran comes down the pitch but is well beaten in the flight as he looks to flick it away and plays all around the ball. The ball sneaks under the bat and goes on to crash into the leg stump and finally, this wondeful opening stand has been broken. Zadran departs after a stellar knock.
14.2
Brian Masaba to Ibrahim Zadran, Floats it up a bit on a nagging length and follows the batter down leg, Ibrahim Zadran fails to pull it away.
14.1
2
Brian Masaba to Ibrahim Zadran, Flatter one on a length and around off and middle, Ibrahim Zadran stays back and punches iot firmly towards deep cover for a couple of runs. Good fielding in the deep to save the boundary.
14
over
14 | 25 Runs | HH: 152/0
13.6
4
Bilal Hassan to Rahmanullah Gurbaz, FOUR! 25 off the over and the 150 is already up Afghanistan. Banged in short biut angling down leg, Rahmanullah Gurbaz whips it off his hips and gets it well over backward square leg for yet another boundary.
13.5
2
Bilal Hassan to Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Ouch, that must have stung a lot! Pitched up full around off stump, Rahmanullah Gurbaz smahses it right back and the ball hits the bowler on the right shoulder on the followthrough and goes to the leg side. The batters get two runs and Bilal Hassan just shrugs it off.
13.4
1
Bilal Hassan to Ibrahim Zadran, Full and around off stump, Ibrahim Zadran shuffles across the off stump looking for the scoop but miscues it towards short fine leg for a single.
13.3
6
Bilal Hassan to Ibrahim Zadran, SIX! Smashed away brilliantly by Ibrahim Zadran and 18 off the over with three balls remaining. Slower one, on a good length and angling at the stumps. This one sits up nicely and Zadran just whacks it across the line and thumps it well over deep mid-wicket for a biggie.
13.2
1
Bilal Hassan to Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Hard length around off and banged into the deck a bit, Rahmanullah Gurbaz is late on the pull and mistimes it down to long on for a single.
13.1
1
Bilal Hassan to Ibrahim Zadran, That is spot on! Bilal Hassan nails the wide yorker and Ibrahim Zadran can only dig it out past point for a single.
13.1
5
Bilal Hassan to Ibrahim Zadran, No ball and Four! That was a fine effort on the fence from Cosmas Kyewuta but it wouldn't have mattered as Bilal Hassan has overstepped and it will be a Free Hit for Afghanistan. Bowled on a good length and around off, Ibrahim Zadran just stays put and lofts it wide of long off where Cosmos runs across and catches the ball but falls over the ropes and flicks the ball in which then rolls back onto the ropes. 10 already off the over without a single legal ball so far!
13.1
5
Bilal Hassan to Ibrahim Zadran, FIVE WIDES! Oh, that is a wild delivery from Bilal Hassan and that is the last thing Uganda needed at the moment. Full and quick, looking to angle it into the pads but this is spilled well down the leg side, no chnace for the diving keeper there and the ball races away to the fine leg fence.
13
over
13 | 7 Runs | HH: 127/0
12.6
1
Alpesh Ramjani to Ibrahim Zadran, Another call for two but won't get it this time. On a dragged length and angled at the pads, Ibrahim Zadran backs away and nudges it in front of mid-wicket for one.
12.5
2
Alpesh Ramjani to Ibrahim Zadran, The call is for two and they will get it with ease. Bowled quite full and around off, Ibrahim Zadran backs away and drives it well wide of long off for a couple of runs more.
12.4
1
Alpesh Ramjani to Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Hit hard and just past the bowler! Tossed up on the stumps, Rahmanullah Gurbaz backs away and flat-bats it a bit uppishly to the right of the bowler who sticks out a right hand but the ball goes past him and down to long on. Just the single then.
12.3
2
Alpesh Ramjani to Rahmanullah Gurbaz, In the air but will fall safely and a misfield allows the batters to come back for two. Nicely flighted delivery outside off stump, Rahmanullah Gurbaz looks to go over covers but miscues it a lot squarer and pover the infield for a couple of runs.
12.2
1
Alpesh Ramjani to Ibrahim Zadran, Nice and full at the stumps, Ibrahim Zadran pats it away on the up to cover for an easy single.
12.1
Alpesh Ramjani to Ibrahim Zadran, Fired in full and angled into leg stump, Ibrahim Zadran stays leg side of the ball and manages to keep it out.
12
over
12 | 7 Runs | HH: 120/0
11.6
1
Brian Masaba to Ibrahim Zadran, Floated up full and outside off, stroked away through the point region for a single.
11.5
1
Brian Masaba to Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Bowled short and into the pitch around off, Rahmanullah Gurbaz jams the ball down through mid on and picks up a single.
11.4
3
Brian Masaba to Ibrahim Zadran, A fine effort in the deep to save one run but that brings up the FIFTY for Ibrahim Zadran and this has been a classy knock so far. Fractionally short and outside off, cut away hard and behind point for three runs.
11.3
Brian Masaba to Ibrahim Zadran, Floats it up a bit, around off and turning away, Ibrahim Zadran drives it on the bounce towards covers.
11.2
1
Brian Masaba to Rahmanullah Gurbaz, A bit quicker and fuller on the pads, Rahmanullah Gurbaz drives it away down to wide long on and rotates the strike.
11.1
1
Brian Masaba to Ibrahim Zadran, Starts off with a bit of a drag-down but gets away with it. Bowled short and on leg stump, staying low, Ibrahim Zadran pulls it to deep mid-wicket and picks up a single.
11
over
11 | 11 Runs | HH: 113/0
10.6
2
Riazat Ali Shah to Rahmanullah Gurbaz, This is fine placement and brilliant running from the Afghan batters. On a good length at the pads, Rahmanullah Gurbaz just nudges it away with soft hands into the gap at square leg and races back for the second run.
10.5
1
Riazat Ali Shah to Ibrahim Zadran, Keeps bowling it full and gets it around the off stump, Ibrahim Zadran backs away and squeezes it through covers for one.
10.4
2
Riazat Ali Shah to Ibrahim Zadran, Two more! Full and straight at the stumps, right in the blockhole, this is jammed out through mid on by Ibrahim Zadran for a brace.
10.3
2
Riazat Ali Shah to Ibrahim Zadran, A bit risky, but excellent running in the end. This is bowled full and angled into the legs, Ibrahim Zadran clips it away through square leg and the call is for two right away. Bilal Hassan runs around to his left and fires in a throw at the batter's end where the keeper whips off the bails but the replays show that Zadran was well in.
10.2
Riazat Ali Shah to Ibrahim Zadran, Much better! Hits the deck hard and bowls it around the top of off stump, Ibrahim Zadran stands tall and hits it straight to covers.
10.1
4
Riazat Ali Shah to Ibrahim Zadran, FOUR! Riazat Ali Shah is welcomed into the attack with a boundary. Poor start from Shah as he strays onto the pads, Ibrahim Zadran flicks it away over short fine leg and the ball races away to the fence.
Drinks break! Time for a breather and well, Uganda certainly need it. This has been some batting from the Afghan openers and Rahmanullah Gurbaz in particular has been outstanding. Uganda didn't do justice with the new ball and are now playing the chasing game. With all 10 wickets intact, Afghanistan will be eyeing at least 200 which on this pitch is a score well above par. Can Uganda turn things around in the second half of the first innings? Let's find out.
10
over
10 | 12 Runs | HH: 102/0
9.6
2
Dinesh Nakrani to Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Back of a length, angling into the batter. Gurbaz waits and tucks it toward the vacant mid-wicket region for a couple.
9.5
1
Dinesh Nakrani to Ibrahim Zadran, Full outside off. Driven out to deep cover point for another single. Brings up the 100-run partnership.
9.4
1
Dinesh Nakrani to Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Slower length ball, outisde off. Gurbaz cuts it to extra cover for one.
9.3
2
Dinesh Nakrani to Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Length ball, angling in. Gurbaz bunts it down to long-on for a couple.
9.2
4
Dinesh Nakrani to Rahmanullah Gurbaz, FOUR! DISMISSIVE FROM GURBAZ! Low full toss, on off. Gurbaz makes room and thrashes it over the extra cover and toward wide long off region for a thumping boundary.
9.1
2
Dinesh Nakrani to Rahmanullah Gurbaz, On a length, around off. Gurbaz advances and slaps it to deep backward point for a brace.
9
over
9 | 10 Runs | HH: 90/0
8.6
1
Henry Ssenyondo to Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Quicker and flatter on off. Gurbaz punches it to long off for a run.
8.5
1
Henry Ssenyondo to Ibrahim Zadran, Flatter on the middle and leg. Knocked to long on for a single.
8.4
Henry Ssenyondo to Ibrahim Zadran, Quicker length ball, at the stumps. Zadran makes room and gets an inside edge onto the pad.
8.3
1
Henry Ssenyondo to Rahmanullah Gurbaz, FIFTY FOR GURBAZ! Tad short on the middle and leg. Gurbaz works it through mid-wicket for a single.
8.2
Henry Ssenyondo to Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Much fuller and a hint of spin, around off. Gurbaz looks to drive but gets beaten on the outside edge. The keeper takes off the bails in a flash and appeals for Stumping. The on-field umpire goes upstairs. The replays show that the foot is grounded. NOT OUT is the call on big screen.
8.2
1
Henry Ssenyondo to Rahmanullah Gurbaz, WIDE! Flatter, outside the tramline. Gurbaz lets it go. Wide signaled.
8.1
6
Henry Ssenyondo to Rahmanullah Gurbaz, SIX! BOOM! Rahmanullah Gurbaz goes big and long! Tosses it full at the stumps. Gurbaz clears the front leg and hammers it back over the bowler and down the ground for a gigantic six.
8
over
8 | 5 Runs | HH: 80/0
7.6
1
Cosmas Kyewuta to Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Pace-off, on a fullish length, around off. Gurbaz prods and drives off the inner half toward long-on for one. A tidy over from Cosmas Kyewuta.
7.5
Cosmas Kyewuta to Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Too full, outside off. Gurbaz shuffles across. Swings hard but fails to connect.
7.4
1
Cosmas Kyewuta to Ibrahim Zadran, Full-length delivery at the pad. Zadran flicks it aerially toward backward square leg for one.
7.3
1
Cosmas Kyewuta to Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Back of a length, on off. Gurbaz advances and tucks it round the corner for a single.
7.2
2
Cosmas Kyewuta to Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Pitched full, around off. Gurbaz lifts it toward wide of long-off for a couple.
7.1
Cosmas Kyewuta to Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Full and straight at the stumps. Gurbaz shuffles and turns it toward short mid-wicket.
7
over
7 | 9 Runs | HH: 75/0
6.6
1
Henry Ssenyondo to Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Tad short, outside off. Gurbaz goes back and cuts it to deep extra cover for a single.
6.5
6
Henry Ssenyondo to Rahmanullah Gurbaz, SIX! HIGH AND HANDSOME! Pitched full, on the middle and leg. Gurbaz shimmies down the pitch and hammers it over the long-on boundary for a huge 92-metre hit.
6.4
Henry Ssenyondo to Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Tossed up on off. Gurbaz prods and drops it toward backward point. He looks to take the single but was sent back.
6.3
1
Henry Ssenyondo to Ibrahim Zadran, Drifted on the leg peg. Zadran turns it toward mid-wicket for a single.
6.2
1
Henry Ssenyondo to Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Tad short, on off. Gurbaz knocks it to long-on for one.
6.1
Henry Ssenyondo to Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Flatter arm ball, on the middle and leg. Gurbaz punches it back at the bowler.
6
over
6 | 18 Runs | HH: 66/0
5.6
1
Dinesh Nakrani to Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Full-length delivery, on the middle and leg. Gurbaz prods and eases it to long-on for a single.
5.5
1
Dinesh Nakrani to Ibrahim Zadran, Nakrani comes from round the wicket and bowls it back of a length, angling in. Zadran tucks it toward mid-on for one.
5.4
4
Dinesh Nakrani to Ibrahim Zadran, FOUR! Zadran is in no mood to stop. Pitched full, outside off. Zadran times it through the backward point region and it races through the outfield for another boundary. The chase goes in vain.
5.3
4
Dinesh Nakrani to Ibrahim Zadran, FOUR! Make that three in a row! Slower length ball, around off. Zadran waits and steers it between the short third and the backward point fielder for a hat-trick of boundaries.
5.2
4
Dinesh Nakrani to Ibrahim Zadran, FOUR MORE! No need to run for that. Pitched full, on off. Zadran drills it through the mid-off region and it races away to the fence in flash.
5.1
4
Dinesh Nakrani to Ibrahim Zadran, FOUR! Put Away! Low full toss, around off. Zadran makes room and slices it through cover-point region for a rollicking boundary. The runs are coming thick and fast now.
5
over
5 | 9 Runs | HH: 48/0
4.6
Alpesh Ramjani to Rahmanullah Gurbaz, No run there! Fired in a bit, full and around off, hit away straight to cover. Rahmanullah Gurbaz wants the single but is rightly sent back by his partner.
4.5
6
Alpesh Ramjani to Rahmanullah Gurbaz, SIX! Clean strike from Rahmanullah Gurbaz. Flighted delivery on the off stump, Gurbaz uses his feet well to get to the pitch of the ball and then he whacks it well over long off for a maximum.
4.4
2
Alpesh Ramjani to Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Misfield! Tad short and on off stump, Rahmanullah Gurbaz backs away and cuts it off the stumps to cover-point where skipper Brian Masaba is beaten by the turn and lets the ball through for a couple of runs.
4.3
1
Alpesh Ramjani to Ibrahim Zadran, Floated up again on the off stump, Ibrahim Zadran eases this one away through mid off and picks up a single.
4.2
Alpesh Ramjani to Ibrahim Zadran, Tossed up around off stump, played with the turn towards cover.
4.1
Alpesh Ramjani to Ibrahim Zadran, Edged but no chance for the keeper to take that one! Nicely flighted, a bit full and turning away from off stump. Ibrahim Zadran looks to cover drive but gets a thick outside edge that goes straight into the pads of the keeper and lobs away on the off side.
4
over
4 | 10 Runs | HH: 39/0
3.6
1
Bilal Hassan to Ibrahim Zadran, Pitched up quite full on middle and angling in, Ibrahim Zadran plays it on the up to the right of mid off and scampers across for the single.
3.5
Bilal Hassan to Ibrahim Zadran, On a hard length and angled into the body, Ibrahim Zadran looks to tuck it away but gets it off the leading edge back to the bowler.
3.4
4
Bilal Hassan to Ibrahim Zadran, FOUR! Another one and this has been some start for Afghanistan here. Banged in a bit more short and outside off, extra pace on it as well. Ibrahim Zadran hops and slashes the ball away up and over backward point for back-to-back boundaries.
3.3
4
Bilal Hassan to Ibrahim Zadran, FOUR! Hammered away! Short of a length and offering some width as well, Ibrahim Zadran takes a step to the leg side and thrashes the ball past the man at covers for a boundary.
3.2
Bilal Hassan to Ibrahim Zadran, Just back of a length and over middle stump, Ibrahim Zadran stands tall and presses back before dabbing it down towards mid-wicket.
3.1
1
Bilal Hassan to Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Leg bye! Bilal Hassan begins from over the stumps and hits his mark right away. Good length on middle and angling back in sharply. Rahmanullah Gurbaz is quite forward and misses the flick, getting pinged on the pads. The ball rolls to the off side and they get a single.
3
over
3 | 7 Runs | HH: 29/0
2.6
1
Dinesh Nakrani to Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Drop and run! On a dragged length around off stump, Rahmanullah Gurbaz lets the ball come onto the bat and just dabs it down to short third for a run.
2.5
4
Dinesh Nakrani to Rahmanullah Gurbaz, FOUR! Up and over! Length ball around off stump, Rahmanullah Gurbaz skips down the track, makes a bit of room and smashes the ball through the line and gets it well over covers for a boundary.
2.4
1
Dinesh Nakrani to Ibrahim Zadran, In the air but wide of the man at mid off and Riazat Ali Shah does well to keep it down to a single. Slower one, pitched up around off, Ibrahim Zadran looks to hit through the line but is early in his shot and gets it wide of mid off for a single.
2.3
Dinesh Nakrani to Ibrahim Zadran, Slightly pitched up on middle, angling it across, Ibrahim Zadran stands tall and taps it away towards cover-point.
2.2
Dinesh Nakrani to Ibrahim Zadran, Good length around the top of off stump, Ibrahim Zadran punches it on the up, sweetly too but straight to covers.
2.1
1
Dinesh Nakrani to Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Begins from over the wicket and bowls it a bit full on middle and leg, Rahmanullah Gurbaz stays on the front foot and punches it to mid off for a quick single.
Dinesh Nakrani is into the attack now.
2
over
2 | 10 Runs | HH: 22/0
1.6
Cosmas Kyewuta to Ibrahim Zadran, Hits the deck this time and bowls it outside off, the ball nips away a bit as well. A loose cut shot from Ibrahim Zadran but he is well beaten.
1.5
4
Cosmas Kyewuta to Ibrahim Zadran, FOUR! Not quite getting his length right here Cosmas Kyewuta. Another full toss on the stumps, Ibrahim Zadran takes a few steps ahead and lofts the ball over wide mid on for yet another boundary.
1.4
Cosmas Kyewuta to Ibrahim Zadran, On the fuller side and attacking the middle stump, Ibrahim Zadran plays it back with a straight bat and ends up hitting the stumps at the other end.
1.3
1
Cosmas Kyewuta to Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Excellent running once again! Length ball on off and middle, nudged down on the off side with soft hands for a run.
1.2
4
Cosmas Kyewuta to Rahmanullah Gurbaz, FOUR! Rahmanullah Gurbaz has put away the full toss with utmost ease here. Looks to go full and straight again, Gurbaz with a shimmie down the track and he just uses his wrists to flick it between mid on and mid-wicket for a boundary.
1.1
1
Cosmas Kyewuta to Ibrahim Zadran, Begins with a full and straight delivery, Ibrahim Zadran manages to jam the ball down through mid on and picks up a single.
Cosmas Kyewuta to steam in from the other end.
1
over
1 | 12 Runs | HH: 12/0
0.6
1
Alpesh Ramjani to Ibrahim Zadran, The call is for two but they will only get a single. Nice and full on middle and leg, Ibrahim Zadran works it away down to wide long on for a single to get off the mark.
0.5
5
Alpesh Ramjani to Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Buzzers! uh, oh! Four overthrows here and Afghanistan get a total of five runs here. Flatter one on off stump, Rahmanullah Gurbaz just bunts it out in front of covers and sets off for the single. Cosmas Kyewuta pounces on the ball and throws it at the keeper's end but the throw is wide and it runs away to the fence.
0.4
Alpesh Ramjani to Rahmanullah Gurbaz, This one is drifted into middle stump, Rahmanullah Gurbaz stays back and blocks it off.
0.3
Alpesh Ramjani to Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Bowled a bit flatter and a bit quicker around off, Rahmanullah Gurbaz punches it away towards covers.
0.2
6
Alpesh Ramjani to Rahmanullah Gurbaz, SIX! Wow, what a classy shot to get the game underway! Flighted again and on the stumps, Rahmanullah Gurbaz with a slight shuffle to the leg side and he simply lifts it right over long off for a maximum to get going.
0.1
Alpesh Ramjani to Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Starts off pretty well. A bit of flight on it, bowled fuller and around off, Rahmanullah Gurbaz stays watchful and defends it to the off side.
We are done with the pre-match formalities and the teams now head out to the middle. The pair of Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Ibrahim Zadran stride out to open for Afghanistan. It will be Alpesh Ramjani to start with the ball for Uganda. Let's play…
We are just a few minutes away from the start of this game but first, the two sets of players stride out to the middle behind the match officials and lineup for their respective national anthems. We start with the anthem of Uganda followed by that of Afghanistan.
PITCH REPORT – Danny Morrison is pitchside. He starts by saying that it is very humid at 88 percent and there is a pleasant breeze as well. Adds that the smaller side is on the western end with 70 meters and the eastern side is 76 meters with straight boundary being 80 meters. Samuel Badree joins him and says it will be spin to win and Afghanistan have the best spin percentage of all full member nations whereas Uganda's spinners bowl most of their overs as well. It is the same pitch from the last game and it is fairly dry but there might be some swing early on for the pacers as well.
Rashid Khan, the captain of Afghanistan says that you need to be having the mindset of going out there and expressing yourself and let the skills decide the game and not the toss. Adds that it is great to see Uganda here at the big stage and a decade or so ago, they used to be in that place and now they just want to keep improving. Mentions that they have good spinners in the side and have had good preparations as they have been here for about two weeks now.
Brian Masaba, the skipper of Uganda says that they will Bowl first. Adds that they want to keep the opposition to a reasonable score that they can chase. Shares that playing in the World Cup is massive for them and will help to grow the game around the world. Ends by sharing that they are coming off some tough tours and are ready for the tournament.
Uganda (Playing XI) – Simon Ssesazi (WK), Roger Mukasa, Ronak Patel, Riazat Ali Shah, Dinesh Nakrani, Robinson Obuya, Alpesh Ramjani, Brian Masaba (C), Bilal Hassan, Cosmas Kyewuta, Henry Ssenyondo.
Afghanistan (Playing XI) – Rahmanullah Gurbaz (WK), Ibrahim Zadran, Gulbadin Naib, Azmatullah Omarzai, Mohammad Nabi, Najibullah Zadran, Karim Janat, Rashid Khan (C), Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Naveen-ul-Haq, Fazalhaq Farooqi.
TOSS – The flip of the coin lands in favor of Uganda and they will BOWL first.
Uganda on the other hand are the new boys of the competition and it will be a monumental occasion for them playing at their first T20 World Cup and they will be eager and a bit nervous as well to make their mark. Uganda are a side filled with all-rounders but will need to be at their exemplary best to get a win against Afghanistan. Are we in for the first upset of the tournament? Or will the big guns brush aside the minnows? We shall find out soon. Toss and team news in a bit.
Afghanistan might just be the dark horses of the competition but are locked in a fairly difficult group and will be eyeing a positive start to get their campaign underway. The charismatic leg spinner, Rashid Khan will captain the side which is filled with T20 specialists, most of whom are coming into the World Cup having played at the cash-rich Indian T20 League. 
Hello and a warm welcome to one and all! The 2024 Men's T20 World Cup has begun with a bang and we are here at the Guyana National Stadium in Guyana for a Group C clash as Afghanistan take on Uganda in Match number 5 of the competition. The once minnows, Afghanistan who have now become a really potent side will be itching to get going against Uganda who are making their first appearance at any World Cup at the senior level.
… MATCH DAY …
The 2024 Men's T20 World Cup has started off with a bang and matches continue to come thick and fast and now, in Match 5, Afghanistan take on Uganda at the Guyana National Stadium in Guyana. This will be a Group B battle which also features hosts West Indies, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea. West Indies have already beaten PNG to put their first points on the board and now these two sides will be looking to get off to a positive start and it will be highly crucial given this isn't an easy group, even for Afghanistan who are a very competitive T20 side. Speaking about Afghanistan, they will be looking to make their mark in the competition having performed extremely well in the ODI World Cup last year and will be hoping to pip tyhe likes of West Indies and New Zealand to make it through to the next stage but they will need to be at the top of their game against Uganda. Rashid Khan will lead the Afghan side that is filled with T20 specialists and as usual, it will be the spinners who will be key for them. The opening duo of Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Ibrahim Zadran will be expected to do most of the damage with the bat up top. They have a few all-rounders in the mix as well but someone like Azmatullah Omarzai will be expected to get those big hits at the backend of the innings and bowl a few overs at the top as well. Fazalhaq Farooqi and Naveen-ul-Haq make for an experienced pace duo, one that can bowl in different stages of the innings and overall, Afghanistan will be looking to start their campaign with a bang. Uganda on the other hand are newcomers to the Men's T20 World Cup but having outqualified the likes of Zimbabwe and Kenya to reach the mega event shows how far they have come in terms of cricketing ability. Uganda also finished third in the African Games a few months back, losing to Namibia in the semifinal, a team that has now become a regular in the T20 World Cup. They also played a warm-up against Namibia where they lost but they do seem to have the right mindset about the game. The versatile bowler, Brian Masaba will lead the side that also features the likes of Ronak Patel and Roger Mukasa, two very capable batters and the dynamic all-rounder Riazat Ali Shah in the middle order. Cosmas Kyewuta and Bilal Hassan will lead the pace attack and Frank Nsubuga and Alpesh Ramjani will do the heavlifting with their slow left-arm spin in the middle overs. Uganda do have a lot of all-rounders which is always a good sign in T20 cricket but would have a liked a couple of more specialists in the squad. Afghanistan will prove to be a stern test for Uganda but if they can get going with the bat, they do have the bowling to take the opposition down. Will we see an early upset in the competition? Or will Afghanistan start off with a straightforward win? Only time will tell.