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This programme contains some strong language.

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COMMENTATOR: We're all set here for this first match in Group C.

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India taking on Afghanistan.

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Don't forget, the side is here not out of any largesse,

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they won the right to be here.

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It's a very special occasion here for Afghanistan.

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He's gone for it as well! Well done, Afghanistan!

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CO-COMMENTATOR: Here they are on the world stage.

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It really is a fantastic story.

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BELL RINGS

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RADIO:

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As you know, there is a lot of problems in the world today, you know?

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In everywhere, there is complex fighting, you know?

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And just things happening.

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The solution of all the problem is...

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..cricket.

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TRANSLATION:

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-All right, Taj.

-How are you?

-Very well.

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Looks good! Yeah? Yeah?

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I'm from the British Embassy, and we support Afghan cricket.

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You can see the National Cricket Academy around us.

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It's four nets and some balls.

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They play cricket like war.

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They judge each other by how fast they can bowl the ball,

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and how hard they can hit it.

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Which means that they do pretty well against teams like Qatar.

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I think when they come across some opposition

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with some decent spin bowlers, they're going to be stuffed!

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LAUGHS

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You know, I wish them the best of luck with it.

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-TAJ:

-This is the time, yeah?

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This is the time to do something for this country.

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TRANSLATION:

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TRANSLATION:

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MAN ASKS QUESTION IN PASHTO

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-Do you like your body, Gulbadeen?

-Very much.

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How does it get so brown?

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-It's colour.

-What kind of colour?

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Oil. Oil.

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He has amazing musculation.

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I like his body very, very much.

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His muscle is like Arnold muscles.

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TRANSLATION:

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TRANSLATION:

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You see, in my life, very simple. Fantastic.

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Smart boy!

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I'm not nervous. I'm happy.

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I'm going to mission, from start tomorrow.

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Hey, man. Hey, man.

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Hi. Where are you from?

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-I'm from Belgium.

-Belgium?

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-Yes.

-OK. You're not, er, belong to the cricket-playing nation, yeah?

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-Football!

-Football!

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I know.

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Can you speak English? English?

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HE LAUGHS

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Four eyes, six eyes, yeah?

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One, two, three, four, six.

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-How are you?

-Good, good.

-You're from?

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-America.

-America.

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-Good. Bush, yeah, Bush...

-Yes.

-Good.

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On my way home.

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-Huh?

-I'm on my way home.

-OK.

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-I'm from Afghanistan.

-Afghanistan?

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Yeah?

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-We're going to the Cricket World Cup 2011 now, to Jersey.

-The what?

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TRANSLATION:

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SINGS:

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BELL RINGS

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Yes, it is good. A very nice street.

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Very clean, you know?

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And...no noise, no music, loud music. Things are different.

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If you visit, in Afghanistan, a street like this, you will hear loud music.

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They don't like to wear full clothes, I think.

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They don't like, yeah?

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And very short skirts.

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In Afghanistan you saw this kind of girls? No.

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What about the girls?

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Er...

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I am...

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But nobody looks over at me.

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Hello?

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Hello. How are you?

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What do I do?

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Where you can find the sea?

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-The sea?

-Yeah.

-Yeah, if you walk to the end of here,

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turn left

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-and then the sea's there right in front of you.

-OK.

-OK?

-Thank you.

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All right, thanks. Thank you.

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PELICAN CROSSING BEEPS

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TRANSLATION:

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Today we play match against Japan.

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And we're waiting...

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-Japan.

-Japan.

-..long-long for the day.

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TEAM APPLAUDS

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I don't know anything about cricket.

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-It's the first time.

-Because of that.

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I haven't seen any game in Japan, so I didn't know

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that...Japan has a team,

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until I came here.

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APPLAUSE

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Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes.

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Yes, good shot.

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They're taking the lead again. They're playing good.

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TEAM APPEALS FOR LBW

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Yes!

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Nobody should think that Afghanistan can beat Japan, because Japan is

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a really advanced country and they're spending lots on athletes

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but now are chances...

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When they come to our cricket team, to beat them for the first time.

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So I think they were making history.

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# ..hugging my pillow

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# Dreaming dreams of Amarillo

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# And sweet Marie who waits for me

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# Show me the way to Amarillo

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# I've been weeping like a willow... #

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Very good, eh? All old people.

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I saw first time old people can dance, yeah?

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# Is this the way to Amarillo?

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# Every night I'm hugging my pillow

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# Dreaming dreams of Amarillo... #

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It's not tasty.

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And in Afghanistan we have a meat kebab,

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we have a very good pilau rice and different vegetables

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but here, this is...

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Well, it's good to be out in the nice, open, long evenings, Chopper?

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Watching this type of cricket.

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Wonderful. Wonderfully organised competition.

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Um, I think we're probably supporting Afghanistan.

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We'll always support the underdog.

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Singapore are on top.

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Singapore are keeping it very tight.

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Yeah.

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I think Singapore have done very well.

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Excellent, in fact.

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I think with a bit of luck Afghanistan will be out.

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-Ooh, look at that.

-That's a big shot. That could be out!

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He's caught it. He's caught it. Well done.

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Um, I think you could find them back in Afghanistan on Saturday, the way they're playing.

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-Oh, another one's gone down.

-Another wicket down, yeah.

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They're behind now.

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Jesus Christ.

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I just think they're lacking some subtlety

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that they'd get from a first-class coach. And that's...

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I think so.

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I'm not saying your coach is a bad coach but he's not had first-class experience, has he?

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So...

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-He done really well with us.

-No...

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-Hasti?

-Yeah?

-What happened?

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Good country for enjoyment. Not for cricket.

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You have to show yourself as a symbol.

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People have expectation from you, especially the coach.

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-What is your dog's name?

-Edna May.

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-Edna May.

-Yes. We got her from the shelter.

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This cricket makes me crazy, man.

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Very bad game.

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Please, yeah? I'm...

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It's more than cricket.

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This is our chance.

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# Pretty woman walking down the street

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# Pretty woman

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# The kind I'd like to meet

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# Pretty woman

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# I don't believe you

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# You're not the truth

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# No-one could love as good as you

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# Mercy

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# Pretty woman. #

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-What is your dog's name?

-His name's Chip.

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Chip? What a great name. Hello, Chip!

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He's very friendly.

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Today we have the crucial match,

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the match for whom we have practised four months,

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six months, and the match for whom we wait two years.

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PA: 'A very good afternoon to you.

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'A wonderful scene here. Hundreds of people lining

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'the banks right round this wonderful, unique ground,

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-'the sun beaming down on this glorious setting...'

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Afghanistan could give them a pretty close tussle.

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If I had to put money on it I think Jersey will win.

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They're the only unbeaten side as yet and they may well carry on that way.

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They look very wealthy and rich,

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and my team does not have that kind of things

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and facilities,

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but in spirit and...strength

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and power, we are better than them, I think.

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TRANSLATION:

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APPLAUSE

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The two Afghan...

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batsmen have just come out.

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Afghanistan are only chasing 81.

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Who knows what might happen?

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WILD CHEERING

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THEY CHANT

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The Jersey team do seem to have that little bit more pluck in their step.

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TRANSLATION:

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How's that?!

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Afghanistan...they've struggled.

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TRANSLATION:

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TRANSLATION:

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TRANSLATION:

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THEY CHANT

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One team in it - Jersey. One team in it - Jersey.

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Jersey are a bit too strong.

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I would say that this is typical Afghans. They are careless.

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The crowd has told them they were careless,

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and yet again they are showing it,

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that they have no patience while they are batting.

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But who knows? There is still time to go.

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WILD CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

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This is sensational bowling by Jersey.

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CHEERING CONTINUES

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Jersey are now, we can say, in a winning position.

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Do you think you can still win it?

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-Hm?

-Do you think you can still win it?

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Now we have a 50-50 chance.

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TRANSLATION:

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TRANSLATION:

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Hastigull is the new batsman coming in.

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With Afghanistan in trouble, they need 39 to win.

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APPLAUSE

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TRANSLATION:

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TRANSLATION:

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And that really has firmly put the match...

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advantage to Afghanistan.

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TRANSLATION:

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Who was the captain?

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Well played.

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Wonderful, absolutely tremendous.

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I enjoyed it. Nail-biting, pressure!

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Pressure!

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You did good. Fantastic achievement.

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Very good!

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Wonderful.

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Yes, absolutely fantastic.

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-Thank you, sir.

-I'll bet you're happy, eh?

-Thank you.

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To our winners,

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Afghanistan, to think where they come from

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and what is going on in their country at the moment,

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to have achieved what you've done, cricket-wise, in that environment

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is absolutely fantastic.

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CHEERING

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And now to announce man of the match...

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Hastigull.

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MUSIC PLAYS

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TRANSLATION:

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THEY CHEER

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-Are you proud of your boys?

-Oh, too much.

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My heroes.

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They're my... I love them.

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-Afghanistan!

-Zindabad!

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-Afghanistan!

-Zindabad!

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-Afghanistan!

-Zindabad!

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And I am feeling at the moment

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like I am seeing a dream, you know?

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This just looks for me like a dream.

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How we achieved this?

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My mother told me once, "If you become champion then you will be forever champion."

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HORNS HONK

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DISTANT CHEERING

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HE LAUGHS

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HE LAUGHS

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This is our new cricket ground which is under construction.

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And it's located in the middle of the city.

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Have a very nice view.

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In June-July, this will open.

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Before, I didn't have at cricket office, a special place where I could

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sit and, when I'm tired, somebody could present me a tea, you know?

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And a juice. So this office is now under construction.

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It is completed already and only the painting and windows is left.

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Then I will sit here and operate the cricket,

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and my boys will practise here.

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Everything is going just as we dreamed.

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'The coalition's casualties in Afghanistan last month were actually higher than they were in Iraq.

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'That's the result of the Bush/McCain approach to the war on terrorism.'

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'Democrat presidential hopeful Barack Obama is campaigning in Chicago this morning,

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'taking shots at the White House strategy in Afghanistan.'

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We need to take more resources and put them into Afghanistan.

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TRANSLATION:

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TRANSLATION:

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TRANSLATION:

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My mother cried, you know.

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She says, "Why are they doing this?

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"Because how much you struggle.

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"I remember you, you were away

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"from home seven years,

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"just coming for two and three days,

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"Thursday and Friday,

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"and then you have served this cricket

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"like a father doing for his son."

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You know, just like that.

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She says, "What has happened with you?"

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I think before me, it was joke and joke and joke all the time.

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Now it's a time for joking, and a time for serious work.

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I have just divided things for them, because mentally, they are not very good at those things.

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They haven't played professional cricket, so I just tell them.

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Look at the drivers.

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There is no justice in Afghanistan.

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No justice.

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If I did this for England, for New Zealand, you know, for Malaysia, I may be

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rewarded by millions and I would be...a

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great person in their country.

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What they did with me?

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HORN BLASTS

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TRANSLATION:

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TRANSLATION:

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TRANSLATION:

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TRANSLATION:

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Taj is my brother. Every second, every minute, every time I miss Taj.

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Hello!

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And back. Good.

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TRANSLATION:

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SHOUTING AND CHEERING

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TRANSLATION:

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TRANSLATION:

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CHEERING

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CHEERING

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We are near to the World Cup.

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Very happy!

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It was a good moment for our team and for me, and we go one step more forward.

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Today we win three.

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Hard work. More hard work.

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Going to win in Argentina, Buenos Aires.

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Yeah!

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CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

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Yeah!

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CHEERING

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MUSIC PLAYS

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Yeah!

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CHEERING AND WHOOPING

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TRANSLATION:

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CHEERING AND WHOOPING

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'We took our eye off Afghanistan.

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'We took our eye off the folks who perpetrated 9/11.

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'You don't muddle through a front on terror and you don't muddle through going after Bin Laden'.

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TRANSLATION:

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CHATTER AND LAUGHTER

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HE CALLS

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It is almost 20 years old, you know, this place.

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We started cricket from here.

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The place where we use our childhood, you know?

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SHOUTING AND CHEERING

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TRANSLATION:

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It is very emotional for me, you know?

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Because I was a very young age, you know, and I used to come here.

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I lived there, and I was very happy.

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TRANSLATION:

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This pitch I make in 1988, yeah?

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This was the first ever concrete pitch, yeah?

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The people were sitting in this area, yeah?

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You see, you know?

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All spectators used to.

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That's very good. Thank you.

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Thank you.

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CHEERING

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We just lost the third wicket.

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Tough matches, very tough matches, you know.

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APPLAUSE

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CHEERING

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Afghanistan are winning.

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< Are you sad you're not there to watch?

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Very much, yeah.

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Just like a...dream for everybody.

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The players are very lucky.

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CHEERING AND CHANTING

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DRUMS AND MUSIC PLAYING

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Very happy, but I miss Taj in every moment in Argentine.

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Karim took six catches. Great man.

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-I like him. He's my...

-Thank you.

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CHEERING AND MUSIC

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Look at the people, so happy. This is the dream of all.

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This is my mission. My family mission, my player mission.

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First name is Mariam,

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Lybah and Zainab.

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REPORTER: The war weary people of Afghanistan have their eyes and ears

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trained on a new battleground.

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It's a fight for supremacy in the genteel world of cricket.

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It's being waged in the final cricket World Cup qualifier.

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This is their time, yeah.

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This is the time to do something for this country.

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REPORTER: Afghanistan's cricketers could qualify for the next World Cup by beating Canada.

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What started as a dream over a year ago

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is now a realistic target.

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VOICE ON PHONE: 'Your balance is 32 rupees.'

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BEEPING

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ON PHONE: '..32 rupees.'

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MUSIC PLAYS ON RADIO

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CRACKLING AND VOICES ON RADIO

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Afghanistan can do it!

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APPLAUSE AND SHOUTS

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Afghanistan! Yeah!

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THEY CHEER

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HE SHOUTS

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CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

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Afghanistanis!

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HE SHOUTS

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ALL SHOUT

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ALL SHOUT

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APPLAUSE

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ALL SHOUT

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ON RADIO:

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APPLAUSE

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SHOUTING AND APPLAUSE

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CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

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APPLAUSE ON RADIO

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CHEERING

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CROWD CHEERS LOUDLY

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COMMENTATOR: There you have it, ladies and gentlemen.

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A boundary to bring to an end this run-chase.

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-REPORTER:

-Afghanistan's dream of reaching the 2011 World Cup is over.

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The team have just missed out on qualifying for the competition.

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You are qualified! You are qualified!

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-LAUGHTER AND APPLAUSE

-Oh, my God.

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It's very bad news for my team, for our country.

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And also for me.

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It was our aim for one day Afghanistan to come to the World Cup

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and that chance can not be coming again.

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HE CHANTS

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ON RADIO:

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-REPORTER:

-Their amazing performance in qualifying

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was enough to gain one-day international status.

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That means they'll now compete with top international cricket nations.

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HE LAUGHS

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MAN SHOUTS, BELLS RING

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HE SHOUTS AND CHEERS

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CHEERING

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We're all set here for this first match in the Group C.

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India are taking on Afghanistan.

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Don't forget, this side is here not out of any largesse.

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They won the right to be here.

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A very special occasion for Afghanistan and their cricket team.

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It really is a fantastic story, Afghanistan making this tournament.

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They look like, ready for this big stage.

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Open the door...

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Yes, let me open it.

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Come on, I have to reach the ground. Come on.

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Today we play India, the world number-one team.

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I missed the flight. Look at my bad luck here. My first time here, I face my bad luck.

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I saw... I really saw my bad luck.

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Good to see you again.

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Thank you very much. You too. Thank you, Tim.

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-I'm glad you're back, Taj.

-Thanks.

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The time which I was not with the team, really upset. Always thinking

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but very happy that I had got something back.

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I am assistant coach, you know, for this team.

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So nerves, it's OK now.

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They're going to be so proud when they hear the national anthem.

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NATIONAL ANTHEM PLAYS

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CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

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He's gone for it as well!

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Well done, Afghanistan!

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They're not hanging around here.

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-TAJ:

-When I become a coach in 2001,

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no-one imagined that Afghanistan can be a cricket nation.

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Here they are on the world stage.

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So it's an amazing thing

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that Afghanistan have done.

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HORNS BEEP

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HORNS BEEP, PEOPLE CHEER

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PEOPLE CHEER AND WHISTLE

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GUNFIRE

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GUNFIRE

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CHEERING

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Afghanistan!

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CHEERING

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TAJ LAUGHS

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Against a backdrop of war and poverty, this documentary traces the extraordinary journey of a team of young Afghan cricketers as they chase a seemingly impossible dream, shedding light on a nation beyond burqas, bombs, drugs and devastation. The film follows the squad over two years as they go from playing in their shalwar-kameezes on rubble pitches to battling their way around the globe and up the international league tables. It travels from refugee camps in Pakistan - where many of the players learned the game as boys - to practice sessions in Kabul and on to qualifying tournaments overseas.

With unrestricted access, the film follows the ups and downs of their epic journey.


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