Pakistan vs Afghanistan, World Cup 2019: Having restricted Afghanistan for 227/9 in 50 overs, Pakistan have had a bad start with losing their opener Fakhar Zaman on the second ball of the innings. Imam ul Had and Babar Azam built their run-chase campaign with their 72-run partnership but Afghanistan’s Mohammad Nabi brought Afghans back into the game with his two quick wickets of Imam and Babar. Pakistan were 174/6 in 43 overs and needed 54 off 42 balls. Haris Sohail and Sarfaraz Ahmed’s wickets had left them in deep trouble. But Imad Wasim’s unbeaten 49 and Wahab Riaz’s 15 off just 9 balls took Pakistan to a nail-biting finish.
Earlier, Shaheen Afridi became the first teenage bowler to take four wickets in a World Cup game as Afghanistan finished on 227-9 against Pakistan after choosing to bat first at Headingley on Saturday. The total shouldn’t be too challenging for Pakistan, although Afghanistan’s bowlers will enjoy the spin-friendly wicket in Leeds. Asghar Afghan hit a brisk 42 from 35 balls, including three fours and two sixes, before being bowled by Shadab Khan. Najibullah Zadran hit six fours in a slightly slower 42, from 54 deliveries, and was also bowled, this time by Shaheen. The 19-year-old Shaheen completed his four-wicket haul when he dismissed Rashid Khan, finishing with figures of 4-47 from 10 overs.
Pakistan are currently in sixth place in the points table with seven points from seven games. They will look to beat Afghanistan by a big margin in order to better their net run rate which will come in handy to qualify for the semi-final spot.
ICC Cricket World Cup, 2019Headingley, Leeds 22 August 2019
Pakistan 230/7 (49.4)
Afghanistan 227/9 (50.0)
Match Ended ( Day - Match 36 ) Pakistan beat Afghanistan by 3 wickets
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Imad Wasim is the Man of the Match
"When I went in, Rashid Khan was bowling brilliantly. I couldn't pick him to be honest. But we knew that if we play 50 overs, we'll win. Gulbadin was the only bowler to be targetted, the wicket was turning square. If you take risks against them you can lose your wicket. Thank you very much to the crowd, it feels like home here. This is for the crowd. If we win the next game, you never know what happens. This win gives us confidence as well."
Well played Pakistan!
Mad scenes here in Leeds. This was meant to be Afghanistan, only Afghanistan. But Pakistan and their supporters in the crowds clearly couldn't care less. This was their trial by death, and they've come out alive.
Pakistan win the match by 3 wickets
Gulbadin Naib to Imad Wasim, FOUR runs, Imad has done it. Four to deep extra cover. Well done Imad. Gulbadin Naib to Imad Wasim, FOUR runs, Imad has done it! another full toss outside off, and he keeps icy calm to thread this through cover, bisects the field and sends this to the boundary. Pakistan are roaring and alive in the World Cup 2019. What a win!
6 needed off 6 balls now
With Imad Wasim and Riaz on crease, Pakistan need 6 to win and 5 to level the score! Gulbadin to bowl!
Wahab Riaz hits the maximum!
Rashid Khan to Wahab Riaz, SIX runs, Wahab Riaz is Pakistan's hero. What a nerveless strike. Googly in the slot, he goes down on one knee and smashes it way over deep midwicket. What a hit. Pressure back on Afghans. 8 off 8 needed.
Match is still on!
Rashid Khan to Shadab Khan, 1 run, OUT, possible run out at the striker's end. Length ball, whipped against the turn to deep midwicket and for some reason, Shadab thinks there's two there and hares back. But replays confirm the throw is good and the bails are off before he could get back. The match is alive again! Pakistan 206/7 in 46.4 overs
Imad Wasim stands strong
18 runs off 45th over took Pakistan to a winning position from here on. They now need 28 runs off 24 balls. Imad hit three fours and two doubles off Afghan skipper Naib's over.
An opportunity missed by Asghar!
Gulbadin Naib to Imad Wasim, 2 runs, in the air and Asghar Afghan has lost it! nerves afflicting both teams. Imad comes down the track and slices it over Asghar at mid-off, who runs back, turns around but has no idea the ball is dropping right beside him.
Pakistan need 46 off 30 balls
With Imad Wasim and Shadab Khan on the crease, Pakistan need 46 runs off last 5 overs. Afghanistan have deployed all their spin bowlers where Pakistan batters have struggled. Now all eyes are on this pair.
Pakistan in deep trouble!
Rashid Khan to Sarfaraz Ahmed, 1 run, OUT, runout! Pakistan are throwing this away! Googly lands way too short and wide on around 7th stump. Sarfaraz Ahmed run out (Najibullah Zadran/†Ikram Alikhil) 18 (22b 1x4 0x6). Pakistan in deep trouble! Still need 72 off 63 balls.
Rashid Khan gets Haris Sohail out!
With Haris Sohail's wicket by Rashid Khan is a big blow to Pakistan's run chase as they still require another 86 runs with 5 wickets and 15.0 overs remaining. Rashid Khan to Haris Sohail, out Lbw!! When a batsman's feet don't move, the umpire's hands do .. and Sohail's surely learning it the hard way. Pinned Haris Sohail lbw b Rashid Khan 27(57) [4s-2]
Haris Sohail- the only hope
Pakistan require 88 runs with 6 wickets in hand and 16.0 overs remaining but all depends on how in-form Haris Sohail and Sarfaraz Ahmed march forward from here on. Haris is on 27 off 53 balls and Sarfaraz is 10 off 14 balls.
Pakistan lose their fourth wicket!
Mujeeb ur Rehman to Mohammad Hafeez, out Caught by Shahidi!! Hafeez throws away another start and its another offie who provides the breakthrough for Afghanistan. Very slow and spinning away outside off Hafeez c Shahidi b Mujeeb 19(35)
122/4 in 29.3, still need 106 runs in 20.2 overs.
Nabi sends Babar Azam back!
Mohammad Nabi to Babar Azam, OUT, bowled around his legs! The President strikes! Nabi floats this full on leg stump at 82 kph/51 mph. Babar thought it was safe to sweep on the line expecting it to spin down leg but it's A: too full for the sweep; and B: doesn't turn! Goes straight on after pitching and clips leg stump! Pakistan 81/3 in 17.5 overs. Still need 146 in 32.1 overs.
Nabi scalps Imam, breaks 72-run partnership
As Pakistan are marching strongly towards their target of 228, Mohammad Nabi got Imam ul Haq out for 36 off 47 balls ending their 72 run partnership. With Babar Azam still at the middle with 36 off 43 balls, Pakistan 74/2 in 16.3 overs.
Afghans lose review!
Mujeeb ur Rehman to Babar Azam, no run, the appeal was not convincing and so was the review. Not sure who prompted skipper Gulbadin Naib to go for it. The googly that turns in, Azam had a big stride forward and is struck outside off, Mujeeb went up but aborted quickly. Ikram might be the one who persuaded his captain to take the review. But finally Afghans lost it. Pakistan 38/1 in 7.3 overs, need 186 more runs.
Pakistan 30/1 in 5 overs
Chasing a 228-run target, Pakistan are off to a slow start after losing opener Fakhar Zaman for a duck. Babra Azam is on the crease with 19 and Imam ul Haq is on 11.
Big blow to Pakistan!
Mujeeb to Fakhar Zaman, no run, carrom ball drifting in outside off, Zaman plunges forward and defends. Fakhar Zaman is given out LBW. He challenged the decision immediately. Was there an inside edge? There appears to be no bat says the umpire. UltraEdge shows a spike but was it after the ball passed the bat? Tough one for the third umpire, who has asked for a zoomer. They are checking for a different angle. Once more goes back to the UltraEdge. He has decided no inside edge. Pakistan 0/1 in 0.2 overs.
Imad Wasim at the end of the innings
"It does feel like a home game the crowd are supporting us. Whatever the captain tells me, I try to execute and if I bowl well and if I stick to team's plans it does not matter to me and I think I was lucky to get two wickets today. In the powerplays I bowl differently and after that I think there was a bit of moisture in the track. We tried to push it slow and later on it was skidding nicely. If you bowl slow you will get grip on this wicket. Earlier on with the moisture it could skid a bit. We should be chasing this comfortably, if we don't give them wickets early on, we can seal this game."
Mujeeb Zadran tried to go for a big shot but edges the ball. Anyway, he gets the desired result as the edge flies past Sarfraz Ahmed. A couple of runs off the last ball. Afghanistan post 227/9 in 50 overs.
Wahab Riaz ends tailender Hamid Hassan's innings with a fiery yorker. Hamid had no idea how to play that one. Afghanistan fear getting bundled out. AFG - 218/9 in 48.1 overs
Shaheen Afridi on a roll
Slower ball does the trick for Shaheen Afridi. Rashid Khan plays the shot too early and the ball does straight up in the air. Fakhar Zaman completes the catch and Afridi takes his fourth wicket. AFG - 210/8 in 46.4 overs
Once again Shaheen Afridi has delivered. Najibullah Zadran was looking dangerous in the death overs. Najibullah gets out for 42, misses out on his half-century. AFG - 202/7 in 44.4 overs
Shaheen Afridi right on the money
Shaheen Afridi has been spot on with his line and lengths in this spell. He is not letting Afghan batsmen get underneath the ball or open their arms. Just three runs from two overs in this spell. AFG - 192/6 in 43 overs
Despite wickets falling, Najibullah Zadran is finding ways to score boundaries. Two boundaries from Imad Wasim including a reverse-sweep. Najibullah looks in fine form and might just take Afghanistan to a fighting total on this pitch. AFG - 178/6 in 38 overs
Riaz gets the breakthrough
Another Afghan batsman loses patience. Mohammad Nabi falls prey to Wahab Riaz's short ball. Afghanistan lose their sixth wicket. AFG - 167/6 in 36.4 overs
150 up for Afghanistan
Nabi-Zadran rebuild innings
Najibullah Zadran and Mohammad Nabi are trying to rebuild the innings after two quick wickets. They are just looking for singles and keep the scorecard ticking. AFG - 145/5 in 33 overs
Ikram Ali Khil loses patience. Afghanistan did not need that shot from Ikram. He had been there for a while. He could have tried to form a partnership with Mohammad Nabi and prevented wickets from falling. But Ikram tries to take on Imad Wasim and hits it straight to long on fielder. He departs for 24. AFG - 125/5 in 27 overs
Asghar Afghan misses out on his maiden half-century in this World Cup. Shadab Khan gets his revenge as he lures Asghar to come down the wicket. Beaten by the pace, he gets bowled. He departs for 42 runs from 35 deliveries. AFG - 121/4 in 25.2 overs
Boundaries dry up
Pakistan bowlers have created pressure on Afghan batsmen. Asghar Afghan and Ikram Ali Khil are struggling to rotate the strike. It has been 35 deliveries since the last boundary. AFG - 117/3 in 24 overs
Asghar Afghan goes ballistic
Asghar Afghan has switched gears. The former Afghanistan skipper is taking on Pakistan bowlers. He is focusing on hitting the boundaries. His weakness has been leg spin but he has countered that well by using his fit and hitting Shadab Khan for a maximum and a boundary. He has scored 33 runs from 19 deliveries so far. AFG - 101/3 in 19 overs
Another bowling change
Shadab Khan into the attack. He would have got a wicket on the first delivery if Sarfraz Ahmed had a slip in place. AFG - 82/3 in 16 overs
Wahab Riaz into the attack
Sarfraz Ahmed introduces Wahab Riaz in the 15th over. Frustrating start from Riaz as he bowls two wides in a row followed by an edge that goes past the slip fielder. AFG - 77/3 in 15 overs
Imad Wasim strikes
Rahmat Shah throws away his wicket after playing himself in. This has been the story of this World Cup for Afghanistan. Imad Wasim sets up Shah beautifully. He departs for 35 from 43 balls. AFG - 57/3 in 12 overs
End of first powerplay
Ikhram Ali and Rahmat Shah have been patient after two quick wickets. Ikram Ali Khil is yet to get off the mark whereas Rahmat has been doing the scoring for Afghanistan. AFG - 46/2 in 10 overs
That was a clear inside edge ignored by the umpire. DRS saves Ikram Ali Khil. The umpiring standards have been questionable in the recent past. AFG - 32/2 in 6 overs
No hat-trick for Shaheen Afridi in this World Cup. The left-arm quick bowls down the leg side. Sarfraz Ahmed is not happy as it runs away for a boundary. AFG - 31/2 in 5 overs
Hashmatullah Shahidi gets out for a golden duck as he tries to play across. Shaheen Afridi is delighted. The 19-year-old continues his form in the World Cup. Double blow from the youngster. AFG 27/2 in 4.5 overs
Afridi takes his revenge
Shaheen Afridi got hit for two boundaries in his first over by Gulbadin Naib. Afridi takes his revenge as he gets the wicket on the fourth ball of the over. Excellent DRS call from Sarfraz Ahmed. Afridi continues his form. AFG - 27/1 in 4.4 overs