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.