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Pakistan vs Afghanistan Highlights: Imad Wasim saves the day

Pakistan vs Afghanistan, World Cup 2019: 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.

By: Sports Desk | Updated: June 29, 2019 10:54:12 pm
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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 29 May 2020

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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22:32 (IST)29 Jun 2019
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."

22:31 (IST)29 Jun 2019
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.

22:25 (IST)29 Jun 2019
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!

22:19 (IST)29 Jun 2019
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!

22:17 (IST)29 Jun 2019
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.

22:10 (IST)29 Jun 2019
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

22:06 (IST)29 Jun 2019
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.

22:01 (IST)29 Jun 2019
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.

21:59 (IST)29 Jun 2019
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.

21:38 (IST)29 Jun 2019
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.

21:20 (IST)29 Jun 2019
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]

21:17 (IST)29 Jun 2019
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.

21:02 (IST)29 Jun 2019
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.

20:19 (IST)29 Jun 2019
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.

20:11 (IST)29 Jun 2019
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. 

19:39 (IST)29 Jun 2019
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.

19:31 (IST)29 Jun 2019
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.

19:13 (IST)29 Jun 2019
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.

19:05 (IST)29 Jun 2019
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."

18:38 (IST)29 Jun 2019
Lucky Boundary

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. 


Pakistan: Imam-ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Haris Sohail, Sarfaraz Ahmed(c & wk), Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Amir, Shaheen Afridi, Asif Ali, Shoaib Malik, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Hasnain
Afghanistan: Gulbadin Naib(c), Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Asghar Afghan, Mohammad Nabi, Samiullah Shinwari, Najibullah Zadran, Ikram Ali Khil (wk), Rashid Khan, Dawlat Zadran, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Noor Ali Zadran, Hazratullah Zazai, Hamid Hassan, Sayed Shirzad