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World Cup 2019, Pakistan vs Afghanistan Practice Match: Afghanistan win by three wickets

World Cup 2019, Pakistan vs Afghanistan (Pak vs Afg) Practice Match Highlights: Pakistan lost their first World Cup warm-up match against Afghanistan by three wickets on Friday.

By: Sports Desk | Updated: May 24, 2019 11:07:53 pm
World Cup 2019 Practice Match, Pakistan vs Afghanistan: Pakistan and Afghanistan clashed ahead of the World Cup. (Source: Pakistan Cricket Twitter)

Pakistan vs Afghanistan World Cup Practice Match Highlights: Ahead of their World Cup 2019 campaign, Afghanistan registered a stunning victory over Pakistan in a warm-up game that went all the way to the wire. Middle-order batsman Hashmatullah Shahidi played a pivotal role for Afghanistan by scoring an unbeaten 74 as his team chased down a below-par target of 263 set by Pakistan with a just a few balls to spare.

This is Pakistan’s eleven straight ODI defeat. Sarfaraz Ahmed’s side will be hoping that recalls for out-of-sorts left-armer Mohammad Amir and 33-year old all-rounder Wahab Riaz can catalyse something of a resurgence for them as they seek to break their duck which has inconveniently come at the foot of cricket’s flagship tournament.

Meanwhile, Afghanistan skittled for 138 in a woeful batting display in Belfast as Ireland prevailed comfortably by 78 runs. That being said, with seven wins from their last 10 games in the 50-over format, the lowest ranked team in this World Cup will enter this game with plenty of confidence.

ICC Cricket World Cup Warm-up Matches, 2019County Ground, Bristol 25 January 2021

Pakistan 262 (47.5)


Afghanistan 263/7 (49.4)

Match Ended ( Day - Match 1 ) Afghanistan beat Pakistan by 3 wickets

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Pakistan vs Afghanistan World Cup Practice Match Highlights:

23:01 (IST)24 May 2019
Afghanistan WIN

Afghanistan win the first warm-up match against Pakistan by three wickets. This is Pakistan's 11th consecutive defeat in ODI cricket.

22:08 (IST)24 May 2019
Hashmatullah Shahidi half century

Afghanistan's Hashmatullah Shahidi slams half-century, takes his side past 200. Hashmatullah has reached his 50 and Nabi is providing the finishing touches.

21:37 (IST)24 May 2019
200 up

Afghanistan have crossed the 200-run mark with loss of four wickets. Hashmatullah Shahidi is close to reaching a half-century.

21:08 (IST)24 May 2019

WICKET! Pakistan get their third wicket as Shinwari is out for 22 after a couple of dot balls. Pakistan need more wickets in order to win this one. AFG are 177/3 after 32 overs

20:53 (IST)24 May 2019
150 up

Afghanistan are consistently moving closer to their target, have crossed 150-run mark within 28 overs and with a loss of just two wickets. 

20:25 (IST)24 May 2019

OUT! Wahab Riaz gets the much-needed breakthrough for Pakistan as Rahmat departs for 32. AFG are 120/2 after 20 overs

20:14 (IST)24 May 2019
100 up for AFG

Afghanistan cross the 100-run mark with loss of only one wicket. 163 more to go with 32 overs left!

19:52 (IST)24 May 2019

Hazratullah Zazai denied half-century after giving Afghanistan a good start. Zazai falls for 49 off 28 balls. Shadab with the breakthrough as AFG are 82/1 after 12 overs

19:36 (IST)24 May 2019
Shahzad retires hurt

Shahzad, who was limping after taking a shot, seemed to have hurt himself. He got attended by a physio but walked off the field  in the very next over. Hope he is fine. AFG cross the 50-run mark after seven overs

19:21 (IST)24 May 2019
21 runs in an over

Tremendous batting from  Hazratullah Zazai,  who slams 5 boundaries off the over. Afghanistan off to a good start, they are 35/0 after four overs.

18:58 (IST)24 May 2019
Afghanistan begin chase

Mohammad Shahzad and Hazratullah Zazai come out to open for Afghanistan, who chase 263. Mohammad Shahzad is on strike. Amir will open the attack

18:33 (IST)24 May 2019
Pakistan bowled out for 262

Afghanistan bowl out Pakistan for 262 in their first warm-up match. Babar Azam slammed a century but will his efforts go to waste? Afghanistan chase 263.

18:22 (IST)24 May 2019
Quick wickets

Hasan Ali and Shadab Khan depart in quick succession after Azam's dismissal. Pakistan failing to put up a big number, as batsmen struggle. PAK are 262/9 after 47.4 overs.

18:19 (IST)24 May 2019
Azam OUT

Babar Azam departs after slamming 112; Pakistan reach 252/7 in 46 overs.  Azam fails to give much power to that shot as Dawlat Zadran takes an easy catch. Big wicket for Afghanistan!

18:02 (IST)24 May 2019
Babar Azam century

Babar Azam continues good form and slams a century off 99 balls, helping Pakistan keep their innings together after a shaky start PAK are 232/6 with 7 overs remaining.

17:54 (IST)24 May 2019

OUT! Good work by Shahzad behind the stumps as Sarfaraz departs for 13. The keeper spotted it and whipped the bails off in a flash.  Pakistan 220/6 in 40.3 overs

17:09 (IST)24 May 2019
150 up

Pakistan have crossed the 150-run mark in 30 overs with a loss of four wickets.

16:49 (IST)24 May 2019
Babar Azam half-century

While the other Pakistani batsmen struggled, Babar Azam completes his half-century off 52 balls. PAK are 121/4 after 25 overs

16:31 (IST)24 May 2019

OUT! Rahmat Shah manages to hold on to the catch as Hafeez departs for 12. Rashid Khan claims his first as PAK are 102/4 after 21 overs.

16:27 (IST)24 May 2019
100 up for PAK

Pakistan cross the 100-run mark in the first 20 overs with a loss of three wickets. Babar Azam seems to be the only Pakistani batsmen to be handling spin today, he has moved to 30 from 38 balls.


Afghanistan (From): Mohammad Shahzad(w), Hazratullah Zazai, Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Asghar Afghan, Mohammad Nabi, Najibullah Zadran, Gulbadin Naib(c), Rashid Khan, Dawlat Zadran, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Noor Ali Zadran, Samiullah Shenwari, Aftab Alam, Hamid Hassan

Pakistan (From): Imam-ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Sarfaraz Ahmed(w/c), Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Amir, Wahab Riaz, Asif Ali, Shaheen Afridi, Mohammad Hasnain, Haris Sohail