Pakistan vs Afghanistan 1st ODI Highlights 2023, Tuesday 22-8-2023, Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium, Sooriyawewa, Hambantota.
Pakistan have won the toss and elected to bat first.
Pakistan team: Imam, Fakhar, Babar (C), Rizwan, Iftikhar, Salman, Shadab, Usama, Shaheen, Naseem, Haris.
Afghanistan team: Gurbaz, Ibrahim, Rahmat, Shahidi, Nabi, Rashid, Mujeeb, Farooqi, Omarzai, Abdul, Ikram Ali.
Head to Head In ODI’s: 4
Pakistan Won: 4
Afghanistan Won: 0
Pakistan ODI Rankings: 2nd
Afghanistan ODI Rankings: 8th
(last five completed ODI’s, most recent first)
Match Timings: 9:30 AM GMT | 3:00 PM Local
Umpires – Ahmed Shah Durrani, Nitin Menon
TV Umpire – Sharfuddoula
Match Referee – Ranjan Madugalle
Reserve Umpire – Bismillah Jan Shinwari
Match number – ODI no. 4625
“It was chaseable, we had a good chance but we couldn’t do. I think our shot selection in the beginning was not good enough. Because of that also we lost some wickets. I am happy with our bowling performance. This is the first match. Looking forward to the next few games. [on his team’s batting] you have to be smart in shot selection. That’s something we want to look at moving forward.”
“At the toss, felt the wicket was a bit dry. We lost wickets upfront and then Imam and Iftikhar got us to a decent total. We wanted to put 250 on board but unfortunately couldn’t. [In bowling], we just wanted to bowl as many dot balls as possible and hit hard length in the powerplay. Haris’ spell was game-changing. [on his duck]. No pressure, I always learn from my mistakes. Sometimes you win and sometimes you lose, it happens in the game of cricket. We want to stay positive.”
Rauf, the player of the match:
“As a bowling unit, I am happy for the team. When I started the bowling, I just wanted to hit the hard lengths. Naseem and Shaheen bowled really well. I don’t know [about my speed]. My focus is not in speed, just want to bowl good lengths.”