Pakistan’s team captain Babar Azam had won the toss and chose to bat first in their first match against Afghanistan. Afghani bowlers has done very good work by limiting Pakistan team to 201 all out in 47.1 overs. Mujeeb Ur Rahman bowled ten overs gave thirty three runs and dismissed three Pakistani batsmen wickets. Mohammad Nabi and Rashid Khan took two wickets each. Fazalhaq Farooqi and Rahmat Shah took one wicket each.
From the Pakistani batting line, the captain of their team Babar Azam has gone with duck. The opener of the team Fakhar Zaman scored just two runs and out. Agha Salman got out with just seven runs. Mohammad Rizwan † contributed 21 runs. Iftikhar Ahmed added 30 runs to his team’s scorecard. Shadab Khan’s 39 runs innings gave Pakistan a hope. The eighteen runs contribution from Naseem Shah was too good in the end. It was Imam-ul-Haq 61 runs innings who made difference.
From the Afghanistan batting performance, all out with 59 runs on the board by facing 19.2 overs. Haris Rauf gave 18 runs in 6.2 overs with taking five wickets. Shaheen Shah Afridi bowled just 4 overs, leaked 9 runs took two wickets. Naseem Shah and Shadab Khan took one wicket each and Pakistan won by 142 runs.
Pakistan vs Afghanistan 2nd ODI Highlights 2023, Thursday 24-8-2023, Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium, Sooriyawewa, Hambantota.
Afghanistan chose to bat.
Pakistan team: Imam-ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam (capt), Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Iftikhar Ahmed, Agha Salman, Shadab Khan, Usama Mir, Shaheen Afridi, Naseem Shah, Haris Rauf.
Afghanistan team: Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk), Ibrahim Zadran, Riaz Hassan, Hashmatullah Shahidi (capt), Ikram Alikhil, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Abdul Rahman, Shahid Kamal, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Fazalhaq Farooqi.
Head to Head In ODI’s: 5
Pakistan Won: 5
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 – Bismillah Jan Shinwari, Sharfuddoula
TV Umpire – Nitin Menon
Match Referee – Ranjan Madugalle
Reserve Umpire – Izatullah Safi
Match number – ODI no. 4626
It is hurting because we had enough runs but at the last moment they took the game away from us. The over which…49th over there were some easy balls to the batsman and they smashed it. They [openers] are playing very good from one and half years. I want them to play the same way. Both are good sides. The pressure, we weren’t able to control.
All credit to the boys. We just tried to build the partnership when me and Imam were playing, just wanted to play long and see where we stand after 40 overs. We knew we could chase 80 or 90 in the last 10 overs. Naseem also comes up in crunch situations. [Batting against spin] I always try to improve. Can never be satisfied. We see different quality of bowling. I am never worried about my skills and just back my skills at all times. All focus on the last match.
Shadab Khan is the Player of the Match:
When you are a senior player, you go through these stages every time. I try to be as calm as possible. The pitch was…their players have worked class spinners, so I wanted to take on fast bowlers. The boundaries were long. My plan was to go for two’s. After that shot [against Zimbabwe at the World Cup], we lost the game. I was blaming myself. For me, that was a crucial moment.