Afghanistan beat Pakistan for the first time. In the ICC ODI World Cup, Afghanistan defeated Pakistan for the first time in a major upset and won the event for the second time.
Afghanistan easily chased down Pakistan’s target of 283 runs in 49 overs for the loss of 2 wickets, with Ibrahim Zadran scoring 87 runs.
It is Afghanistan’s first victory against Pakistan in the One Day International, while the Afghan team has done the second upset in the current World Cup.
A FIRST ODI WIN AGAINST PAKISTAN IN EIGHT ATTEMPTS!
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Earlier, Afghanistan had pulled off a major upset by defeating defending champions England.
It should be noted that the green shirts have faced the third failure in the current World Cup, Pakistan has played 5 matches in the World Cup so far, in which they won 2 and lost 3 matches. The Green Shirts must win their remaining 4 matches to reach the semi-finals of the World Cup.
Narrative of the match
In the match played in Chennai, Pakistan won the toss and decided to bat first against Afghanistan.
Pakistan scored 282 runs for the loss of 7 wickets in the allotted 50 overs, Babar Azam scored 74 runs and Abdullah Shafiq scored 58 runs.
Change in the Pakistan team
A change was made in the Pakistan team in the match against Afghanistan, Muhammad Nawaz is not included in the team due to fever, but Shadab Khan was included in the team in his place.
Green Shirts had a good start against Afghanistan, openers Abdullah Shafiq and Imam-ul-Haq formed a partnership of more than 50 runs, but then Pakistan suffered their first loss at a total score of 56, Imam scored 17 off Azmatullah Umarzai. suffered from
After the fall of one wicket, a partnership of 54 runs was established between Babar and Abdullah Shafiq, but then Abdullah returned to the pavilion by scoring 58 runs.
Apart from this, Mohammad Rizwan was also a victim of Noor Ahmed by scoring 8 runs, while Saud Shakeel was out after scoring 25 runs. In this, captain Babar Azam also completed his half-century but he too returned to the pavilion after scoring 74 runs off 92 balls.
In the final overs, Iftikhar Ahmed and Shadab Khan batted responsibly, Iftikhar scored 40 runs off 27 balls and Shadab scored 40 runs off 38 balls. Shaheen Afridi remained unbeaten on 3 runs.
Thus, Pakistan scored 282 runs for the loss of 7 wickets in 50 overs.
On behalf of Afghanistan, young spinner Noor Ahmed took 3 wickets, and fast bowler Naveen ul Haq took 2 wickets. Apart from this, Muhammad Nabi and Azmatullah got one wicket each.
Chasing Pakistan’s target of 283 runs, the Afghan batsmen fought the Pakistan bowlers hard from the start, with both openers Rahmanullah Garbaz and Ibrahim Zadran batting brilliantly to give the Afghan team a brilliant start of 130 runs.
The green shirts showed poor fielding due to which the bowlers could not put pressure on the opposition team.
However, opener Garbaz scored 65 and Ibrahim got out with 87 runs, even after the loss of 2 wickets, the Afghan team did not come under any pressure, and captain Hashmatullah and Rehmat Shah batted responsibly and gave Afghanistan a win.
Captain Hashmatullah 48 and Rahmat Shah remained unbeaten by scoring 77 runs, Afghanistan achieved Pakistan’s target in 49 overs with the loss of 2 wickets. Hasan Ali and Shaheen Afridi took one wicket each for Pakistan.
Looking at the points table of the group stage of the ICC World Cup, India is in first place, New Zealand is in second place, South Africa is in third place and Australia is in fourth place, while Pakistan is in fifth place despite the defeat.
After the historic victory against Pakistan, Afghanistan has reached the sixth position.
It should be noted that the top 4 teams at the end of the group stage will qualify for the semi-finals.