In another big upset of the World Cup, Afghanistan defeated Pakistan. During the match being played at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai, opener Abdullah Shafiq also hit Pakistan’s first six in the ODI Powerplay this year for which the national team played 1169 balls. Opener Imam-ul-Haq was dismissed after playing 17 runs.
A partnership of 54 runs was also established between Babar and Abdullah Shafiq, Abdullah Shafiq also completed his half-century by facing 60 balls with the help of two sixes and 4 fours, Abdullah returned to the pavilion after scoring 58 runs. Muhammad Rizwan, who came in fourth place, returned to the pavilion after scoring 8 runs. Saud Shakeel was dismissed for 25 runs, Captain Babar Azam also completed a half-century but he also returned to the pavilion after scoring 74 runs off 92 balls.
Saud Shakeel got out after scoring 25 runs. 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. Pakistan scored 282 runs for the loss of 7 wickets in 50 overs. On behalf of Afghanistan, young spinner Noor Ahmed took 3 wickets, fast bowler Naveen ul Haq took 2 wickets.
Apart from this, Muhammad Nabi and Azmatullah got one wicket each. Chasing Pakistan’s 283 runs, Afghan openers Rahmanullah Garbaz and Ibrahim Zadran started the innings aggressively. The first wicket of the Afghan team fell on 130 runs when Rahmanullah Garbaz returned to the pavilion after scoring 65 runs off the ball of Shaheen Afridi. After playing a brilliant innings of 87 runs on a total score of 190, Ibrahim Zadran fell victim to Hasan Ali.
Afghanistan easily achieved Pakistan’s target of 283 runs in 49 overs for the loss of 2 wickets. 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. Earlier, Afghanistan had pulled off a major upset by defeating defending champions England. The national team has included all-rounder Shadab Khan in place of Mohammad Nawaz in the playing XI, while Afghanistan has included spinner Noor Ahmed in place of Fazlul Haq Farooqui.