Imad Wasim’s unbeaten 49 runs which were played in immeasurable conditions help their team to keep hopes of reaching the World Cup semi-final by defeating Afghanistan by 3 wickets in an up-and-down trilling match. Pakistan, during chasing 228 runs, lost six of their top batsmen at just 156 runs.
When Imad Took Over The Command Of His Team
Imad took charge from here and scored five boundaries in his unbeaten innings of 54 balls. In the meantime, he shared 50 runs partnership with Shadab Khan (11) and a 24-run partnership with Wahab Riaz (15 not out), That enabled Pakistan to make a comeback and won the match by 7 wickets. Imad gave victory to Pakistan by hit four.
Afghanistan’s team batting first by winning the toss in the match could make 227 runs in 50 overs by losing 9 wickets. His seven batsmen reached double digits but the biggest scores were Asgar Afghan (42) and Najibullah Jadran (42). Pakistan pacer Shaheen Afridi took four wickets by giving 47 runs. Wahab Riaz (2 wickets by giving 29 runs) and Imad Wasim (2 wickets by giving 48runs).
This is Pakistan’s fourth win in eight matches and it now has nine points and has reached number four in the points table. To reach the semifinals, they have to win against Bangladesh (July 5). This is the eighth defeat of Afghanistan.
Wrong Decision By Afghanistan’s Captain
When Pakistan needed 46 runs in five overs, then bowling by Afghanistan’s captain Gulbadin Naib proves to be a wrong decision. He provided 18 runs in this over. Thereby, the pressure on Pakistan was reduced.
Pakistan Lost The First Wicket And Review In The First Over
Pakistan’s begin was not good. They lost the wicket of Fakhar Zaman on the second ball of first over and also lost a review. Mushfiqur Rahim lbw out to Fakhar for which he took the help of the DRS.
Imam-ul Haq (36 runs in 51 balls) and Babar Azam (45 runs in 51 balls) gave fine innings and shared 72 runs partnership for the second wicket. Mohammad Nabi broke the partnership by stamping out the Imam. Nabi then put Pakistan in the crisis by making Azam bold.
Afghanistan also lost their review in the seventh over and it was proven a disadvantage in the 28th over when Naib’s ball touched Haris Sohail’s bat, reached the wicketkeeper hand but the umpire refused the appeal.
Sarfraz Ahmed would be returned pavilion if Samihullah Shinwari would catch his catch. However, Pakistan captain managed to score 18 runs and lost his wicket in the greedy second run. After that, Shinwari left the difficult catch of Shadab. On such situation, the dice of the match turned in favor of Pakistan in Gulbadin Naib over. Shadab was run out. When 16 runs were needed in the last two overs, Wahab Riaz hit a six on Rashid Khan over.