ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup at Emerald Headingly, Leeds.
Pakistan Vs Afghanistan
Afghanistan 227-9 (50 ov) Rahmat 35 off 43, 5 fours, Afghan 42 off 35, 3 fours, 2 sixes, Najibullah 42 off 54, 6 fours, Shaheen 4-47, Wasim 2-48, Wahab 2-29, Shadab 1-44.
Pakistan 230-7 (49.4ov) Imam 36 0ff 51, 4 fours, Babar 45 off 51, 5 fours, Haris 27 off 58, 2 fours, Wasim 49 * off 54, 5 fours, Mujeeb 2-34, Nabi 2-23, Rasjid 1-50.
Afghanistan won the toss and decided to bat.
Pakistan win by 3 wickets
Pakistan managed to survive a scare to beat Afghanistan by three wickets with two balls remaining at Headingley.
Chasing 228 for victory, Pakistan fell to 81-3 and 156-6 as Afghanistan turned the screw and with 48 needed from 36 balls it looked out of Pakistan’s jamds. A disastrous 46th over by Afghanistan captain Gulbadin Naib went for 18 runs to put Pakistan back on track.
Imad and Wahab Riaz held their nerve, despite Shadab Khan run out, Wahab striking the first six of the innings to take rate sown to a run a ball.
Wahab with a broken finger, hit 15 from nine balls with one four and one six to overcome all nerves.
Afghanistan, as they did against India, they had come very close to a stunning victory.
Afghanistan captain Gulbadin Naib said” We fought really well, the boys gave 100 per cent but in the end we missed an opportunity to win the match. Credit to Pakistan they controlled the nerves better. It was bad lick when I went for 18 in an over. Hamid Hassan was injured, it was very difficult for Pakistan to chase that total on a turning wicket . It was a turning point.”