|ICC Males’s Cricket World Cup, Headingley, Leeds|
|Afghanistan 227-9 (50 overs):Afghan 42, Najibullah 42, Shaheen 4-47|
|Pakistan 230-7 (49.4 overs):Wasim 49*, Babar forty five, Nabi 2-23|
|Pakistan won by three wickets|
Pakistan survived a fright to beat Afghanistan by three wickets with two balls remaining in a thriller at Headingley that strikes Sarfaraz Ahmed’s facet above England in the trudge for a World Cup semi-final space.
Chasing 228 for victory, Pakistan fell to 81-3 and 156-6 as Afghanistan grew to change into the screw and, with Forty eight wanted from 36 balls, it looked out of Pakistan’s palms.
Nonetheless, a disastrous Forty sixth over by Afghanistan captain Gulbadin Naib went for 18 runs to build Pakistan again up to velocity.
No matter Shadab Khan being bustle out with 22 runs wanted for victory, Imad and Wahab Riaz held their nerve, with Wahab placing the principle six of the innings to steal the price all of the vogue down to a bustle a ball.
In an unheard of attain, Imad drove Gulbadin to the boundary to achieve an unbeaten 49, tie up victory and plug his facet earlier than England in the desk.
It makes it more seemingly that England will want to beat each India on Sunday and New Zealand on Wednesday to achieve the remaining four.
Afghanistan, in the period in-between, are silent winless – and like minded as they did towards India, they’ve come tantalisingly shut to a unpleasant victory.
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The over that lost Afghanistan the match?
With Pakistan desiring 46 runs from 30 balls, Gulbadin introduced himself again on to bowl to Imad Wasim – a resolution which swung the momentum again to Pakistan.
- forty five.1 overs – Plump toss, swept to sq. leg for four.
- forty five.2 overs – Sliced into the air but Asghar Afghan, running backward from mid-off, loses the ball in the air and it drops beside him. Imad runs two.
- forty five.3 overs – Two runs pushed to mid-wicket.
- forty five.4 overs – Plump, Imad has a wild pressure and an delivery air edge flies away for four.
- forty five.5 overs – Too rapid, and decrease to the purpose boundary.
- forty five.6 overs – Huge. The agony continues for Gulbadin.
- forty five.6 overs – Yorker dimension and flicked away for a single.
Sooner than the over, Pakistan had been struggling; they had been restricted to singles, had hit like minded two fours in the outdated 18 overs and the vociferous crowd had been silenced.
Nonetheless, the form of costly over build things firmly again in Pakistan’s favour.
Wahab, batting with a damaged finger, hit 15 from 9 balls, with one four and one six, to resolve any nerves after Shadab became needlessly bustle out going for a second.
After that, the sport became carried out.
Pakistan retain their nerve
This had been, up except the final hour or two, a meandering sport sooner than it became sparked into lifestyles by the introduction of Mohammad Nabi.
Pakistan lost Fakhar Zaman lbw to the second ball of their reply but Nabi claimed two wickets in two overs, having Imam-ul-Haq stumped as he charged him, sooner than the in-perform Babar Azam became bowled spherical his legs.
Once Haris Sohail fell, caught going again into his crease towards Rashid Khan, Pakistan’s center provide an explanation for became exposed.
Captain Sarfaraz Ahmed became bustle out while attempting to draw a second bustle that became by no manner on offer, leaving Wasim, Shadab and Wahab to show veil the vital smooth heads.
Wasim, even if, became fortunate – he could enjoy to were out lbw early in his innings however the enchantment off Rashid Khan became grew to change into down and Afghanistan had inclined up their evaluate.
At 145-5, it may perchance well perchance perchance want proved terminal for Pakistan. As it became, they’ll steal heart from the vogue they came through a tight self-discipline – something their greatest semi-final rivals England enjoy yet to perform.
A watch of what could want been
Afghanistan had been aggressive towards Pakistan, which has now not repeatedly been the case during this World Cup.
They’ve now not had a settled facet, have not over and over conducted with the bat, and their fielding has been depressed.
At Headingley, they tantalised, placing of their most racy batting performance and following it up with a like minded bowling performance that imploded in the Forty sixth over.
None of their batsmen had been in a situation to pass 42, on the opposite hand, as Pakistan’s younger left-arm quickly Shaheen Afridi (4-47) once one more time impressed.
‘We may perchance be staring at England the following day’ – what they acknowledged
Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed:“Thanks your total followers, they cheered every ball. It is a gargantuan defend shut for us on now not an simple pitch.
“We impress it became now not an simple aim. Their bowlers inclined the prerequisites thoroughly. Every person chipped in, it became like minded team work.
“All of us know that it is now not simple to defend shut our remaining four games, we plug match by match. We can all be staring at India v England the following day.”
Afghanistan captain Gulbadin Naib:“We fought essentially smartly, the boys gave 100% but in the cease we omitted one more to defend shut the match. Credit rating to Pakistan, they controlled their nerves.
“It became contaminated luck [when I went for 18 in an over]. Hamid Hassan became injured, it became very engaging for Pakistan to scramble that total on a turning wicket. It became the turning point.”