Afghanistan made history by defeating Pakistan

Logan D Suza

Afghanistan made history by defeating Pakistan

Another incident happened in the World Cup. After first defeating the current world champion England, this time Afghanistan defeated one of the World Cup favorites Pakistan by a huge margin of 8 wickets at the MA Chidambaram Stadium. Babar Azam’s challenge of 282 runs was passed by the Afghans after losing only 2 wickets in 49 overs.

Afghanistan have never beaten Pakistan in their previous seven appearances in ODIs. Finally they won. The Afghans kept Pakistan within reach thanks to 18-year-old Noor Ahmed. The rest of the work is done by the batters. Overall, Afghanistan took a good position in both categories. It captured the elusive victory.

On Monday (October 23), after winning the toss and batting first, Pakistan scored 282 runs losing 7 wickets in the scheduled 50 overs. The maximum 74 runs for the team came from the bat of Babar. Best bowler Noor Ahmed took 3 wickets for 49 runs for Afghanistan.

In response, Afghanistan reached the port of victory after losing 2 wickets in 49 overs. Where Ibrahim Zadran played a great innings of 87 runs.

Chasing a target of 283 runs, Afghanistan got off to a flying start. Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Ibrahim Zadran’s excellent batting saw Afghanistan score 60 runs without losing any wicket in the first power play. Gurbaz returned with 65 runs to break the opening pair of 130 runs.

Gurbaz returned with a fifty but another opener Ibrahim was on his way to a century. His great innings ended in disappointment! Sajghar returned to stay 11 runs away from the century. He must have the regret of missing the century!

Rehmat Shah batted fluently from the start. Along with Hashmatullah Shahidi, he made an unbroken partnership of 96 runs for the fourth wicket. Both of these players left the field with the team winning the match. Unbeaten 77 runs came from Rahmat’s bat.

Earlier, two openers Abdullah Shafiq and Imam-ul-Haq got off to bat. India scored 56 runs without losing any wicket in the first power play with the excellent batting of these two. Imam returned with 17 runs and broke the opening pair of 56 runs.

After that, Babar took the lead of the team down to three. Both these batsmen got fifty. Shafiq returned with 58 runs. And 74 runs came from Babar’s bat. However, after the return of these two, the team lost its way. Mohammad Rizwan and Saud Shakeel failed.

But towards the end, Pakistan took control again in the pair of Iftikhar Ahmed-Shadab Khan. Iftikhar and Shadab scored 40 runs. Pakistan got the fighting capital from their excellent finishing.

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