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Hambantota, Aug 23: Just before the Asia Cup, this is an important series between Pakistan and Afghanistan, which is 3 matches. Whose first match was played at Sri Lanka’s Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium yesterday
Pakistan’s captain Babar Azam won the toss and chose to bat first, with Fakhar Zaman being the first wicket in the very first over, dismissed by Afghanistan’s leading fast bowler Fazalhaq Farooqui. Got caught by MD Nabi in the slip.
Even before Pakistan emerged from injury, in the second over of the game, Mujeeb Ur Rahman showed Pakistan’s most dangerous batsman and their captain Babar Azam the way to Palvion without opening his account of runs.
Even Afghanistan had scored two breakthroughs in two overs.
The beginning of Pakistan was not so good, yet Pakistan’s batsmen extended their innings with hard work and the entire Pakistan team came to the pavilion for just 201 runs in 47 overs.
Imam-ul-Haq played the most important innings of 61 runs off 94 balls, Shadab Khan contributed 39(50), Iftikhar Ahmed 30(41), and Rizwan 21(22) from Pakistan.
Mujeeb took a maximum of 3 wickets from the Afghanistan side and along with them Rashid Khan and MD Nabi took 2-2 wickets.
After this, Afghanistan’s innings started in which Afghanistan’s start was very badly, Afghanistan lost their first and second wickets for only 3 runs, and with this, Afghanistan lost their 5 wickets for just 35 runs and got all out at just 59 runs.
For Afghanistan, Rahmanullah Gurbaz scored a maximum of 18 runs on 47 balls and Azmatullah Omarzai scored 16 runs on 12 balls.
Apart from these, none of the Afghanistan batsmen could touch double digits.
Haris Rauf took the maximum of 5 wickets from the Pakistan side and Shaheen Afridi took 2 wickets.
The same Pakistan won this match by a huge margin of 142 runs and
With this, Pakistan has taken a 1-0 lead in the 3-match series. Now the next match will be played on the 24th of August.