-Pakistan won by 3 wickets against Afghanistan
-Afghanistan 227 for 9; Pakistan 230 for 7
-Pakistan climbs up to the 4th position in the table
Pakistan defeated Afghanistan in the match number 36 of the ongoing ICC World Cup 2019 at Headingley in Leeds.
Pakistan will look to win their last league match against Bangladesh to solidify their chances of qualifying for semis.
Batting first, Afghanistan posted 227/9. The Afghan spinners choked Pakistan but they were able to cross the line.
How did the match pan out?
Afghanistan lost quick wickets at the start before Asghar Afghan and Ikram added 64 runs for the fourth wicket. Afghans kept losing wickets, but Najibullah Zadran (42) and some other small contributions got them to 227/9.
In reply, Pakistan were 72/1 at one stage. Two quick scalps hurt them as Afghans put in pressure.
A match winning innings by Imad sealed the deal.
Imad Wasim helps Pakistan clinch thriller
Imad Wasim’s knock, despite not being at his best, helped Pakistan keep their hopes alive. Imad had steadied the ship after Pakistan lost opener Fakhar Zaman for a duck off the second ball of the innings.
You have got to feel for Afghanistan here! They bowled so well to keep themselves in contention.
The spinners led by Mohammad Nabi and Mujeeb Ur Rahman brought Pakistan to their knees only to see captain Gulbadin Naib squander a brilliant chance to notch a memorable win over Pakistan with his bowling.
Pakistan are still alive in the World Cup!