Pakistan VS Afghanistan, highlights of 2nd ODI, August 24,2023.

Yasoob Ul Haq

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A strong performance from Pakistan’s lower-order helped them achieve an exciting one-wicket win over Afghanistan in the second ODI at Hambantota Stadium, Sri Lanka on Thursday (September 24, 2023). Babar Azam’s team won the three-match series with one game left to play.

Let’s have a look on playing XI of both rival teams;

Babar Azam (c)Hashmatullah Shahidi (c)
Fakhar ZamanIbrahim Zadran
Imam-ul-HaqRiaz Hassan
Agha SalmanIkram Alikhil
Iftikhar AhmedMohammad Nabi
Shadab KhanRashid Khan
Usama MirMujeeb Ur Rahman
Shaheen AfridiFazalhaq Farooqi
Naseem ShahAbdul Rahman
Haris RaufShahidullah Kamal
Mohammad Rizwan (wk)Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk)

In this thrilling match full of ups and downs, the team needed 11 runs in the last over with only two players left to bat. Well-prepared Shadab Khan was on the field, but not batting at the moment. Naseem Shah was also with him, playing on the opposite side.

Pakistan vs Afghanistan

The thrill started right away when Shadab was run out at the non-striker’s end because he was standing too far away. Fazalhaq Farooqi, a player from Afghanistan ran out the Pakistan all-rounder in a way that seemed like it was planned, due to a change in balance. Even though it was challenging, just like the Asia Glass T20 competition last year, Naseem remained calm and hit the ball to score two runs. He also received support from Haris Rauf to help Pakistan win the game with only one ball left.

The chase did not seem planned to get this close after Babar and Imam-ul-Haq’s partnership of a hundred runs. The two players took control of the game after Fakhar Zaman got out early in the game. Afghanistan was under pressure, and Pakistan was dominating the game at 170/1. They were close to losing the game. Babar was caught off guard by a slower ball from Farooqi, and before he knew it, the score suddenly became 211/6.

Partnership between Pakistani Batsmen

Afghanistan’s three players were put under pressure. Afghanistan was in trouble when Ifthikar Ahmed couldn’t play a long innings. It was clear that Pakistan was going to struggle. Shadab did a good job of staying calm and focused even though there was a lot of pressure on him. He played the game with a lot of concentration before he got out.

Abdul Rahman’s poor bowling performance led to Afghanistan facing difficulties as he allowed the opponent team to score many runs. Pakistani players smartly targeted the inexperienced player, which resulted in success for them, particularly in the second-to-last over of their pursuit. Before, Rahmanullah Gurbaz scored a great 151 runs and had a partnership of 200 runs with Ibrahim Zadran, which helped Afghanistan reach a good total.

After the pair fell, Pakistan made progress and managed to ensure that Afghanistan ended up with 20-25 runs less than they would have tried. Their score of 300 was still a good total, but once again, Afghanistan failed to remain calm under pressure against Pakistan in a close finish.

As far as the performance details of both teams are concerned, you can get a bird’s eye view of the whole match by score cards below;

Afghanistan batting

Hazratullah Zazai b Mohammad Hasnain211740123.52
Rahmanullah Gurbaz WKT b Haris Rauf171102154.54
Ibrahim Zadran c Mohammad Rizwan b Haris Rauf35372194.59
Karim Janat c Fakhar Zaman b Mohammad Nawaz15191078.94
Najibullah Zadran c Fakhar Zaman b Shadab Khan10110190.90
Mohammad Nabi CPT b Naseem Shah01000.00
Azmatullah Omarzai NOT OUT101010100
Rashid Khan NOT OUT
Mujeeb Ur Rahman
Fareed Ahmad
Fazalhaq Farooqi
Total (6 Wicket, 20 Overs)129

afghanistan bowling

Fazalhaq Farooqi3.203139.3010
Mujeeb Ur Rehman401203.0017
Fareed Ahmad403137.7510
Rashid Khan402526.2510
Mohammad Nabi302207.336
Azmatullah Omarzai10606.001

pakistan batting

Mohammad Rizwan WKT Ibw Rashid Khan20261176.92
Baber Azam CPT lbw Fazalhaq Farooqi01000.00
Fakhar Zaman Run Out Najibullah Zadran591055.55
Iftikhar Ahmad c Ibrahim Zadran b Fareed Ahmad30332090.90
Shadab Khan c Azmatullah b Rashid Khan362613138.46
Mohammad Nawaz lbw Fazalhaq Farooqi451080.00
Asif Ali c Karim Kanat b Fareed Ahmad16802200.00
Khushdil Shah b Fazalhaq Farooqi130033.33
Naseem Shah NOT OUT141000.00
Mohammad Hasnain NOT OUT0402350.00
Total (9 Wickets, 19.2 Overs)131

pakistan bowling

Naseem Shah 401914.7513
Mohammad Hasnain403418.5010
Haris Rauf402626.5015
Mohammad Nawaz402315.757
Shadab Khan402716.759


Afghanistan scored 300 runs for the loss of 5 wickets in 50 overs. Rahmanullah Gurbaz made 151 runs and Ibrahim Zadran made 80 runs, while Shaheen Afridi took 2 wickets for Pakistan. However, Pakistan chased the target and scored 302 runs for the loss of 9 wickets in 49.5 overs. Imam-ul-Haq made 91 runs and Babar Azam made 53 runs. Fazalhaq Farooqi took 3 wickets for Afghanistan. Pakistan won the match by 1 wicket.

I'm Yasoob-Ul-Haq a UK Safety Certified Chemical Engineer and a highly skilled Content Writer having two years of writing experience on different types of interesting and competent niches. I prefer target oriented work to meet timelines.

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