ICC Cricket World Cup, 2019

Pakistan vs Afghanistan - Match 36

Venue: Headingley, Leeds

Date & Time: 29 June 2019

Pakistan 230/7

RR: 4.63 | Pakistan beat Afghanistan by 3 wickets


Batsman R B 4s 6s
Fakhar Zaman lbw Mujeeb Ur Rahman lbw Mujeeb Ur Rahman 0200
Imam-ul-Haq stumped Mohammad Nabi stumped Mohammad Nabi 365140
Babar Azam bowled Mohammad Nabi bowled Mohammad Nabi 455150
Mohammad Hafeez c Hashmatullah Shahidi & b Mujeeb Ur Rahman c Hashmatullah Shahidi & b Mujeeb Ur Rahman 193510
Haris Sohail lbw Rashid Khan lbw Rashid Khan 275720
Sarfaraz Ahmed run out run out 182210
Imad Wasim not out not out 495450
Shadab Khan run out run out 111710
Wahab Riaz not out not out 15911
Mohammad Amir
Shaheen Afridi
Extras 10 (b 1, lb 4, w 5, nb 0)
Total 230 (7 Wkts, 49.4 Ov)
Fall of Wickets
0-1 (Fakhar Zaman,0.2), 72-2 (Imam-ul-Haq,16), 81-3 (Babar Azam,17.2), 121-4 (Mohammad Hafeez,29.1), 142-5 (Haris Sohail,35), 156-6 (Sarfaraz Ahmed,39), 206-7 (Shadab Khan,46.4),
BowlingO M R WEcon
Mujeeb Ur Rahman10 1 34 2 3.40
Hamid Hassan2 0 13 0 6.50
Gulbadin Naib9.4 0 73 0 7.77
Mohammad Nabi10 0 23 2 2.30
Rashid Khan10 0 50 1 5.00
Samiullah Shinwari8 0 32 0 4.00
Rahmat Shah 0 0 0 0 0
Hashmatullah Shahidi 0 0 0 0 0
Asghar Afghan 0 0 0 0 0
Najibullah Zadran 0 0 0 0 0
Ikram Ali Khil 0 0 0 0 0

That's all from this close encounter. Afghanistan really scared Pakistan just like they did to India but failed to cross the line. On Sunday, we have a mouthwatering match lined up - England will be taking on India in a crucial encounter at Edgbaston. Do join us at 1030 local (0930 GMT) for all the action. Meanwhile, you can switch to the concerned tab to get the updates from Match 37 of this World Cup. Cheers!

Pakistan skipper, Sarfaraz Ahmed starts by thanking the Almighty. He then thanks the fans for their support. Credits Imad Wasim for his brilliant innings. Informs that the pitch was two-paced and they knew it was going to be a tough chase. He is happy though that everyone chipped in. Credits his team as it is not easy winning 4 out of 4 games. Credits Wahab too as his 12-15 runs helped the team. Mentions that Shaheen has worked hard and he bowled really well along with the other bowlers. Further adds that they will watch India taking on England on Sunday but are not thinking too far ahead.

Afghanistan skipper, Gulbadin Naib says they fought well and gave their all but in the end they missed the opportunity to win. Credits Imad for the way he played and also praises Shadab for rotating the strike. Feels had they worked slightly harder, they could have won. Still reckons that they improved with every game. On bowling that 46th over, he replies that they lost Hamid Hassan due to injury and counts that as their bad luck. Credits his bowlers for bowling the way they did. States that in a tournament like this, getting 40 odd runs is not enough to put big runs on the board and wants his batsmen to take more responsibility. He also thanks the crowd for all the support.

Imad Wasim is adjudged the Man of the Match for his all-round performance! Says when he came to bat Rashid was bowling really well and admits he struggled to pick him. Tells the plan was to play the full 50 overs. Mentions that Naib was the only bowler they could have targeted as Afghanistan have great spinners. Thanks the crowd for their support as it made them feel at home and also dedicates this win to the supporters. States that this win has given them a lot of confidence and hopes that they can win the next one and qualify for the semi-finals.

A target of 228 on this turning pitch was always going to be tricky. Once Pakistan lost Fakhar Zaman on the second ball of the run chase it gave us a hint that it's not going to be a smooth ride for the green team. But then, Babar Azam and Imam-ul-Haq got involved in a 72-run stand to pave the way. Just when it looked like Pakistan will cruise, Mohammad Nabi removed both Imam and Babar in quick succession to peg Pakistan back. Mohammad Hafeez and Haris Sohail also formed a partnership but the Afghan bowlers kept bouncing back to create pressure. The run out of Sarfaraz Ahmed handed the Asian minnows the upper hand but Shadab and Imad stitched in a match-winning 50-run stand to close the doors on Afghanistan. The 46th over where Imad Wasim took Gulbadin Naib to the cleaners by hammering 18 runs proved to be the turning point as it took away the scoreboard pressure.

A narrow escape for Pakistan and they have moved to the number 4 spot in the points table, one point ahead of England. Imad Wasim has done it for them. A very vital knock from the southpaw. He struggled at the start of his innings but gutted it out and has scripted a thrilling victory for his team. A word of praise for Wahab Riaz as well whose 9-ball 15 cannot be undermined. Heartbreak for Afghanistan. But credit to them for making Pakistan sweat hard for this win. Well done, Afghans!

G Naib to I Wasim, FOUR! PAKISTAN WIN BY 3 WICKETS! Naib hurls in a low full toss outside off, Wasim drills his drive through extra cover and it speeds away to the fence in a flash. The crowd erupts in joy. Great scenes out there!
G Naib to I Wasim, Run out chance missed! Extra run taken. Poor from Naib again. Fullish and outside off, Imad drives it straight to extra cover and crosses for a risky run. The fielder picks up the ball and throws it to the bowler who fails to catch it. It goes behind and the batsmen run an overthrow.
G Naib to W Riaz, Slower one, full and angling down the leg side, Wahab swings his bat early and misses. It goes off his pads to the leg side and they cross. Given as a run. Maybe, some inside edge then.
G Naib to I Wasim, Full toss outside off, Wasim smashes it to sweeper cover for a single. 5 needed off 5 balls.

6 needed off 6 balls. Gulbadin Naib has the ball in his hand.

R Khan to I Wasim, Shortish and on leg, Wasim tries to flick but misses. It takes his pads and rolls to short fine leg for a leg bye. 10 from the over!
R Khan to W Riaz, Flatter and fuller around middle, Wahab reverse sweeps it through covers for a single. 7 needed off 7 balls.
R Khan to W Riaz, Googly around off, some extra bounce, Wahab swings and misses.
R Khan to W Riaz, Excellent running between the wickets. A googly around off, turning in, Wahab doesn't pick it but does well to force it down towards long off for a couple.
R Khan to W Riaz, SIX! This one has disappeared into the crowd. 10 needed off 10 balls. Floated delivery, full and on middle, Wahab kneels and smokes it deep into the stands at mid-wicket. This is a clean hit by Riaz. Look at the crowd. They are loving every bit of the action here.
R Khan to W Riaz, Swing and a miss! Flighted and outside off, Wahab tries to slog sweep but it turns away to beat his bat.
Ur Rahman to I Wasim, Very full and outside off, Wasim squeezes it out to covers. Dot ball to end an excellent spell by Mujeeb, 10-1-34-2! Outstanding job done by the offie. 16 needed more off 12 balls.
Ur Rahman to W Riaz, Flatter and quicker on off, Riaz gets back deep inside the crease and pushes it out with gentle hands to covers. A single taken.
Ur Rahman to I Wasim, Too full in length on off, driven back firmly and it took Mujeeb's leg before deflecting towards deep mid-wicket. A single taken. Mujeeb is down on the ground in some pain.
Ur Rahman to I Wasim, Three dots. Pressure. Short and wide outside off, Imad tries to cut but misses as it bounces over his bat.
Ur Rahman to I Wasim, Full and on off, driven back to the bowler.
Ur Rahman to I Wasim, Tossed up ball outside off, tapped down from the crease to point.

Mujeeb Ur Rahman is into the attack. His team needs him to build pressure with dots and a wicket here will be cherry on the cake.

R Khan to W Riaz, FOUR! Wow, Wahab has drilled his shot! Full and flighted outside off, Riaz watches width there and muscles it through covers. 10 runs and a wicket from the over, 18 needed off 18 balls.
R Khan to W Riaz, Stifled appeal for an lbw! A googly on off, some extra bounce as it spins back in and hits Wahab high on his front leg.

Wahab Riaz walks out to bat next. Remember he has a fracture on his finger. Wahab can hit the long ball but will this injury be an issue?

R Khan to S Khan, OUT! Shadab is short! A flatter delivery on middle, Khan whips it to deep mid-wicket and attempts for the second run. Naib in the deep runs forward and sends in a bullet throw to the keeper who breaks the stumps as Shadab dives in. They appeal, it's referred upstairs and the replay find Khan short. 50-run stand is broken immediately. 22 needed off 20 balls.

Appeal for a run out! Is there any more twist left in this match? Shadab is in question. Has his dive saved him?

R Khan to S Khan, FOUR! Streaky! Pakistan will take it. A full delivery landing on off and spinning away, Shadab presses forward to push it through but it takes the outside edge and runs wide of short third man for a boundary.
R Khan to I Wasim, Spinning away from the batsman, it's on the shorter side, Wasim stays back and steers it through point for a run.
R Khan to I Wasim, Quicker and fuller on off, Imad defends it to the off side.

Rashid Khan into the attack. His skipper bowled an expensive last over and now Rashid will have to get a wicket here. If not a wicket he will look to not leak too many runs.

G Naib to I Wasim, Smart batting. Fuller and on off, Imad tries to drive but it takes the inside edge and hits him on the pads. It deflects towards extra cover and they cross. 28 needed off 24 balls and this over has made Pakistan the favourites again.
G Naib to I Wasim, Wide! 29 needed off 25 balls. The crowd is going mad. Fullish and angling down the leg side, Imad tries to flick but misses.
G Naib to I Wasim, FOUR! Another boundary, make it 16 from the over. Imad has unleashed here. Poor bowling by the skipper. Keeps bowling short and wide outside off and Wasim whacks it through point.
G Naib to I Wasim, FOUR! Edgy! Luck is going Pakistan's way. Width on offer outside off, Wasim throws his bat at it and edges it wide of short third man for a boundary. 12 from the over, so far.

Slight hold up in play. Imad Wasim has cramped himself and is lying flat on the ground. Shadab helps him in stretching. Physio has come out now. 38 needed off 27 balls.

G Naib to I Wasim, Whips this delivery through wide mid on for a couple of runs.
G Naib to I Wasim, In the air... Afghan misjudges it! A length delivery outside off, Imad miscues his shot in the air at extra cover. Afghan runs back from the circle but misjudges it as the ball drops wide of him. A couple taken.
G Naib to I Wasim, FOUR! Thumped! Full toss outside off, Wasim shuffles across the stumps, fetches it from there and swings it across the line. It hurries in front of square leg and finds the fence after beating the dive from the deep fielder.

Gulbadin Naib to bowl. Asghar Afghan has a chat with him and sets the field. It seems that the ex-skipper has taken over the control.

S Shinwari to I Wasim, Yes he ends it well. Floated on off, Imad comes down the track and milks it to long off and keeps the strike. 46 needed off the last 5 overs now.
S Shinwari to S Khan, On the pads, Shadab flicks it to the on side and gets a single. Just a run off the 5 balls so far. Can he end it well?
S Shinwari to S Khan, Floated on off, Shadab drives it but finds mid off.
S Shinwari to S Khan, Tossed up around off, Shadab strokes it to the man at point.
S Shinwari to S Khan, Floated on off, Shadab blocks it off the front foot.
S Shinwari to S Khan, IN THE AIR...JUST SHORT. Leg spinner on middle, Shadab looks to flick but gets a leading edge. Shinwari dives in front but the ball falls agonizingly short of him. Shinwari was inches away from getting a wicket there.

Samiullah Shinwari is back into the attack.

R Khan to I Wasim, Floated on off, Imad strokes it wide of long on and gets a couple.