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

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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 otherwise he would have been bowling that over 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!

49.4
4
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!
49.3
2
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.
49.2
1
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.
49.1
1
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.

48.6
0
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!
48.5
1
R Khan to W Riaz, Flatter and fuller around middle, Wahab reverse sweeps it through covers for a single. 7 needed off 7 balls.
48.4
0
R Khan to W Riaz, Googly around off, some extra bounce, Wahab swings and misses.
48.3
2
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.
48.2
6
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.
48.1
0
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.
47.6
0
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.
47.5
1
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.
47.4
1
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.
47.3
0
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.
47.2
0
Ur Rahman to I Wasim, Full and on off, driven back to the bowler.
47.1
0
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.

46.6
4
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.
46.5
0
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?

46.4
1
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?

46.3
4
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.
46.2
1
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.
46.1
0
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.

45.6
1
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.
45.6
0
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.
45.5
4
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.
45.4
4
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.

45.3
2
G Naib to I Wasim, Whips this delivery through wide mid on for a couple of runs.
45.2
2
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.
45.1
4
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.

44.6
1
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.
44.5
1
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?
44.4
0
S Shinwari to S Khan, Floated on off, Shadab drives it but finds mid off.
44.3
0
S Shinwari to S Khan, Tossed up around off, Shadab strokes it to the man at point.
44.2
0
S Shinwari to S Khan, Floated on off, Shadab blocks it off the front foot.
44.1
0
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.

43.6
2
R Khan to I Wasim, Floated on off, Imad strokes it wide of long on and gets a couple.
43.5
0
R Khan to S Khan, On the pads, Shadab looks to flick but the ball goes off his thigh pad towards short fine leg and they take a leg bye.
43.4
1
R Khan to I Wasim, On the pads, Imad glances it to mid-wicket for a single.
43.3
1
R Khan to S Khan, Tossed up on middle, Shadab strokes it to long on for a single.
43.2
0
R Khan to S Khan, Flighted outside off, Khan looks to drive but misses.
43.1
1
R Khan to I Wasim, Shorter on off, Imad guides it down to third man and gets a single.

Rashid Khan is back into the attack. 7-0-26-1, his figures so far.

42.6
1
Ur Rahman to I Wasim, On the pads, Imad flicks it to square leg for a single.
42.5
2
Ur Rahman to I Wasim, Short around off, Imad late cuts it. Afghan runs after it from short third man and pulls it back before the ropes. He saves two for his side.
42.4
1
Ur Rahman to S Khan, On the pads, Shadab flicks it to square leg and gets a couple.
42.3
0
Ur Rahman to S Khan, Straighter one on middle and leg, Shadab defends it back to the bowler.
42.2
1
Ur Rahman to I Wasim, Flighted on off, Imad strokes it to long on for a single.
42.1
0
Ur Rahman to I Wasim, Floated on middle, Imad reverse sweeps it but finds short third man.
41.6
1
G Naib to I Wasim, On the pads, Imad flicks it to the leg side and gets a single. 59 needed off the last 8 overs now.
41.5
4
G Naib to I Wasim, FOUR! Much-needed boundary this for Pakistan. Full on off, Imad drives it past the diving mid off fielder for a boundary.
41.4
0
G Naib to I Wasim, Back of a length ball on off, Imad blocks it off the back foot.
41.3
1
G Naib to S Khan, Back of length ball on off, Shadab pulls it to deep mid-wicket for a single.
41.2
1
G Naib to I Wasim, Good length ball on off, Imad drives it to point and gets a couple.
41.1
1
G Naib to S Khan, Good length ball on middle, Shadab strokes it towards mid on and gets a single.

Gulbadin Naib is back on.

40.6
0
S Shinwari to I Wasim, In the air but safe. Tossed up on off, Imad looks to flick but gets a leading edge. Luckily the ball falls short of the bowler.
40.5
2
S Shinwari to I Wasim, On the pads, Imad flicks it wide of deep mid-wicket for a couple.
40.4
1
S Shinwari to S Khan, Tossed up on off, Shadab strokes it to long off and gets a single.
40.3
1
S Shinwari to I Wasim, Flighted on middle, Imad milks it to long on for one.
40.2
0
S Shinwari to I Wasim, Shorter on off, Wasim punches it to the man at cover.
40.1
0
S Shinwari to I Wasim, Floated on the stumps, Imad defends it off the front foot.

Powerplay 3 time. Now a maximum of 5 fielders can be placed outside the 30-yard circle till the end of this game.

39.6
0
Ur Rahman to S Khan, Floated on the stumps, Khan gets behind it and blocks it.
39.5
0
Ur Rahman to S Khan, Floated on the stumps, Shadab defends it off the front foot.
39.4
1
Ur Rahman to I Wasim, Floated on middle and leg, Imad nudges it wide of mid on and gets a single.
39.3
0
Ur Rahman to I Wasim, Shorter on off, Imad plays it to the man at point.
39.2
0
Ur Rahman to I Wasim, Tossed up on off, Imad defends it off the front foot.
39.1
0
Ur Rahman to I Wasim, On the pads, Wasim flicks it but finds mid-wicket.

Shadab Khan is the new batsman. Also, Mujeeb has returned into the attack. Afghanistan are roaring here. They are applying relentless pressure on their neighbours and are sniffing an upset here.

38.6
1
R Khan to S Ahmed, OUT! RUN OUT! Body blow this for Pakistan. Shorter on off, Sarfaraz strokes it wide of deep point and looks for two. He runs the first one hard and calls for the second. Najibullah Zadran gets to the ball quickly in the deep and releases it close to the stumps at the keeper's end. Sarfaraz puts in a dive but Ikram takes the bails off quickly. The keeper turns to appeal but Sarfaraz knows that he is short. The replays roll in and they confirm the same. Pakistan continue to dig a hole for themselves. 72 needed more off 66 balls.

Run out appeal is referred upstairs! Sarfaraz has dived in but it seems he is short. Let's find out. Big moment for Pakistan.

38.5
1
R Khan to I Wasim, Full toss on off, Imad pushes it wide of mid off and gets a single.
38.4
0
R Khan to I Wasim, Shorter on the pads, Imad looks to flick but gets an inside edge onto his pads.
38.3
0
R Khan to I Wasim, Tossed up on off and middle, Imad defends it back to the bowler.
38.2
0
R Khan to I Wasim, Imad is completely at sea here against Rashid. Clueless. A googly around off, spinning away viciously, Wasim is forward as he tries to flick but misses.
38.1
0
R Khan to I Wasim, Sharp spin away from the batsman, outside off, Imad stays back to push at it and misses.

Drinks break. This match is alive and kicking. 74 needed off 72 balls. Rashid and Mujeeb have 7 overs remaining and it's not going to be easy for Pakistan. The pitch is turning and causing a lot of trouble to the batsmen. We are heading for a thrilling finish here.

37.6
4
G Naib to S Ahmed, FOUR! The Pakistani fans here in Leeds have found their voice again. Slower ball, it is slightly short. Sarfaraz picks it early and pulls it towards the square leg fence for a boundary.
37.5
1
G Naib to I Wasim, Once again an off cutter. This time Imad cuts it to deep point and gets a single.
37.4
0
G Naib to I Wasim, Slower ball outside off, Imad looks to play it but gets beaten.
37.3
1
G Naib to S Ahmed, Good length ball on the pads, Sarfaraz flicks it to deep mid-wicket for a single.
37.2
1
G Naib to I Wasim, Full on middle, Imad flicks it towards deep mid-wicket for a single.
37.1
1
G Naib to S Ahmed, Good length ball on off, Sarfaraz taps it towards third man and gets a single.

The skipper, Gulbadin Naib is back into the attack.

36.6
0
R Khan to I Wasim, Flatter and quicker, Imad plays it off his pads to short fine leg again. Rashid has rushed through this over, should have got a wicket too but there was no DRS available.
36.5
0
R Khan to I Wasim, Sliding down the leg side, Imad works it off his pads towards short fine leg.
36.4
0
R Khan to I Wasim, Shout for an lbw again! A flipper landing outside off and turning back in a hint, Imad looks to defend but gets an inside edge onto the front pad.
36.4
0
R Khan to I Wasim, Wide! Turning down the leg side, Imad has no clue where the ball is spinning. Tries to flick but misses.
36.3
0
R Khan to I Wasim, Appeal for a catch! Quicker and down the leg side, Imad fails to get it away and is hit on the pads. They appeal but it's not given. The replays later show that it hit Imad in line and was going on to hit the stumps. No DRS there so Imad survives.
36.2
0
R Khan to I Wasim, Flatter and on off, Wasim tries to defend from the back foot and it takes the bottom half of his bat. Rolls behind to the keeper.
36.1
0
R Khan to I Wasim, Tossed up ball outside off, Wasim gets forward to defend but is beaten.
36.1
0
R Khan to I Wasim, Wide! Spinning down the leg side, Wasim tries to flick but misses. The keeper collects and appeals but nothing from the umpire. The required rate is touching 6 now.
35.6
0
M Nabi to S Ahmed, Quicker one, full and on off, Ahmed is on the front foot as he pushes it towards mid on. Fine over by Nabi! He had an excellent spell and his figures speak volumes, 10-0-23-2.
35.5
1
M Nabi to I Wasim, Full and outside off, Imad drives it through covers and takes a run.
35.4
0
M Nabi to I Wasim, Beauty by Nabi! He bowls an off spinner from 'round the wicket. It drifts in with the angle and then spins away to beat the left-hander.
35.3
1
M Nabi to S Ahmed, A bit short and on off, Sarfaraz moves back and cuts it through point for a run.
35.2
0
M Nabi to S Ahmed, Tossed up ball outside off, Ahmed is forward as he drives it to point.
35.1
0
M Nabi to S Ahmed, Shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.

Imad Wasim is the new batsman. All he needs to do is to rotate the strike. 86 needed off 90 balls.

34.6
0
R Khan to H Sohail, OUT! Naib wanted his ace bowler to strike and he does so. Rashid has not been at his best but he has given his side a very prized scalp here. Leg break which is quick as well. It is pitching on leg and then proceeds to straighten. Haris looks to defend but misses. The ball hits him flush on the front pad. The Afghanistan players are convinced that they have their man so they put in a convincing appeal. The umpire thinks for a moment and then raises the dreaded finger. Pakistan have no review left so Haris cannot do anything and just head back to the pavilion. Pakistan are in deep trouble here. Their in-form batter is gone now. Ball Tracker is shown later on and it confirms even if Sohail would have reviewed it he would have to go as the decision would have stayed with the on-field umpire.
34.5
0
R Khan to H Sohail, Floated on off, Sohail looks to defend but gets an inside edge onto his pads.
34.5
0
R Khan to H Sohail, WIDE! Bowls it quicker but down the leg side. Ikram behind the stumps cannot take it cleanly but that does not cost any extra run.
34.4
0
R Khan to H Sohail, Shorter around off, Haris plays it to the man at point.
34.3
0
R Khan to H Sohail, Fuller on off, Haris defends it off the front foot.
34.2
0
R Khan to H Sohail, Floated on middle and leg, Haris taps it back to the bowler.
34.1
1
R Khan to S Ahmed, Leg spinner outside off, Sarfaraz punches it towards deep point and looks for two but he has to settle for just a single.

Rashid Khan is back! He has been wicket-less so far in the four overs that he has bowled. Afghanistan want their ace spinner to strike here and break this dangerously developing stand.

33.6
0
M Nabi to H Sohail, Well played but for no run. Floated on off, Haris drives it but straight to cover.
33.5
1
M Nabi to S Ahmed, Tossed up around off, Sarfaraz plays it to the right of point and gets to the other end.
33.4
1
M Nabi to H Sohail, On the pads, Haris flicks it to mid-wicket and gets a single.
33.3
1
M Nabi to S Ahmed, Loopy ball on middle, Sarfaraz milks it to long on for another single.
33.2
1
M Nabi to H Sohail, Tossed up on off, Sohail defends it with soft hands towards point and gets a single.
33.1
1
M Nabi to S Ahmed, Floated on middle, Sarfaraz nudges it to long on for a single.
32.6
0
S Shinwari to H Sohail, Short and this time Haris punches it to cover.
32.5
2
S Shinwari to H Sohail, Flipper around off, Sohail gets on his back foot and opens the face of the bat to get it between point and extra cover. Haris gets a couple as the sweeper cover mops it up.
32.4
0
S Shinwari to H Sohail, Loopy ball on the stumps, HS defends it off his front foot.
32.3
0
S Shinwari to H Sohail, Tossed up on middle, Haris strokes it to the man at mid on.
32.2
0
S Shinwari to H Sohail, On the pads, Haris flicks it to the man at short fine leg.
32.1
1
S Shinwari to S Ahmed, Tossed up on off, Sarfaraz comes down the track and milks it to sweeper cover for a single.
31.6
0
M Nabi to H Sohail, Flighted on the stumps, Sohail blocks it.
31.5
0
M Nabi to S Ahmed, On the pads, Sarfaraz looks to flick but the ball goes off his pads to the on side and they get a single.
31.4
0
M Nabi to S Ahmed, Floated on middle, Sarfaraz pushes it to mid on.
31.3
1
M Nabi to H Sohail, On the pads, Haris flicks it to the on side and gets a single.
31.2
0
M Nabi to H Sohail, Floated on the stumps, Haris defends it off the front foot.
31.1
1
M Nabi to S Ahmed, Slower through the air on off, Sarfaraz strokes it to long on for a single.

Mohammad Nabi is back into the attack. He was outstanding in his first spell where he hunted down Imam and Babar. Gulbadin Naib has gone back to his main spinners here. He knows that only wickets can win them this match.

30.6
0
S Shinwari to H Sohail, Floated on the stumps, Sohail defends it off the front foot.
30.5
1
S Shinwari to S Ahmed, Floated on off, Sarfaraz strokes it to point and gets a single.
30.4
1
S Shinwari to H Sohail, On middle and leg, Haris flicks it to square leg for a single.
30.3
2
S Shinwari to H Sohail, Shorter around off, Haris punches it wide of sweeper cover for a couple.
30.2
1
S Shinwari to S Ahmed, Tossed up on off, Sarfaraz pushes it to point for a single.
30.1
0
S Shinwari to S Ahmed, DROPPED! Shinwari bowls a full toss on off, Sarfaraz hits it uppishly to the right of the bowler. Shinwari moves to that side but the ball goes in and out of his hands. How costly will this dropped catch prove?
29.6
0
Ur Rahman to H Sohail, Stroked to the man at point. Excellent over from Mujeeb. Just 3 runs and more importantly a wicket.
29.5
1
Ur Rahman to S Ahmed, Sarfaraz stands tall and punches it wide of cover for one more.
29.4
1
Ur Rahman to H Sohail, Shorter on off, Haris punches it wide of cover and gets a single.
29.3
1
Ur Rahman to S Ahmed, Sarfaraz is off the mark. He punches this short ball towards cover-point and gets a single.
29.2
0
Ur Rahman to S Ahmed, Floated on middle, Sarfaraz plays it to mid on.

Skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed strides out to the centre with Pakistan in a little spot of bother. More than hundred runs needed. A slip is in place.

29.1
0
Ur Rahman to M Hafeez, OUT! What an inspired bowling change this is! Afghanistan needed wickets and Naib turns to his strike bowler Mujeeb, and he delivers. Shorter outside off, there was hardly any turn on this one. Hafeez goes for the cut but the ball is away from his body, so he has to reach out. Mohammad hits it uppishly and straight to Shahidi. A soft dismissal really. The 40-run stand is broken and once again the match tilts right in the balance. 107 runs more needed.

Mujeeb Ur Rahman is back into the attack. He was brilliant in his first spell and also dismissed Fakhar Zaman for a 2-ball duck. Afghanistan want more from him.

28.6
1
S Shinwari to M Hafeez, Short again from Shinwari, wide outside off, Hafeez hits it off his back foot to sweeper cover for a run. 107 needed off 126 balls.
28.5
1
S Shinwari to H Sohail, Driven towards the mid on region. They pick up a single.
28.4
1
S Shinwari to M Hafeez, Makes good connection this time. Hafeez rocks back and slaps it through cover-point for one.
28.3
0
S Shinwari to M Hafeez, Flatter and shorter outside off, Hafeez gets back to cut but bottom edges it behind.
28.2
0
S Shinwari to M Hafeez, Hafeez has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
28.1
0
S Shinwari to M Hafeez, Shortish on off, played down from the back foot to point.
27.6
0
G Naib to H Sohail, Huge shout for a caught behind! Not given. The keeper cannot believe it. There is no referral left. Good length delivery drifting down the leg side, Sohail tries to flick but fails to middle it. However, there is some noise as it goes past the bat. Khil collects and appeals, nothing from the umpire. Hang on. Goodness me, the Ultra Edge shows some spike. Big reprieve for Haris.
27.5
0
G Naib to H Sohail, A length ball on off, angling in, it's defended off the back foot.
27.4
4
G Naib to H Sohail, FOUR! Connects and connects properly this time. Naib pushes his luck too much there. Got away with the last delivery but not this one. A half-tracker outside off, Haris camps back and whacks it through point for a boundary. The deep fielder tries his best but comes second best.
27.3
0
G Naib to H Sohail, Naib changes his angle for the left-hander. Bowls it on a shorter length outside off, Sohail flashes and misses.
27.2
0
G Naib to M Hafeez, Beaten! Another slower one, a leg cutter, Hafeez pushes inside the line and misses. Ikram gets a bad bounce and he fails to stop it. Parries it towards short fine leg and Sohail calls his partner for a run. Hafeez is late in setting off but reaches the other end safely.
27.1
0
G Naib to M Hafeez, Naib runs in hard and lets out a slower full ball outside off, Hafeez prods forward and pushes it to point.
26.6
0
S Shinwari to H Sohail, Floated on off, Sohail plays it back to the bowler.
26.5
0
S Shinwari to H Sohail, On the stumps, Haris blocks it off the front foot.
26.4
0
S Shinwari to H Sohail, On middle and leg, Sohail flicks it but straight to the fielder.
26.3
0
S Shinwari to H Sohail, Once again finds the man at mid-wicket with his flick.
26.2
0
S Shinwari to H Sohail, On the pads, HS flicks it to the man at mid-wicket.
26.2
0
S Shinwari to H Sohail, WIDE! Pressure on the bowler. Shinwari sprays this down the leg side. Wide signalled.
26.1
4
S Shinwari to H Sohail, FOUR! Excellent shot! Haris has been in good form and this is a proof of it. Short and around off, Haris makes room and smashes it through covers for a boundary.
25.6
0
G Naib to M Hafeez, Length ball around the 4th stump line, Hafeez punches it to point. 120 runs needed in 144 balls now.
25.5
1
G Naib to H Sohail, Good length ball on off, Haris guides it down to third man for a single.
25.4
1
G Naib to M Hafeez, Back of a length ball, Hafeez pulls it away for a single.
25.3
1
G Naib to H Sohail, Good length ball on off, Haris taps it down to third man and gets a single.
25.2
1
G Naib to M Hafeez, Fuller on off, Hafeez plays it to point and gets a single.
25.1
1
G Naib to H Sohail, Good length ball on off, Haris guides it down to third man for a single.

Gulbadin Naib is back on. His figures so far 4-0-22-0.

24.6
0
S Shinwari to M Hafeez, Flighted around off, Hafeez looks to defend but gets beaten. It feels like the wicket is right around the corner here.
24.5
4
S Shinwari to M Hafeez, FOUR! Brings Pakistan's 100 in style. Short around off, Hafeez gets on his back foot and pulls it over mid-wicket. There is no one in the deep, so in the end it's a no risk boundary.
24.4
0
S Shinwari to M Hafeez, Slower through the air on off, Hafeez defends it back to the bowler.
24.3
2
S Shinwari to M Hafeez, Short on off, Hafeez squeezes it past point and gets a couple.
24.2
0
S Shinwari to M Hafeez, Tossed up outside off, Hafeez defends it to point.
24.1
1
S Shinwari to H Sohail, A very full ball around off, Haris milks it to long on for a single.
23.6
0
M Nabi to M Hafeez, Floated on the stumps, blocked off the front foot by Hafeez.
23.5
0
M Nabi to M Hafeez, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
23.4
1
M Nabi to H Sohail, Floated on off, Sohail defends it with soft hands towards cover and gets a single.
23.3
0
M Nabi to H Sohail, Lovely ball! Slower through the air around off. Sohail looks to defend but the ball spins and bounces away from him to the keeper.
23.2
0
M Nabi to H Sohail, Flighted on the stumps, Sohail blocks it.
23.1
1
M Nabi to M Hafeez, Shorter on off, Hafeez punches it wide of cover for one.
22.6
1
S Shinwari to M Hafeez, Giggles around the ground. Shinwari bowls it short, Hafeez mistimes his pull towards deep mid-wicket. Rashid tries to throw it at the keeper's end but it hits Gulbadin on the back in between. Everyone is smiling and now Rashid goes and hugs his skipper.
22.5
1
S Shinwari to H Sohail, On the pads, Haris flicks it to the on side and gets a single.
22.4
0
S Shinwari to H Sohail, Loopy on middle and leg, Haris pushes it to the left of the bowler. Shinwari dives on that side and saves runs.
22.3
0
S Shinwari to H Sohail, Short again on off. Haris gets on his back foot and cuts it to backward point.
22.2
1
S Shinwari to M Hafeez, Short and straight on middle and off, Hafeez taps it towards backward point and gets a single.
22.1
0
S Shinwari to M Hafeez, Starts with a loopy ball on off, Hafeez taps it back to the bowler.

Rahmat Shah is on now. Hold on, he was all set to bowl but there was a long chat and now the ball is thrown to Samiullah Shinwari. He is going to bowl now.

21.6
0
M Nabi to H Sohail, Flighted on the stumps, HS defends it off the front foot.
21.5
0
M Nabi to H Sohail, On off, Haris pushes it to cover.
21.4
0
M Nabi to H Sohail, Tossed up on the stumps, Haris blocks it.
21.3
1
M Nabi to M Hafeez, On the pads, Hafeez flicks it to the on side and gets a single.
21.2
0
M Nabi to M Hafeez, Turn and bounce on this one. Short on off, Hafeez taps it towards short third man.
21.1
0
M Nabi to M Hafeez, Floated on off, Hafeez punches it to mid off.
20.6
1
R Khan to M Hafeez, Floated on off, Hafeez milks it to long off and gets a single. He will keep the strike.
20.5
1
R Khan to H Sohail, Shorter on off, Haris punches it wide of cover for a single.
20.4
0
R Khan to H Sohail, Floated on off, Sohail defends it off the front foot.
20.3
0
R Khan to H Sohail, On the pads, Haris flicks it to the man at mid-wicket.
20.2
1
R Khan to M Hafeez, Flighted on off, Hafeez pushes it to cover and gets a single.
20.1
0
R Khan to M Hafeez, Tossed up on off, Hafeez pushes it back to the bowler.
19.6
1
M Nabi to M Hafeez, Loopy ball on off, Hafeez flicks it to square leg and keeps the strike.
19.5
0
M Nabi to M Hafeez, On the stumps, Hafeez defends it off the front foot.
19.4
0
M Nabi to M Hafeez, Shorter on off, Hafeez punches it to point.
19.3
1
M Nabi to H Sohail, Tossed up on middle, Sohail looks to defend but the ball goes to the on side off the inside edge for a single.
19.2
1
M Nabi to M Hafeez, Now flicks it to square leg for a single.
19.1
0
M Nabi to M Hafeez, Floated on middle, Hafeez flicks it but finds short mid-wicket.
18.6
0
R Khan to H Sohail, Huge shout for an lbw! Once again the umpire shakes his head. A leg spinner landing full outside off, Sohail presses forward to defend but it spins back in with some extra bounce and pings him on the front pad. The appeal is made but the umpire is not interested. The replays confirms that the impact is umpire's call but it's heading over the off stump.
18.5
0
R Khan to H Sohail, Flighted and on middle, Sohail flicks but not in the gap, finds mid-wicket.
18.4
0
R Khan to H Sohail, Quicker and in the line of the stumps, defended.
18.3
0
R Khan to H Sohail, A googly around off, Haris is on the front foot as he dabs it to short third man.
18.2
1
R Khan to M Hafeez, Poor fielding. Shortish and on off, Hafeez plays it down to short third man where the fielder misfields and allows a single.
18.1
0
R Khan to H Sohail, Shout for an lbw, not given! Flatter leg spinner, landing around leg and turning down, Sohail fails to flick and it goes off his pads to short fine leg. The bowler is busy appealing and the batsmen cross for a leg bye.
17.6
0
M Nabi to M Hafeez, Skidding in from around off, Hafeez sticks back inside the crease in defense. Another successful over from Nabi!
17.5
1
M Nabi to H Sohail, Gets off the mark. Full and flighted outside off, Haris drives it through covers for a run.
17.4
0
M Nabi to H Sohail, Flatter and shorter on middle, Sohail moves back and defends it back off the outer half of his bat.
17.3
0
M Nabi to H Sohail, Loopy full ball on off, Haris Sohail is on the front foot in defense.

Drinks break. Mohammad Nabi has sent jitters to the Pakistan dressing room here. Two wickets in quick succession, dismissing both the set batsmen, and Afghanistan have gained some momentum here. 147 needed more with a new pair in the middle. Haris Sohail has joined Mohammad Hafeez.

17.2
0
M Nabi to B Azam, OUT! Bowled 'em! The dangerous Babar is out of here. Nabi tosses it up on leg, Azam looks to sweep but misses. The ball goes straight and disturbs the leg pole. Azam hears the horrible noise of the ball meeting the stumps. Babar was looking so good out in the middle but now he has to walk back. Second wicket for Nabi and Afghanistan have a real chance here to take down Pakistan.
17.1
0
M Nabi to B Azam, Pitching around off and middle and spins in a lot. Azam looks to flick but misses. The ball kisses his pads and goes to the keeper.
16.6
1
R Khan to B Azam, Tossed up on middle, Azam strokes it to long on for a single.
16.5
4
R Khan to B Azam, FOUR! Brilliant effort in the field but in vain. Tossed up outside off, Babar drives it past backward point. Naib runs after it and looks to pull it back with a dive. He though fails to keep it in and the ball touches the rope. Full marks for the effort there.
16.4
2
R Khan to B Azam, Short around off, Azam pulls it wide of deep mid-wicket for a brace.
16.3
0
R Khan to B Azam, Tossed up on off, Azam defends it off the back foot.
16.2
2
R Khan to B Azam, Floated on off, Azam drives it wide of sweeper cover and gets a couple.
16.1
0
R Khan to B Azam, Tossed up on off, Babar blocks it.

Mohammad Hafeez arrives in the middle. He has been in decent form of late and would like to put together another partnership with Babar Azam. He needs to watch out for the part-timers though, has been getting out to them quite often in this tournament.

15.6
0
M Nabi to Imam, OUT! Stumped! Brilliantly bowled by Nabi. He gives it some extra air and bowls it slower on off. Imam comes down the track and looks to hit it. The ball though spins away from him and Ikram Ali Khil behind the stumps whips the bails off quickly. Imam looks to plonk his bat inside the crease but he is very late. The umpire takes it upstairs but it is a mere formality as Imam does not wait and starts walking back. Once again Imam fails to convert his start. 156 needed off 204 balls.

Stumping appeal! Imam-ul-Haq is already walking. But the square leg umpire wants to be extra sure. He has taken it upstairs.

15.5
0
M Nabi to Imam, Short again on off and middle, Imam turns it behind square on the leg side and looks for a single but does not get it.
15.4
0
M Nabi to Imam, Shorter around off, Imam punches it to point.
15.3
0
M Nabi to Imam, Tossed up on off, Imam defends it off the front foot.
15.2
0
M Nabi to Imam, Flighted on off, Imam defends it towards point.
15.1
1
M Nabi to B Azam, On middle, Babar sweeps it to fine leg for one.
14.6
0
R Khan to Imam, Floated on the stumps, Imam defends it off the front foot.
14.5
0
R Khan to Imam, Quicker on the pads, Imam looks to defend but gets hit on the pads. There is a stifled appeal but the umpire is unmoved.
14.4
0
R Khan to Imam, Wrong 'un again. Imam defends it off the back foot.
14.3
1
R Khan to B Azam, Googly now. Babar picks it early and turns it with the spin to the leg side for a single.
14.2
4
R Khan to B Azam, FOUR! Bad ball this from Rashid. Short on off, Babar pulls it over mid-wicket for a boundary. He shares a smile with Rashid. Dominating the leggie, Babar.
14.1
2
R Khan to B Azam, Starts with a short ball around off, Babar cuts it towards deep point. Najibullah runs to his left from sweeper cover and stops it before the fence. Two runs saved by him.

It's Rashid time. Rashid Khan is now introduced into the attack.

13.6
0
M Nabi to Imam, Loopy ball spinning away. Imam looks to defend but the ball goes past his outside edge. Ikram goes up in appeal but no one else joins him.
13.5
2
M Nabi to Imam, Tossed up on off, Imam drives it wide of sweeper cover for a couple.
13.4
0
M Nabi to Imam, Turn and bounce. Floated around off, it spins away after pitching. Imam looks to defend but gets beaten.
13.3
1
M Nabi to B Azam, Azam uses his wrist beautifully as he flicks it to the on side for a single.
13.2
0
M Nabi to B Azam, On the stumps, Babar calmly blocks it.
13.1
1
M Nabi to Imam, Shorter around off, Babar punches it towards cover and gets a single.
12.6
2
G Naib to B Azam, On the pads, Azam flicks it towards deep mid-wicket and gets a couple.
12.5
1
G Naib to Imam, Around off, Imam guides it to third man for a single.
12.4
2
G Naib to Imam, Length ball on middle and leg, Imam flicks it wide of deep mid-wicket and gets a couple as Rashid cleans it up. He throws it at the bowler's end and the fielder covering there dislodges the bails but Azam is well home.
12.3
0
G Naib to Imam, Outside off, Imam does not disturb it and lets it go to the keeper.
12.2
1
G Naib to B Azam, Fuller around off, Babar strokes it towards sweeper cover and gets a single.
12.1
0
G Naib to B Azam, Full on off, Azam taps it back to the bowler. The ball goes towards Naib on a bounce. The ball hits his fingers and goes to mid off.

Change of ends for Gulbadin Naib.

11.6
0
M Nabi to Imam, Dot to end the over. It is an off spinner around off, Imam gets on his front foot and defends it.
11.5
0
M Nabi to Imam, Floated on off, Imam blocks it.
11.4
1
M Nabi to B Azam, On the pads, Azam flicks it to the on side and gets a single.
11.3
1
M Nabi to Imam, Direct hit and Babar could have been in trouble. Floated on off, Imam once again defends it towards cover and then hesitates for a run. Azam though puts his head down and goes for it. The fielder has a shy at the keeper's end but cannot score.
11.2
0
M Nabi to Imam, Tossed up on off, Imam defends it towards cover and looks for a quick single but then decides not to go with it.
11.1
0
M Nabi to Imam, Floated on off, Imam defends it off the front foot.

Change in bowling. Mohammad Nabi has been inserted into the attack. His off spinners will come in handy against Imam. A slip in place.

10.6
0
Ur Rahman to B Azam, On the pads, Babar flicks it to the man at square leg.
10.5
0
Ur Rahman to B Azam, Defended off the front foot by Azam.
10.4
0
Ur Rahman to B Azam, In the air but safe. Shorter on off, Azam looks to push it straight but it comes off the upper half of his bat. It goes uppishly back towards the bowler. Fortunately for him, it falls short of Mujeeb.
10.3
0
Ur Rahman to B Azam, On the pads, Babar flicks it but finds short fine leg.
10.2
1
Ur Rahman to Imam, Floated on off, Imam milks it to long on for a run.
10.1
2
Ur Rahman to Imam, Shorter around off, Imam cuts it wide of sweeper cover and gets a couple. 50 comes up for Pakistan with this brace.

Powerplay 2 time. Now 4 fielders can be placed outside the 30-yard circle till the 40th over.

9.6
0
G Naib to B Azam, Good length ball around off, Imam taps it to the man at first slip. Pakistan are 49/1 at the end of Powerplay 1.
9.5
1
G Naib to Imam, Length delivery around off, Imam runs it down to third man and gets a single.
9.4
0
G Naib to Imam, Length ball on off, Imam defends it towards cover.
9.3
2
G Naib to Imam, Good running. Good length ball on off and middle, Imam flicks it wide of deep mid-wicket. Shinwari there gets to the ball and has a throw at the keeper's end but Imam is quick and is safely back home for the second.
9.2
0
G Naib to Imam, Full on middle and off, Imam taps it back to the bowler.
9.1
1
G Naib to B Azam, Good length ball on middle, Babar tucks it towards mid-wicket and gets to the other end.
8.6
1
Ur Rahman to B Azam, Floated on middle, Azam strokes it to long on and keeps the strike.
8.5
0
Ur Rahman to B Azam, Floated on off, Azam blocks it.
8.4
0
Ur Rahman to B Azam, Flighted outside off, it is a carrom ball. Azam looks to drive but the ball spins away.
8.3
1
Ur Rahman to Imam, On the pads, Imam flicks it to the on side and rotates the strike.
8.2
0
Ur Rahman to Imam, Shorter on off, Imam defends it onto the ground.
8.1
1
Ur Rahman to B Azam, Tossed up on middle, Azam comes down the track and strokes it to long on for one.
7.6
0
G Naib to Imam, Outside off, Imam leaves it alone. 10 runs off the over. A very good one for Pakistan.
7.5
0
G Naib to Imam, Now pushes it to mid on and Afghan this time gets to the ball and holds onto it.
7.4
4
G Naib to Imam, FOUR! Misfield again. Full on off, Imam drives it to the right of mid on. Afghan there misfields and the ball goes through him for a boundary.
7.3
4
G Naib to Imam, FOUR! Off cutter on off, Imam looks to defend but the ball races off the outside edge towards the third man fence for a boundary.
7.2
0
G Naib to Imam, Good length ball on the stumps, Imam blocks it.
7.1
2
G Naib to Imam, Misfield and they get an extra run. Good length ball on the pads, Imam flicks it to deep mid-wicket. The fielder there gets to the ball but fumbles. The batsmen make the most of it and come back for the second.
6.6
0
Ur Rahman to B Azam, SAFE! The impact is way outside off and now even Afghanistan have lost their review. Floated outside off, Babar strides forward and across before attempting to defend. He fails and the ball hits him on his pad. The Afghanistan players put in an appeal but the umpire is unmoved. Naib signals the 'T' and replays roll in. Ultra Edge shows no involvement of the bat. Ball Tracker rolls in next and it shows the impact was well outside off. A maiden for Mujeeb and both the teams now have no reviews left for the rest of the match.

Shout for an lbw against Babar Azam! This time the finger has stayed down. Almost all the Afghanistan players come together and then Gulbadin Naib is seen signalling for the DRS. Impact looks to be an issue here. It indeed is. The replays confirm that and the crowd erupts in joy. Both teams have now ZERO review left.

6.5
0
Ur Rahman to B Azam, Around the pads, Azam looks to flick but the ball kisses his thigh pad.
6.4
0
Ur Rahman to B Azam, Once again it is in line of the stumps and Babar blocks it with calmness.
6.3
0
Ur Rahman to B Azam, Floated on the stumps, Babar defends it off the front foot.
6.2
0
Ur Rahman to B Azam, Shorter on off, Azam punches it to cover.
6.1
0
Ur Rahman to B Azam, Tossed up around off, Azam gets his front foot to the line of the ball and blocks it.
5.6
0
G Naib to Imam, Outside off, Imam shoulders arms to it. 196 runs needed off 264 balls now.
5.5
1
G Naib to B Azam, Full on middle, Babar flicks it to deep mid-wicket and picks up an easy single.
5.4
1
G Naib to Imam, Around off on a length, Imam guides it down to third man and gets a single.
5.3
0
G Naib to Imam, Well fielded. Full on off, Imam drives it to the right of cover. Rashid Khan there dives on that side and saves runs for his side.
5.2
0
G Naib to Imam, Length ball around off, Imam cuts it but to the man at point.
5.1
0
G Naib to Imam, Starts with a good length ball outside off, Imam leaves it alone.

Hamid Hassan cannot continue to bowl as of now. So the skipper brings himself into the attack.

4.6
0
Ur Rahman to B Azam, Fuller and flighted on off, Babar drives it straight to Mujeeb.
4.5
1
Ur Rahman to Imam, Shorter on middle, Imam punches it towards mid-wicket and gets a run.
4.4
0
Ur Rahman to Imam, Floated on off, Imam defends it off the front foot.
4.3
1
Ur Rahman to B Azam, On the pads, Babar eases his flick to deep mid-wicket for a single.
4.2
1
Ur Rahman to Imam, Shorter on off, Imam punches it to long on and rotates the strike.
4.1
1
Ur Rahman to B Azam, Tossed up on off, Babar milks it to long on and gets a single.

Hamid Hassan is seen trudging off the field. He seems to be struggling with his hamstring.

3.6
1
H Hassan to B Azam, Length ball outside Babar guides it towards backward point and gets a single.
3.5
0
H Hassan to B Azam, Good length ball on middle and off, Babar defends it off the back foot. Hamid is having some issues with his hamstring. He looks to be in a lot of pain here.
3.4
4
H Hassan to B Azam, FOUR! Hamid is guilty of bowling it on the pads. Azam, with the form he is in, won't miss that. He flicks it with ease through mid-wicket for a boundary.
3.3
0
H Hassan to B Azam, Good length ball outside off, Azam looks to play it on the off side but gets beaten.
3.2
0
H Hassan to B Azam, Follows it up with a solid front foot defense to point.
3.1
4
H Hassan to B Azam, FOUR! Nicely played! Good length ball around off, Babar plays it with soft hands and just runs it down to third man for a boundary.
2.6
1
Ur Rahman to B Azam, On the pads, Azam flicks it to deep mid-wicket and keeps the strike.
2.5
0
Ur Rahman to B Azam, Off spinner pitching on leg, Babar looks to flick but misses. The ball hits him on his pad. There is a stifled appeal but the umpire is not interested.
2.4
1
Ur Rahman to Imam, On middle, Imam turns it behind square on the leg side for a single.
2.3
0
Ur Rahman to Imam, Better, this. Tosses it up on off, Imam defends it off the front foot.
2.2
4
Ur Rahman to Imam, FOUR! Poor ball from Mujeeb. He bowls it on the pads, Imam just helps it on its way fine down the leg side for a boundary.
2.1
1
Ur Rahman to B Azam, On the pads, Babar flicks it to square leg for a single.
1.6
0
H Hassan to Imam, Outside off on a length, Imam lets that go to the keeper.
1.5
0
H Hassan to Imam, On off, Imam pushes it to mid off.
1.4
0
H Hassan to Imam, Play and a miss. Good length ball just outside off, Imam looks to defend but misses.
1.3
0
H Hassan to Imam, Follows it up with a solid leave outside off.
1.2
4
H Hassan to Imam, FOUR! Imam is off the mark. Short around the body, Imam pulls it through mid-wicket and starts with a boundary.
1.1
0
H Hassan to Imam, Back of a length ball outside off, Imam looks to drive but misses.

Hamid Hassan to bowl with the second new ball.

0.6
2
Ur Rahman to B Azam, On the pads, Azam flicks it towards deep mid-wicket and gets a couple. Eventful first over!
0.5
4
Ur Rahman to B Azam, FOUR! The run chase is off the mark and so is Babar. It is a glorious start for him. Flighted and full outside off, Babar drives it delightfully through covers. What a good looking batsman he is!
0.4
0
Ur Rahman to B Azam, On the stumps, Azam defends it.
0.3
0
Ur Rahman to B Azam, Floated on off, Babar starts his innings with a confident push to cover.

Babar Azam is the number 3 batsman. He has been in supreme form for Pakistan and is fresh from a century against New Zealand.

0.2
0
Ur Rahman to F Zaman, OUT! LBW! Pakistan not just lose their first wicket but they also lose their review. Flighted ball on off, skidding back in, Fakhar looks to defend but misses. The ball hits him on the pads. The Afghanistan players put in a loud appeal and the umpire agrees with them. Fakhar has a word with Imam and then takes it upstairs. Replays roll in and Ultra Edge shows that the ball has missed the inside edge by just a fraction. Ball Tracker then confirms Zaman is caught dead in front of the stumps. Early setback for the 1992 World Cup champions.

Wicket second ball for Afghanistan! Mujeeb is running in celebration. But hang on, Fakhar wants to review it. He feels there is an inside edge. The third umpire is having a close look. It seems that the ball has hit the pad and bat at the same time. Very close.

0.1
0
Ur Rahman to F Zaman, Starts with a flighted delivery on off. No spin on this one, Fakhar defends it off the front foot.

We are back for the chase! The Afghanistan players are in a huddle before they take their respective positions in the field. Imam-ul-Haq and Fakhar Zaman walk out to open the innings for Pakistan. Mujeeb Ur Rahman to operate with the first new ball.