ICC Cricket World Cup Warm-up Matches, 2019
Venue: County Ground, Bristol
Date & Time: 24 May 2019
RR: 5.29 | Afghanistan beat Pakistan by 3 wickets
So that is it from the first Warm Up game! A big win for Afghanistan but another loss for Pakistan. They have a lot to think about. However, there are two mouth-watering clashes on Saturday with Australia taking on England in Southampton and India taking on New Zealand at The Oval. Both the games begin at 1030 local (0930 GMT). Till then, take care and goodbye!
Afghanistan skipper, Gulbadin Naib, says it is a great victory for their team and their supporters. Reckons the wicket was flat and it looked like a 300-plus wicket. Credits the bowlers for how they bowled and he is pleased they restricted them to 260. States Pakistan is one of the best sides in the world and they can't take it easy, they have to give it their all. Ends by thanking the fans for their support.
Pakistan skipper, Sarfaraz Khan, says they did not have enough runs on the board. Mentions they did not bowl well too in the first 10 overs. Further adds it is very tough if they are losing games but then need to back themselves and he hopes they will do well very soon. States the mood in the dressing room is very fine, the batters are doing well but it is their bowling which they have to work on. Says Babar Azam is the best batsman in his team and Wahab Riaz was top notch today.
Hashmatullah Shahidi who is up for an interview says he feels amazing after this win against Pakistan. Mentions he wanted to stay there till the end and finish the game. Mentions there were wickets falling but he stayed calm and Nabi supported him and he finished the game. States the Pakistan pace attack is very good and he is pleased he did well. States this game was important for them and it is a good win for Afghanistan. Thanks the crowd for the support they gave them.
Earlier in the day, Pakistan elected to bat and it was Babar Azam's ton which powered them to 262. They could have got a lot more but Afghanistan bowled really well in the second half of the first innings and in the end, that proved to be the differential factor.
The Pakistan bowling was once again not at its best. The pacers early on took a real pounding, especially Shaheen Afridi. Shadab Khan did have a wicket to his name but was expensive. Although Imad Wasim and Wahab Riaz were the positives for Pakistan. The former was extremely accurate and the latter was exciting to watch. Had it not been for the two, Afghanistan would have had a stroll in the park.
It was always going to be a tricky chase and it turned out to be that way. Yes, Afghanistan got off to a flier, courtesy their openers but Shahzad then had to retire hurt and Zazai fell a run short of a half ton. The brakes were then applied but the good thing for Afghanistan was, they did not lose wickets. They stitched handy stands and Shahidi was the mainstay. He anchored the innings and the rest played around him. His 50-plus run stand with Nabi was the one which probably took Afghanistan to the brink of victory. However, there was drama in the end where they lost a few wickets quickly, Shahidi and Rashid Khan held their nerves and ensured they got home.
What a game that was in the end! What a win for Afghanistan. Yes, it is just a warm-up match, but this will be a morale booster for the minnows heading into just their 2nd World Cup.
Rashid Khan comes in.
Zadran has been given out LBW! He has reviewed. Looks out if there is no inside edge.
Najibullah Zadran is the new man in.
Gulbadin Naib is the new man in.
Wahab Riaz is back!
Mohammad Hasnain is back on!
Powerplay 3 signalled by the umpire. Now 5 fielders can be placed outside the 30-yard circle till the end of the game.
Shaheen Afridi is back!
Mohammad Nabi is the new man in.
Mohammad Amir is back!
Asghar Afghan is the new man in.
Shadab Khan is back!
Imad Wasim is on!
Samiullah Shinwari comes in.
Review time! An appeal for a caught behind has been turned down. Pakistan review. No one looks excited though. It is more in hope.
Mohammad Hasnain comes in.
Hashmatullah Shahidi is the next batsman in.
Shadab Khan is on now!
Powerplay 2 time. 4 fielders allowed outside the inner circle till the 40th over.
Mohammad Hafeez is on!
Mohammad Shahzad is walking off! He wants to take no risks and that is probably the right decision. Rahmat Shah is the new man in.
Shahzad is in some discomfort here. The physio is out to have a look at his leg. Seems to be cramps.
Afridi may have missed his run up there! He bails out at the very end.
Shaheen Afridi to bowl from the other end!
We are back for the chase. The Afghanistan openers Mohammad Shehzad and Hazratullah Zazai make their way out to the middle. Mohammad Amir to open the bowling. Here we go...