Asghar Afghan helped Afghanistan recover after three early misfortunes with a fiery thump of 35 off 23 balls in their World Cup match against Pakistan at Headingley on Saturday.
Afghanistan were 101 for the loss of three wickets after 19 overs. Afghan hit two six and three fours during his innings. His accomplice Ikram Alikhil was slower, scoring 14 keeps running off 45 balls, hitting one limit all the while.
Afghanistan had endured one more loss after opener Rahmat Shah (35) was rejected by Imad Wasim in the twelfth over.
Shah was supplanted by Afghan. In spite of early wickets, Afghanistan figured out how to keep up a solid run rate.
Afghanistan were en route to recovery subsequent to enduring two early misfortunes as Shah and Ikram Alikhil began building an association before a catch by Babar Azam expelled the previous.
Prior, Shaheen Shah Afridi was on a skirt of a hatrick after he expelled Gulbadin Naib (15) and Hashmatullah Shahidi (0) in the fifth over.
He couldn’t get the third back to back wicket, nonetheless, as his yorker went past Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed for a 4 leg bye. The over demonstrated to be costly something else, giving ceaselessly 14 runs.
Afghanistan won the toss and decided to bat against Pakistan.
Afghan commander Gulbadin Naib said the wicket looked great on a radiant day and will help the spinners in the subsequent innings. He was cheerful of rehashing a Pakistan rout close by during their warm-up match.
“Pakistan is a good side, they’ve played a lot of good diversions. We beat them in the warm-up so we’ll put our 100 percent in this game,” he said.
Hamid Hassan is back in the side for the Afghans, supplanting Dawlat Zadran.
Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed he would have jumped at the chance to bat first also. “We needed to bat first however tragically hurl isn’t in our grasp. Our bowling line-up is bowling great so ideally they’ll confine them,” he said.
Recognizing that his side was entering the match with a high force, Sarfaraz said they were concentrating on the present game and not “excessively far” past. Pakistan are unaltered.
The Green Shirts need to beat Afghanistan today to remain in elimination round dispute. A success would lift Pakistan above England and into fourth in the standings.
Pakistan: Imam-ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Haris Sohail, Sarfaraz Ahmed (capt and wk), Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Amir, Wahab Riaz, Shaheen Afridi
Afghanistan: Gulbadin Naib (capt), Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Asghar Afghan, Samiullah Shinwari, Mohammad Nabi, Najibullah Zadran, Ikram Alikhil (wk), Rashid Khan, Hamid Hassan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman