Pakistan got a much-needed leap forward in the 26th over when Shadab Khan expelled Asghar Afghan (42) in their World Cup coordinate against Pakistan at Headingley on Saturday.
Afghan had helped Afghanistan recoup after three early misfortunes with a blazing thump of 42 off 35 balls. Afghanistan were 121 for 4 of every 26 overs.
Afghan hit two sixes and three fours during his innings. His accomplice Ikram Alikhil was slower, scoring 14 keeps running off 45 balls, hitting one limit simultaneously.
Afghanistan had endured one more misfortune after opener Rahmat Shah (35) was expelled by Imad Wasim in the twelfth over.
Shah was supplanted by Afghan. Regardless of early wickets, Afghanistan figured out how to keep up a solid run rate.
Afghanistan were en route to recuperation in the wake of enduring two early misfortunes as Shah and Ikram Alikhil began building an organization before a catch by Babar Azam rejected 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, be that as it may, as his yorker went past Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed for a 4 leg bye. The over demonstrated to be costly something else, giving without end 14 runs.
Afghanistan won the hurl and picked 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 confident of rehashing a Pakistan rout close by during their warm-up match.
“Pakistan is a decent side, they’ve played a lot of good amusements. 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 yet tragically hurl isn’t in our grasp. Our bowling line-up is bowling admirably 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.
Afghanistan have lost every one of the seven of its matches, up until now, its longest losing streak in ODIs.