ICC Cricket World Cup 2019

AFG beat PAK by 3 wickets | Pakistan vs Afghanistan Highlights And Cricket Score 1st ODI Match

ICC Cricket World Cup Warm-up Matches, 2019

Date: May 24, 2019 Start Time: 15:00 IST | 09:30 GMT | 10:30 Local
Venue: County Ground, Bristol
PAK
262/10 Overs: 47.5
AFG
263/7 Overs: 49.4
Afghanistan beat Pakistan by 3 wickets

Pakistan vs Afghanistan Highlights And Cricket Score - 1st ODI Match - Summary

End of Over : 49.4 AFG: 263/7

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.

49.4 1

Wahab Riaz to Hashmatullah Shahidi. There it is! Shahidi hits the winning runs for Afghanistan. A short ball outside off, he cuts it down to third man for a single. AFGHANISTAN WIN BY 3 WICKETS!

49.3 1

Wahab Riaz to Rashid Khan. A run off the leading edge! SCORES LEVEL NOW! Afghanistan can't lose, they have three balls to win. Very full again on middle, Rashid looks to flick but the ball tails away. It goes off the leading edge down to third man for one.

49.2 2

Wahab Riaz to Rashid Khan. In the air... safe! Two taken! Pressure released. 2 needed in 4. Misses the yorker by just. Rashid lofts it over mid off and takes a brace.

49.1 0

Wahab Riaz to Rashid Khan. A dot to begin first up! A yorker outside off, Rashid fails to jam it out. 4 from 5.

End of Over : 49 10 Runs AFG: 259/7
48.6 1

Shadab Khan to Rashid Khan. Another single! 4 needed in 6 now. Full and on middle, this is driven back towards the bowler who dives to his right and makes a half stop. It rolls towards mid on for a run.

48.5 1

Shadab Khan to Hashmatullah Shahidi. Good batting! Takes a single through square leg. 5 needed in 7.

48.4 4

Shadab Khan to Hashmatullah Shahidi. FOUR! That is probably the shot which seals the deal for Afghanistan. Poor delivery by Khan. He fires it down the leg side, easy pickings for Shahidi, he flicks it through backward square leg. The fielder in the deep does put in a dive but fails to stop it.

48.3 1

Shadab Khan to Rashid Khan. Short ball and Shadab gets away with it. It is pulled to deep mid-wicket for a run. 10 needed in 9 now.

48.2 1

Shadab Khan to Hashmatullah Shahidi. A single now! This is fired outside off, Shahidi looks to cut but gets a bottom edge. It goes between the legs of the keeper for a single.

48.1 2

Shadab Khan to Hashmatullah Shahidi. Starts off with a short one on middle, Shahidi goes back and pulls it through mid-wicket for a couple.

End of Over : 48 2 Runs AFG: 249/7
47.6 0

Wahab Riaz to Rashid Khan. Jaffa! A dot! 14 needed in 12 now. Goes around the wicket to the right hander. It begins from off and then tails away. It is a yorker. Rashid looks to jam it out but misses.

47.5 W

Wahab Riaz to Najibullah Zadran. OUT! No inside edge and it is umpire's call! Two in the over for Riaz and he has brought Pakistan back into the contest. Another one of those inswinging yorkers. Zadran looks to work it on the leg side but misses. Gets his on the pads. An appeal and the umpire raises the finger. The batsman reviews but replays show that the on-field call is the right one. He has to walk back but Afghanistan do not lose the review. 14 more needed 13. Game on!

47.4 1

Wahab Riaz to Hashmatullah Shahidi. On the fuller side, the batter strokes it through cover point for one.

Summary

Pakistan and Afghanistan meet in the first warm-up match of ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 (CWC 2019). The two teams lock horns at the County Ground in Bristol. The PAK vs ENG practice match begins at 3:00 PM IST (02:30 PKT). Pakistan will be looking to fine-tune their playing XI after having suffered four back to back defeats against England.

 

Afghanistan will be looking to test their team against the strong Pakistan team. Afghanistan will feature in their second World Cup and will be hoping to perform better in this edition.  Gulbadin Naib is captaining the Afghan side and against Pakistan, it will be his first big test.

 

Afghanistan (From): Mohammad Shahzad(w), Hazratullah Zazai, Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Asghar Afghan, Mohammad Nabi, Najibullah Zadran, Gulbadin Naib(c), Rashid Khan, Dawlat Zadran, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Noor Ali Zadran, Samiullah Shenwari, Aftab Alam, Hamid Hassan.

 

Pakistan (From): Imam-ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Sarfaraz Ahmed(w/c), Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Amir, Wahab Riaz, Asif Ali, Shaheen Afridi, Mohammad Hasnain, Haris Sohail.

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