Afghanistan vs Pakistan 2nd ODI Highlights: Imam Ul Haq, Babar Azam Shine As Pakistan Beat Afghanistan In Thriller | Cricket News (2023)

Afghanistan vs Pakistan 2nd ODI Highlights: Imam Ul Haq, Babar Azam Shine As Pakistan Beat Afghanistan In Thriller | Cricket News (1)

AFG vs PAK, 2nd ODI: Pakistan defeat Afghanistan by 1 wicket© AFP

AFG vs PAK, 2nd ODI Highlights:Brilliant half-centuries from Imam-ul-Haq and Babar Azam propelled Pakistan to one-wicket victory over Afghanistan in a last-ball thriller in the second ODI on Thursday. Chasing 301, Pakistan had a brilliant start with Imam scoring 91 and Babar scoring 53. However, the visitors lost some wickets but Shadab Khan's fiery knock of 48 runs, followed by Naseem Shah's two boundaries in the last over, guided them to a victory by one wicket. Earlier, riery knocks from Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Ibrahim Zadran guided Afghanistan to 300/5 in 50 overs against Pakistan in second ODI on Thursday. Opting to bat first, Afghanistan started off on a brilliant note as openers Gurbaz and Zadran stitched a massive 227-run partnership for the first wicket. Gurbaz scored 151 while Zadran smashed 80. (Live Scorecard)

Afghanistan Playing XI: Rahmanullah Gurbaz(w), Ibrahim Zadran, Riaz Hassan, Hashmatullah Shahidi(c), Ikram Alikhil, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Abdul Rahman, Shahidullah Kamal

2nd ODI, Afghanistan and Pakistan in Sri Lanka, 3 ODI Series, 2023, Aug 24, 2023Match EndedAFG300/5 (50.0)PAK302/9 (49.5)Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium, HambantotaPakistan beat Afghanistan by 1 wicket

Pakistan Playing XI:Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam(c), Mohammad Rizwan(w), Agha Salman, Iftikhar Ahmed, Shadab Khan, Usama Mir, Shaheen Afridi, Naseem Shah, Haris Rauf

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    Right then, that is it from the exciting game of cricket and Afghanistanhave shown that they can seriously challenge the big boys in the 50-over format as well. The caravan now moves to Colombo for the third and final game of the series and that will be played on Saturday, 26 August and will begin at 3 pm IST (9.30 am GMT). Do join us for the early build-up though. Cheers!

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    Babar Azam, the skipper of Afghanistansays that it was a similar scenario to the game they lost in the World Cup but they managed to get the win. Adds that it was about keeping patience and reckoned that even if they needed 80-90 runs in the last ten overs they could win. Goes on to applaud Iftikhar Ahmedand Shadab Khanand says that Naseem Shahhas a habit of finishing games off. Says that they always look to improve and get the little things done and mentions that he needs to improve his own batting as well. Ends by saying that they will look to carry the momentum in the final game and look to win it.

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    Afghanistan's captain Hashmatullah Shahidisays that it hurts after losing and especially after being in control of the game. He adds that he felt the pressure in the 49th over when they were smashed for many runs. He credits the openers for building a strong opening partnership for Afghanistan. He mentions thatthey couldn't control the pressure and that the matches between Afghanistanand Pakistanhave a great spirit of competition

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    Shadab Khanis the PLAYER OF THE MATCH for his crucial contribution with the bat.He starts by praising the almighty and says that practice is the key and that it was his day today. He adds that he batted according to the conditions and the dimensions made him go for two's. He mentions that he remembers the shot against Zimbabwe which made them lose the game and reminds himself never to repeat that action again.

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    The Presentation ceremony...

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    Earlier in the game, Hashmatullah Shahidiwon the toss and Afghanistanbatted first. Having been bundled out for just 59 runs in the first ODI, the Afghan batters turned on the heat on a track that looked good for batting and put on a big, big stand to set up the innings brilliantly. Ibrahim Zadranfell short of a hundred but Rahmanullah Gurbazdid get to the landmark and even got to 150. The latter batters though weren't quite able to kick on and they just about managed to cross the 300-run mark. The Pakistanpacers couldn't quite replicate the showing from the last game they did manage to pick up wickets at the death and Shaheen Afridiin particular impressed at the death. In reply, the game ebbed and flowed nicely but in the end, the hosts just couldn't hold their nerve and the more experienced side got over the line.

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    Afghanistanwill be absolutely gutted here and the despair on Rahmanullah Gurbaz'sface confirms the same.Afghanistanhad the runs on the board but the wicket looked excellent for batting as well. They didn't get an early breakthrough but Fazalhaq Farooqidid manage to knock over Fakhar Zaman. After this, wickets were hard to come by till the 30th over but once again Farooqi was brought back into the attack and got the big wicket of Babar Azam. From there on, the hosts managed to pick up wickets at crucial stages in the game and once Imam-ul-Haqgot out, they seemed to be on top. But they had to keep their patience and wait for their chances which did come and Farooqi was at the forefront of it all in the last over as he sent back Shadab at the start of the over but then crumbled under pressure and conceded a couple of boundaries which lost his side the game.

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    Naseem Shahtakes off his gloves and runs away on the field as the dressing room erupts and this is not the first time he has done it as well. Pakistanbegan this mammoth chase on the right foot as the openers put on a steady stand. Imam-ul-Haqlooked fluent but Fakhar Zamanwas able to muster runs even though he struggled quite a bit. Then Imam and skipper Babar Azamadded on 118 runs for the second wicket to put Pakistanin cruise control. They did lose three quick wickets as Imam fell before what would have been a classy ton but that lower order came in handy as Iftikhar Ahmedand Shadab Khanadded on a vital 47-run stand. Shadab went berserk in the penultimate over to put his side in front only to be run out 'Mankad' style but a couple of good shots and a healthy edge on the penultimate ball gave Pakistanthe victory.

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    OH, MY GOD! What an end to this riveting contest and you cannot script this, it is just a finish no one expected. Afghanistanare left heartbroken as Naseem Shahcelebrates in ecstasy and Pakistanseal the three-match series 2-0.

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    Fazalhaq Farooqi to Naseem Shah

    FOUR! Naseem Shahhas done the job for Pakistan! Fazalhaq Farooqibowls this full and outside off. Unlucky for him the ball deflects off the outside edge of Naseem Shah's bat. The fielder isin the 30-yard circle so the ball races away to the third-man fence for four. Pakistanwins the match by 1 wicket and 1 ball to spare in unreal fashion.

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    Fazalhaq Farooqi to Haris Rauf

    Slow and short again on off. Haris Raufpulls it away in the gap at deep mid-wicket. One fielder fumbles as the other one runs and cuts off the ball from reaching the fence. The batters have run 3. This will go till the last ball it seems as 4 runs are needed off 2 balls.

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    Fazalhaq Farooqi to Naseem Shah

    Slow again and outside off. Naseem Shahpunches it down for a single.

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    Fazalhaq Farooqi to Naseem Shah

    Fuller and on off. Naseem Shahswings and misses. 7 needed now off 4 balls.

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    Fazalhaq Farooqi to Naseem Shah

    FOUR! Fazalhaq Farooqibowls this fuller and on off. Naseem Shahsmashes it over the infield and covers. The ball bounces before crossing the fence for four runs.

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    Oh, what's happened here? Fazalhaq Farooqiwith a cheeky attempt at the 'Mankad' and the umpires have gone upstairs. Shadab Khanis well out of his crease but it is the action of the bowler that is in question. Farooqi, at no point, goes over the perpendicular and is well aware of what he wants to do here. It is signaled as OUT and rightly so in line with the rules but certainly, this moment will be discussed thoroughly after the game, especially given the stage of the game and how well Shadab was batting. Also, Haris Raufwalks out to bat now.

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    OUT! Here comes the controversy as Shadab Khan has been Mankaded. It's smart work by the bowler, observed that the non-striker batter was venturing out of the crease too much and the bowler wasted no time in taking the bails off at the bowler's end. As always, the debate will go on as many feel that Mankading is against the spirit of the game but ICC have kept it legal.

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    Abdul Rahman to Shadab Khan

    SIX! SMASHED AWAY! Another full toss this time higher. Shadab Khanmuscles this on the on side over the mid-wicket area all they way beyond the fence for a maximum. 11 are needed in the last over.

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    Abdul Rahman to Shadab Khan

    FOUR! A low full toss on the pads by Abdul Rahman. Shadab Khanwill not miss that and he waits for the ball. He pulls it away in the gap at deep mid-wicket. The ball is far from the fielder as it runs to the fence for four runs.

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    Abdul Rahman to Shadab Khan

    Full again and on middle. Shadab Khanpunches it to long on for yet another couple of runs. That is good running.

  20. 48.3


    Abdul Rahman to Shadab Khan

    Full and quick on leg. Shadab Khanshuffles away and drives it to mid off for another two runs.

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