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Pakistan vs Afghanistan Match Report NSW School
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Pakistan vs Afghanistan Match Report

Afghanistan captain Mohammad Nabi won the toss and opted to bat first against Pakistan at the Dubai International Stadium

After yet another inch-perfect yorker, Asif finished the game off with two consecutive sixes straight down to secure Pakistan their third win of the tournament.

Teams chasing in Dubai have won four games out of four so far in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup. The presence of dew has played an important role in all the night games so far. But Afghanistan have decided to play to their strengths instead and have gone against the norm to bat first.

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The winner of the match will go to the top of Group B.

Afghanistan started with spin at both ends and suffocated the Pakistan openers for runs early on. The pressure almost got the wicket of Azam, who would have had to make the long walk back had the fielder at midwicket hit the stumps directly at the bowler’s end.

The move did pay dividends though, as Rizwan failed to clear the ropes, holing out to Naveen-ul-Haq at deep square.

Walking in at No.3, Fakhar released the pressure inside the Powerplay. He launched into Nabi after playing out just four balls, smashing the skipper for a four and a six against the spin. He punished Naveen for bowling on his pads, swiping it past short fine for a four as Pakistan finished the Powerplay on 38/1.

Babar, at the other end, did not look his best by his own lofty standards, bringing up his first boundary only in the ninth over, but did manage to hit a couple more to the ropes thereafter. The pair brought up their 50-run partnership as Pakistan went into the drinks breaks needing 76 from the last 10 overs.

It took Afghanistan 10 overs to bring Rashid Khan on and he immediately had the batters in all sorts of trouble, inducing five false shots in his opening over, including an LBW decision that was eventually overturned by DRS in Pakistan’s favour.

Afghanistan finally broke the partnership between Fakhar and Babar, with Nabi trapping the former in front of the stumps. The DRS did not come to Pakistan’s rescue this time around, with the ball tracker showing three reds.

Rashid finally struck in his third over to remove Mohammad Hafeez and wheeled away in celebration of his 100th T20I wicket. The wrist-spinner reached the milestone in just his 53rd game, thus becoming the fastest player to get to the mark in Men’s T20Is.

Playing XI:

Both Pakistan and Afghanistan have decided not to tinker with the winning combination and remain unchanged.

Pakistan: Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Babar Azam (c), Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Asif Ali, Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Hasan Ali, Haris Rauf, Shaheen Afridi.

Afghanistan: Hazratullah Zazai, Mohammad Shahzad (wk), Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi (c), Asghar Afghan, Gulbadin Naib, Rashid Khan, Karim Janat, Naveen-ul-Haq, Mujeeb Ur Rahman.

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