ICC CWC 2019 Match 36 highlights: Pak beat Afghan by 3 wkts in a nail biter

Pakistan cricket team survived a mighty scare to continue its surge towards the World Cup semifinals with Imad Wasim (49 not out) showing nerves of steel to guide them to a tense three-wicket win

Pakistan vs Afghanistan, ICC CWC 2019

Afghanistan's captain Gulbadin Naib leaves the field after being dismissed during the Cricket World Cup match between Pakistan and Afghanistan at Headingley in Leeds. Photo: AP | PTI

In Match 36 of ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 (CWC), Pakistan cricket team survived a mighty scare to continue its surge towards the World Cup semifinals with Imad Wasim (49 not out) showing nerves of steel to guide them to a tense three-wicket win over Afghanistan cricket team at The Headingley in Leeds on Saturday. In heart-stopping action, the gritty Afghanistan yet again came close to creating a big upset but were denied by Wasim, who emerged an unlikely batting hero along with Wahab Riaz (15 off 9), who hit a timely six off Rashid Khan to release the pressure. Wasim had five half-centuries before this match but perhaps played the biggest knock of his life, soaking in tremendous pressure as Pakistan huffed and puffed to win with two balls to spare. The Afghans after dominating the large part of the Pakistan innings, wilted under pressure, missing run outs and catches towards the dramatic end. They had come close to winning against India too but fell short. The Afghanistan spinners turned the match on its head by reducing Pakistan to 156 for six and the modest 228-run target was now looking like a mountain to scale for the 1992 champions.

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It was Mujeeb ur Rahman (2/34) and Mohammed Nabi (2/23) who saw off the Pakistan top-order to set it up nicely for Afghanistan.

When seasoned Rashid Khan got rid of Haris Sohail (27), Afghanistan sensed an upset and Pakistan skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed (18) helped the Afghan cause by running himself out at crucial juncture.

There was no Babar Azam (45) or Sohail at the crease to rescue Pakistan, who required 46 from the last five overs.

Afghan skipper Gulbadin came to bowl the 46th over and ended up leaking 18 runs with Wasim finding three boundaries in that over. It titled the match heavily in the favour of Pakistan.

With 16 needed off 12 balls, Riaz launched Rashid for a massive six in the second ball and eventually Pakistan needed six from last over.

Gulabdin brought himself again into the attack but Wasim steered him for a four in the fourth ball to finish it off for his side.

With this win, Pakistan have now jumped to the fourth spot with nine points, pushing hosts England to five. They would pray that India beat England tomorrow to enhance Pakistan's semifinal chances.

Earlier, Pakistan bowlers did not exactly dominate the Afghanistan batsmen but pacer Shaheen Afridi's four-wicket haul helped them limit the gritty rivals to 227 for nine in their must-win game.

If Afghanistan finished with a below par total after electing to bat under sunny conditions, it was because the batsmen threw away their wickets with some poor shot selection.

Contributions from Asghar Afghan (42 off 35) and Najibullah Zadran (42 off 54) gave the bowlers something to bowl at.

Shaheen Afridi, who had starred in Pakistan's win over New Zealand, was impressive upfront as well as in the death overs, ending with figures of four for 47 in 10 overs.

Batting has been Afghanistan's weakest link in the competition in which they are yet to win a game in seven attempts. And the batsmen disappointed yet again.

Afridi put Pakistan on top with a double strike in his opening spell, removing skipper Gulbadin Naib (15) and Hashmatullah Shahidi off successive balls. Pakistan got the on-field call overturned to have Naib adjudged caught behind for their first wicket.

Afghanistan were in more trouble when a set Rahmat Shah (35) was dismissed by left-arm spinner Imad Wasim.

Asghar and wicket-keeper batsman Ikram Ali Khil (24) then tried to resurrect the innings with a 64-run stand with the former being the aggressor. Asghar went on the offensive against the spinners to limited success but in the end leggie Shadab Khan had the last laugh as he swept one on to his stumps.

The former Afghanistan captain's entertaining knock comprised three fours and couple of sixes.

Zadran came up with a handy innings towards the end to lend the total some respectability on a slow surface.

Besides Afridi's stellar showing, pacer Wahab Riaz and Imad Wasim picked up two wickets each.

Here are the playing 11 of both the teams: 

Afghanistan playing 11: Gulbadin Naib(captain), Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Asghar Afghan, Mohammad Nabi, Samiullah Shinwari, Najibullah Zadran, Ikram Ali Khil, Rashid Khan, Hamid Hassan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman

Pakistan playing 11: Imam-ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Haris Sohail, Sarfaraz Ahmed(captain), Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Amir, Shaheen Afridi.

10:25 PM

Pakistan beat Afghanistan by 3 wickets in a nail biter

10:24 PM

Over 49.4

Imad hits the full toss towards deep extra cover for FOUR and Imad wins the match Pakistan and keeps their semis hope alive
10:22 PM

Over 49.3

A couple of runs for Imad

Pakistan need 2 runs in 3 balls
10:22 PM

Over 49.2

One run for Riaz

Pakistan need 4 runs in 4 balls
10:21 PM

Pakistan need 5 runs in 5 balls

10:20 PM

Over 49.1

Gulbadin Naib [9.0-0-65-0] is back into the attack

A single for Wasim towards deep extra cover
10:18 PM

Pakistan need 6 runs in 6 balls

10:18 PM

Over 49

One leg byes to end the over. 
10:18 PM

Over 48.5

Riaz reverse sweeps towards sweeper cover for a single
10:17 PM

Over 48.4

A big swing and miss from Riaz
10:17 PM

Pakistan need 8 runs in 9 balls

10:17 PM

Over 48.3

A couple of runs for Riaz towards long-off. 
10:16 PM

Pakistan need 10 runs in 10 balls

10:16 PM

Over 48.2

Riaz goes for big swing and this time he connects it, deposited into the stands
10:16 PM

Over 48.1; Pakistan need 16 runs in 11 balls

Rashid to Riaz, 

Riaz goes for big swing, misses
10:15 PM

Over 48; Pakistan need 16 runs in 12 balls

Over Summary; 0 0 0 1 1 0  ; Pakistan: 212-7
Mujeeb Ur Rahman [9.0-1-32-2] is back into the attack
Ball 6: DOT
Ball 5: Riaz dabs towards cover for a single. 
Ball 4: A single for Imad towards mid-off.  
Ball 3:  DOT
Ball 2:  DOT
Ball 1: DOT
10:11 PM

Over 47; Pakistan need 18 runs in 18 balls

Over Summary;  0 1 4 1,W 0 4  ; Pakistan: 210-7

Rashid Khan [8.0-0-31-1] is back into the attack
Ball 6: A full delivery outside off and Riaz blunted through extra cover for FOUR. 
Ball 5: Wahab Riaz, right handed bat, comes to the crease and gets deceived by the googly, DOT. 
Ball 4: Shadab Khan tucks towards mid-wicket and goes for second  run but falls short. Shadab Khan departs. Shadab Khan run out (Naib/Ikram Ali Khil) 11(17) [4s-1]
Ball 3: Shadab Khan gets an outside edge and ball flies to the third man boundary for FOUR. 
Ball 2: Imad hits towards deep point for a single
Ball 1: Imad fails to score
10:05 PM

Over 46; Pakistan need 28 runs in 24 balls

Over Summary; 4 2 2 4 4 Wd 1  ; Pakistan: 200-6

Gulbadin Naib [8.0-0-47-0] is back into the attack

Ball 6: A single for Imad to end the over
Ball 6: WIDE
Ball 5: Imad cuts towards deep point for FOUR. 
Ball 4: Imad gets an outside edge and ball goes for FOUR, third man was up.  
Ball 3: Imad hits towards cow-corner for a couple of runs
Ball 2: Imad gets a leading edge over extra cover for a couple of runs. 
Ball 1: A full toss outside off and Imad just times it brilliantly towards deep square leg for FOUR
9:58 PM

Over 45; CRR: 4.04 REQ: 9.2

Over Summary; 0 0 0 0 1 1  ; Pakistan: 182-6
Samiullah Shinwari [7.0-0-30-0] is back into the attack
Ball 6: A single for Imad towards long-off. 
Ball 5: Shadab Khan hits towards cow corner for a single. 
Ball 4: DOT
Ball 3: DOT
Ball 2: DOT
Ball 1: Shadab Khan gets a leading edge back to bowler, falls Short
9:55 PM

Over 44; Pakistan need 48 runs in 36 balls

Over Summary;  1 0 1 1 1L 2  ; Pakistan: 180-6
Rashid Khan [7.0-0-26-1] is back into the attack
Ball 6: A couple of runs for Imad towards long-on. 
Ball 5: One leg byes
Ball 4: A single for Imad Wasim
Ball 3: Shadab Khan hits down the ground for a single. 
Ball 2: DOT
Ball 1: A single for Imad 

First Published: Jun 29 2019 | 1:01 PM IST

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