The 36th league match of World Cup 2019 was played between Afghanistan and Pakistan in Leeds. Pakistan has won this exciting encounter. Pakistan defeated Afghanistan by 3 wickets and kept alive the hopes of reaching the World Cup 2019 semifinals.
Chasing a target of 228, Pakistan lost 230 runs in 49.4 overs, scoring 230 runs and making the match with 3 wickets. Imad Wasim was Pakistan's match finisher in this match, who played an unbeaten 49 in 54 balls. After winning the match, Pakistan's team has reached the fourth spot with 8 points from 8 matches.
Pakistan team got the first breakthrough in the 5th over. Afghanistan skipper Gulbuddin Naib (15) scored the runs and returned to the pavilion on Afridi's ball. Afridi dismissed Hashmatullah Shahidi in the same over.
At one moment, it looked like Afghanistan won't bat out their full quota of overs but Najibullah Zadran then constructed a couple of handy partnerships to help them reach a respectable total. Shaheen Afridi was the most impressive bowler on show and he was nicely assisted by other bowlers. The young man finished with a 4-wicket haul to back up his 3-wicket effort against New Zealand.
The Afghan team made a change in the last XI today. Hamid Hasan replaces Daulat Jadran in the team. At the same time, Pakistan did not make any changes in the last XI.
Pakistan skipper, Sarfaraz Ahmed says that he would have batted first as well but toss is something not in their hand. He is confident about the form of his bowlers and backs his team to chase down the target. Wants to take one game at a time. Confirms that Wahab Riaz is fine and they are going unchanged.
Afghanistan skipper, Gulbadin Naib says it looks like a good surface and it's a warm sunny day. Reminds that they have beaten Pakistan in the warm-up game and will give their 100 percent in this match. Informs that Hamid Hassan is in the playing XI, replacing Dawlat Zadran.
Pakistan (Unchanged Playing XI) - Imam-ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Haris Sohail, Sarfaraz Ahmed (C/WK), Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Amir, Shaheen Afridi.
Afghanistan (Playing XI) - Gulbadin Naib (C), Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Asghar Afghan, Mohammad Nabi, Samiullah Shinwari, Najibullah Zadran, Ikram Ali Khil (WK), Rashid Khan, Hamid Hassan (IN FOR DAWLAT ZADRAN), Mujeeb Ur Rahman.
They still are very much in contention for the semis and the 1992 WC resemblance suggests that they will be coming on top today as well. Given the team they are facing, we don't actually need that reference but taking Afghanistan lightly will be a mistake Pakistan won't want to make. With everything on the line for one team, let's find out how they cope up with that pressure of delivery on a consistent basis.