Chennai: In yet another stunning upset at the World Cup, Afghanistan secured a remarkable victory over Pakistan, winning by eight wickets. Afghanistan successfully chased down a formidable target of 283, managing to do so with six balls to spare. The dynamic opening duo of Ibrahim Zadran, who scored 87 runs off 113 balls, and Rahmanullah Gurbaz, with an impressive 65 off 53 balls, laid the foundation for this significant win.
Rahmat Shah, batting at one-down, played a pivotal role in the successful chase, remaining unbeaten with a commanding 77 runs. Meanwhile, Captain Hashmatullah Shahidi contributed a valuable 48 not out to seal the deal. This remarkable triumph marked Afghanistan’s second upset in the tournament, following their surprising victory over defending champions England.
Batting first, Pakistan posted a competitive score of 282 for 7. Captain Babar Azam led the way with a top score of 74 runs from 92 deliveries. Opener Abdullah Shafique added 58 runs to the total, while Shadab Khan and Iftikhar Ahmed made significant contributions, each scoring 40 runs down the order.
Notably, Noor Ahmad was Afghanistan’s most successful bowler, claiming three wickets for 49 runs, while Naveen-ul-Haq chipped in with two wickets for 52 runs.
Brief Scores: Afghanistan: 286 for 2 in 49 overs (Ibrahim Zadran 87, Rahmanullah Gurbaz 65, Rahmat Shah 77 not out; Hasan Ali 1/44) beat Pakistan: 282 for 7 in 50 overs (Babar Azam 74, Abdullah Shafique 58; Noor Ahmad 3/49, Naveen-ul-Haq 2/52) by 8 wickets.