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Cricket T20 World Cup: Pakistan crushes Afghanistan

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DUBAI: Pakistan, that chased a target of 148 runs set by Afghanistan in the T20 World Cup Super 12 Group 2 Match here on Friday (29th of October, 2021), won the match by 5 wickets. 

Babar Azam went back to pavilion after scoring 51. Mohammad Rizwan had been dismissed by Afghanistan spinner Mujeeb-ur-Rahman. Fakhar Zaman was dismissed by Mohammad Nabi, he scored 30 runs. Pakistan’s second wicket fell when the team had scored 75. 5th Green shirt to be dismissed by Afghans was Shoaib Malik who scored 19. Asif Ali, batting under pressure scored 25 off 7 balls  hitting four sixes to steer green shirts to victory.

Earlier Afghanistan Cricket team captain Mohammad Nabi won the toss and opted to bat first. Pakistan’s Iman Wasim and Shaheen Afridi dismissed the openers. Haris and Hasan Ali sent two more to the pavilion. Karim Janat’s scalp was taken by Imad Waseem. He only managed to muster fifteen runs up. Janat attempted to hit a six but was caught by Zaman. When Afghanistan managed to score 76 Shadab Khan dismissed Najibullah Zadran (his bat yielded 22 runs). Afghanistan managed to score 147 runs in 20 overs at the cost of 6 wickets.

Skipper reacted: “Alhumdulillah, 3/3!. Afghanistan fought well. A brilliant display of bowling from our team, especially Shaheen Shah Afridi and Imad. Fakhar was just remarkable and the awesome finish from Asif Ali was indeed the cherry on top. All eyes set on the next one!”


Prime Minister Imran Khan held: “Congratulations Team Pakistan. Impressive cricket by Team Afghanistan. Never have I seen a cricketing nation rise as rapidly as Afghanistan in international cricket & become so competitive. With this competitive spirit & talent the future of cricket is bright in Afghanistan.”




Ramiz Raja took to the Twitter to praise Asif for playing under pressure: “asifyoubeauty incredible hitting under pressure. Sensational Clapping hands signClapping hands signCongrats boys keep up the good work. PakistanZindabad”

Prime Minister Imran Khan held


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

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

Umpires: Chris Brown (NZL) and Joel Wilson (WIS)
TV umpire: Langton Rusere (ZIM)
Match referee: David Boon (AUS)


Hazratullah Zazai c Rauf b Imad 0
Mohammad Shahzad c Babar b Shaheen 8
Rahmanullah Gurbaz c Babar b Hasan 10
Asghar Afghan c and b Rauf 10
Karim Janat c Zaman b Imad 15
Najibullah Zadran c Rizwan b Shadab 22
Mohammad Nabi not out 35
Gulbadin Naib not out 35
Extras (lb3, nb3, w6) 12
Total (for six wkts; 20 overs) 147
Did not bat: Rashid Khan, Naveen-ul-Haq, Mujeeb Ur Rahman
Fall of wickets: 1-7 (Zazai), 2-13 (Shahzad), 3-33 (Afghan), 4-39 (Gurbaz), 5-64 (Janat), 6-76 (Zadran)
Bowling: Shaheen 4-0-22-1 (nb1, w3), Imad 4-0-25-2 (w1), Rauf 4-0-37-1 (w1), Hasan 4-1-38-1 (nb1, w1), Shadab 4-0-22-1,

Mohammad Rizwan c Naveen b Mujeeb 8
Babar Azam b Rashid 51
Fakhar Zaman lbw b Nabi 30
Mohammad Hafeez c Naib b Rashid 10
Shoaib Malik c Shahzad b Naveen 19
Asif Ali not out 25
Shadab Khan not out 0
Extras: (lb2, nb1, w2) 5
Total: (for five wkts; 19 overs) 148
Did not bat: Imad Wasim, Hasan Ali, Haris Rauf, Shaheen Shah Afridi
Fall of wickets: 1-12 (Rizwan), 2-75 (Zaman), 3-97 (Hafeez), 4-122 (Babar), 5-124 (Malik)
Bowling: Mujeeb Ur Rahman 4-0-14-1, Nabi 4-0-36-1 (nb1), Naveen-ul-Haq 3-0-22-1, Janat 4-0-48-0, Rashid 4-0-26-2 (w1)

Result: Pakistan won by five wickets
Toss: Afghanistan
Umpires: Chris Brown (NZL) and Joel Wilson (WIS)
TV Umpire: Langton Rusere (ZIM)
Match Referee: David Boon (AUS) | YouTube Channel

M M Alam

M. M. Alam is a Pakistan-based working journalist since 1981. Karachi University faculty gold medalist Alam began his career four decades ago by writing for Dawn, Pakistan’s highest circulating English daily. He has worked for region’s leading publications, global aviation periodicals including Rotors (of USA) and vetted New York Times as permanent employee of daily Express Tribune. Alam regularly covers international aviation and defense-related events including Salon Du Bourget (France), Farnborough (United Kingdom), Dubai (UAE). Alam has reported thousands of events and interviewed hundreds of people in Pakistan, UAE, EU, UK and USA. Being Francophone Alam also coordinates with a number of French publications.