Afghanistan triumphs over Pakistan by four wickets, securing a spot in the 19th Asian Games final
Afghanistan secured a victory over Pakistan, triumphing by four wickets during the 19th Asian Games Men’s Cricket second semi-final held at the Zhejiang University of Technology Cricket Field in Hangzhou, China, on Friday.
After being asked to bat first, Pakistan's innings concluded with a total of 115 runs in 18 overs. Afghanistan successfully pursued the target in 17.5 overs.
Omair Yousuf was the highest run-scorer for Pakistan, amassing 24 runs off 19 deliveries, featuring 2 boundaries and 1 six. Aamir Jamal followed with 14 runs from 11 balls, including 1 four and 1 six, while Arafat Minhas contributed 13 runs off 14 deliveries, with 1 four. Rohail Nazir added 10 runs from 15 balls, including 1 six.
Pacer Fareed Ahmed stood out as Afghanistan's bowler, securing three wickets while conceding 15 runs in his three overs. Spinners Qais Ahmed and Zahir Khan also claimed two wickets each.
In response, Afghanistan reached their target with 13 balls to spare, largely thanks to Noor Ali Zadran's 39 runs off 33 balls, featuring 4 boundaries and 2 sixes, and Gulbadin Naib's unbeaten 26 runs off 19 balls, which included 1 four and 3 sixes.
Pakistan's spinners found some success during Afghanistan's innings, with Qasim Akram and Sufiyan Muqeem each taking a wicket, while Usman Qadir and Arafat Minhas secured two wickets each.
Pakistan Fall of wickets: 1-21 (Tahir Baig - 2.4 ov), 2-49 (Rohail Nazir - 6.3 ov), 3-54 (Omair Bin Yousuf - 7.4 ov), 4-61 (Haider Ali - 9.1 ov), 5-71 (Qasim Akram - 11.2 ov), 6-75 (Khushdil Shah - 12.3 ov), 7-83 (Asif Ali - 13.2 ov), 8-109 (Aamer Jamal - 16.5 ov), 9-113 (Arafat Minhas - 17.1 ov), 10-115 (Sufiyan Muqeem - 17.6 ov)
Afghanistan Fall of wickets: 1-9 (Sediqullah Atal - 1.1 ov), 2-35 (Mohammad Shahzad - 4.1 ov), 3-35 (Shahidullah Kamal - 4.3 ov), 4-71 (Noor Ali Zadran - 11.5 ov), 5-71 (Afsar Zazai - 12.1 ov), 6-84 (Karim Janat - 14.1 ov)
PAKISTAN - Rohail Nazir(WK), Omair Bin Yousuf, Haider Ali, Asif Ali, Tahir Baig, Arafat Minhas, Khushdil Shah, Qasim Akram(C), Aamer Jamal, Usman Qadir, Sufiyan Muqeem
AFGHANISTAN - Mohammad Shahzad(WK), Afsar Zazai, Sediqullah Atal, Noor Ali Zadran, Karim Janat, Gulbadin Naib(C), Shahidullah Kamal, Fareed Malik, Sharafuddin Ashraf, Qais Ahmad, Zahir Khan
Date - 2023-10-06 06:00:00
Venue - Pingfeng Campus Cricket Field, Hangzhou
Toss - Afghanistan elected to bowl
Umpires - Masudur Rahman(Bangladesh), Ruchira Palliyaguruge(Sri Lanka), Vrinda Rathi(India TV)
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