Afghanistan beats Pakistan for first time in T20I cricket sequence | Cricket Information


Afghanistan and Pakistan had met seven instances in complete with Pakistan at all times popping out on high – till the match on Friday.

Afghanistan has defeated Pakistan in a T20 Worldwide (T20I) – marking the Afghan facet’s first win in 4 T20Is in opposition to Pakistan.

The cricket groups have met seven instances in all, enjoying three earlier T20Is and 4 one-day worldwide matches of their rivalry, with Pakistan at all times popping out on high, Al Jazeera’s Abid Hussain wrote.

Pakistan, with out 5 rested front-line gamers together with captain Babar Azam, struggled on a gradual and low pitch at Sharjah Cricket Stadium within the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in opposition to the Afghans, whose six bowlers shared all 9 wickets.

Afghanistan overcame falling to 45-4 within the tenth over to cruise dwelling at 98-4 and win by six wickets with greater than two overs to spare.

Mohammad Nabi raised Afghanistan’s first victory over Pakistan in what had been 5 makes an attempt over the previous decade with a straight six over lengthy off.

“Pleasure to win, as we’ve at all times misplaced in opposition to them by small margins,” Afghanistan skipper Rashid Khan stated.

“Carrying Afghanistan colors and main the group in a win is a proud achievement. We by no means know the wicket . . . (however the) mindset was . . . to regulate accordingly.”

Afghanistan has an opportunity at a first-series win within the remaining two T20s on Sunday and Monday.

The historic win was celebrated on social media by Afghan cricket followers.


With 5 key gamers – skipper Babar Azam, Mohammad Rizwan, Fakhar Zaman, Shaheen Shah Afridi and Haris Rauf rested for the sequence – Pakistan handed T20I debuts to Saim Ayub, Tayyab Tahir, Ihsanullah and Zaman Khan.

However not one of the Pakistan batters may speed up on a two-paced pitch and principally fell to gentle dismissals.

Within the absence of formidable openers Azam and Rizwan, replacements Ayub and Mohammad Haris couldn’t gauge the low bounce and fell throughout the batting energy play whereas trying extravagant pictures.

Abdullah Shafique was pinned by Azmatullah Omarzai for 0 and Tayyab Tahir, one in all 4 making their Pakistan debut, lobbed a return catch to Rashid Khan. When Azam Khan was additionally out for a duck on debut, Pakistan was 41-5 within the eighth over.

Pakistan was at risk of its lowest T20I complete of 74 in 2012 in opposition to Australia at Dubai however Imad Wasim top-scored with 18.

“Generally this could occur on account of kids being nervous however they must be given probabilities,” Pakistan’s interim captain Shadab Khan stated.

“As professionals, we will’t give excuses concerning situations, we now have to study from the loss right here.”

Unorthodox spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman took 2-9 and Fazalhaq Farooqi 2-13.

Pakistan’s fast-bowling debutant Ihsanullah obtained two wickets in his first over with short-pitched deliveries.

Afghanistan was quickly 4 down however Nabi, 38 not out, and Najibullah Zadran, 17 not out, obtained them over the end line.

Ihsanullah completed with 2-17.


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