All-rounder Imad Wasim’s unbeaten 49 has guided Pakistan to an exhilarating three-wicket victory over Afghanistan in Leeds, sustaining their hopes of reaching the World Cup semi-finals.
Chasing a goal of 228, Pakistan misplaced opener Fakhar Zaman for a duck on the second ball of the innings when he was trapped lbw by offspinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman.
Babar Azam, who scored his maiden World Cup century in Pakistan’s win over New Zealand earlier this week, mixed with Imam-ul-Haq to stabilise the innings with a gradual 72-run partnership on Saturday.
Offspinner Mohammad Nabi eliminated the pair to show the center order, earlier than Mohammad Hafeez and Haris Sohail fell cheaply to go away Pakistan reeling at 5-142.
Captain Sarfaraz Ahmed (18) and Shadab Khan (11) have been run out to arrange an intense finale however Wasim and Wahab Riaz (15) ensured there have been no additional hiccups as they chased down the goal with two balls to spare.
“Once I went in they have been bowling brilliantly however I simply hung in there. We wished to bat out the 50 overs and see,” mentioned Wasim, who was named man-of-the-match.
“Thanks to the group, it appears like house right here. They gave us a lift in confidence. Win our subsequent recreation and we’ll see what occurs. Now we consider we are able to win from wherever.”
Pakistan, who moved forward of England to fourth within the desk, now must win their last match in opposition to Bangladesh on Friday and hope different outcomes go their option to advance to the semi-finals.
Earlier, Pakistan quick bowler Shaheen Afridi claimed 4 wickets to limit Afghanistan to a modest 9-227 from 50 overs on a flat batting monitor at Headingley.
Having received the toss and elected to bat, Afghanistan stumbled early on, dropping captain Gulbadin Naib and Hashmatullah Shahidi in back-to-back deliveries to Afridi, who produced a blistering opening spell with the brand new ball.
Afridi, 19, returned within the dying overs to take away Najibullah Zadran and Rashid Khan to complete as choose of the Pakistan bowlers with Four-47.
It was a 3rd consecutive win for Pakistan as their marketing campaign gathers momentum within the enterprise finish of the event.
“We all know it was not a straightforward goal. Their bowlers used the situations very properly. Everybody chipped in, it was good group work,” Sarfaraz mentioned.
“Everyone knows that it isn’t simple to win our final 4 video games, however we go match by match. We are going to all be watching India v England tomorrow.”
The sport was marred by a conflict between the supporters of each groups within the stands, with ESPNcricinfo reporting that a minimum of two followers have been evicted from the match.
Movies shared on social media additionally confirmed followers combating outdoors the venue, with the Worldwide Cricket Council saying it can take motion in opposition to “any anti-social behaviour”.