Afghanistan and Pakistan lock horns in the final ODI, Pakistan leading 2-0. Gurbaz’s record, close contests highlight. Hambantota’s pitch dynamics favoring batsmen, weather clear. Excitement peaks for a riveting clash.
Cricket enthusiasts around the world are gearing up for an exhilarating showdown as Afghanistan and Pakistan face off in the highly anticipated third and final match of their three-match One Day International (ODI) series. The clash is scheduled to take place at the Mahinda Rajapaksa International Stadium in Hambantota on Saturday, August 26, at 3:00 pm IST.
Pakistan, under the leadership of Babar Azam, have already secured an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series, leaving Afghanistan with a final opportunity to salvage some pride. The first match saw Pakistan dominate, with Haris Rauf’s stunning five-wicket haul leading them to a comfortable victory. However, the second game proved to be a nail-biting affair as Pakistan narrowly clinched victory by just one wicket, with Naseem Shah’s crucial boundary sealing the deal.
The Afghan team, despite their losses, displayed moments of brilliance, particularly through the performances of Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Ibrahim Zadran. Gurbaz’s record-breaking knock of 150+ runs as a wicket-keeper batsman in an ODI against Pakistan turned heads, surpassing the previous record held by MS Dhoni.
While Pakistan’s victories have put them in a favorable position, they have also highlighted areas of concern for the team. In both matches, Afghanistan managed to put Pakistan on the back foot before relinquishing control. As the Asia Cup looms on the horizon, Babar Azam’s squad aims to enhance their consistency across all three departments of the game.
- Match: Afghanistan vs Pakistan, 3rd ODI
- Date and Time: August 26, 2023, 3:00 pm IST
- Venue: Mahinda Rajapaksa International Stadium, Hambantota
The Mahinda Rajapaksa International Stadium pitch has proven to be dynamic. In the first match, bowlers relished the conditions, while the second match favored batsmen. The prevailing wisdom suggests that the team batting first and posting a substantial score may gain a strategic advantage.
Weather conditions appear to be favorable for the match, with no rain expected. Temperatures are projected to range between 27 and 29 degrees Celsius, ensuring comfortable playing conditions for the teams.
Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk), Ibrahim Zadran, Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi ©, Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi, Azmatullah Omarzai, Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Noor Ahmad/Wafadar Momand
Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam ©, Salman Ali Agha, Mohammad Rizwan, Iftikhar Ahmed, Mohammad Nawaz, Shadab Khan, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Haris Rauf, Naseem Shah
While Pakistan holds a winning advantage in the series, Afghanistan has proven its mettle. Pakistan is likely to enter the match as favorites, but Afghanistan’s unpredictability and determination cannot be underestimated.
Prediction: Pakistan to win the match.
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Cricket enthusiasts are eagerly awaiting this intense clash between Afghanistan and Pakistan, as both teams strive to leave their mark in this thrilling encounter.