Pakistan snatches thrilling last-over victory against Afghanistan, securing a 2-0 lead in the ODI series. Shadab Khan’s heroics, surviving dramatic run-out, guided Pakistan to chase 301, maintaining unbeaten record against hosts. Unforgettable clash of nerves.
In a nail-biting encounter that had cricket fans on the edge of their seats, Pakistan emerged victorious against Afghanistan, clinching an epic last-over thriller and securing an unassailable 2-0 lead in the ODI series. The match took place in Hambantota and showcased the resilience and determination of both teams.
Chasing a formidable target of 301 runs, Pakistan faced a daunting task as the game reached its climax. The tension escalated as the equation came down to 11 runs needed off the final over, with all-rounder Shadab Khan at the crease, unbeaten on 48. Pakistan had two wickets in hand, and the outcome hung in the balance.
As the last over began, an unexpected twist unfolded. Fazalhaq Farooqi of Afghanistan ran out Shadab Khan, who was backing up, at the very start of the over. Replays confirmed the run-out, leaving Pakistan with just two wickets in hand. The pressure was palpable, but Naseem Shah, displaying remarkable composure, smashed a crucial boundary off the first ball of the over.
With six runs needed off three balls, fast bowler Haris Rauf took the strike. A misfield in the deep midwicket region allowed Pakistan to secure three runs. With only three runs required off two balls and a solitary wicket in hand, Naseem Shah managed to guide the ball past short third man for a boundary, sealing Pakistan’s victory in dramatic fashion.
This victory showcased Pakistan’s ability to handle pressure and keep their unbeaten ODI record against Afghanistan intact. It was a testament to the team’s resilience and determination to succeed even in the face of adversity.
Afghanistan’s batting performance, led by Rahmanullah Gurbaz’s heroic 151 and Ibrahim Zadran’s stylish 80, had set the stage for a thrilling contest. However, despite their valiant efforts, Afghanistan fell short in their pursuit of a historic victory over Pakistan in the ODI format.
Pakistan’s batting highlights included Imam-ul-Haq’s impressive 91 and Babar Azam’s steady 53. Imam’s partnership with Babar laid a strong foundation for Pakistan’s chase. Despite a brief wobble, Shadab Khan’s aggressive batting in the latter stages of the game proved to be the difference-maker. His contributions earned him the well-deserved Player-of-the-Match award.
The match showcased the unpredictable nature of cricket and the intensity of the rivalry between Pakistan and Afghanistan. With this victory, Pakistan secured a series win and demonstrated their resilience in high-pressure situations. The ODI series between the two teams continues to captivate cricket enthusiasts around the world.