PAK vs AFG: Pakistan reclaims ICC No. 1 ODI ranking spot with Dominant Win Over Afghanistan

PAK vs AFG: Incredible Victory for Pakistan: Afghanistan’s Top Scorer Against Pakistan, Day’s Leading Batsman, and More!

Cricket Time Now: Faried Ahmed could not try to play a scoop shot at Shaheen Shah Afridi. Full toss and the stumps flew a few feet away. Afghanistan was also blown away. Pakistan whitewashed the Afghans with an easy win. At the same time, they have overtaken Australia to the top of the ODI rankings.

Pakistan won the third ODI against Afghanistan by 59 runs in Colombo. Pakistan scored 268 runs on a difficult batting wicket. In the first 30 overs, they could score only 103. They added 165 runs in the next 20 overs. Mohammad Rizwan top-scored with 67 off 79 balls with six fours and a six. Babar Azam scored 60 off 86 balls with his second consecutive fifty after starting the series on zero. His innings were studded with four fours and a six. In this PAK vs AFG match Agha Salman scored an unbeaten 38 off 31 balls and Mohammad Nawaz scored 30 off 25 balls.

In reply, Afghanistan, who were knocked out of the match at the loss of 6 wickets for 75 runs, could somehow cross 200, they were all out for 209.

Mystery spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman shone with the bat on the day of the failure of the main batsmen. He scored 64 off 37 balls with five sixes and four fours.

In the match against Pakistan, This is the highest score by a batsman at number 9 or below against Pakistan. Sri Lanka’s wicketkeeper-batsman Guy de Alves’ unbeaten 59 in the 1983 World Cup was the previous best.

Mujeeb’s Fifty in 26 Balls: Mujeeb scored fifty in just 26 balls on the day, which is the fastest for Afghanistan in this edition. Rashid Khan’s 27-ball fifty against Ireland in Abu Dhabi in 2021 was the previous record.

Leg-spinner Shadab Khan was Pakistan’s most successful bowler with 3 wickets for 42 runs. Shaheen, Faheem Ashraf, and Nawaz got two wickets each. Exciting Changes as Pakistan Wins the Toss and Chooses to Bat in the Eleven: Fakhar Zaman’s Promising Performance. However, Fakhar couldn’t carry the innings, scoring 27 runs off 33 balls.

Imam-ul-Haq, the Opener Who Scored a Fifty in Both Previous Matches, Departs After Making 13 Runs in 30 Balls. An Opportunity for Gulbadin Naib, but Couldn’t Replicate His Innings from the Last Match. Babar and Rizwan’s Partnership Propels the Team Ahead with a Century Stand for the Third Wicket. The Momentum Shifts from a Slow Start to Rapid Acceleration.

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Pakistan Reaches 85 Runs in 10 Overs, from 31 to 40 Overs. Babar Falls at 145, Making 110 Runs. Rashid broke the 110-run partnership in 145 balls by bringing back Babar. After a year and a half, Saud Shakil could not go to double digits on the day of playing ODIs. However, he was later added to the Asia Cup squad. Shadab Khan, the hero of the victory, could not survive this time by playing a great innings in the previous match. Pakistan can cross 250 in two effective innings of Salman and Nawaz.

In this PAK vs AFG match  Afghanistan lost wickets regularly from the start in the run chase. So they could never even hope to win.

Faheem brought back Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Ibrahim Zadran in the powerplay. Riaz Hasan got his first chance in the series and played 66 balls to score 34 runs. Leg-spinner Shadab took the wickets of Riaz and captain Hashmatullah Shahidi in the same over.

In this PAK vs AFG match Gulbadin, Mohammad Nabi and Rashid departed early as Afghanistan were reduced to 97 for 7.

PAK vs AFG match From there, Mujib’s innings. He got his first fifty in international cricket, surpassing his previous best of 18 in ODIs. His record-breaking innings, which reduced the margin of defeat for the team, came to an end with a hit wicket.

The wait for Afghanistan’s first win in this edition against Pakistan has been prolonged. After being bowled out for just 59 in the first match of the series, they put on 300 runs in the second to give hope of victory, but Pakistan took two wickets in hand and added 27 runs in the last two overs.

Apart from winning all the matches of the series and climbing to the top of the rankings, Pakistan’s preparations ahead of the Asia Cup have also been good. Babar and Rizwan will play against Nepal in the first match of the Asian supremacy tournament on Wednesday.

In the previous round, Pakistan managed to survive only two days by climbing to the top of the ODI rankings. Time will tell how long the reign lasts. But for now, Babar Azam is excited to be able to restore it. The Pakistan captain highlighted the contribution of his teammates as he regained his number one spot in the ODI rankings.

In this PAK vs AFG match Pakistan beat Afghanistan 3-0 in the ODI series to climb to the top of the rankings. They won the last ODI of the series by 59 runs on Saturday.

Pakistan started the series with 116 points. With the win in the first two matches, they touched Australia’s 118 points. However, Australia were still at the top by a fraction. Babar Azam’s team took a fraction of the lead with 118 points in the last match.

Pakistan won the fourth match of the series against New Zealand on May 5 to move to the top of the ODI rankings. But on May 7, they lost the next match and fell back to two. Three and a half months later, they regained their lost place.

After the series, Babar said that this success is the result of the hard work of everyone in the team.

“We are now the ICC number 1 team in ODIs again… All credit to the boys. We had a small camp in Lahore before this series. The boys have been working hard and sweating profusely for the last couple of months. After the Test series in Sri Lanka, everyone has prepared very well for this series.”

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Pak vs Afg live score Score Summary:

Pakistan: 268/8 in 50 Overs (Fakhar 27, Imam 13, Babar 60, Rizwan 67, Shadab 9*, Salman 38*, Nawaz 30, Fahim 2, Afridi 2*; Farooqi 7-0-45-1, Mujeeb 10-2-50-1, Naveen 9-1-36-2, Rashid 10-1-42-1, Farid 10-0-70-2, Nabi 4-1-18-0)

Afghanistan: 209 All Out in 48.4 Overs (Gurbaz 5, Riaz 34, Ibrahim 0, Shahidi 13, Shahidullah 37, Naveen 0, Nabi 3, Rashid 16, Mujeeb 64, Farid 17, Farooqi 6*; Afridi 9.4-0-31-2, Fahim 8-1-43-2, Wasim 10-0-35-0, Shadab 10-1-42-3, Salman 2-0-3-1, Ifthikhar 9-0-45-2)

Result: Pakistan wins the three-match series 3-0 with a margin of victory of 59 runs.

Player of the Match: Mohammad Rizwan

Player of the Series: Imam-ul-Haq

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