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ICC Cricket World Cup 2023: Fans React As Afghanistan Register Historic Win Over Pakistan

ICC Cricket World Cup 2023: Fans React As Afghanistan Register Historic Win Over Pakistan

In a thrilling encounter at the World Cup 2023, Afghanistan achieved a historic milestone by chasing down a formidable target of 283 runs, marking their first-ever One Day International (ODI) victory over Pakistan. This monumental achievement unfolded at Chennai’s MA Chidambaram Stadium on a fateful Monday. For Pakistan, this game resulted in their third consecutive defeat in the ongoing World Cup.

Under the captaincy of Hashmatullah Shahidi, the Afghan team continued their remarkable journey in the ICC ODI World Cup 2023. They demonstrated their prowess by successfully pursuing the challenging target, making it their highest-ever successful chase against Pakistan.

This victory was not an isolated triumph, as Afghanistan had earlier stunned the defending champions, England, in Delhi, securing a 69-run win. The match started with Afghanistan needing 283 runs for a historic victory.

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They embarked on their mission with a stunning 130-run partnership by their opening pair, Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Ibrahim Zadran, both achieving half-centuries. Regrettably, Pakistan’s bowlers faced a daunting task due to their own team’s lacklustre fielding efforts during the initial 20 overs.

Fielding errors, unnecessary throws, and an inability to prevent boundaries plagued Pakistan. The impressive opening partnership was severed in the 22nd over when Shaheen Shah Afridi dismissed Gurbaz, who had scored a brisk 65 off 53 deliveries.

Rahmat Shah then partnered with Zadran and constructed a steady foundation. Zadran, who was inching towards a century, managed 87 runs off 113 balls before Hasan Ali claimed his wicket.

Rahmat Shah went on to contribute a crucial fifty and collaborated with his captain, Hashmatullah Shahidi, to guide Afghanistan to victory with six balls to spare. Before this stunning chase, Pakistan had posted a competitive total of 282 for seven, largely driven by their captain, Babar Azam.

Babar played a composed innings, reaching a score of 74 runs. Opener Abdullah Shafique also made a vital contribution with 58 runs. Notably, Iftikhar Ahmed and Shadab Khan’s brisk knocks ensured that Pakistan reached a more respectable total than anticipated.

Iftikhar Ahmed added 40 runs in just 27 deliveries, while Shadab Khan scored a brisk 40 off 38 balls. Despite Afghanistan’s anticipation of a slow pitch and fielding four spinners, the pitch turned out to be more favourable for batting than expected. Pakistan’s opening duo, Shafique and Imam-ul-Haq, adopted a cautious approach and established a 56-run partnership. In the powerplay, spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman proved to be expensive for Afghanistan.

In summary, the PAK vs AFG match in the World Cup 2023 witnessed Afghanistan’s scripting history with their first-ever ODI victory over Pakistan, thanks to a remarkable chase of 283 runs. Their spirited performance continued to captivate fans and challenge the status quo of international cricket. Pakistan, despite posting a competitive total, faced another setback in the tournament, highlighting the unpredictable and exhilarating nature of the sport.

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