Pakistan nearly escaped from a shocking defeat against Afghanistan on Saturday (29th June) during the match 36 of the 2019 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup at Leeds. Pakistan won this match by three wickets (with two balls remaining).
After winning the toss, Afghanistan managed 227/9 (50 overs) in the first innings. Pakistan chased down that target in the final over (49.4 overs) after losing seven wickets.
Brief Scores: Afghanistan – 227/9 in 50 overs (Asghar Afghan 42, Najibullah Zadran 42; Shaheen Shah Afridi 4/47)
Pakistan – 230/7 in 49.4 overs (Imad Wasim 49*, Babar Azam 45; Mohammad Nabi 2/23)
Result – Pakistan won by three wickets
Here are some of the statistical highlights of the match:
i) In the first innings, Afghanistan scored 227/9 in 50 overs.
- It was the second time in Cricket World Cup history when Afghanistan batted full 50 overs. In the CWC history, Afghanistan first time batted full 50 overs against England (247/8) in this edition (at Manchester on 18th June 2019).
Shaheen Shah Afridi
i) At the age of 19 years and 84 days, Pakistan left-arm pacer Shaheen Shah Afridi had the bowling figures of 10-0-47-4.
- Shaheen Shah Afridi is the youngest bowler to claim a four-wicket haul in a CWC match. The previous record holder was Scottish pacer John Blain who claimed his first CWC four-wicket haul at the age of 20 years and 140 days (10-1-37-4 against Bangladesh at Edinburgh on 24th May 1999).
- It is the second best ODI bowling figures by a Pakistan bowler against Afghanistan. The record is 10-0-36-5 by Shahid Afridi at Sharjah on 10th February 2012.
i) Pakistan left-arm pacer Wahab Riaz has taken 34 wickets in Cricket World Cup.
- It is the joint second most wickets for a Pakistan bowler in CWC history. While Imran Khan also bagged 34 CWC wickets, Wasim Akram is leading this table with 55 CWC wickets.
i) Off-spinner Mohammad Nabi has taken 200 international wickets.
- Mohammad Nabi is the second Afghanistan bowler to pick up 200 international wickets. Rashid Khan was the first Afghanistan bowler to achieve this feat as he has taken 212 international wickets.
i) Afghanistan captain Gulbadin Naib had the bowling figures of 9.4-0-73-0.
- It is the most expensive bowling figures by a captain in the second innings of a Cricket World Cup match. The previous record was 8.4-0-71-2 by Waqar Younis (Pakistan) against India at Centurion on 1st March 2003.