ICC CRICKET WORLD CUP 2019, MATCH 36, PAKISTAN VS AFGHANISTAN:2019 World Cup, PAK vs AFG: Hello and welcome to our coverage of match No. 36 of World Cup 2019 between Pakistan and Afghanistan from Leeds. Follow coverage of Pakistan vs Afghanistan clash on Hotstar and watch it on Star Sports in India. In Pakistan, you can watch the game on Ten Sports and PTV. In England, you can watch it on Sky Sports and Sky Go. Asghar Afghan played a fantastic inning and gave Afghanistan a good score but his fighting innings came to an end in the 25th over courtsey Shadab Khan. Earlier, Shaheen Afridi ran through the top-order along with Imad Wasim following Gulbadin Naib's decision to bat first. The Afghans are still in a good position and can build on the platform their former captain has provided. Mohammad Nabi will be the key. Follow updates, score of the PAK vs AFG match here -- IndiaTV Sports World Cup 2019 (Match scorecard |
PAKISTAN 230/7 (49.4 overs) beat AFGHANISTAN (227/9) BY 3 WICKETS
22.20 IST: Gulbadin Naib to Imad Wasim, FOUR! Pakistan win! Naib hurls in a low full toss outside off, Wasim drills his drive through extra cover and it speeds away to the fence in a flash. The crowd erupts in joy. What scenes out there!
22.19 IST: 6 needed in 6 balls.
22.16 IST: Rashid Khan to Wahab Riaz, SIX! WOW! This one has disappeared into the crowd. 10 needed off 10 balls. Floated delivery, full and on middle, Wahab kneels and smokes it deep into the stands at mid-wicket.
22.15 IST: Rashid Khan to bowl the 49th over.
22.12 IST: Mujeeb ur Rahman to bowl the 48th over.
22.10 IST: Rashid Khan to Wahab Riaz, FOUR! Wow, Wahab has drilled his shot! Full and flighted outside off, Riaz watches width there and muscles it through covers. 10 runs and a wicket from the over, 18 needed off 18 balls.
22.08 IST: Rashid Khan to Shadab Khan, RUN-OUT! Shadab is short! A flatter delivery on middle, Khan whips it to deep mid-wicket and attempts for the second run. Naib in the deep sends in a bullet throw to the keeper who breaks the stumps as Shadab dives in. They appeal, it's referred upstairs and the replay find Khan short.
22.06 IST: Rashid Khan to Shadab Khan, FOUR! Streaky! Pakistan will take it. A full delivery landing on off and spinning away, Shadab presses forward to push it through but it takes the outside edge and runs wide of short third man for a boundary.
28 needed from 24.
22.04 IST: Gulbadin Naib to Imad Wasim, FOUR! Another boundary, make it 16 from the over. Imad has unleashed here. Poor bowling by the skipper. Keeps bowling short and wide outside off and Wasim whacks it through point.
22.03 IST: Gulbadin Naib to Imad Wasim, FOUR! Big outside-edge there.
Slight hold up in play. Imad Wasim has pulled up his hamstring and is lying flat on the ground.
21.59 IST: Gulbadin Naib to Imad Wasim, FOUR! Good start for Pakistan here. Full toss is an absolute gift in this situation and Imad pulls it towards the midwicket.
21.58 IST: Tight over from Samiulllah Shinwari, who is otherwise a part-time bowler in the team. Pakistan need 46 in 30 balls.
21.45 IST: Gulbadin Naib to Imad Wasim, FOUR! Much needed boundary this for Pakistan. Full on off, Imad drives it past the diving mid off fielder for a boundary.
21.36 IST: OUT! Huge blow for Pakistan, as Sarfaraz Ahmed is out! Shorter on off, Sarfaraz strokes it wide of deep point and looks for two. He runs the first one hard and calls for the second.
21.34 IST: Rashid Khan to Sarfaraz Ahmed, AND THIS COULD BE A RUN-OUT!
21.25 IST: Gulbadin Naib to Sarfaraz Ahmed, FOUR! The Pakistani fans here in Leeds have found the voice again. Slower ball, it is slightly short. Sarfaraz picks it early and pulls it towards the square leg fence for a boundary.
21.17 IST: Rashid Khan to Haris Sohail, OUT! Naib wanted his ace bowler to strike and so he does. Rashid has not been his brilliant best so far but he has given his side a very prized scalp here.
20.58 IST: Mujeeb ur Rahman to Mohammad Hafeez, OUT! What an inspired bowling change this is! Afghanistan needed wickets and Naib turns to his strike bowler Mujeeb, and he delivers. Shorter outside off, there was hardly any turn on this one. Hafeez goes for the cut. The ball is away from his body, so he reaches out. Mohammad hits it uppishly straight to Shahidi. The 40-run stand is broken and once again the tilts right in the balance. 107 runs more needed.
20.41 IST: Samiullah Shinwari to Mohammad Hafeez, FOUR! Brings Pakistan's 100 in style. Short around off, Hafeez gets on his back foot and pulls it over deep mid-wicket. There is no one in the deep, so in the end it's a no risk boundary.
20.36 IST: Haris and Hafeez look to build a partnership. Hafeez is taking some risks and Haris might want to say a word or two.
20.14 IST: Mohammad Nabi to Babar Azam, OUT! Bowled 'em! The dangerous Babar is out of here. Nabi tosses it up on leg, Azam looks to sweep but misses. The ball goes straight and disturbs the leg pole.
20.12 IST: Rashid Khan to Babar Azam, FOUR! Brilliant effort in the field but in vain. Tossed up outside off, Babar drives it past backward point. Naib runs after it and looks to pull it back with a dive. He though fails to keep it in and the ball touches the rope. Full marks for the effort there.
20.07 IST: Mohammad Nabi to Imam-ul-Haq, OUT! Stumped! Brilliantly bowled this from Nabi. He gives it air and bowls it slower on off. Imam comes down the track and looks to hit it. The ball though spins away from him and Ikram Ali Khil behind the stumps whips the bails off quickly. Imam looks to come back but he is very late. The umpire takes it upstairs but it is a mere formality as Imam does not wait and starts walking back. Once again Imam fails to convert his start.
20.03 IST: Rashid Khan to Babar Azam, FOUR! A boundary after 33 minutes! This one was a bit short from Rashid and Babar gives it the treatment it deserves. Pulled towards mid-wicket.
19.57 IST: Both, Imam and Babar are dealing in ones and twos. No unnecessary risks, sensible batting from the duo.
*Gulbadin Naib replaces Mujeeb ur Rahman.
*Mohammad Nabi replaces Gulbadin Naib.
19.36 IST: Gulbadin Naib to Imam-ul-Haq, FOUR! Off cutter on off, Imam looks to defend but the ball races off the outside edge towards the third man fence for a boundary.
19.35 IST: And it is outside off. Poor review from Afghanistan.
19.33 IST: Mujeeb ur Rahman to Babar Azam, HUGE APPEAL FOR LBW! Umpire has given it not out and Gulbadin has taken a review. Impact looks outside off.
19.22 IST: Hamid Hassan to Babar Azam, FOUR! Nicely played! Good length ball around off, Babar plays it with soft hands and just runs it down to the third man for a boundary.
19.20 IST: Mujeeb Ur Rahman to Imam-ul-Haq, FOUR! poor ball from Mujeeb. He bowls it on the pads, Imam just helps it on its way fine down the leg side for a boundary.
19.14 IST: Mujeeb Ur Rahman to Babar Azam, FOUR! The run chase is off the mark and so is Babar. It is a glorious start for him.
19.12 IST: Mujeeb Ur Rahman to Fakhar Zaman, OUT! LBW! Pakistan not just lose their first wicket they also lose their review. Flighted ball on off, Fakhar looks to defend but misses. The ball hits him on the pads. The Afghanistan players put in a loud appeal and the umpire agrees with them.
* Wicket second ball for Afghanistan! Mujeeb is running in celebration. But hang on, Fakhar wants to review it. He feels there is an inside edge. The third umpire is having a close look. It seems that the ball has hit the pad and bat at the same time. Very close.
* We are back for the chase! The Afghanistan players are in a huddle before they take their respective position in the field. Imam-ul-Haq and Fakhar Zaman walk out to open the innings for Pakistan. Mujeeb Ur Rahman to operate with the first new ball.
* Right then, the pitch is offering turn and Afghanistan have some good spinners in their ranks. So far, Rashid Khan has not left much impact in this World Cup and would like to roar back to form. Pakistan have an in-form batting line-up and should chase it down easily but they need to be careful in their approach. Do join us in a short while for the chase.
* Superb bowling effort by Pakistan but they will be a bit disappointed to allow Afghanistan bat out 50 overs and get their total to 227.
18.38 IST: Mohammad Amir to Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Full on middle, Mujeeb strokes it to long on and takes a run. Shinwari calls him for the second and Mujeeb responds.
18.34 IST: Mohammad Amir to Mujeeb Ur Rahman, FOUR! Good length ball on off, Mujeeb swings his bat at it. This time Mujeeb gets a thick outside edge and the ball goes to the third man fence for a boundary.
18.28 IST: Wahab Riaz to Hamid Hassan, OUT! b Wahab Riaz. Afghanistan have lost their ninth wicket.
18.25 IST: Mohammad Amir to Samiullah Shinwari, EDGED AND FOUR! Good length ball outside off, Shinwari swings his bat it. He gets a thick inside edge and luckily for his it goes past the fence and on to the fine leg fence. Afghanistan will take it no matter how it comes.
* The new man in is Hamid Hassan.
18.21 IST: Shaheen Afridi to Rashid Khan, OUT! Caught! Shaheen gets his fourth of the game and he is having a blast! Slower ball on off, Rashid gets outfoxed by the change in pace. Khan looks to hit it straight but he is way too early in his shot. Rashid ends up chipping it towards mid off. Fakhar Zaman runs to his left and takes an easy catch.
18.18 IST: Mohammad Amir to Rashid Khan, FOUR! What a shot! Magnificent! Full on middle, Rashid plays a half helicopter shot to hit it through mid-wicket for a boundary.
18.16 IST: Mohammad Amir to Rashid Khan, Hits the deck hard and bowls it on top of middle, Rashid tucks it towards mid on and shouts a loud no.
* In walks, Rashid Khan. He is a handy batsman but has not impressed so far in this tournament.
18.11 IST: Shaheen Afridi to Najibullah Zadran, OUT! Drags it on! Third wicket for Shaheen! He angles in a length ball around off at 137 kph, Zadran tries to heave it across the line but gets a thick inside edge onto the stumps.
18.08 IST: Shaheen Afridi to Najibullah Zadran, FOUR! Fine shot! Fuller in length and outside off, Zadran reaches out for it and smashes it over point for a boundary.
18.06 IST: Shadab Khan to Samiullah Shinwari, Loopy leg spinner on middle, Shinwari slices his attempted drive to point.
18.03 IST: Shaheen Afridi to Samiullah Shinwari, DROPPED! Tough chance though. Full and slower on off, Shinwari looks to drive straight but does so uppishly. It goes to Shaheen but he cannot take it on full on his followthrough.
17.58 IST: Shadab Khan to Najibullah Zadran, Huge appeal for LBW but it is turned down. Tossed up leg spinner, it is very full around off, Zadran looks to sweep but misses. Big appeal follows but the umpire turns it down.
17.54 IST: Shaheen Afridi to Samiullah Shinwari, Beaten! Shaheen begins his new spell from 'round the wicket and serves a slower length ball outside off, Shinwari pushes at it and misses.
17.49 IST: Wahab Riaz to Samiullah Shinwari, Leans forward to a full ball and drives it through covers for a run. Looks for the second run but then aborts. The fielder throws the ball at the bowler's end where Wahab is not ready and doesn't like that. Gives a stare to the fielder.
17.46 IST: Wahab Riaz to Najibullah Zadran, Shortish and outside off, hit square of the wicket on the off side and the point fielder made a good stop.
17.45 IST: Imad Wasim to Najibullah Zadran, FOUR! Easy pickings! Full and floated outside off, Najibullah chips it over the inner circle at covers for a boundary. Nicely read the field there.
17.43 IST: Imad Wasim to Najibullah Zadran, FOUR! Nicely played, a bit uppish but in the gap. A low full toss on off, Zadran brings out the reverse sweep and nails it fine down to third man for a boundary.
* The new batsman in is Samiullah Shinwari.
17.38 IST: Wahab Riaz to Mohammad Nabi, OUT! Nabi is bounced out! A well-judged catch in the deep by Mohammad Amir.
17.35 IST: Imad Wasim to Najibullah Zadran, FOUR! Well played! Loopy full ball landing on middle, Najibullah kneels down and reverse sweeps it neatly through backward point for a boundary.
* Imad Wasim is back into the attack as well.
17.31 IST: Wahab Riaz to Mohammad Nabi, Four leg byes! Slips a length ball down the leg side, Nabi fails to flick but it takes his pads and speeds away to the fine leg fence.
* Wahab Riaz is back on. He was a bit inconsistent wit his lines in the first spell and would like to improve this time around.
17.28 IST: Mohammad Amir to Najibullah Zadran, FOUR! Finds the gap and finds the boundary! Amir spears in a full ball on middle, Zadran whips it across the line and sends it screaming through the gap between short mid-wicket and mid on.
17.20 IST: Afghanistan are taking it slowly at the moment. No fours in the last two overs, dealing it in singles and doubles. Drinks break.
17.09 IST: Shaheen Afridi to Najibullah Zadran, FOUR! Nice shot! Back of a length ball on off, Najibullah brings his strong bottom hand to good use, gets on top of the bounce and clobbers it behind square leg. The fine leg fielder tries his best to get around it but fails. Sarfaraz, as usual, is not impressed.
*Mohammad Amir is back on
17.01 IST: Shaheen Afridi to Mohammad Nabi, Big shout for a caught behind! The umpire shakes his head. No review taken. A cross-seam delivery, landing on a length around off and skidding away, Nabi tries defending but it whizzes past the outside edge. Sarfaraz and the bowler are absolutely convinced as they appeal. But they don't take the DRS once the umpire turns it down. There was nothing on the Ultra Edge. So a good call not to refer it.
*Shaheen Afridi returns into the attack
*Najibullah Zadran is in next. Afghanistan cannot afford to be so flashy with their batting. They need to put their heads down and concentrate on building partnerships.
16.54 IST: Imad Wasim to Ikram Ali Khil, OUT! Ikram Ali Khil holes out. Imad tosses it up on middle, Ikram comes down the track and looks to go over long on. He gets a good amount of height on it but not the distance. The ball goes straight down the throat of Hafeez. The experienced man in the deep makes no mistake.
16.50 IST: Shadab Khan to Ikram Ali Khil, NOT OUT! A quicker leg spinner on middle, Khil advances down the track and then tries to defend. But he fails to put bat on ball and is hit on the pads. Pakistan appeal but the umpire remains still. Sarfaraz has a chat with his bowler and then takes the DRS. The Ball Tracker shows that it's hitting the top of the stumps. Umpire's call. Pakistan retain their review.
*DRS time! LBW shout against Ikram Ali Khil is referred upstairs by Pakistan. The batsman has come down the track, so it looks a bit tight call. Hitting the top of middle stump, shows the Ball Tracker. Umpire's call.
*Mohammad Nabi is the new man in
16.44 IST: Shadab Khan to Asghar Afghan, OUT! Afghan is bowled! Shadab dishes out a leg spinner around off, at 87 kph, Afghan shimmies down the track for a big shot but fails to make any contact. The ball doesn't turn much after landing and tickles the off stump. The attacking field set probably prompted Afghan to have a real go at it. But he is undone here due to his own aggression. The 64-run stand has been broken.
*Imad Wasim is back
16.20 IST: Wahab Riaz to Asghar Afghan, FOUR! Slapped away! Afghan is batting with positive intent and is putting away all the bad balls. Short and wide outside off, Asghar latches onto it and slaps it through point. 100 up for Afghanistan!
16.18 IST: Shadab Khan to Asghar Afghan, SIX! Here he goes again...Shadab serves it full and around leg, Afghan shimmies down the track and towers it over wide long on for a biggie. Shadab is under attack here.
16.17 IST: Shadab Khan to Asghar Afghan, FOUR! Well struck! Flighted delivery, landing full around off, Asghar comes running down the track and smashes it over extra cover for a boundary.
*Drinks! Excellent beginning from Pakistan. They have snapped three top order wickets of Afghanistan and have the upper hand. Their pacers once again were brilliant with the new balls however they gave away a few easy runs. There is some spin on offer here and their spinners will like to nip in a few more quick wickets to break Afghanistan's batting.
16.06 IST: Shadab Khan to Asghar Afghan, FOUR! Edged and there is no slip. Lucky boundary for Asghar. Floated leg spinner landing full outside of, Afghan tries driving through covers but it turns away to take the outside edge and runs down to third man for a boundary.
*Shadab Khan into the attack
16.03 IST: Wahab Riaz to Ikram Ali Khil, EDGY FOUR! Frustrating start for Wahab. A length delivery in the channel outside off, Ikram gets on the front foot to push inside the line and it takes the outside edge. The ball runs wide of first slip and crosses the fence at third man.
15.59 IST: Imad Wasim to Asghar Afghan, SIX! This one is dismissed! Asghar Afghan won't die wondering. He will take on the spinners. Picks the in-drifter here, advances down the track and hammers it over mid-wicket for a biggie.
*Asghar Afghan is the new man in. Afghanistan are in trouble here and will hope their experienced campaigner can now take them out of it.
15.52 IST: Imad Wasim to Rahmat Shah, OUT! Soft dismissal for Shah! He is distraught and is staring down the pitch. Imad Wasim has outfoxed the batsman here. He darted a few arm balls before bowling a delivery that straightens a bit from middle and off. Rahmat tries to flick thinking it's coming into him but it doesn't and takes the leading half of his blade. The ball lobs up to short cover where Babar Azam takes the simplest of catches. A good little knock comes to an end!
15.50 IST: Imad Wasim to Rahmat Shah, FOUR! Rahmat gets innovative. Imad continues to dart in his arm ball. It's full and around off, Shah goes down and across before playing the paddle scoop to fine leg.
*Mohammad Hafeez replaces Shaheen Afridi
*Imad Wasim replaces Mohammad Amir
15.38 IST: Shaheen Afridi to Rahmat Shah, FOUR! Not the line to bowl. The ball is coming really good on the bat here. Marginally down the leg from Shaheen, and Rahmat simply flicks it.
15.36 IST: Tight over from Mohammad Amir. Only 1 of it. Amir's current bowling figures read 4-1-10-0.
15.30 IST: Shaheen Afridi to Rahmat Shah, FOUR! Glorious straight drive. A great pitch to bat on, this one. Afghanistan will clearly rue losing the two wickets early. This one comes on the bat quite nicely for Rahmat.
15.29 IST: NOT OUT! Poor umpiring, there. The inside-edge was as clear as daylight. Good review from the batsman.
15.28 IST: Mohammad Amir to Ikram Ali Khil, OUT! Ikram has taken the review straightaway after the umpire adjudges him LBW. He's convinced that there was an inside-edge.
15.24 IST: Shaheen Afridi to Ikram Ali Khil, FOUR-BYES! A poor delivery. Very full and sliding down the leg side, Khil tries flicking but misses and it goes off his pads to the fine leg fence. End of an action-packed first over by Shaheen, 14 runs and two wickets in total from it.
15.22 IST: Shaheen Afridi to Hashmatullah Shahidi, OUT! Shaheen on a hattrick! Cricket, you beauty. What a leveller! 10 runs conceded off the first three balls and now two wickets in two balls. What a great fightback from the young man. Shaheen spears in a very full ball around middle and leg at 137 kph, Shahidi tries flicking but closes the face of the bat early. It pops out of the leading edge towards mid off where Imad Wasim moves across to his left to take the catch safely. Shaheen on a hat-trick now.
15.20 IST: OUT! Shaheen gets his revenge. He serves a very full delivery outside off at 138 kph and Naib spots the opportunity to play yet another drive through the line. He goes hard at it but this time fails to middle his shot. It goes past his bat, Sarfaraz collects the ball and they go up in a huge appeal. The umpire though is not interested. Sarfaraz then has a chat with his players before signalling for the DRS. The Ultra Edge detects a spike. Naib departs after a quick knock.
15.18 IST: Shaheen Afridi to Gulbadin Naib, HUGE APPEAL FOR CAUGHT BEHIND! The umpire gives it not out, and Sarfaraz has taken a review.
15.17 IST: Shaheen Afridi to Gulbadin Naib, FOUR! This time, it is wider than the previous one which went for the boundary!
15.15 IST: Shaheen Afridi to Gulbadin Naib, FOUR! Beautiful cover drive! Afridi sticks to the basics which earned him three wickets in the last game. He keeps it full but too wide of the off-stump. Not the perfect way to start the over for the bowler.
*Shaheen Afridi replaces Imad Wasim
15.13 IST: Mohammad Amir to Rahmat Shah, FOUR! One bounce and over the rope. Excellent start for Afghanistan. Amir tries to surprise the batsman with a short delivery around off. But Rahmat does well to pull it in front of square leg for a boundary.
15.11 IST: Mohammad Amir to Rahmat Shah, FOUR! Another chase for Hafeez and once again he fails to pull it back. Delightful is the word to describe this shot.
15.10 IST: Imad Wasim to Gulbadin Naib, FOUR! This is such a good shot. Spoils a good over. Full and flighted, just around off, Naib brings his drive out and thumps it through the gap between extra cover and mid off. Hafeez gives the chase but then gives up. The outfield is lightning quick.
15.07 IST: Excellent start from Amir. It's a maiden over from the left-armer.
*Mohammad Amir will share the new ball with Imad from the other end
15.02 IST: Nice, tidy over from Wasim. Just five runs off it.
14.59 IST: Rahmat Shah and Gulbadin Naib have come out for Aghanistan while Imad Wasim will open the bowling for Pakistan
14.54 IST: The crowd is slowly building up. It is expected to be jam-packed with Pakistan playing. Time for the national anthems of both teams.
14.45 IST: Captains at toss:
Sarfaraz Ahmed: We wanted to bat first as well but toss is not in our hands. Our bowlers are doing well, so we'll try to restrict them and chase the target. We are focusing on this match, not focusing on the next game. Wahab is fine, he's playing today, hence we are playing with the same team.
Gulbadin Naib: We are gonna bat first, the wicket looks good. It's a sunny day and weather is warm, it'll help spinners in the second innings. Pakistan is a good side but we beat them in the warm-up game. We'll try to give our 100% today. We are looking forward to put a good show today. Hamid is back in the side in place of Dawlat Zadran.
14.37 IST: Playing XIs:
Afghanistan: Gulbadin Naib (C), Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Asghar Afghan, Mohammad Nabi, Samiullah Shinwari, Najibullah Zadran, Ikram Ali Khil (WK), Rashid Khan, Hamid Hassan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman
Pakistan: Imam-ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Haris Sohail, Sarfaraz Ahmed (WK/C), Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Amir, Shaheen Afridi
14.32 IST: TOSS -- Gulbadin Naib has won the toss and Afghanistan will bat first
14.25 IST: PITCH REPORT -- It's a good wicket to bat on but pacers will get a bit of help towards the beginning but if the storm is weathered, batsmen can score runs freely.
Brief preview: Riding high on confidence after two back-to-back wins, Pakistan will look to carry on the winning momentum when they face Afghanistan in their crucial World Cup encounter at Headingley on Saturday. A win against Afghanistan will keep Pakistan in the hunt for the semifinal race. With seven points from seven games, Pakistan need to win both their remaining matches and hope for favourable results in matches of other teams too to make it to the top four by the end of the tournament. [Read full preview here]