Afghanistan defeated Pakistan in a Twenty20 for the primary time on Friday after the latter was restricted to 92-9.
Pakistan, with out 5 rested frontline gamers together with captain Babar Azam, struggled on a gradual and low pitch at Sharjah Cricket Stadium in opposition to the Afghans, whose six bowlers shared all 9 wickets.
Afghanistan overcame falling to 45-4 within the tenth over to cruise dwelling at 98-4 and win by six wickets with greater than two overs to spare.
Mohammad Nabi raised Afghanistan’s first victory over Pakistan in 5 makes an attempt over the previous decade with a straight six over lengthy off.
“Pleasure to win, as we’ve always lost against them by small margins,” Afghanistan skipper Rashid Khan mentioned. “Wearing Afghanistan colors and leading the team in a win is a proud achievement. We never know the wicket . . . (but the) mindset was . . . to adjust accordingly.”
Afghanistan has an opportunity at a primary sequence win within the remaining two T20s on Sunday and Monday.
None of the Pakistan batters may speed up on a two-paced pitch and largely fell to mushy dismissals.
In the absence of formidable openers Babar and Mohammad Rizwan, replacements Saim Ayub and Mohammad Haris couldn’t gauge the low bounce and fell throughout the batting powerplay whereas making an attempt extravagant pictures.
Abdullah Shafique was pinned by Azmatullah Omarzai for 0 and Tayyab Tahir, one in all 4 making their Pakistan debut, lobbed a return catch to Rashid Khan.
When Azam Khan was additionally out for a duck on debut, Pakistan was 41-5 within the eighth over.
Pakistan was in peril of its lowest T20 whole of 74 in 2012 in opposition to Australia at Dubai however Imad Wasim top-scored with 18.
“Sometimes this can happen due to youngsters being nervous, but they need to be given chances,” interim captain Shadab Khan mentioned. “As professionals, we can’t give excuses regarding conditions, we have to learn from the loss here.”
Unorthodox spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman took 2-9 and Fazalhaq Farooqi 2-13.
Pakistan quick bowling debutant Ihsanullah acquired two wickets in his first over with short-pitched deliveries.
Afghanistan was quickly 4 down, however Nabi, 38 not out, and Najibullah Zadran, 17 not out, acquired them over the end line.
Ihsanullah completed with 2-17.
Source web site: sportstar.thehindu.com