A Historic Triumph: Afghanistan Bests Pakistan in ODI World Cup Showdown


Afghanistan recorded an extraordinary triumph over Pakistan, successfully chasing down a target of 283 with eight wickets in hand and six balls to spare in Chennai. This achievement doesn’t merely mark their highest successful chase in ODIs but also their first win over Pakistan in their ODI history. Out of the eight encounters before this, Pakistan had emerged victorious in seven, while Afghanistan had come close to winning on a couple of occasions but fell short. This monumental victory now changes their head-to-head record to 1-7.

Match Summary

TeamsRunsWickets Lost

Top scorers for Afghanistan included Ibrahim Zadran (87), Rahmat Shah (77*), Rahmanullah Gurbaz (65), and Hashmatullah Shahidi (48*).

The Night to Remember

When Hashmatullah Shahidi, the Afghan captain, drove Shaheen Shah Afridi’s delivery to the boundary, the stadium erupted in jubilation. Simultaneously, Kabul witnessed an explosion of fireworks as ecstatic fans celebrated their team’s unprecedented victory over their long-time rivals. The atmosphere was electric, with players and fans alike riding high on emotions. Rashid Khan, Mohammad Nabi, and Gulbadin Naib, all known faces in the Afghan cricketing world, couldn’t contain their happiness. The victory dance of Rashid Khan, alongside former Indian cricketer Irfan Pathan, was a sight to behold.

However, the true stars of the night were the young talents, Noor Ahmad and Ibrahim Zadran. Their contributions were paramount to Afghanistan’s win.


Pakistan’s Struggles

Analyst Urooj Mumtaz weighed in on the challenges facing Pakistan’s cricket team, shedding light on issues that might have been affecting their performance. With teams like England looking to tweak their squads, for instance, by introducing Brydon Carse in place of the injured Reece Topley, Pakistan might need to introspect and make some strategic changes as well.

Eyes on the Next Game: South Africa vs. Bangladesh

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Fresh from a stunning victory against England, South Africa is set to face Bangladesh in Mumbai. With a glorious total of 399 in their last match, South Africa is poised with confidence. Having secured three wins in their first four games, they sit comfortably at the third position in the points table. Their commendable net run rate is a testament to their massive victories against strong teams like Sri Lanka, Australia, and England.

Probable Line-ups

  • South Africa: Quinton de Kock (wk), Temba Bavuma or Reeza Hendricks, Rassie van der Dussen, Aiden Markram, Heinrich Klaasen, David Miller, Marco Jansen, Gerald Coetzee, Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi.
  • Bangladesh: Tanzid Hasan, Litton Das, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Shakib Al Hasan (capt), Towhid Hridoy, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Mahmudullah, Hasan Mahmud, Shoriful Islam, Mustafizur Rahman.

South Africa’s Prowess and Potential Hurdle

While South Africa boasts of producing eight 300-plus scores this year, there’s a catch. Most of these high-scoring feats occurred when they batted first. Their only successful high chase was against England in January, where they hunted down a total of 343. As they prepare to face Bangladesh, it remains to be seen how they tackle the challenge if put into a chasing scenario.

In conclusion, the 2023 World Cup is shaping up to be an event filled with surprises and record-breaking performances. With teams like Afghanistan showing immense growth and potential, the competition is indeed getting fierce and more exciting with each match.

General Sport Observer Marc Defaou
reviewed by: Marc Defaou (Sport Expert)

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