World Cup 2019: Afghanistan stun Pakistan in the warm up match

Afghanistan stun Pakistan in their first warm-up match in World Cup 2019. Team effort beats individual performances as a clinical Afghanistan side win the closely fought encounter.

Warm-up games before any tournament are crucial. If the tournament is as big as the World Cup, then the warm-up games hold a lot more value.

The results don’t matter, but it ironically does at a more emotional level. Wins obviously instill confidence, but defeats here put a reality check on teams.

Pakistan and Afghanistan played the first warm-up match of World Cup 2019, and the result isn’t encouraging for the Men in Green. 

PAKISTAN KICK START THE PROCEEDINGS

Batting first, Pakistan posted a competitive total of 262, riding on the century of Babar Azam, who seems to be in magnificent touch.

The worrying thing for Pakistan will be the lack of intent shown by other batsmen. Only two other batsmen, barring Babar Azam crossed 20 run mark.

The most successful Afghanistan bowler has been Mohammad Nabi, who picked 3 wickets for 46 runs in his 10 overs. Rashid Khan and Dawlat Zadran picked 2 wickets each.

THE CHASE

Chasing 263,  Afghanistan were off to a flier with Mohammad Shahzad and Hazratullah Zazai going bonkers at the Pakistani bowlers.

The latter took a special liking to Shaheen Afridi as he scored 21 runs off his single over. Shahzad retired hurt and Zazai was dismissed a run short of his 50.

Unlike the Pakistani batsmen, the other Afghanistan batsmen capitalized well as the middle order scored at a brisk pace. Rahmat Shah and Hashmatullah Shahidi batted well in the middle overs and took the chase under their control.

A brisk cameo by Mohammad Nabi at the end sealed the game in favor of Afghanistan. 
Wahab Riaz bowled a brilliant spell of reverse swing bowling as he picked up 3/46 but he received no support whatsoever.

CONCLUSION

Afghanistan’s victory shows us why they aren’t any mere pushovers going into the World Cup. Pakistan, though would like to have some momentum going their way, so as to build upon that during the World Cup.

Also, do check out our latest article on the top 5 moments for World Cup 1999.


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