- Afghanistan beat Pakistan in the first match of three-match T20I series being played in the United Arab Emirates.
Sharjah: Pakistan will take on Afghanistan in the 2nd T-20 match in Sharjah tomorrow.
Afghanistan lead the three-match series by one-nil while the last match will be played on Monday at the same venue.
In the first clash on Frida evening, Afghanistan beat Pakistan by six wickets in the first T20I to go 1-0 up in the three-match series. This victory marked Afghanistan’s first win over Pakistan in T20Is.
Chasing a modest 93 runs to win, the home side chased down the target in 17.5 overs, losing four wickets in the process. Mohammad Nabi was the star performer for Afghanistan, scoring an unbeaten 38 runs to guide his team to victory. Najibullah Zadran remained not out on 17 runs. The pair knitted a 53-run unbroken stand for the fifth wicket after Afghanistan were reeling at 45 for four in the 10th over.
For Pakistan, the debutant Ihsanullah was the most successful bowler, taking two wickets for 17 runs.
Earlier, the tourists won the toss and opted to bat first. Pakistan gave T20I debuts to four players, including left-handed opening batter Saim Ayub, Tayyab Tahir, Ihsanullah, and Zaman Khan.
Pakistan’s batting struggled to gain momentum as they lost wickets at regular intervals. Imad Wasim top-scored for Pakistan with 18 runs off 32 balls, while Saim scored 17 off 15 balls which included two fours and a six. However, the rest of the Pakistani batters failed to make significant contributions, and the team was eventually ended up scoring 92 runs for the loss of nine wickets in their 20 overs.
Afghanistan’s spin duo of Nabi and Mujeeb Ur Rahman, and left-arm fast Fazalhaq Farooqi picked up two wickets each, while skipper Rashid Khan, Azmatullah Omarzai and Naveen-ul-Haq took one wicket each.
Afghanistan’s Mohammad Nabi was named the player of the match for his all-round performance.