Result
36th match, Leeds, Jun 29 2019, ICC Cricket World Cup
227/9
(49.4/50 ov, target 228)
230/7
Pakistan won by 3 wickets (with 2 balls remaining)
Player Of The Match
Pakistan
1:23
1y
• The Report by Varun Shetty

Imad Wasim and Wahab Riaz's heroics keep Pakistan alive

Gulbadin's miscalculation and costly overs undo spin quartet's choke as Afghanistan stumble under pressure

Match centre 
Scorer: @Thilak_Rama
Commentator: @saurabh_42
Scorecard summary
Afghanistan227/9(50 overs)
Pakistan230/7(49.4 overs)

6.15pm: Okay, that was a nail-biter and a half. We've rubbed the edges of our seats raw, and we'll take a quick lie-down. For Pakistan, 'IT' is very much still on. Their World Cup is alive and roaring still. Meanwhile, the World Cup today is also very much alive, with New Zealand having just lost a wicket against Australia. Hop on over to that match here. But from Peter Della Penna, Thilak and myself, it's goodbye from this game.

Sarfaraz: "Thanks to the crowd, they cheered us all the way. It is a great win for us. Not an easy pitch to bat on, but credit goes to Imad - the way he batted, the way he handled pressure, hats off to him. We knew it was not an easy chase, their bowlers used the conditions very well. Babar and Imam played very well, we needed a partnership in the middle that didn't happen, but we got it in the end. A full team effort. We all knew it's not an easy task in the World Cup, but we took it match by match. Shaheen Afridi is improving day by day, he's working very hard. The other bowlers also bowled really well. All are in good nick. (On India vs England) Obviously we'll all watch, hopefully the better team will win."

Gulbadin: "We fought very well and gave 100% but in the end we missed an opportunity to win the match. But credit goes to Pakistan. Imad played really well and Shadab gave him the strike well. We're playing these kind of teams, so you'll face these situations. But if you win the match... as you saw we lost at the end of the innings. Bad luck for us today, Hamid Hasan was injured. The wicket was slow and turning, credit to Nabi, Mujeeb, Rashid and Sami also. But we missed Hamid. I said at the start of the tournament 30-40 is not enough, you need 60-70 or 100, then you can put a good total. But each batsman, including me, should go one step forward. We are learning a lot, so hopefully we'll do well in the future. Thank you to the tremendous crowd here."

6.02pm: The emotions of this match have spilled over. Monga reports from the ground that there is rioting in the stands: "They are still rioting. Bottles are flying across. 650ml juice and soft drinks bottles. They are full, and they are being hurled at each other." Good god!


Ram: "be ready for ind vs pak and aus vs nz semifinals!!"


6pm: The umpiring should also be a topic of discussion. It hurt Afghanistan immeasurably today. But they need to learn how to use their reviews. Meanwhile Pakistan are now in 4th place on the points table, a point ahead of England.

Imad Wasim is the Man of the Match. "When I went in, Rashid Khan was bowling brilliantly. I couldn't pick him to be honest. But we knew that if we play 50 overs, we'll win. Gulbadin was the only bowler to be targetted, the wicket was turning square. If you take risks against them you can lose your wicket. Thank you very much to the crowd, it feels like home here. This is for the crowd. If we win the next game, you never know what happens. This win gives us confidence as well."

And Monga pings from the ground: "Scenes! pitch invasion. Nabi accidentally tackled by a security officer. More people entering the ground. More than 10 now".

5.56pm: Afghanistan will be hurting after this, while Pakistan will be jubilant. They've pulled off another great escape. Gulbadin will have a lot to answer for. His decision to bowl will need some explaining when the spinners were doing so well, Shinwari had overs left, and had given up just 2 in his last over. For now though, it's all a big sea of green at the stadium and joy for Pakistan.

49.4
4
Gulbadin Naib to Imad Wasim, FOUR runs
Imad has done it! another full toss outside off, and he keeps icy calm to thread this through cover, bisects the field and sends this to the boundary. Pakistan are roaring and alive in the World Cup 2019. What a win!

third man up.

49.3
2
Gulbadin Naib to Imad Wasim, 2 runs
very full outside off, driven fluently to cover, who relays a straight throw to Naib who fumbles it with the batsman hout of his crease. Not only that he lets it slip, and they steal a second. Gulbadin's every nightmare coming alive.
49.2
1
Gulbadin Naib to Wahab Riaz, 1 run
strays down leg, Wahab doesn't connect with the big heave, so it rolls off his pad to short fine leg
49.1
1
Gulbadin Naib to Imad Wasim, 1 run
another full toss outside off, flayed through the offside but he has protection in the deep. Terrible bowling by Gulbadin

6 needed off 6. Within one hit for Wahab. But Imad on strike, and that's what Pakistan will want. Gulbadin is back for the last over. Last attempt at redemption?

end of over 4910 runs
PAK: 222/7CRR: 4.53 • RRR: 6.00 • Need 6 from 6b
Imad Wasim42 (52)
Wahab Riaz14 (8)
Rashid Khan10-0-50-1
Mujeeb Ur Rahman10-1-34-2
48.6
1lb
Rashid Khan to Imad Wasim, 1 leg bye
googly on the pads, rolls to short fine leg off the pads but they take a single. Imad will be on strike for the final over
48.5
1
Rashid Khan to Wahab Riaz, 1 run
reverse sweep! What pressure? Wahab just pulls out that shot and sends it to deep cover. Ungainly in the end but effective
48.4
Rashid Khan to Wahab Riaz, no run
another googly, another heave that aimed at sending the ball to London. Misses it. The ball goes dangerously close to off stump
48.3
2
Rashid Khan to Wahab Riaz, 2 runs
quicker googly, also shorter, chopped down to long-off. There is some scrambling in the field by Afghanistan and that means they can hare back for the second
48.2
6
Rashid Khan to Wahab Riaz, SIX runs
Wahab Riaz is Pakistan's hero. What a nerveless strike. Googly in the slot, he goes down on one knee and smashes it way over deep midwicket. What a hit.
48.1
Rashid Khan to Wahab Riaz, no run
goes for the wild heave but misses completely. Leg break on off and turning away

16 off 12, with Wahab on strike. Mujeeb is hobbling off, that hit to the ankle really hurt.

end of over 482 runs
PAK: 212/7CRR: 4.41 • RRR: 8.00 • Need 16 from 12b
Imad Wasim42 (51)
Wahab Riaz5 (3)
Mujeeb Ur Rahman10-1-34-2
Rashid Khan9-0-41-1
47.6
Mujeeb Ur Rahman to Imad Wasim, no run
fuller outside off, carved to point. Ends a fabulous spell from Mujeeb
47.5
1
Mujeeb Ur Rahman to Wahab Riaz, 1 run
quicker one, carrom ball at 99kph, Wahab stuck on his crease ends up just about jabbing it away into the offside
47.4
1
Mujeeb Ur Rahman to Imad Wasim, 1 run
very full on the stumps, flowing drive hit back at the bowler, it pings him on the ankle and races to long-on. He's hurt his ankle too
47.3
Mujeeb Ur Rahman to Imad Wasim, no run
swing and a miss! length outside off, goes to slash, too close for that
47.2
Mujeeb Ur Rahman to Imad Wasim, no run
good length, dips again, hit to the bowler of the toe end
47.1
Mujeeb Ur Rahman to Imad Wasim, no run
steered to short third man

Run a ball now. 18 off 18. Firmly with Pakistan. Mujeeb to bowl

end of over 4710 runs • 1 wicket
PAK: 210/7CRR: 4.46 • RRR: 6.00 • Need 18 from 18b
Wahab Riaz4 (2)
Imad Wasim41 (46)
Rashid Khan9-0-41-1
Gulbadin Naib9-0-65-0
46.6
4
Rashid Khan to Wahab Riaz, FOUR runs
smoked absolutely smoked through cover. Wahab! gets down on one knee and lashes this low full toss, cool as ice.
46.5
Rashid Khan to Wahab Riaz, no run
googly beats him all ends up. was pressing forward to defend, hit on the pads

Wahab strides out. He's batting with a broken pinky finger on his right hand

Best performances - batsmen
Imad Wasim
49 runs (54)
5 fours
0 sixes
Control71%
Productive shot
cover drive
14 runs
2 fours
0 sixes
084197812
Babar Azam
45 runs (51)
5 fours
0 sixes
Control82%
Productive shot
flick
15 runs
1 fours
0 sixes
944360415
Best performances - bowlers
Shaheen Shah Afridi
O
10
M
0
R
47
W
4
Eco
4.70
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
1W
Mohammad Nabi
O
10
M
0
R
23
W
2
Eco
2.30
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
Match details
Headingley, Leeds
TossAfghanistan , elected to bat first
SeriesICC Cricket World Cup 2019
Player Of The Match
Imad Wasim
Match numberODI no. 4177
Season2019
Hours of play (local time)10.30 start, First Session 10.30-14.00 Interval 14.00-14.30, Second Session 14.30-18.00
Match days29 June 2019 (50-over match)
Umpires
Paul Wilson
Nigel Llong
TV Umpire
Chris Gaffaney
Reserve Umpire
Ian Gould
Match Referee
Chris Broad
PointsPakistan 2, Afghanistan 0