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36th match, Leeds, June 29, 2019, ICC Cricket World Cup
(49.4/50 ov, T:228) 230/7

Pakistan won by 3 wickets (with 2 balls remaining)

Player Of The Match
49* (54) & 2/48
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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.

Gulbadin 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.

Gulbadin 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.

Gulbadin 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

Gulbadin 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
Imad Wasim42 (52b 4x4)
Wahab Riaz14 (8b 1x4 1x6)
Rashid Khan 10-0-50-1
Mujeeb Ur Rahman 10-1-34-2
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

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

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

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

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.

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
Imad Wasim42 (51b 4x4)
Wahab Riaz5 (3b 1x4)
Mujeeb Ur Rahman 10-1-34-2
Rashid Khan 9-0-41-1
Mujeeb to Imad Wasim, no run

fuller outside off, carved to point. Ends a fabulous spell from Mujeeb

Mujeeb 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

Mujeeb 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

Mujeeb to Imad Wasim, no run

swing and a miss! length outside off, goes to slash, too close for that

Mujeeb to Imad Wasim, no run

good length, dips again, hit to the bowler of the toe end

Mujeeb 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
Wahab Riaz4 (2b 1x4)
Imad Wasim41 (46b 4x4)
Rashid Khan 9-0-41-1
Gulbadin Naib 9-0-65-0
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.

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

Rashid Khan to Shadab, 1 run, OUT

run out at the striker's end. Length ball, whipped against the turn to deep midwicket and for some reason, Shadab thinks there's two there and hares back. But replays confirm the throw is good and the bails are off before he could get back. The match is alive again!

Shadab Khan run out (Gulbadin Naib/†Ikram Alikhil) 11 (17b 1x4 0x6 33m) SR: 64.7
Rashid Khan to Shadab, FOUR runs

edged for four. The luck has gone all Pakistan's way. This was a forward defensive push outside off and it takes the edge to third man.

Rashid Khan to Imad Wasim, 1 run

googly, on a length spinning away, but Imad is more confident now and strokes it to deep point

Rashid Khan to Imad Wasim, no run

fuller on the stumps, defended tentatively into the offside

18 off that over. 28 off 24 needed.

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