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!
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.
third man up.
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.
strays down leg, Wahab doesn't connect with the big heave, so it rolls off his pad to short fine leg
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?
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
reverse sweep! What pressure? Wahab just pulls out that shot and sends it to deep cover. Ungainly in the end but effective
another googly, another heave that aimed at sending the ball to London. Misses it. The ball goes dangerously close to off stump
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
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.
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.
fuller outside off, carved to point. Ends a fabulous spell from Mujeeb
quicker one, carrom ball at 99kph, Wahab stuck on his crease ends up just about jabbing it away into the offside
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
swing and a miss! length outside off, goes to slash, too close for that
good length, dips again, hit to the bowler of the toe end
steered to short third man
Run a ball now. 18 off 18. Firmly with Pakistan. Mujeeb to bowl
smoked absolutely smoked through cover. Wahab! gets down on one knee and lashes this low full toss, cool as ice.
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
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!
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.
|Toss||Afghanistan, elected to bat first|
|Player Of The Match|
|Match number||ODI no. 4177|
|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 days||29 June 2019 - day (50-over match)|
|Points||Pakistan 2, Afghanistan 0|