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Pakistan vs Afghanistan, 22nd Match at Chennai, World Cup 2023, Oct 23 2023 - Match Result

RESULT
22nd Match (D/N), Chennai, October 23, 2023, ICC Cricket World Cup
(49/50 ov, T:283) 286/2

Afghanistan won by 8 wickets (with 6 balls remaining)

Player Of The Match
87 (113)
ibrahim-zadran
Cricinfo's MVP
131.79 ptsImpact List
noor-ahmad
Match centre 
Scores: Ranjith P | Comms: @himanshu_a30
Scorecard summary
Pakistan 282/7(50 overs)
74 (92)
3/49 (10)
Afghanistan 286/2(49 overs)
1/44 (10)
Cricinfo’s Most Valuable Players of the Match
PLAYERTeam
TI
Runs
I. Runs
B. Impact
Bowl
I. Wkts
Bo. Impact
AFG131.79--03/494.32131.79
AFG80.0687(113)82.3880.06--0
AFG78.4165(53)81.0678.41--0
AFG78.477(84)77.1478.4--0
AFG77.64--01/310.9277.64
end of over 497 runs
AFG: 286/2CRR: 5.83 
Hashmatullah Shahidi48 (45b 4x4)
Rahmat Shah77 (84b 5x4 2x6)
Shaheen Shah Afridi 10-0-58-1
Hasan Ali 10-1-44-1

A massive day in Afghanistan cricket: they beat Pakistan for the first time, and on the way romped to their highest successful chase in ODIs. For a country often troubled by geopolitics, cricket could turn out to be a soothing distraction. Seniors like Rashid and Nabi were already an inspiration, but now they also have youngsters like Noor, Ibrahim and Gurbaz to look up to. Fantastic day of cricket comes to and end, and you can revisit all of that in Ashish's report. Until next time, it's good night and good bye!

MJ: "Top 5 MVPs are from Afghanistan"

Nishant: "Babar looks shocked and short of words"

Here comes Hashmatullah Shahidi, all cheered up: "This win tastes nice. The way we chased today was very professional. We have been quality cricket from a couple of years. We will try our best to play positive cricket, and do a lot for our country. Today bowling was very good, especially spin bowling. We gave a chance to Noor, and he showed... The game was in our hands from the beginning till the end."

Babar Azam speaks first: "We had a good total, but in bowling, we were not up to the mark because we weren't taking wickets in the middle overs. In a World Cup, if you are not good even in one department, you lose. We started well while bowling, but we couldn't take wickets. All credit to Afghanistan. We are not playing good cricket, [especially] in bowling and fielding. The pitch was helping the spinners even in the second innings. There was no pressure on their batsmen."

Time for the presentations

Prashant: "Right from their bold move of playing 4 spinners to the discipline with which they applied themselves, Afghanistan played like winners."

MZ: "This explains why Pakistan needs a quality spinner."

Mohammad Nabi also speaks to the broadcasters: "Big moment for the whole of Afghanistan. We have played eight games against Pakistan, and won in a big event. It's a lovely moment today. We beat England as well, and now Pakistan. The team is confident now. [Earlier] in the last moments, we used to lose the game [to Pakistan]. We thought it was the same wicket like against New Zealand, but it was totally changed. Noor bowled brilliantly, in the good areas. A lot of close games, and this is a fantastic feeling. We shouldn't have lost against Bangladesh. But now half the tournament is gone. We gave a lap of honour at the ground, and hopefully in Pune also they will support us."

Ibrahim Zadran is the Player of the Match: "Thankful that I performed well in this event. I wanted to play with a positive intent. Many times Gurbaz and I have done a brilliant partnership together. We have played a lot of cricket together, right from the Under-16 days. I am feeling very glad for myself and for my country."

Karthik: "Please don't call it an upset. Pak was never in it today. Afg played like champion side. Better chase than India did yesterday" --- Yup, I think we need to be really prepared that it could be anybody's day

9.58pm Another memorable day in the brief yet inspiring story of Afghanistan cricket. The Afghanistan flag flies and dances in the humid Chennai air, as they trounce neighbours Pakistan after shocking England earlier. What a massive day for their players and staff, who do a lap of honour at the ground. Two wins in the same edition of a World Cup for the first time for Afghanistan, who, even if for a brief while, are sixth on the points table. That, of course, leaves defending champions England right at the bottom. Hang around for the presentations.

48.6
4
Shaheen Shah Afridi to Hashmatullah, FOUR runs

whacked to deep backward square leg! He lets out a roar, and why not? Afghanistan beat Pakistan for the first time in an ODI. It was a full toss which was angling into him, as he swung through the line

Captain Shahidi has the chance to hit the winning run

48.5
1
Shaheen Shah Afridi to Rahmat, 1 run

another full on the stumps, and is nudged to mid-on. Scores are level

48.4
1
Shaheen Shah Afridi to Hashmatullah, 1 run

on the bounce to deep third. Perhaps a bit too animated, he backs away and looks to slash at this length ball outside edge, but the ball flies behind off the top edge

Lakesidey: "Well, at least Pak finally got that powerplay six! hashtagsmallvictories"

48.3
1
Shaheen Shah Afridi to Rahmat, 1 run

stays leg side of the ball, and pushes at this length ball outside off to deep point

48.2
Shaheen Shah Afridi to Rahmat, no run

full again, and angling into off. Blocked back to Afridi

Osama: "Strike rotation was the key for Afghanistan in this chase. Pakistan seriously lack rotation of strike"

48.1
Shaheen Shah Afridi to Rahmat, no run

full ball on off, hinting to straighten. Nudged towards midwicket

The Afghanistan fans at the ground are all pumped up, and why wouldn't they be? Only if they were allowed to break through on the field.

end of over 487 runs
AFG: 279/2CRR: 5.81 RRR: 2.00 • Need 4 from 12b
Hashmatullah Shahidi43 (43b 3x4)
Rahmat Shah75 (80b 5x4 2x6)
Hasan Ali 10-1-44-1
Shaheen Shah Afridi 9-0-51-1
47.6
Hasan Ali to Hashmatullah, no run

ah, this length ball angles into middle and off. Dabbed to point from deep in the crease

Hasan from around to Shahidi

Probably the last ball of the match coming up

47.5
1
Hasan Ali to Rahmat, 1 run

clips at this shortish ball angling into leg for a single to fine leg

47.4
Hasan Ali to Rahmat, no run

short of a length in the channel, and pushed to cover

Tom: "Is this performance more impressive than their win against England?" --- I think they were both right up there. The batters set up both innings, and the spinners did well too

47.3
6
Hasan Ali to Rahmat, SIX runs

wow, lifted over the bowler's head! That was smashed dominantly. Stands with his front leg out of the way, and flat-bats a six off a length outside off

Rahmat Shah
Rahmat Shah vs PAK in ODIs
INNS
4
RUNS
145
SR
83.81
AVE
48.33
47.2
Hasan Ali to Rahmat, no run

on the bounce to mid-on, as he dances down and chips off the inside half of the bat off this length ball outside off

47.1
Hasan Ali to Rahmat, no run

shorter side of a length just outside off, and pushed to mid-on

Hasan back

end of over 478 runs
AFG: 272/2CRR: 5.78 RRR: 3.66 • Need 11 from 18b
Rahmat Shah68 (75b 5x4 1x6)
Hashmatullah Shahidi43 (42b 3x4)
Shaheen Shah Afridi 9-0-51-1
Usama Mir 8-0-55-0
46.6
1
Shaheen Shah Afridi to Rahmat, 1 run

the man close in at extra cover dives to his right to cut this off, as Rahmat drives forward again at this length ball outside off. However, the stop isn't clean, and Rahmat pinches a single

Hashmatullah Shahidi
Hashmatullah Shahidi vs PAK in ODIs
INNS
6
RUNS
168
SR
81.55
AVE
56.00
46.5
2
Shaheen Shah Afridi to Rahmat, 2 runs

driven to deep extra cover. Pushes forward at this length ball outside off, and beats the man inside the circle

46.4
4
Shaheen Shah Afridi to Rahmat, FOUR runs

more bad luck for Pakistan, as Afghanistan get closer! On the shorter side of a length and angled in, as the ball straightens towards off. Rahmat pushed forward but got an outside edge to deep third

46.3
Shaheen Shah Afridi to Rahmat, no run

fullish delivery angled in, and pitching just outside off. Pushed back to the bowler

46.2
1
Shaheen Shah Afridi to Hashmatullah, 1 run

a high-looking full toss on middle, as he gets across and swings to deep square leg

Wavi: "No miracle saving Pakistan today. Sorry guys!"

46.1
Shaheen Shah Afridi to Hashmatullah, no run

looks to guide this length ball on seventh stump, which angles back in towards off, but doesn't get bat on ball

Just 19 away from history for Afghanistan

end of over 4611 runs
AFG: 264/2CRR: 5.73 RRR: 4.75 • Need 19 from 24b
Rahmat Shah61 (71b 4x4 1x6)
Hashmatullah Shahidi42 (40b 3x4)
Usama Mir 8-0-55-0
Shaheen Shah Afridi 8-0-43-1
45.6
2
Usama Mir to Rahmat, 2 runs

slow and dipping on middle. Clipped to deep square, and they nab two more

Mehtab: "Afg is playing flawless cricket today"

45.5
1
Usama Mir to Hashmatullah, 1 run

again he comes down the pitch, and swipes at this ball which he converts into a full toss on leg. Single to deep square

Best performances - batters
Spike Graph
Wagon Zone
Ibrahim Zadran
87 runs (113)
10 fours0 six
Productive shot
cover drive
29 runs
5 fours0 six
Control
87%
Rahmat Shah
77 runs (84)
5 fours2 sixes
Productive shot
straight drive
12 runs
0 four2 sixes
Control
87%
Best performances - bowlers
Noor Ahmad
O
10
M
0
R
49
W
3
ECO
4.9
FTYFGSGS
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
2W
LEGOFF
LHB
Naveen-ul-Haq
O
7
M
0
R
52
W
2
ECO
7.42
FTYFGSGS
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
Match details
MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chepauk, Chennai
TossPakistan, elected to bat first
Series
Season2023/24
Player Of The Match
Match numberODI no. 4679
Hours of play (local time)14.00 start, First Session 14.00-17.30, Interval 17.30-18.00, Second Session 18.00-21.30
Match days23 October 2023 - daynight (50-over match)
Umpires
TV Umpire
Reserve Umpire
Match Referee
PointsAfghanistan 2, Pakistan 0
Language
English
Win Probability
AFG 100%
PAKAFG
100%50%100%PAK InningsAFG Innings

Over 49 • AFG 286/2

Afghanistan won by 8 wickets (with 6 balls remaining)
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