Pakistan win by 142 runs, take 1-0 lead
Afghanistan vs Pakistan 1st ODI match result: Pakistan clinched a thumping 142-run win over Afghanistan in Hambantota to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match ODI series. After Imam-ul-Haq’s 61 led Pakistan to 201, Afghanistan were seen off for just 59 with Haris Rauf taking a five-fer.
Afghanistan XI: Gurbaz, Ibrahim, Rahmat, Shahidi (C), Nabi, Rashid, Mujeeb, Farooqi, Omarzai, Abdul, Ikram Ali.
Pakistan XI: Imam, Fakhar, Babar (C), Rizwan, Iftikhar, Salman, Shadab, Usama, Shaheen, Naseem, Haris
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Afghanistan vs Pakistan ODI series preview: Pakistan face Afghanistan in a three-match one-day international series in Sri Lanka, with skipper Babar Azam seeing it as good preparation for the Asia Cup and World Cup.
The first bilateral ODI series between the two teams will be followed by the six-nation Asia Cup, in Sri Lanka and Pakistan, beginning on August 30 and the World Cup in India from October 5.
It is a home series for Afghanistan who cannot stage international cricket in their own country because of security fears.
“These three matches are a good opportunity for us to test our players in the match situation,” Azam told AFP.
Azam is the top-ranked ODI batsman and leads a strong side that also boasts openers Fakhar Zaman and Imam-ul-Haq — ranked three and four respectively.
They are backed up by a potent pace attack of Shaheen Shah Afridi, Naseem Shah and Haris Rauf.
Afghanistan have world-class spinner Rashid Khan fit again after he withdrew from The Hundred competition in England
“Afghanistan have developed into a good side,” said Azam of a team which beat Bangladesh 2-1 in an ODI series last month.
“We are not going to take these matches lightly,” said Azam, despite Pakistan having won all four ODIs against Afghanistan since the countries first met in 2012.
“We have good players who can deal with spin bowling so it is going to be an exciting series.”
Afghanistan are captained by batsman Hashmatullah Shahidi and have new faces in fast bowlers Abdul Rahman, Mohammad Saleem Safi and Wafadar Momand.
Tuesday’s match is being played in Hambantota, with the remaining two in Colombo on Thursday and Saturday.
Pakistan: Babar Azam (capt), Shadab Khan, Mohammad Rizwan, Fakhar Zaman, Abdullah Shafique, Imam-ul-Haq, Saud Shakeel, Agha Salman, Iftikhar Ahmed, Mohammad Nawaz, Usama Mir, Haris Rauf, Naseem Shah, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Tayyab Tahir, Mohammad Haris, Faheem Ashraf, Mohammad Wasim
Afghanistan: Hashmatullah Shahidi (capt), Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Ikram Alikhil, Ibrahim Zadran, Riaz Hassan, Rahmat Shah, Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi, Azmatullah Omarzai, Rashid Khan, Noor Ahmad, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Abdul Rahman, Mohammad Saleem Safi, Wafadar Momand
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