Afghanistan To Face England In World Cup Warm-up Match
Afghanistan National Cricket Team will face England in an ODI warm-up match on Monday ahead of the 2019 World Cup.
The match will kick off at 2pm Kabul time.
On Friday, Afghanistan rode on an unbeaten knock of 74 runs by Hashmatullah Shahidi to pull off a three-wicket victory over Pakistan in a last-over thrilling World Cup warm-up match at County Ground, Bristol.
After opting to bat, Pakistan managed to post 262 runs before being bowled out in 47.5 overs. Babar Azam top-scored for Pakistan with 112 runs off 108 ball, including 10 boundaries and two sixes.
Apart from Imam-ul-Haq’s 32 off 35 balls and Shoaib Malik’s 59-ball 44, no other Pakistani batsman managed to impress much with the willow.
Mohammad Nabi led Afghanistan’s bowling attack with three crucial scalps, while Dawlat Zadran and Rashid Khan joined the party with two wickets each.
Chasing a competitive target, Afghanistan looked confident since the start of the innings. Even though wicket-keeper batsman Mohammad Shahzad was retired hurt on 23 runs, other opener Hazratullah Zazai scored a quickfire 28-ball 49 to put Afghanistan in driver’s seat.
However, Zazai was dismissed by Shadab Khan in the 12th over to disrupt Afghanistan’s momentum in chase.
Hashmatullah Shahidi capitalised on a brilliant start with the help of Rahmat Shah (32) and Mohammad Nabi (34).