In the opening Twenty20 encounter of the three-match series on Friday (March 24), Afghanistan’s men’s cricket team trounced Pakistan by six wickets, writing history in the process. Afghanistan defeated Pakistan in T20 Internationals for the first time ever. Afghanistan bowled out Pakistan for their fifth-lowest T20I total ever before chasing it down with 2.1 overs remaining and winning the game. Pakistan, who won the toss and elected to bat first, only managed to score 92 for 9 in the allotted 20 overs. Imad Wasim led the Pakistani scoring with 18 off 32 deliveries, although Pakistan struggled to score throughout the entire innings.
Six bowlers were used by Afghanistan, and each one took one or more wickets. Rashid took the initiative and finished the overs with a spell that helped him to figures of one for fifteen. Each of the following players took two wickets: Azamatullah, Naveen-ul-Haq, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, and Mohammad Nabi. Faalhaq Farooqi, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, and Nabi each took one wicket. Due to the absence of key players like Mohammad Rizwan, Babar Azam, and Shaheen Shah Afridi, the Pakistani team was undoubtedly second-string. But, the Afghans took advantage of the circumstance and made a great effort.
‘Tough to chase in these conditions’ – Mohammad Nabi
The Afghanistan openers Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Ibrahim Zadran, charged with chasing the target, got off to a slow start until three wickets fell for only a few runs during the powerplay. Karim Janat likewise departed right away. With 6 wickets and 13 balls left, Nabi and Najibullah Zadran put together an uninterrupted 53-run partnership to send Afghanistan home.
The Afghan team was in a frenzy in the locker room as they wildly celebrated their historic triumph. Nabi was named Player of the Match thanks to his game-winning knock and two key wickets. Because they took place in the midst of a challenging chase, he equated his 38 unbroken runs to a century. “Tough to chase in these conditions. As a batting group, my plan was to bat on and take responsibility. Most of the guys are playing in big leagues. Some guys came from the PSL. We wanted to do our best in the series. Sometimes 38 is equivalent to a 100 in conditions like these,” Nabi said in the post-match presentation ceremony.
Here’s how fans reacted to Afghanistan’s historical win:
pakistani be like : mere 2-2 baap h 😂😂
— aka (@jackspa62127037) March 25, 2023
Babar nahi tha to haar gaye 6 wicket se
Otherwise 10 Wickets se haarte
— ꪜ (@ILY_Kohli) March 25, 2023
Abb Abbu se kaise jeetenge yeh
— Cricket Fan 07 (@Manas_pr_sharma) March 25, 2023
#PSL talent ☕
Aise player ranji me Ball-boy hote hai 🤣 pic.twitter.com/UTyOAyyxD8
— Vk18™ (@crickVk18) March 25, 2023
"We lost because Babar didn't play"
Le Zimbabar against Afghanistan: pic.twitter.com/yXzSAIiT0T
— NIKHIL 🇮🇳 (@nikhil_III) March 25, 2023
— MESSI 👽 (@76centurysoon) March 25, 2023
— $AM€€R Ṩสϻ_𓃵 (@sam1540real) March 25, 2023
— BlesswinSJ (@blesswin_jacob) March 25, 2023