Pakistan won the third ODI match against Afghanistan by 59 runs on Saturday, August 26, 2023, at R. Premadasa Stadium, Colombo. This was the final match of the three-match ODI series, which Pakistan won 3-0.
Here are some highlights of the Pak vs Afg match:
- Pakistan scored 268/8 in 50 overs after winning the toss and opting to bat first. Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan scored half-centuries, while Fareed Ahmad and Gulbadin Naib took two wickets each for Afghanistan.
- Afghanistan were bowled out for 209 in 48.4 overs in reply. Mujeeb Ur Rahman scored a valiant 64 off 37 balls with five fours and five sixes, but could not prevent the defeat. Shadab Khan was the most successful bowler for Pakistan with three wickets, while Mohammad Nawaz and Faheem Ashraf took two wickets each.
- Mohammad Rizwan was named the Player of the Match for his 67 off 79 balls, which included six fours and one six. He also took two catches behind the stumps.
- Babar Azam was named the Player of the Series for scoring 185 runs in three matches at an average of 61.66 and a strike rate of 86.44. He also became the fastest batsman to reach 14 ODI centuries in terms of innings (81).