Pakistan achieved an impressive victory against Afghanistan in the first ODI at Hambantota on Tuesday.
Afghanistan, chasing a target of 202 runs, faced many challenges and lost eight wickets. Haris Rauf’s excellent five-wicket performance was crucial in Pakistan’s win, as he dismissed the entire Afghanistan team for only 59 runs.
Pakistan chose to bat first on a slow wicket. They wanted to test themselves but lost several wickets in the process. Imam-ul-Haq held the innings together while Shadab Khan’s support helped Pakistan reach just over 200. Afghanistan bowled well, and their fielding was decent, but the target proved too much for them, and they were bowled out with more than 30 overs to spare.
Haris Rauf was named the Player of the Match. He expressed satisfaction with the win and highlighted the team’s belief in defending their score. He credited his success to well-executed deliveries and the strong starts provided by Afridi and Shah.
Hashmatullah Shahidi acknowledged that the target was achievable but attributed their struggle to poor shot selection. He praised Afghanistan’s bowling and emphasized the need for better batting in the next game.
Babar Azam stated that they aimed for a score of around 250 but fell short due to batting difficulties. He praised the team’s quality bowling and recognized Afridi, Shah, and Haris Rauf for their contributions. He pledged to learn from his mistakes and give his best in every game.
In summary, the game showcased remarkable bowling performances from both teams rather than high scores. Pakistan had a solid start to the series. The next match is on the 24th of this month at 3 pm IST (9.30 am GMT). Fans are encouraged to join in early for the coverage. Cheers!