Pakistan have beaten Afghanistan by 142 runs in the first ODI of a bilateral series between the two neighibouring countries. Pakistan won the toss and elected to bat first, losing the early wicket of Fakhar Zaman on the second ball of the first over. Captain Babar Azam fell on the last ball of the 2nd over, adding to Pakistan’s troubles. In the first power play (first 10 overs) Pakistani team scored only 41 runs with three early wickets lost.
After drinks, Pakistan was at 59/3, completing 100 runs in 25.1 overs. Imam-ul-Haq scored 61 runs while Muhammad Rizwan put up 21 runs. Iftikhar Ahmed and Shadab scored 30 and 39 runs, bringing Pakistan to a total of 170 runs. At the tail end, Nasim Shah contributed 18 runs, finishing the inning with a total of 201 runs in 47.1 overs.
Mujeeb ur Rehman took three wickets while Rashid Khan and Muhammad Nabi took two wickets each. Fazal Haq Farooqi and Rehmat Shah also took a single wickets each.
The second innings was dominated completely by Pakistani bowlers, as the team made it difficult to play for Afghan batters. The Afghan side lost four early wickets with the score at 21 in the first power play. Afghan batters struggled in the whole match and finished at a total of 59 runs in 19.2 overs.
Haris Rauf took a five-wicket haul with an economy rate of 2.84. Shaheen Afridi picked up two wickets while Nasim Shah and Shadab Khan succeeded in taking a single wicket each.