Asia Cup 2018, Super Four, Second Match, Pakistan vs Afghanistan – Pakistan won by 3 wickets
Friday, September 21, 2018, Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
0 – Pakistan opener Fakhar Zaman registered a 6-ball duck (LBW) and was departed in the very first over during the chase bowled by Mujeeb ur Rahman. This is Fakhar’s second duck in this format and both came in two consecutive matches. Unfortunately for him and for Pakistan, replays suggested the impact was outside off but Fakhar did not review it earlier.
97* – Afghanistan middle order batsman Hashmatullah Shahidi was left stranded on 97* as his team finished on 257 for 6 in their 50 overs. This is his highest score in ODIs and is also the first time he got into 90s in this format of the game. In his 23 ODI matches till date, Hashmatullah scored four half centuries.
67 – Runs scored by Afghanistan captain Asghar Afghan in this match. He scored 67 runs off 56 deliveries with 2 fours and 5 sixes. This is his first fifty plus score in ODIs since his 101 against Ireland in Greater Noida in March 2017. In his 92 ODIs for Afghanistan, Asghar scored 8 half centuries and a century.
154 – Number of partnership runs added by Imam-ul-Haq and Babar Azam for the second wicket during the chase. This is the 17th time Pakistan added 150 or more runs for the second wicket and the first instance since March 2015. Their previous such stand was 160-run stand between Ahmed Shehzad and Haris Sohail against U.A.E in the 2015 ODI World Cup.
3 – Number of fifty-plus scores for Pakistan in this game against Afghanistan. Imam-ul-Haq scored 80 runs while Babar Azam and Shoaib Malik scored 66 and an unbeaten 51* respectively. This is the fifth time Pakistan batsmen registered three or more fifty-plus scores in the same ODI in 2018 – two times each against New Zealand and Zimbabwe earlier.
3 – Pakistan and Afghanistan have played three ODI matches against each other till date and Pakistan had won all three of them. Safe to say, Afghanistan came pretty close to beating Pakistan in this game and to register their maiden win against them.
3/46– Rashid Khan’s bowling figures in this game. This is the 21st time he picked up three or more wickets in a single ODI. In his 48 ODIs, he picked up a 7-wkt haul, a 6-wkt haul, two 5-wkt hauls, four 4-wkt hauls and thirteen 3-wkt hauls. He is surely one of the greatest bowlers in the white ball cricket at the moment.
** Photo credits to ESPN Cricinfo