Afghanistan vs Pakistan, Asia Cup 2022, Live Updates: Haris Rauf Gets Rahmanullah Gurbaz As Afghanistan Lose First Wicket Early

PAK vs AFG: Pakistan beat Afghanistan by one wicket to reach the final.© AFP


PAK vs AFG, Asia Cup 2022, Highlights: Chasing a target of 130, Pakistan held their nerves to beat Afghanistan by one wicket and qualified for the final of the Asia Cup. With 11 needed off the final over, tail-ender Naseem Shah hit two consecutive sixes to break Afghanistan hearts. Pakistan will take on Sri Lanka in the final on Sunday. Earlier, Haris Rauf bowled an excellent spell as Pakistan restricted Afghanistan to 129 for six in the ongoing Asia Cup Super 4 clash at the Sharjah Cricket Associations Stadium. Haris returned figures of two for 26 as Afghanistan failed to capitalise on a strong start given by openers Hazratullah Zazai and Rahmanullah Gurbaz. Apart from Rauf, Naseem Shah, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Hasnain and Mohammad Nawaz also bagged a wickets each. For Afghanistan, Ibrahim Zadran played a vital 35-run cameo while Zazai also scored 21. (SCORECARD)


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Pakistan: Babar Azam (capt), Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Fakhar Zaman, Iftikhar Ahmed, Khushdil Shah, Shadab Khan, Asif Ali, Mohammad Nawaz, Naseem Shah, Haris Rauf, Mohammad Hasnain

Afghanistan: Hazratullah Zazai, Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk), Ibrahim Zadran, Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi (capt), Karim Janat, Rashid Khan, Azmatullah Omarzai, Fareed Ahmad, Mujeeb-ur-Rahman, Fazalhaq Farooqi

Asia Cup Highlights Between Pakistan and Afghanistan straight from the Sharjah Cricket Association Stadium



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  • 23:03 (IST)

    AFG vs PAK: SIX AGAIN!

    Naseem has done it! Pakistan beat Afghanistan and reach the final. Unbelievable scenes. They will play Sri Lanka in the final.

  • 22:58 (IST)

    AFG vs PAK: Caught by Karim Janat!

    Asif goes for the big and mistimes! Janat takes an easy catch at short third. That might be the final nail in the coffin

  • 22:53 (IST)

    AFG vs PAK: Chops it back to the stumps

    Similar dismissal to the last one! Rauf throws his bat at it, wildly, blindly, and under-edges it back onto off-stump

  • 22:51 (IST)

    AFG vs PAK: Played on to the stumps

    Chops it on! A very tentative drive this, to a rare delivery where Fazalhaq misses his yorker

  • 22:44 (IST)

    AFG vs PAK: That’s plumb

    Farooqi’s slower-one Nawaz, who plays all around the ball after shuffling across, and gets struck plumb in front of off-stump

  • 22:39 (IST)

    AFG vs PAK: Rashid delivers again!

    Rashid takes his revenge! Shadab continues slogging, only for the ball now to spin just that slight bit, take the outside-edge, and pop tamely to short third man

  • 22:29 (IST)

    AFG vs PAK: Taken in the deep

    Iftikhar holes out in the deep! Big wicket for Afghanistan. Can this swing the match?

  • 22:14 (IST)

    AFG vs PAK: Excellent batting

    Full toss and Shadab launches it over midwicket for a boundary. This comes after a six in the previous ball.

  • 22:02 (IST)

    AFG vs PAK: Hit on the pads and given

    Rashid removes Rizwan! Big wicket for Afghanistan. Rashid with the quicker googly and Rizwan’s beaten for pace and struck on the pad

  • 21:39 (IST)

    AFG vs PAK: Edged and four

    That was close! Excellent delivery and Iftikhar almost plays it on. Instead, it runs away for a boundary

  • 21:37 (IST)

    AFG vs PAK: Direct hit and gone

    Zaman is caught napping! Najibullah swoops down and fires a direct hit at the bowler’s end

  • 21:24 (IST)

    AFG vs PAK: Wrapped on the pads and gone

    Babar departs first ball! The nip-backer and Babar is caught in the crease, the ball keeps a tad low and gives him no chance of keeping it out

  • 21:03 (IST)

    AFG vs PAK: Excellent over for Afghanistan

    Excellent batting from Rashid. Afghanistan set Pakistan a 130-run target.

  • 20:45 (IST)

    AFG vs PAK: Edged and taken

    The pressure the better of Ibrahim! He stays leg-side and backs away slightly to punch, but outside-edges it behind.

  • 20:37 (IST)

    AFG vs PAK: Nabi falls first ball

    Nabi plays it onto his stumps. A golden duck in his 100th game for Nabi

  • 20:33 (IST)

    AFG vs PAK: Taken with ease

    Taken at cow corner! Fine bowling and the pressure got to Najibullah. 

  • 20:30 (IST)

    AFG vs PAK: Gone all the way for a six

    Slogged over deep midwicket for a six. Excellent shot from Najib Zadran.

  • 20:21 (IST)

    AFG vs PAK: Taken at deep midwicket

    Janat got plenty of air on it but not the desired connection. Fakhar Zaman settles in the deep and takes and easy catch.

  • 20:16 (IST)

    AFG vs PAK: What a shot!

    On the up, and Ibrahim hits one over extra cover for a boundary. 

  • 20:13 (IST)

    AFG vs PAK: Clattered for four!

    Janat hits it towards deep midwicket and this will give him some confidence.

  • 19:59 (IST)

    AFG vs PAK: Completely deceived by the off-cutter

    Hasnain’s off-cutter angled in and the slower delivery completely deceives Zazai. 

  • 19:54 (IST)

    PAK vs AFG: Tickled down the leg!

    On the pads wide of off, and Zazai flicks this down short third man for a boundary.

  • 19:51 (IST)

    AFG vs PAK: Bowled him

    Rauf cleans up Gurbaz! Nips back in sharply and he was caught off-guard.

  • 19:46 (IST)

    PAK vs AFG: In the gap for four

    It’s on a good length and angling away from Hazratullah Zazai who steers backward point and short third man for a four

  • 19:40 (IST)

    AFG vs PAK: What a shot!

    He connects this time! Waist length delivery in the middle, Gurbaz shuffles across and lofts it into the stands.

  • 19:39 (IST)

    PAK vs AFG: Misses

    Swing and a miss! Afghanistan fail to utilise the free hit as Gurbaz fails to connect with Hasnain’s short-pitched delivery

  • 19:10 (IST)

    PAK vs AFG: Here’s how both teams line-up

    Pakistan: Babar Azam (capt), Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Fakhar Zaman, Iftikhar Ahmed, Khushdil Shah, Shadab Khan, Asif Ali, Mohammad Nawaz, Naseem Shah, Haris Rauf, Mohammad Hasnain

    Afghanistan: Hazratullah Zazai, Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk), Ibrahim Zadran, Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi (capt), Karim Janat, Rashid Khan, Azmatullah Omarzai, Fareed Ahmad, Mujeeb-ur-Rahman, Fazalhaq Farooqi

  • 19:03 (IST)

    PAK vs AFG: Pakistan win toss

    Pakistan win the toss and opt to bowl vs Afghanistan. Pakistan remain unchanged while Afghanistan make to alterations.

  • 17:30 (IST)

    PAK vs AFG: Hello!

    Good afternoon and welcome to our live coverage of the ongoing Asia Cup. In today’s match, Pakistan take on Afghanistan in the Super 4 in Sharjah. Pakistan eye a win which will take them to the final, while a defeat for Afghanistan will end their journey in the tournament.

    Stay tuned for more updates!









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