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Naseem Shah Leads Pakistan to Thrilling Win in Second ODI Against Afghanistan


LAHORE MIRROR — Pakistan on Thursday also won the second match of the one-day international (ODI) series against Afghanistan by one wicket in Hambantota, Sri Lanka.

Naseem Shah guided the Green Shirts to a thrilling victory in the last over as they needed 11 runs off 6 balls.

Earlier in the first innings, Afghanistan opener Rahmanullah Gurbaz scored 151 runs to help Afghanistan post 300-5 in 50 overs.

Naseem Shah

Pakistan clinched an epic last-over thriller against Afghanistan to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the ODI series, in Hambantota on Thursday. Chasing 301, Pakistan, somehow, narrowly escaped a defeat and kept their unbeaten ODI record intact against the hosts, having registered their sixth win in as many games.
The match came down to 11 runs needed off the final over and Shadab Khan going strong at 48*. Pakistan had two wickets in hand. But Fazalhaq Farooqi ran the allrounder out backing up off his first ball. Shadab was way out of the crease before Farooqi delivered the ball and replays confirmed the run-out.
The equation soon came down to six off three balls with Haris Rauf on strike. A misfield in the deep then helped Pakistan fetch three runs and with three needed off two balls and just a wicket in hand, Naseem Shah‘s mistimed flick over short third took the visitors home.
It meant a memorable batting performance by Afghanistan went in vain. Rahmanullah Gurbaz‘s epic 151 and Ibrahim Zadran‘s classy 80 had led the team to 300 for 5 after they were bowled out for 59 in the opening ODI. But in the end, it wasn’t enough to notch up their first victory over Pakistan in this format.


— Additional input from espncricinfo.com