Pakistan clinch a thriller to stay alive
Pakistan clinch a nail-biter against Afghanistan at Headingley to stay alive for the semi-final race of the World Cup.
Pakistan escaped a mighty scare to continue its surge towards the World Cup semifinals with Imad Wasim (49*) showing nerves of steel to guide them to a tense three-wicket win over Afghanistan, at Headingley in Leeds.
In heart-stopping action, gritty Afghanistan yet again came close but were far in the end to create a big upset but were denied by Wasim, who emerged an unlikely batting hero along with Wahab Riaz (15 off 9), who hit a timely six off Rashid Khan to change the complexion of the match.
The Afghans after dominating the large part of the Pakistan innings, wilted under pressure, missing run outs and catches towards the dramatic end, some decision also went against their favour. They had come close to winning against India too but fell short.
The Afghanistan spinners turned the match on its head by reducing Pakistan to 156 for 6 and the modest 228-run target was now looking like a mountain to scale for the men in green.
It was Mujeeb ur Rahman (2/34) and Mohammed Nabi (2/23) who saw off the Pakistan top-order to set it up nicely for Afghanistan and took them in a commanding position.
With 16 needed off 12 balls, Riaz launched Rashid for a massive six in the second ball and eventually Pakistan needed ssix runs only from last over. In the end, Wahab and Imad guided the team over the line comfortably.
AFG 227/9 (50.0)
PAK 230/7 (49.4)
Result: Pakistan won by 3 wickets