Afghanistan Claims Historic Eight-Wicket Win Over Pakistan in World Cup 2023
Afghanistan secured an unprecedented victory against Pakistan in the 2023 World Cup match, with openers Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Ibrahim Zadran playing pivotal roles in their eight-wicket win.
Afghanistan 286 for 2 (Ibrahim 87, Rahmat 77*, Gurbaz 65, Shahidi 48*, Hasan 1-41) beat Pakistan 282 for 7 (Babar 74, Shafique 58, Noor 3-49, Naveen 2-52) by eight wickets
Afghanistan scripted history with a remarkable eight-wicket victory against Pakistan in the 2023 World Cup clash at Chepauk. Opting to bat first, Pakistan managed to score 282 for 7, with Captain Babar Azam leading the way with a resilient 74 off 92 deliveries. Opener Abdullah Shafique also made a significant contribution with 58 runs.
Shadab Khan and Iftikhar Ahmed added valuable runs, each scoring 40, ultimately pushing Pakistan’s total beyond 280. Afghan bowler Noor Ahmad emerged as the star performer, taking 3 wickets for 49 runs, and Naveen-ul-Haq also contributed with 2 wickets for 52.
The match began with Pakistan’s captain, Babar Azam, winning the toss and choosing to bat first at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.
In this must-win match against Afghanistan, Pakistan introduced vice-captain Shadab Khan into the playing XI, while Afghanistan bolstered their spin department by including Noor Ahmad. The intense contest between these two cricketing giants lived up to the World Cup’s thrilling reputation.