Pakistan quick bowler Haris Rauf grabbed 5-18 as Afghanistan succumbed to a 142-run loss of their one-day worldwide on Tuesday.
After bowling out Pakistan for 201 on a tough, sluggish pitch, Afghanistan was all out at 59-9 in lower than 20 overs. Afghanistan suffered its second lowest ODI complete. The rating was additionally the bottom by any workforce in opposition to Pakistan in ODI historical past.
Shaheen Shah Afridi rattled Afghanistan’s prime order with the wickets of Ibrahim Zadran and Rahmat Shah off successive deliveries in his second over, then Shadab Khan took a superb catch of captain Hashmatullah Shahidi that left Afghanistan limping at 3-4.
Rauf’s fiery tempo and swing then routed the center order.
Solely Rahmanullah Gurbaz (18) and Azmatullah Omarzai (16), who retired damage, reached double figures for the Afghans earlier than Rauf claimed the final wicket and fell to his knees following the most effective figures of his ODI profession.
“The spell of Haris was game-changing,” Pakistan captain Babar Azam stated. “We simply needed to bowl as many dot balls as attainable and hit laborious lengths within the powerplay. We misplaced wickets up entrance after which Imam and Iftikhar acquired us to an honest complete.” Pakistan’s prime order struggled in opposition to the skilled spin trio of Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan and Mujeeb Ur Rahman, who shared seven wickets.
Babar fell for a uncommon duck when he performed the flawed line to Mujeeb’s full-pitched supply and was out plumb leg earlier than, and Pakistan was reeling at 62-4.
Imam-ul-Haq survived three shut catching possibilities to attain 61 off 94 balls earlier than he fell off Nabi’s final supply as he could not clear Rashid at mid-off. Imam and Iftikhar Ahmed shared a 50-run stand.
Shadab and Iftikhar held the innings collectively late within the innings till Iftikhar provided a tame catch at mid-wicket on 30 and Shadab could not beat the throw of Mujeeb and was run out for 39 on the non-striker’s finish within the forty seventh over.
Naseem Shah’s 35 runs with Shadab for the ninth wicket simply tipped Pakistan previous the 200-run mark.
Afghanistan was happy with its bowling effort to arrange a chaseable goal, however Shaheen then Rauf ruined all of their hopes and Pakistan earned a 1-0 lead within the three-match sequence.
“Our shot choice at first was not ok,” Shahidi stated. “I’m proud of our bowling efficiency.” The second ODI might be on the similar venue on Thursday. The groups transfer to Colombo for the ultimate match on Saturday. The sequence is preparation for subsequent week’s Asia Cup in Pakistan and Sri Lanka.