Afghanistan create history, defeat arch-rivals Pakistan by eight wickets

Afghanistan created history on Monday, bagging their first-ever win against Pakistan in cricket history, sealing an eight-wicket win in world cup 2023.

Chasing 283, Afghanistan reached 286/2 in 49 overs, courtesy of half-centuries from Ibrahim Zadran (87), Rahmat Shah (77*) and Rahmanullah Gurbaz (65).

In cruise control mode, their partnership came to a sudden end in the 22nd over, as Shaheen Shah Afridi removed Gurbaz for 65 off 53 balls. Ibrahim Zadran narrowly missed out on a ton, smacking 87 off 113 balls, and lost his wicket to Hasan Ali.

Afghan captain Hashmatullah Shahidi (48*) hit the match-winning four as Afghanistan sealed a historic win.

Earlier, late blitz by Iftikhar Ahmed and Shadab Khan helped Pakistan impose 282/7 in 50 overs against Afghanistan. Both the batters scored 40 each, while Pakistan skipper Babar Azam scored 74(92) before getting out against Noor Ahmad.

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Azmatullah Omarzai provided Afghanistan with the first blow as he removed Imam for 12(22). Babar Azam and Shafique then kept things ticking forward before Noor Ahmad broke the 104-run stand between the duo.