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Afghanistan defeats Pakistan for the first time ever in series opener

By Rohit - March 25, 2023 - Last updated on Mar 25, 2023 01:41 AM
Afghanistan defeats Pakistan for the first time ever in series opener

Image Source: Twitter/ Rashid Khan

Check out the highlights from the epic battle between Pakistan and Afghanistan, where the hosts registered a historic win by 6 wickets. Ibrahim Zadran and Gulbadin Naib were dismissed early while chasing a target of 93 runs. Pakistan's new and young team had a dramatic collapse, managing only 92/9 in their allotted 20 overs. The visitors chose to bat first but lost their opening wicket in the 3rd over when Saim Ayub was bowled out for 17. This led to a chain reaction of wickets for Pakistan, giving Afghanistan the upper hand. The standout bowler for the hosts was Mujeeb Ur Rahman, who took 2 wickets for 9 runs in his 4 overs and played a crucial role in breaking Pakistan's batting line-up.

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Naseeb Khan, the chief executive of the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB), confirmed that the national team had selected the best players for the upcoming T20I series against Pakistan. The squad includes former captain Mohammad Nabi, who resigned from his role after the Twenty20 World Cup in November. The experienced spinner Rashid Khan has been appointed as the captain for the series.

Pakistan will be without their regular captain Babar Azam, who will be replaced by Shadow Khan for the series. Khan has been the vice-captain for Pakistan's white-ball cricket team for the past few years.

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Afghanistan comes into the series on the back of a successful bilateral series against the United Arab Emirates, which they won 2-1. On the other hand, Pakistan will be looking to bounce back after their disappointment in the T20 World Cup, where they lost to Australia in the final. With Rashid Khan leading the charge, Afghanistan will be eager to secure another victory against their rivals in the upcoming T20I series.

Afghanistan Playing 11 today match: Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk), Ibrahim Zadran, Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi, Karim Janat, Azmatullah Omarzai, Gulbadin Naib, Rashid Khan (c), Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Naveen-ul-Haq

Pakistan Playing 11 today match: : Saim Ayub, Mohammad Haris, Abdullah Shafique, Tayyab Tahir, Shadab Khan (c), Azam Khan (wk), Faheem Ashraf, Imad Wasim, Naseem Shah, Zaman Khan, Ihsanullah

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