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WC Warm-up: Shahidi shines as Afghanistan stun Pakistan

BRISTOL: Afghanistan announced their intentions of being more than mere pushovers as they stunned Pakistan by way of 3 wickets in a World Cup warm-up game that went to the cord.

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Young middle-order batsman Hashmatullah Shahidi played the position of sheet anchor to perfection with an unbeaten 74 as Afghanistan chased down a below-par target of 263 set by way of Pakistan with a couple of balls to spare.

If the IPL stars Mohammed Nabi (three/46) and Rashid Khan (2/27) set it up by way of restricting Pakistan to well below 300, it was Shahidi's composure that noticed Afghanistan pass the completing line regardless of some past due hiccups.

Veteran Nabi after a just right bowling performance also did his bit with the bat, scoring 34 off 41 balls, together with 3 limitations.

Shahidi's patient knock had seven fours and he played 102 balls. Numerous credit will have to also pass to opener Hazrtullah Zazai for his 49 off 28 balls that had 8 fours and two sixes. It was after Mohammed Shahzad retired harm for 23.

Zazai set the pace in the Powerplay overs which enabled Shahidi to deal in singles and occasional boundary because the Pakistan bowling looked pedestrian.

Mohammed Aamir (0/27 in 6 overs) didn't get the ball to swing as most of his deliveries were seen angling across the right-handers whilst Wahab Riaz did bowl well at the loss of life getting the ball to opposite.

Earlier, when Pakistan batted, their no 1 batsman Babar Azam (112 off 108 balls) was the lone vibrant spot in an in a different way disappointing batting show as Nabi and Rashid choked the run-flow in the center overs.

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