ICC World Cup 2023 Points Table: In a historic moment for the Afghans in the ICC World Cup 2023, they defeated Pakistan at the Chepauk Stadium last night. Hashmatullah Shahidi-led Afghanistan got past Pakistan by eight wickets in a slowish track and brought up their second victory of the tournament. The win powered Afghanistan to sixth place in the updated ICC World Cup 2023 Points Table after the fixture.
Before this, Afghanistan had never got past Pakistan in 50-overs cricket, but now, they have flipped the tables and embarrassed the team that was once touted to be the front-runner to be the champions of the tournament. To add more flavour to the win, Afghanistan had earlier smashed the defending champions, England, in match 13 a couple of days ago.
Talking about the Afghanistan vs Pakistan fixture, Pakistan amassed 282 runs in their quota of 50 overs after losing seven wickets. The Men in Green got off to a decent start and were cruising nicely throughout the game, but the slow track never let them break the shackles. The majority of the knocks during Pakistan’s innings were more-or-less run-a-ball, barring Iftikhar Ahmed’s 40-run knock which came in just 27 deliveries.
Opener batter Abdullah Shifique scored 58 runs while skipper Babar Azam led from the front with an innings of 74 runs. Later Saud Shakeel (25 runs), Shadab Khan (40 runs), and Iftikhar Ahmed (40 runs) also chipped in and contributed to the total of 282 runs.
The score plundered by Pakistan was decent enough to put them in a confident position, however, Afghanistan’s batting made the proceedings tough for the former World Cup winners. Afghanistan was outstanding from get going and never let any bowler hamper their chase.
The opening stand between Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Ibrahim Zadran, of 130 runs, set the tone for the rest of the chase. Pakistan were pushed in complete backfoot at the very first delivery which went for a boundary.
After everything went in vain, Shaheen Shah Afridi in his second spell broke the opening partnership between Gurbaz and Zadran at a score of 130 runs. But then the incoming batter Rahmat Shah started off quickly where Gurbaz had left and didn’t give a chance to Pakistani bowlers to have an upper hand in the contest.
Later Hasan Ali got rid of Ibrahim Zadran, 13 runs shy of his century, and the incoming batter Hashmatullah Shahidi again put pressure on the opposition to take his team home.
Afghanistan chased down the 282 runs total with one over to spare. The win powered Afghanistan to move past England, Netherlands, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh in the ICC World Cup 2023 Points Table.
With four points under their belt, Afghanistan currently stands tall in the sixth position after playing five matches in the ICC World Cup 2023. Below are complete details of ICC World Cup 2023 Points Table Updated (October 24) after Afghanistan defeated Pakistan.
ICC World Cup 2023 Points Table Updated after Afghanistan Defeated Pakistan
ICC World Cup 2023 Next 5 Matches
- Oct 24, 2023 – South Africa vs Bangladesh at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai – 2:00 PM IST
- Oct 25, 2023 – Australia vs Netherlands at Arun Jaitley Stadium, Delhi – 2:00 PM IST
- Oct 26, 2023 – England vs Sri Lanka at M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru – 2:00 PM IST
- Oct 27, 2023 – Pakistan vs South Africa at MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai – 2:00 PM IST
- Oct 28, 2023 – Australia vs New Zealand at Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium, Dharmshala – 10:30 AM IST
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