Last Update on: August 22nd, 2023 at 09:48 pm
Pakistan National Cricket Team pacers were breathing fire in the ODI series opener against Afghanistan National Cricket Team and they absolutely destroyed the batting unit of the side to bundle them out for 59.
The first ODI of the three-match series between the Men In Green and the Afghans was held at the Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium, Sooriyawewa, Hambantota on Tuesday, August 22.
Pakistan won the toss and elected to bat first in the match, but they struggled against the spin trio of Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Rashid Khan, and Mohammad Nabi.
Imam-ul-Haq showed great resilience and played a wonderful knock of 61 runs to finish as the top run-getter for his side. Other than Imam, Shadab Khan, and Iftikhar Ahmed chipped in with 39 and 30 runs to help Pakistan reach a decent total of 201.
Although the target in front of the Afghanistan batters was not very big, they were unable to survive against the deadly pace trio of Haris Rauf, Shaheen Afridi, and Naseem Shah.
Shaheen and Naseem were good as usual, but Haris Rauf this time was unplayable. The express pacer bowled outstanding lines and lengths and made life hard for the batters.
Haris dismantled the Afghanistan batting line-up and bagged a remarkable 5-wicket haul. Shaheen Afridi got two wickets while Naseem Shah and Shadab Khan picked one each.
Afghanistan were bowled out for just 59 inside 20 overs as Azmatullah Omarzai got retired hurt. This was the lowest total registered by a team against the Men In Green in ODIs. Also, 59 is the second-lowest score in ODIs for Afghanistan.
Meanwhile, the 142-run victory of the Babar Azam-led side over Afghanistan is the biggest margin of win in terms of runs for a team after posting a total of less than 210 in ODIs.
Here’s How Fans Reacted After Pakistan Pacer Dismantled Afghanistan:
Pakistan have some bowling attack. That’s the essence of picking three out-and-out wicket-taking pacers: you pick wickets with the new ball and even in the death overs. And if your spinners are also an attacking option more often than not you don’t let batting team build…
— Vikrant Gupta (@vikrantgupta73) August 22, 2023
What an Amazing Performance by Pakistan 🇵🇰 Congratulations on the win. We lacked in batting today but our bowling attack completely filled the Gap✨ Great Job done by @HarisRauf14 with the fifer and Magical spells by @iShaheenAfridi and @iNaseemShah in the start.
Good Luck for… pic.twitter.com/GBSOPwAHBl
— Saeed Ajmal (@REALsaeedajmal) August 22, 2023
That's It, that’s the tweet..
Pakistan Beat Afghanistan By 142 Runs In First ODI.. pic.twitter.com/NZsn4PZmvX
— Nawaz 🇵🇰 (@Rnawaz31888) August 22, 2023
— Farid Khan (@_FaridKhan) August 22, 2023
— Aashir Vali Vahidy (@aashirvahidy) August 22, 2023
Pakistan pace attack🔥🔥🔥 #AFGvPAK
— Amol Ilag (@amolilag) August 22, 2023
— Muhammad bilal (@Mbsheikh56) August 22, 2023
Pakistan has made a strong point ahead of Asia cup and WC23. Today they have bowled out Afganistan on 59 runs while they where chasing a low total. phenomenal fast bowling display #Shaheen #PakistanCricket #AFGvPAK #Afganistán #Rizwan
— Irfan Nyk (@irfannyk786) August 22, 2023
Afghanistan bowled out for just 59 against Pakistan in the 1st ODI.
Haris Rauf the hero with 5/18.
What a show by Pakistani Pacers 🔥
Afghanistan didn't have a quality batter to hold one end and that was the difference between the two sides#AFGvPAK #Shaheen #HarisRauf #Naseem pic.twitter.com/qPs2nOw7m0
— Debojoty Rudra (@debojotyrudra) August 22, 2023
Pakistan win after crushing the Afghan batting line up with its fiery bowling line up. Pakistan bowled out Afghanistan within the first 20 overs. Potentially the best pace attack of all time, one for the history books, Pakistan Zindabad 💚🇵🇰#PAKvsAFG #BabarAzam #NaseemShah pic.twitter.com/REhwYGRHb0
— Abdullah Orakzaiii (@AbdullahOrkzy23) August 22, 2023
What a bowling from Pakistan. Absolutely 🔥, ODI world cup is not ready for Pakistani pacers. #AFGvPAK
— Jameel Shareef (@jameel_baloch10) August 22, 2023
Pakistan's fast bowling average in ODIs since the WC 2019 is 27.00, the best among the 10 teams who will be playing World Cup this year.
— Mazher Arshad (@MazherArshad) August 22, 2023
— Zeshan Haider (@SyedZeshan56) August 22, 2023
That was too fun, im not getting over that for a while #AFGvPAK
— Danish (@PctDanish) August 22, 2023
— Rai M. Azlan (@Mussanaf) August 22, 2023
Congratulations Pakistan, A brilliant team effort to seal the victory for our beloved nation. I believe in replying to my haters and complimenting my fans with the bat, Alhamdullilah. Thank you skipper @babarazam258 for the unconditional support and believing in me🙏#PakvsAfg pic.twitter.com/Ia2dg6DJER
— Imam Ul Haq (@ImammHaq) August 22, 2023
Afghanistan's spin attack and Pakistan's pace attack. Super scary stuff. 😬😬😵💫😵💫 #AFGvsPAK
— Ridhima Pathak (@PathakRidhima) August 22, 2023