In a stunning match of World Cup 2023, Afghanistan delivered a resounding blow to Pakistan’s hopes by securing an emphatic eight-wicket victory. This defeat marked Pakistan’s third consecutive loss in the tournament, a significant setback for the former champions.
Facing a challenging target of 283, Afghanistan’s batsmen displayed remarkable prowess, spearheading the team to a remarkable win. The heroes of the day were Rahmanullah Gurbaz, who contributed 65 runs, Ibrahim Zadran with a dazzling 87, and Rahmat Shah’s powerful 77.
Their stellar performances not only sealed a historic triumph but also propelled Afghanistan to their first-ever One Day International (ODI) victory over Pakistan.
This remarkable win breathed new life into Afghanistan’s World Cup campaign, as they sought to make their presence felt on the global stage. Their ability to conquer Pakistan, a formidable team, showcased their growing potential in the cricketing world.
Adding to the celebrations, former Indian cricket star Irfan Pathan was seen joining the jubilation, dancing with Afghanistan’s Rashid Khan in the aftermath of this historic victory.
Afghanistan’s captain, Hashmatullah Shahidi, expressed his delight at the team’s performance, saying,
“This win tastes nice. The way we chased was very professional. Looking forward to the other games. We have been playing quality cricket, and the belief was there when we played the Asia Cup as well. First, it was England, and today Pakistan. We’re looking forward to the other games. We’ll try to play positive cricket and do a lot for our country. The spin bowling department was very good. Noor showed his talent. Gurbaz and Ibrahim gave us the momentum and confidence. The game was in our hands from the beginning until the end.”