In the opening clash of the three-match ODI series between Afghanistan and Pakistan at Mahinda Rajapaksa International Stadium in Hambantota, the Blue Shirts won with a dominant performance.
Pakistan’s lead win was marked by a strong bowling performance, which resulted in a bold win by a massive 142 runs. Although the batting unit had a disappointing performance as Pakistan won only 201. Standout among the batters were Imam-ul-Haqwho contributed 61 significant runs amid the team’s lackluster batting.
Babar Azam set an unexpected record
Although Pakistan won convincingly, it was a nightmare outing for the captain Babar Azam, who was sent off for a duck during his round. Choosing to hit the stroke first, Pakistan lost to Fakhar Zaman early on, followed by Babar, who was LBW trapped by Mujeeb Ur Rehman.
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This dismissal marks the fourth time Babar has been fired for a duck in One Day Internationals (ODIs), and it is the second time he has suffered this fate as captain. With this unfortunate turn of events, Babar found himself sharing an unwanted record with some illustrious names in Pakistani cricket.
The Lahore-born cricketer now shares this unlikely record with respectable names like legends Imran Khan, Javed Miandad, Azhar AliAnd Yunis Khan. Babar’s inclusion on this list puts him in fourth place, behind Wasim Akram, who topped the list with eight dismissals from the captaincy. Following closely is Inzamam-ul-Haq And Moin Khan with four each, and Misbah-ul-Haq with three.
Haris Rauf leads Pakistan’s dominance with a spectacular 5-point hit
Speaking of the match, fast pitcher Haris Rauf led a speed attack against Afghanistan, delivering the best performance of his career with his first five-shot to give Pakistan a resounding victory. bouncing.
Rauf’s phenomenal number of 18/5 in 6.2 sent Afghanistan reeling, as they only conceded 59 runs in just 19.2 laps, marking the second lowest One Day International (ODI) total. two of them.