Afghanistan stun Pakistan in World Cup thriller

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ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup, Chennai:
Pakistan 282-7 (50 overs): Babar 74 (92), Shafique 58 (75); Noor 3-39
Afghanistan 282-2 (49 overs): Zadran 87 (113), Gurbaz 65 (53), Rahmat 77* (84), Hashmat 48* (45)
Afghanistan won by eight wickets
Scorecard. Table

Afghanistan beat Pakistan for the first time in one-day cricket by pulling off their highest successful chase in the format in a World Cup thriller.

Ibrahim Zadran made 87, Rahmanullah Gurbaz smacked 65 and Rahmat Shah struck an unbeaten 77 as Afghanistan reached their target of 283 with eight wickets and six balls to spare.

Afghanistan are up to sixth, leaving holders England bottom of the table.

Captain Babar Azam earlier made 74 from 92 balls as Pakistan posted 282-7.

Teenager Noor Ahmad was the pick of the Afghanistan bowlers, taking 3-49.

It is Afghanistan’s first win over Pakistan in ODIs at the eighth attempt, with their total of 282-4 eclipsing their previous record successful chase of 276-8 needed to beat United Arab Emirates in 2014.

More to follow.


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