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23-Aug-2023 01:59:00 GMT
Afg v Pak - 1st ODI, Hambantota

Rauf heroics scorches Afghanistan in fiery display

Rauf takes five as Afghanistan fold for 59.
Rauf takes five as Afghanistan fold for 59.
Pakistan 201 (Imam 61, Iftikhar 30, Mujeeb 3-31, Nabi 2-34, Rashid 2-42) beat Afghanistan 59 (Rauf 5-18, Afridi 2-9) by 142 runs

Hambantota: Pakistan pacer Haris Rauf's maiden five-wicket haul, combined with a dominant bowling performance helped Pakistan to a 142-run victory over Afghanistan in the opening ODI at Hambantota.

This win puts Pakistan ahead in the three-match series, leading Afghanistan 1-0.

After winning the toss and electing to bat, Pakistan suffered an early setback as Fakhar Zaman was out in the first over.

As Pakistan continued to lose wickets at regular intervals, Afghanistan's bowlers kept it tight.

Iftikhar Ahmed's persistent innings and Shadab Khan's critical contribution helped Pakistan reach a competitive total of 201 all out in 47.1 overs.

Imam-ul-Haq's controlled 61-run knock helped anchor the innings, while Iftikhar Ahmed's 30 runs and Shadab Khan's inventive 39 helped set up a defendable total.

Afghan bowlers, led by Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Mohammad Nabi, demonstrated their prowess to ensure Pakistan did not score a higher total.

Naseem Shah's late-order tenacity helped Pakistan surpass the 200-run milestone.

Chasing a low total of 202, Afghanistan struggled from the start, losing early wickets to the blistering pace of Shaheen Shah Afridi and Naseem Shah.

With 18 runs, Rahmanullah Gurbaz provided some resistance, but Afghanistan's middle-order struggled to establish stability.

Afghanistan's batting lineup was demolished by Haris Rauf's five-wicket haul.

Afghanistan's innings ended with 59 runs in 19.2 overs, giving Pakistan a 142-run victory.

Rauf's heroic delivery of 5 wickets for 18 runs awarded him 'Player of the Match'.

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