Afghanistan struggling in run-chase against Pakistan A, 102/5 – 25 over report

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Team Afghanistan, chasing Pakistan A’s mammoth target of 328, is struggling after losing five wickets for 102 in 25 overs in the second unofficial One-day international (ODI) at Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium in
Pakistan pacers bowled outstandingly with the new ball, maintaining an impeccable line and length. The visitors lost their two key players within first five overs which put them under enormous pressure.
Earlier in the day, the hosts, after electing to bat first, posted a mighty score of 327 in the allotted quota of 50 overs.
While top three batsmen, hit a blistering unbeaten knock of 46 and steered his side to a formidable total.
Taking full advantage of the new ball, Pakistan bowlers carried the momentum forward to the second half of the match. Sadaf Hussain provided the hosts with the first breakthrough by dismissing the dangerous opening batsman,
The right-hander, trying to find the gap, played a lofted stroke but the ball went straight into hands of out when he was batting
at four runs.
Two quick wickets put responsibility on the shoulders of, who gave a supporting hand to their team by putting together a steady 37-run partnership for the third wicket. However, the rising run-rate forced both batsmen
to take risks.
Ahmadi failed to capitalise on the good start and went back to the pavilion after playing a sluggish knock of 29 runs. took his wicket in the 12th over.
The asking rate kept on increasing and that pushed the next batsmen, after adding 10 runs to the total.
After a couple of wickets in a quick succession, the under-pressure Afghan skipper could not stretch his stay at the wicket and lost his way. Sadaf Hussain picked up his second wicket by dismissing Nawroz, who scored 29 runs.
Currently, are at the wicket and the visitors need 226 runs to win in 150 balls.



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