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Afghanistan Historic Victory over Pakistan in CWC ’23
- Updated: October 24, 2023
In a stunning match during the CWC ’23, Afghanistan secured a memorable eight-wicket victory over Pakistan. The Afghans successfully chased down Pakistan’s target of 283, registering their first-ever ODI win in the 2023 edition of the Cricket World Cup. Pakistan’s innings featured strong performances from Abdullah Shafique, captain Babar Azam, Shadab Khan, and Iftikhar Ahmed, leading them to a total of 282 for 7, with Noor Ahmed taking 3 wickets for 49 runs.
In response, Afghanistan’s batting prowess shone as Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Ibrahim Zadran, Rahmat Shah, and Hashmatullah Shahidi played pivotal roles in the chase, ultimately reaching the target of 283 in 49 overs. This remarkable victory not only marked a significant moment in the tournament but also highlighted the strength of Afghanistan’s cricket team.
Player-of-the-Match Ibrahim Zadran delivered an outstanding performance during the game, scoring 87 runs off 113 balls with 10 fours to his name. His contributions were crucial to Afghanistan’s successful chase. At the post-match presentation, Zadran dedicated his award to both his country and the Afghans who are currently facing deportation from Pakistan. He expressed his gratitude for his performance in such a significant tournament and his desire to contribute to his team’s success.
Zadran’s comments regarding the award dedication quickly gained attention and went viral. His dedication came amidst Pakistan’s decision to ask all undocumented refugees to leave the country by November 1, which has impacted 1.7 million Afghans residing in Pakistan. This decision has been met with criticism, particularly from the Taliban-ruled Afghans, with Kabul deeming it “unacceptable.”
Afghanistan’s victory over Pakistan in the CWC ’23 not only displayed their cricketing prowess but also served as a poignant moment in the tournament. Pakistan, despite their strong performance, remains in the fifth position, with three consecutive wins, while Afghanistan closely follows in the sixth spot after securing two significant victories against defending champions England and Pakistan. This win showcases Afghanistan’s growing presence in international cricket and their ability to compete at the highest level.
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By- Sahiba Suri