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ICC World Cup 2023 Pakistan vs Afghanistan, 22nd Match Highlights: AFG won match by 8 wickets

PAK won the toss and chose to bat first. They scored a total of 282 runs in 50 overs, while losing 7 wickets. AFG chased down the target in just 49 overs, with the loss of only 2 wickets, ultimately securing a well-deserved victory over Pakistan.

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ODI World Cup 2023 Pakistan vs Afghanistan 22nd Match at MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai

The ODI World Cup 2023 continues with an exciting clash between Afghanistan and Pakistan in Match 22. Scheduled to take place at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on Monday, October 23, this game promises to be a thrilling encounter between two competitive teams. Both sides will be eager to bounce back from their recent defeats and get back on the winning track. In this article, we will provide a comprehensive match preview, including the venue details, head-to-head record, probable playing XIs, key performers, and a prediction for the match outcome.

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  Pakistan vs Afghanistan 22nd Match 
  publive-image  AFG won by 8 wkts
publive-imagePAK   282/7 (50)
publive-imageAFG   286/2 (49)
  Venue   MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai
  Date & Time   Mon, Oct 23, 02:00 PM IST
  Toss   PAK opt to bat
  Player of the Match   Ibrahim Zadran

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World Cup 2023 Live Cricket Score

PAK vs AFG Match Highlights

Pakistan Inning:

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Pakistan (PAK) won the toss and elected to bat first. During the powerplay, the Pakistan team scored an impressive 56 runs without losing any wicket. However, as soon as the powerplay ended, they lost their first wicket with Imam-ul-Haq getting dismissed. During his innings, Imam scored 17 runs off 22 balls with 2 boundaries. Another notable performance came from Zaid Ali Shafique, who played a brilliant half-century innings of 58 runs off 75 deliveries with 5 boundaries and 2 sixes. Rizwan made his way back to the pavilion after managing to score just 8 runs from 10 balls. He was caught out by Mujeeb off Noor's delivery. As of the 25th over, Pakistan's score stood at 120/3.

Babar Azam scored a well-crafted 74 runs off 92 balls, which included 4 boundaries and a maximum. His innings came to an end when he was caught out by Nabi while facing Noor's delivery.

Shadab Khan and Iftikhar both contributed 40 runs each, before Naveen managed to dismiss both of them. During the 50 overs of the match, the Pakistan team scored a total of 282 runs, while also losing 7 wickets. It is worth mentioning that Noor Ahmad from Afghanistan took 3 wickets, whereas Naveen took 2 wickets.

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Afghanistan Inning:

In pursuit of a target of 283 runs, the Afghanistan cricket team began their inning and made an impressive start during the powerplay, scoring 60 runs without losing any wicket. Up until the 15th over, the openers from Afghanistan formed a strong partnership, accumulating a total of 98 runs. Zardan contributed with a well-played innings of 51 runs off 55 balls, while Gurbaz added 45 runs off 36 balls to further boost their team's score.

Gurbaz showcased his remarkable batting skills with a phenomenal inning of 65 runs off 53 balls, leaving the audience in awe. Unfortunately, his impressive performance was cut short when he was caught out. During his innings, he managed to hit an impressive total of 9 fours and 1 six, adding to his overall feat. On the other hand, Zardan delivered an outstanding display by scoring 87 runs off 113 balls, including a noteworthy count of 10 fours.

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Rahmat and Hashmatullah delivered a match-winning performance. Rahmat showcased his skills by scoring an impressive 77 runs off 84 balls, comprising of 5 fours and 2 sixes. Hashmatullah also contributed significantly with 48 runs off 45 balls, including 4 fours. Both players displayed their unbeatable form and successfully guided their team to a resounding victory over PAK. As a result of their outstanding performance, AFG secured a remarkable win by 8 wickets.

 

Top Performers of the Match
 

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  Batting Prowess
  Batter   Team   R   B   4s   6s   SR
  Babar   PAK   74   92   4   1   80.43
  Gurbaz   AFG   65   53   9   1 122.64
  Zardan   AFG   87  113  10   0  76.99
  Rahmat   AFG   77*   84   5   2  91.67

 

  Bowling Prowess
  Bolwer   Team   O   M   R   W   NB   WD   ECO
  Noor Ahmad   AFG   10   0   49   3   1   6   4.90
  Naveen    AFG    7   0   52   2   0   3   7.40
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Match Details

The highly anticipated 22nd match of the World Cup 2023 between AFG and PAK is scheduled to be held at MA Chidambaram Stadium on October 23rd. The exciting clash between Afghanistan and Pakistan will kick off at 02:00 PM IST.


MA Chidambaram Stadium Pitch Report and Conditions

The M.A. Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai is known for its slow and spin-friendly pitch. The surface tends to favor the spinners, making it a challenging task for batsmen to score freely. The team winning the toss might consider bowling first and taking advantage of the slow nature of the wicket while chasing the target.

 

Stadium Cap  Wicket Nature Avg ODI Score (runs) Win Prob
M.A. Chidambaram Stadium, Chepauk, Chennai 38,000 Slow/ Solid and Dry Bowling- Friendly (Spin) 224  Batting First

 

ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 Venues

 

Head-to-Head Record

Afghanistan and Pakistan have faced each other seven times in ODI cricket. Pakistan has emerged victorious in all seven encounters so far. The first match between these two teams took place on February 10, 2012, and the most recent clash was on August 26, 2023.


Probable Best Batter: Mohammad Rizwan (Pakistan)

Pakistan's wicketkeeper-batsman, Mohammad Rizwan, has been in exceptional form recently. His performance against Afghanistan could prove crucial for the Men in Green. Rizwan has scored a remarkable 556 runs in his last 10 matches, and he will be eager to continue his excellent form in this crucial encounter.


Probable Best Bowler: Rashid Khan (Afghanistan)

Afghanistan's ace spinner, Rashid Khan, is expected to make a significant impact against Pakistan. With 11 wickets in his last nine games, Rashid's bowling prowess is well-known. His ability to deceive batsmen with his variations and extract turn from the surface makes him a potent threat. It will be fascinating to see how he handles Pakistan's strong batting lineup.

 

ICC World Cup Points Table 2023

 


Today's Match Prediction: Pakistan to win the match

Considering Pakistan's dominant record against Afghanistan in previous encounters and their recent form, the prediction for this match is in favor of Pakistan. However, cricket is a game of uncertainties, and Afghanistan has the potential to spring a surprise. Fans can expect an exciting contest between bat and ball.


PAK vs AFG Probable Playing XI

Pakistan Playing XI: Abdullah Shafique, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam (c), Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Saud Shakeel, Iftikhar Ahmed, Shadab Khan, Usama Mir, Shaheen Afridi, Hasan Ali, Haris Rauf

Bench: Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Wasim Jr, Fakhar Zaman, Agha Salman

Support Staff: Mickey Arthur, Grant Bradburn, Andrew Puttick, Morne Morkel


Afghanistan Playing XI:
Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Ibrahim Zadran, Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi (c), Azmatullah Omarzai, Ikram Alikhil (wk), Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Naveen-ul-Haq, Noor Ahmad

Bench: Fazalhaq Farooqi, Riaz Hassan, Abdul Rahman, Najibullah Zadran

Support Staff: Jonathan Trott, Raees Ahmadzai, Hamid Hassan, Ryan Maron

 

ICC World Cup 2023 Schedule

 

Conclusion

The clash between Afghanistan and Pakistan in the ODI World Cup 2023 is set to be a thrilling encounter. Both teams will be keen to bounce back from their recent defeats and secure a crucial victory. The MA Chidambaram Stadium's slow pitch will likely favor spinners, adding an extra layer of intrigue to the game. With key performers like Mohammad Rizwan and Rashid Khan in action, fans can expect some exciting moments. In the end, Pakistan is predicted to emerge victorious, but cricket is known for its unpredictability, and anything can happen on the day. So, let's sit back, relax, and enjoy the game!

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