Afghanistan registered a thrilling victory over Pakistan in the second T20I in Sharjah to create a historic T20I series win over traditional rivals Pakistan on Sunday.
After registering their first win in over 11 years against Pakistan on March 24, Afghanistan were able to restrict Pakistan to 130 runs and chase down the total with seven wickets in hand on Sunday.
What a momentous occasion for Afghanistan cricket! 🙌😍
AfghanAtalan have created history by securing their first-ever T20I series win over traditional rivals Pakistan. It's a triumph of grit, courage, and teamwork. pic.twitter.com/nQ7jjqmm14
— Afghanistan Cricket Board (@ACBofficials) March 26, 2023
Afghanistan 133 for 3 (Gurbaz 44, Ibrahim Zadran 38, Zaman 1-22) beat Pakistan 130 for 6 (Imad 64*, Shadab 32, Farooqi 2-19) by seven wickets
Chasing a below-par total of 131, Afghanistan crossed the finishing line with one ball to spare.
Earlier, top knocks from Imad Wasim and Shadab Khan guided Pakistan to 130 for 6 in 20 overs. Wasim played an unbeaten knock of 64 runs from 57 balls, hitting three fours and two sixes. Skipper Shadab managed 32(25) and contributed to 66 runs partnership for the sixth wicket with Wasim.
Afghanistan’s charismatic opener Rahmanullah Gurbaz gave a good start during the chase. He managed 44 runs off 49 balls, including two fours and a six. Meanwhile, Ibrahim Zadran also contributed run a ball 38 runs. Najibullah Zadran and Mohammad Nabi hung around till the end to shepherd their side to a hard-fought win with one ball to spare.