Shaheen Afridi (centre) celebrates choosing a wicket together with his teammates. (Picture: ICC)

Afghanistan vs Pakistan World T20 report card: Shaheen Afridi, Haris Rauf, Nawaz’s

Regardless of rain not permitting 17.4 off the 40 overs to be accomplished, Pakistan gathered fairly a couple of positives from their warm-up match towards Afghanistan on the Gabba. Particularly with the ball. Shaheen Shah Afridi headlined the primary innings with a few wickets. Haris Rauf additionally continued his high quality run within the lead as much as Sunday’s fixture towards India with a brace whereas Shadab Khan and Mohammad Nawaz additionally picked a wicket every.

In response to Afghanistan’s end of 154, Pakistan may solely put 19 runs on the board with out dropping a wicket earlier than rain halted, and ultimately deserted the play.

Right here’s a fast form-check from the primary innings of the half-completed match:

Shaheen Shah Afridi (2/29)

The left armer was respiratory hearth proper from the primary over as he managed to dismiss Rahmanullah Gurbaz with a toe crushing yorker for a golden duck. The 22-year-old adopted it up with one other wicket off his second over, cleansing up the opposite Afghan opener, Hazratullah Zazai and placing the opposition on the again foot.

Haris Rauf (2/34)

His financial system could not have been at his regular finest, however Haris Rauf’s brace was an extension of his current type within the buildup to the upcoming world event. Rauf took the assault to the Afghan batters together with his fiery tempo and bounce.

Mohammad Nawaz (1/7)

“The left-arm orthodox spinners do nicely in Massive Bash,” former Pakistan skipper Shoaib Malik had mentioned and Mohammad Nawaz is making it look evident. The left armer could have solely bowled a few overs at Gabba however they have been sufficient to indicate his place within the bowling assault.

Shadab Khan (1/19)

Dynamic on the sector, a thrasher who might be floated up the batting order and a wicket taker, Shadab Khan is the whole bundle a workforce may ask for. His outing towards Afghanistan was helpful as he dismissed Ibrahim Zadran (35 off 34) at an important juncture within the match to additional break the bone of Afghanistan’s batting order.

Naseem Shah (0/38)

Of all of the Pakistan pacers, Naseem Shah had essentially the most forgetful of outings, remaining wicketless and conceding the heaviest. His tempo was utilised by the Afghanistan high order to build up runs regardless of the autumn of early wickets.

Mohammad Wasim Jr (0/27)

Towards England, Wasim was the decide of Pakistan bowlers together with his spell of two/16. It wasn’t the identical for the 21-year-old right-arm pacer towards Afghanistan. The opposition batters appeared comfy in negotiating for runs with him after Afridi and Rauf had left them crippled of their first spell.

Mohammad Nabi (51 off 37)

Had it not been for the Afghanistan skippper, the workforce could have crumbled beneath stress, having gone six down for 82. The all-rounder took Rauf and Afridi to the cleaners within the demise overs, including 72 runs for the seventh wicket with Usman Ghani (32 off 20).

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