On October 6, 2023, Afghanistan emerged victorious over Pakistan with four wickets to spare in a thrilling semi-final match of the 19th Asian Games Men’s Cricket.
Afghanistan secured a victory over Pakistan by four wickets in the second semi-final of the 19th Asian Games Men’s Cricket, held at the Zhejiang University of Technology Cricket Field in Hangzhou, China.
Pakistan, having been asked to bat first, struggled and managed to score only 115 runs in 18 overs. Afghanistan successfully chased down this target in 17.5 overs.
— Daily Pakistan Today (@dailypaktoday) October 6, 2023
Omair Yousuf was the top scorer for Pakistan, contributing 24 runs, followed by Aamir Jamal with 14 runs, Arafat Minhas with 13 runs, and Rohail Nazir with 10 runs. Afghanistan’s bowler Fareed Ahmed was the standout performer, taking three wickets while conceding 15 runs in three overs. Spinners Qais Ahmed and Zahir Khan also made significant contributions by taking two wickets each.
In response, Afghanistan’s Noor Ali Zadran, who scored 39 runs, and Gulbadin Naib, who remained unbeaten with 26 runs, played pivotal roles in securing their team’s spot in the final of the 19th Asian Games.
Pakistan’s spin bowlers managed to take wickets during Afghanistan’s innings, with Qasim Akram and Sufiyan Muqeem each getting one wicket, and Usman Qadir and Arafat Minhas claiming two wickets each.
Following this defeat, Pakistan is set to compete against Bangladesh in the bronze medal match at the same venue, scheduled for tomorrow at 6:00 AM local time.