After Shaheen Afridi bagged a four-wicket haul, Imad Wasim struck a crucial unbeaten knock of 49 runs to help Pakistan chase down the target of 228 runs and seal a narrow three-wicket win over Afghanistan in the 36th match of the International Cricket Council (ICC) World Cup clash at the Headingley, Leeds on Saturday.
Here are the highlights:
# Pakistan beat Afghanistan by three wickets! Pakistan 230/7 (49.4 overs)
# 10 runs off the last over by Rashid Khan, including a six to Wahab Riaz. Pakistan now need six runs off six balls. Pakistan 222/7 (49 overs)
# Imad Wasim (42) and Wahab Riaz (5) are currently batting at the crease as Pakistan need 16 runs off 12 balls. Pakistan 212/7 (48 overs)
# Wahab Riaz is the new batsman in!
# WICKET! Pakistan are now down by seven wickets in their chase of 228. Shadab Khan (11) was run out by skipper Gulbadin and wicketkeeper Ikram Alikhil on a Rashid Khan delivery. Pakistan 210/7 (47 overs)
# A quite expensive over from Afghanistan skipper Gulbadin as he conceded 18 runs to Pakistan. Imad smashed the first delivery to deep square leg for a boundary before he smashed Gulbadin for two back-to-back fours to reduce Pakistan chase to 28 runs required from 24 balls. Pakistan 200/6 (46 overs)
# Six runs off the last over. Pakistan need 48 runs off 36 balls. Pakistan 180/6 (44 overs)
# Pakistan added another five runs off the last over. Imad (18) and Shadab (four) are currently batting at the middle and looking to guide their side past the mark. Pakistan 174/6 (43 overs)
# Eight runs off the last over. Gulbadin bowled a full toss outside off and Imad smashed it back past the bowler to the long-off fence for four runs. Pakistan 169/6 (42 overs)
# Good over from Mujeeb Ur Rahman as he conceded just a single to Imad Wasim (5). Pakistan now need 71 runs off 60 balls. Pakistan 157/6 (40 overs)
# Shadab Khan is the new batsman in!
# WICKET! Sarfraz Ahmed fell for 18 after being run out by wicket-keeper Ikram Alikhil on the last delivery of the over by Rashid Khan. Pakistan 156/6 (39 overs)
# Sarfaraz Ahmed broke a 10-over boundary drought by guiding the last delivery towards deep midwicket for four runs. Pakistan 154/5 (38 overs)
# Just two singles off the last over. Imad Wasim got off the mark by driving a Mohammad Nabi delivery firmly to long off for one run. Pakistan 144/5 (36 overs)
# Imad Wasim is the new batsman in!
# WICKET! Haris Sohail (27) was caught leg before wicket on the last delivery of the 35th over from 35th over. Pakistan 142/5 (34.6 overs)
# Samiullah Shinwari came to bowl the last over and he conceded three runs to Pakistan. The Sarfaraz Ahmed-led side need 83 runs from 17 overs. Pakistan 135/4 (33 overs)
# Three runs off the last over. Pakistan now need 96 runs from 18 overs, with Haris (25) and Sarfaraz (six) are currently batting at the crease. Pakistan 132/4 (32 overs)
# WICKET! Mohammad Hafeez smashed a Mujeeb Ur Rahman delivery straight to point, only for Hashmatullah Shahidi to take a good catch. The Pakistan batsman departed for 19. Pakistan 121/4 (29.1 overs)
# Five runs off the last over. Haris guided the fourth delivery of the 28th over to the point for a boundary. Pakistan 118/3 (28 overs)
# Samiullah bowled too short outside off on the first delivery and Haris Sohail drove this through extra cover for four runs. Pakistan 113/3 (27 overs)
# Gulbadin Naib came to bowl the last over and he conceded five singles to Pakistan. Mohammad Hafeez and Haris Sohail are currently batting cautiously at the crease at their respective scores of 17 and nine. Pakistan 108/3 (26 overs)
# Mohammad Hafeez pulled a Samiulla delivery to midwicket to notch up a boundary. Pakistan now need 125 runs from 25 overs. Pakistan 103/3 (25 overs)
# Samiullah Shinwari came to bowl the previous over and he conceded just three runs. The Afghanistan bowlers continue to maintain pressure on Pakistan by avoiding giving away easy runs to them. Pakistan 94/3 (23 overs)
# Just a single off the last overs. Haris Sohail (3) and Mohammad Hafeez (6) are batting cautiously at the crease. Pakistan 91/3 (22 overs)
# Another good over from Nabi as he gave away just three runs to Pakistan. The Sarfraz Ahmed-led side now need 141 runs from 30 overs. Pakistan 87/3 (20 overs)
# Just two runs off the last over. Haris Sohail (1) and Mohammad Hafeez (1) are currently batting at the crease, with Pakistan needing 144 runs from 31 overs. Pakistan 84/3 (19 overs)
# WICKET! Babar Azam (45) fell just five runs short of an ODI half-century after being clean bowled by Mohammad Nabi on the second delivery of the 18th over. Pakistan 82/3 (17 overs)
# WICKET! Mohammad Nabi bowled a wider delivery on the last ball as Imam charged seemingly out of nowhere, only to see Ikram Alikhil rattle the stumps. Pakistan 72/2 (16 overs)
# Seven runs off the over by Rashid Khan. Babar heaved the second delivery of the 15th over in the air toward long-on to notch up a boundary as Pakistan now need 157 runs from 35 overs. Pakistan 71/1 (15 overs)
# Pakistan added four runs off the last over. Imam drove the fifth delivery firmly through the covers between the sweeper and wide long-off for two runs. Pakistan 64/1 (14 overs)
# Six runs off the over by Gulbadin. Babar (27) and Imam (33) continue to pile runs for Pakistan while the Afghanistan bowlers are desperately looking to break this partnership. Pakistan 60/1 (13 overs)
# Mohammad Nabi was introduced into the attack and he bowled a tight over, conceding just a single each to Babar and Imam. Pakistan 54/1 (12 overs)
# Babar (23) and Imam (29) have brought up a half-century partnership for the second wicket. Pakistan now need 176 runs in 39 overs. Pakistan 52/1 (11 overs)
# Just three runs off the over Mujeeb Ur Rahman. Babar Azam and Imam-ul-Haq continue to stand strong at the crease at their respective scores of 22 and 23. Pakistan 45/1 (9 overs)
# Afghanistan skipper Gulbadin Naib bowled a quite expensive last over, giving away 10 runs to Pakistan. Imam got an outside edge on the third delivery and the ball went straight for a boundary before the Pakistan opener drove the very next ball towards mid-on for four runs. Pakistan 42/1 (8 overs)
# A very good over from Mujeeb Ur Rahman as he gave away no run to Pakistan. The Sarfaraz Ahmed-led side needs 196 runs from 43 overs. Pakistan 32/1 (7 overs)
# Five singles off the last over. Babar (19) and Imam (11) have settled at the crease after losing opener Fakhar Zaman for a duck. Pakistan now need 198 runs from 45 overs. Pakistan 30/1 (5 overs)
# Hamid Hassan came to bowl the last over and he conceded nine runs to Pakistan. The Afghanistan bowler was smashed by Babar Azam (17) for the two boundaries on the first and the fourth delivery. Pakistan 26/1 (4 overs)
# Pakistan have added seven runs in the last over. Mujeeb once again bowled a shorter delivery on the pads and Imam easily tickle it fine for four runs. Pakistan 17/1 (3 overs)
# Four runs off the over. Imam got off the mark by pulling the second delivery by Hamid Hassan from his hips into the gap at deep square for a boundary. Pakistan 10/1 (2 overs)
# Babar Azam is the new batsman in!
# WICKET! Mujeeb Ur Rahman gave the breakthrough to Afghanistan as early as in the very first over. Fakhar Zaman was caught leg before wicket on the second delivery to depart for a duck. Pakistan 6/1 (1 over)
# Fakhar Zaman and Imam-ul-Haq will begin the chase for Pakistan while Mujeeb Ur Rahman to open the attack for Afghanistan.
# Innings Break!
# Afghanistan post a total of 227/9 in their stipulated 50 overs!
# WICKET! Afghanistan lose their ninth wicket. Hamid Hassan (one) was clean bowled by Wahab Riaz on the second delivery of the 49th over. Afghanistan 219/ 9 (48.2 overs)
# Hamid Hassan is the new batsman in!
# WICKET! Shaheen Afridi strikes again. Rashid Khan hit the fourth delivery high in the air, only for Fakhar Zaman to take a simple catch at mid-off. Afghanistan 211/8
# Mohammad Amir came to bowl the last over and he conceded five runs to Afghanistan. Rashid Khan whipped the fifth delivery through wide long-on for four runs. Afghanistan 208/7 (46 overs)
# WICKET! Najibullah Zadran (42) fell eight runs short of an ODI half-century after being clean bowled by Shaheen Shah Afridi on the fourth delivery of the 45th over. Afghanistan 202/7 (44.4 overs)
# Shadab Khan came to bowl the last over and he gave away just five runs to Afghanistan. The Gulbadin Naib-led side are looking to notch up as many runs as possible with just eight runs remaining. Afghanistan 190/6 (42 overs)
# A good over from Shaheen Shah Afridi as he gave away just a single to Samiullah Shinwari (three). Afghanistan 184/6 (41 overs)
# Just three runs off the last over. Najibullah Zadran continues to remain steady at the crease on 33 while Samiullah Shinwari is currently batting at three. Afghanistan 184/6 (40 overs)
# Nine runs off the last over. Najibullah played a reverse sweep on the first delivery of the 37th over to notch up four runs before he drove the third delivery through extra cover for another boundary. Afghanistan 178/6 (38 overs)
# WICKET! Mohammad Nabi (16), who was looking in fine touch at the crease, was caught by Mohammad Amir at fine leg on the fourth delivery by Wahab Riaz. Afghanistan 167/6 (36.4 overs)
# Wahab Riaz came to bowl the last over and he conceded five runs to Afghanistan, including four leg byes. Afghanistan 159/5 (35 overs)
# Seven runs off the last over, including a boundary. Afghanistan cross the 150-run mark by flicking the fifth delivery through midwicket for four runs. Afghanistan 152/5 (34 overs)
# A brilliant over by Mohammad Amir as he gave away just two runs to Afghanistan. The Guldbadin Naib-led side is approaching the 150-run mark. Afghanistan 142/5 (32 overs)
# Najibullah pulled the third delivery of the 31st over off his hips to the deep square leg fence for a boundary. Afghanistan 140/5 (31 overs)
# Four runs off the last over. Najibullah Zadran and Mohammad Nabi are currently standing at their respective scores of three and seven and looking to stitch a partnership here. Afghanistan 134/5 (30 overs)
# Just a single off the last over. Mohammad Nabi is currently batting on four while Najibullah Zadran is yet to open his account. Afghanistan 126/5 (28 overs)
# Najibullah Zadran comes to bat for Afghanistan!
# WICKET! Ikram Alikhil fell for 24 after he was caught by Mohammad Hafeez at long-on on the last delivery of the over by Imad Wasim. Afghanistan 125/5 (27 overs)
# Mohammad Nabi is the new batsman in!
# WICKET! Asghar was comfortably batting on 42 when he was clean bowled by Shadab Khan on the second delivery of the 26 overs.With this, Asghar and Ikram's half-century stand also came to an end. Afghanistan 121/3 (25.2 overs)
# Just three runs off the last over. Asghar and Ikram are currently batting at the crease at their respective scores of 40 and 18. Afghanistan 114/3 (23 overs)
# A good last over by Shadab Khan as he conceded just two singles each to Asghar (39) and Ikram (16). Afghanistan 111/3 (22 overs)
# Just three runs off the last over. Asghar (37) and Ikram (4) have brought up a 50-run stand for the fourth wicket. Asghar rolled his wrists to guide the last delivery to deep midwicket to complete the half-century partnership with Ikram. Afghanistan 107/3 (21 overs)
# Ikram and Asghar have settled at the crease at their respective scores of 12 and 33 as Afghanistan cross the 100-run mark. Afghanistan 101/3 (19 overs)
# A quite expensive over from Shadab Khan as he conceded 13 runs to Afghanistan. Asghar smashed the second delivery over extra cover for four runs before he lifted the sixth delivery over wide long-on for a maximum. Afghanistan 96/3 (18 overs)
# Just a single off the last over. Asghar came on the front foot to steer the fourth delivery past backward point for a single. Afghanistan 83/3 (17 overs)
# Six runs off the last over. Ikram Alikhil edged a Wahab Riaz delivery towards second slip for four runs. Afghanistan 77/3 (15 overs)
# A quite expensive over from Imad Wasim as he conceded nine runs to Afghanistan. Asghar lifted the fourth delivery from the Pakistan bowler over deep midwicket for a maximum. Afghanistan 71/3 (14 overs)
# Asghar Afghan is the new batsman in!
# WICKET! Rahmat Shah, who was looking in fine touch at the crease, was caught by Babar Azam at short cover on the sixth delivery of 12th over. Afghanistan 57/3 (12 overs)
# Five singles off the last over from Hafeez. Rahmat Shah has settled at the crease and is currently batting at 30 after losing Gulbadin and Hashmatullah cheaply, while Ikram (two off 13 balls) is batting cautiously at the crease. Afghanistan 51/2 (11 overs)
# Mohammad Hafeez comes into the attack!
# Imad Wasim replaced Mohammad Amir into the attack and he bowled a terrific 10th over, giving away just a single to Rahmat Shah. Afghanistan 46/2 (10 overs)
# Five runs off the over. Shaheen bowled a short of a length delivery on the hips and Rahmat flicked it through fine leg for four runs. Afghanistan 45/2 (9 overs)
# Shaheen bowled a fuller delivery and Rahmat drove it straight down the ground for a boundary. He and Ikram are looking to steady the ship for Afghanistan after two early blows. Afghanistan 39/2 (7 overs)
# Just a single off a Mohammad Amir over. Ikram Alikhil (0) and Rahmat Shah (13) are currently batting at the crease. Afghanistan 32/2 (6 overs)
# Ikram Alikhil is the new batsman in!
# WICKET! Shaheen Shah Afridi struck twice to remove Gulbadin Naib (15) and Hashmatullah Shahidi (0) cheaply. While the Afghanistan skipper was caught behind the wicket by skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed, Hashmatullah was taken by Imad Wasim at mid-off. Afghanistan 31/2 (5 overs)
# An expensive over from Mohammad Amir as he conceded eight runs to Afghanistan. Gulbadin firmly pushed the first delivery wide of mid-off for four runs before Rahmat pulled the fourth delivery high over midwicket to add another boundary in Afghanistan's account. Afghanistan 17/0 (4 overs)
# Four runs off the last over. The Afghanistan skipper drove the last delivery of the over wide of mid-off for a boundary. Afghanistan 9/0 (3 overs)
# Mohammad Amir came to bowl the second over and he bowled a terrific maiden over. Rahmat Shah (4) and Gulbadin (1) are currently batting at the crease. Afghanistan 5/0 (2 overs)
# Five runs off the first over. Rahmat Shah got off the mark by pushing the second delivery through to long-on for a single, while Imad Wasim too opened his account with one run by clipping the fourth ball to deep square leg. Afghanistan 5/0 (1 over)
# Rahmat Shah and Gulbadin Naib to open the innings for Afghanistan. Imad Wasim begins the proceedings for Pakistan.
# The two sides have walked down the crease for their national anthems.
Pakistan: Imam-ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Haris Sohail, Sarfaraz Ahmed (capt & wk), Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Amir, Wahab Riaz, Shaheen Afridi
Afghanistan: Gulbadin Naib (capt), Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Asghar Afghan, Samiullah Shinwari, Mohammad Nabi, Najibullah Zadran, Ikram Alikhil (wk), Rashid Khan, Hamid Hassan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman
# Afghanistan win toss, opt to bat first against Pakistan!
# The toss is all set to take place in a few minutes.
After clinching two back-to-back victories, Pakistan will look to keep themselves in contention of making into the semi-finals of the 2019 ICC World Cup with a big win over minnows Afghanistan at Headingley, Leeds on Saturday.
Pakistan, who slumped to an 89-run defeat at the hands of arch-rivals India, bounce back strongly to register back-to-back victories against South Africa and New Zealand to keep their semi-final hopes alive.
The Sarfaraz Ahmed-led side are currently standing at the sixth spot with three wins from seven matches they have played so far.
A win against Afghanistan on Saturday will bring them closer to the semi-final spot.
Afghanistan, on the other hand, are already out of contention of sealing the last-four berth. However, the Gulbadin Naib-led side will play for pride and look to seal their first win of the tournament when they lock horns with Pakistan.
Here are the two squads:
Pakistan: Sarfaraz Ahmed (c, wk), Asif Ali, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Afridi, Mohammad Amir, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Hasnain, Imam-ul-Haq, Shadab Khan, Shoaib Malik, Wahab Riaz, Haris Sohail, Imad Wasim, Fakhar Zaman
Afghanistan: Gulbadin Naib (c), Noor Ali Zadran, Hazratullah Zazai, Rahmat Shah (wk), Asghar Afghan, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Najibullah Zadran, Samiullah Shinwari, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Dawlat Zadran, Aftab Alam, Hamid Hassan, Mujeeb ur Rahman, Ikram Ali Khil