Pakistan’s WC campaign was kicked off in the first warmup against Afghanistan. Sarfaraz won the toss and opted to bat first against the aggressive Afghan side.
Fakhar and Imam started the innings for Pakistan, and both showed some aggressive intent by adding 47. Hamid Hassan got the better of Imam for 32, while Fakhar made 19 and Harris was undone for a duck by Nabi, with Pakistan struggling at 65-3. Hafeez and Babar tried to held the innings together by adding 35, as Hafeez was dismissed by Rashid for 12. Babar continued his good form as he raced to his half century off 52 balls, and his composed ton came off 101 balls, while Malik contributed with his valient 44. Sarfraz made 13, while Imad made 18, as Pakistan were bowled out on 262. Babar remained the pick of the batsman with 112 off 108 balls. Nabi picked up 46-3.
Chasing a stiff total of 263, Hazratullah and Shahzad provided a blistering opening stand, as Hazratullah smoked Shaheen for 5 boundaries. The pair put on 80, in 11 overs as Shadab provided breakthrough by dismissing Zazai for 49. Wahab dismissed Rahmat for 32. Hashmat and Samiullah got together for the 3rd wicket stand and added runs easily 60 runs. Samiullah and Asghar Afghan were undone by Imad, as Pakistan sensed a thriller. Nabi’s sensible knock of 34, took Afghanistan home in a thrilling finish. Wahab picked up 46-3.