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'A great win' – Sarfaraz hails Pakistan's victory over Afghanistan

Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed termed his side's three-wicket victory over Afghanistan as ‘a great win’ despite a thrilling last-over finish at Leeds.

Imad Wasim's unbeaten 49 ensured Pakistan still remain in contention for the semi-finals after collapsing to 156-6 when chasing 228.

Fans then ran onto the pitch in after the winning runs were struck by Imad Wasim off Gulbadin Naib’s bowling.

There were also ugly scenes throughout the match when police had to intervene after violent clashes between the two supporters outside the ground.

"It is a great win for us on not an easy pitch," said Sarfaraz. "We know it was not an easy target. Their bowlers used the conditions very well. Everyone chipped in, it was good team work."

Pakistan had a poor start to the tournament with just one win from their opening five matches but they have made a strong comeback, winning three matches in succession to leapfrog hosts England into fourth place.

"We all know that it is not easy to win our last four games, we go match by match," added Sarfaraz, whose side face Bangladesh in their final group game. We will all be watching India v England tomorrow."

Afghanistan captain Gulbadin Naib regretted bringing himself on to bowl at the death.

"It was bad luck," said Gulbadin. "It was very difficult for Pakistan to chase that total on a turning wicket. It was the turning point."

Imad admitted he had targeted Gulbadin after struggling to score at a fast rate against quality Afghan spinners.

"Gulbadin was the only one who could be targeted," he said. "They have world-class spinners so we attacked him.”