Match Tied (Royal Challengers Bangalore win one-over eliminator)
In a must-win game against Afghanistan, Pakistan overcame a lot of horrors to keep their World Cup hopes alive. The 36th game of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 tournament witnessed Afghanistan winning the toss and batting first. While they didn’t get a huge score, but 228 on a track which assisted spin was always going to test the boys in green.
Pakistan did receive a couple of healthy partnerships but the chaos in mid of their batting installed the spirited Afghan team in a strong position. However, the cool head of Imad Wasim and the commitment of Wahab Riaz was enough to tackle a precarious situation.
After losing captain Sarfaraz Ahmed via a needless run-out, Pakistan was pushed against the wall at 156-6. However, the 30-year old wasn’t ready to give up as he first formed a 50-run partnership with Shadab to put the green team back in the game and then aced the chase with an unbeaten 30-run stand partnering with Wahab to give Pakistan an incredible victory.
As if the relationship tensions between the two countries weren’t enough, statement of Afghan Cricket Board’s CEO spiced up the contest. Moreover, Afghan fans’ violent behavior in the stadium further exacerbated the situation. This brought the emotional side of Pakistani people in front who celebrated the victory in no uncertain terms. Without any surprises, Twitter was on fire as shots were fired against Afghanistan.