The cricket arena is set to witness a thrilling clash as Afghanistan prepare to take on Pakistan in the second ODI which is set to take place at the Mahinda Rajapaksa. international cricket Stadium in Sri Lanka.
The hosts face a critical moment, with this game being their last chance to stage a return to the series after a loss in the opener. Pakistan, meanwhile, are looking to boost their confidence with a winning streak as they look ahead to the Asian Cup, which kicks off on August 30.
The backdrop to Pakistan’s colossal 142-point triumph in the series opener adds a layer of anticipation to the competition ahead. With a current 1-0 series lead, the Pakistani side are keen to seal their dominance.
The first ODI saw Pakistan rack up a total of 201, led by Imam ul Haq’s impressive 61 runs and Shadab Khan’s contribution of 39 runs. The Afghan bowlers, however, displayed commendable performances, with Mujeeb ur Rehman securing three wickets, while Mohammad Nabi and Rashid Khan took two each.
The Afghan batting unit faced a severe test and eventually crumbled, reaching a meager 59 points in response. Only Gurbaz and Azmatullah have managed to cross the double digit mark. Haris Rauf emerged as the star performer, claiming an impeccable 5-wicket run.
As both sides prepare for the upcoming duel, Pakistan are eager to tighten their grip on the series, while Afghanistan are determined to turn the tide in their favor. With an expected contest brewing, cricket fans can expect a thrilling showdown between the teams.
Afghanistan vs Pakistan: when and how to watch?
For those keen to follow the action live, the 2nd ODI Afghanistan vs Pakistan will be shown on Sony Ten 3 channel. Fans can also enjoy the live stream of the match on FanCode. The match is scheduled to start at 3 p.m. (IST), with the draw taking place half an hour before the start of proceedings. All eyes are on this encounter as cricket aficionados await another exhilarating chapter in this ODI series.
Updated: Aug 24, 2023, 1:59 PM IST