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Pakistan got thrill of wining WC beating Afghanistan!

Kriralok Desk:

`Hum toh dubbe hai sanam, tujhe bhi leke dubenge,’ (We’ve already drowned darling, we’ll take you along) said the Afghan skipper a few days back before the match against Bangdesh, But in the match Afghans couldn’t make any competition with the Tigers. But their roar was up against neighboring Pakistan and almost done the task. But an amazing innings from Imad Wasim gave Pakistan the thrill of winning the World Cup title.

Pakistan kept their nerve to avoid a huge shock on Saturday, beating a spirited Afghan side by three wickets with just two balls to spare to keep their World Cup semi-final hopes alive.

All-rounder Imad Wasim hit Afghanistan skipper Gulbadin Naib for a boundary through the covers to seal the win off the fourth ball of the last over, prompting a pitch invasion.

Pakistan, chasing a modest 228-run target, were in grave danger at 156 for six but man-of-the-match Imad (49 not out) and Shadab Khan (11) put on 50 for the seventh wicket to revive their hopes.

The win lifts Pakistan into fourth place in the 10-team table, above hosts England after a poor start to the tournament.

Pakistan were in deep trouble when their captain Sarfaraz Ahmed was run out for 18 while taking a unnecessary second run, leaving Pakistan needing 72 off the last eleven overs.

They took 18 off Naib in the 46th over, which brought the target down to a manageable 28 off four overs.

Shadhab was run out for 11 with the score on 206 but Wahab Riaz (15 not out) and Imad saw Pakistan home and condemned plucky Afghanistan to an eighth consecutive defeat.

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