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Afghanistan beats Pakistan in second T20I & make history

Afghanistan National Cricket Team registered an inspiring seven wicket victory against Pakistan in the second T20 international, to claim a historic series win. Electing to bat, Pakistan again disappointed with the bat as they finished on a below-par 130/6 in their 20 overs. The Afghan champions by playing well achieved the respective goal with Najibullah Zadran’s four in the last over of the game. The only batsman from Pakistan was Imad Wasim, who remained unbeaten until the end of the game and scored 64 runs, but the captain Shadab Khan managed to score 32 runs. Fazalhaq Farooqi, Afghanistan fast bowler made the dose in a sensational first over, sending down a double wicket maiden to begin proceedings, while Naween ul Haq, Rashid Khan and Karim Janat sent down one each accordingly. From the Afghanistan side, opener Rahmanullah Gurbaz topscored with 44 runs, Ibrahim Zadran scored 38 runs and Najib Zadran by 23 runs and Mohammad Nabi by scoring 14 runs achieved the goal in the last over of the game. This is Afghanistan’s first-ever series win against Pakistan. Rahmanullah Gurbaz was named as the energetic, while Fazalhaq Farooqi named as the man of the game. Afghanistan among the teams with full members managed after West Indies, Bangladesh, Zimbabwe and Ireland to defeat Pakistan 2-0 in T20 series. After Afghanistan registered the victory against Pakistan, most Afghans expressed happiness and marked the victory in some provinces of the country. The Islamic Emirate leadership has also congratulated the country’s cricket team’s victory against Pakistan to all Afghans. Deputy Prime Minister for Political Affairs Mawlavi Abdul Kabir, in a message, has said that the cricket victory has shown that Afghans have the ability to go ahead with limited possibilities. He added that the Islamic Emirate was supporting the country’s national cricket team and was making further efforts to improve their abilities, wishing them further success in the future. Also, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Emirate Shir Mohammad Abbas Stanekzai congratulated the recent great and historic victory of the country’s cricket team against Pakistan. Meanwhile, Suhail Shaheen, Head of the Political Office of the Islamic Emirate to Qatar, also in a message congratulated to Rashid Khan, Naseeb Zadran, Mirwais Ashraf and all the champions of the country’s national cricket team and to the Afghan people for winning the T20I cricket series against Pakistan. Also, head of Afghanistan National Television Ahmadullah Wasiq, the IEA consul to UAE Abdul Rahman Fida, chief of army staff Qari Fasihuddin Fitrat, deputy minister of publications for information and culture Muhajir Farahi and acting minister of public health Dr. Qalandar Ebad congratulated the cricket victory against Pakistan to all Afghans. Rashid Khan, Afghanistan Cricket Team captain, in a message congratulated the cricket victory against Pakistan to all Afghans. “I am proud I led my country’s team in this victory,” Khan  said, thanking all Afghans for their prayers and support. Mohammad Nabi, the cricket world’s President, has also congratulated  the victory to all Afghans. “I am very happy that we have defeated Pakistan in the second game in a row and we have won the historic series under the name of Afghanistan. I’m really honored to be part of the team’s victories against Pakistan,” Nabi said, wishing for further success. After winning the game, Mirwais Ashraf, the head of the Afghanistan Cricket Board, said: “Tomorrow, all Afghan players will receive the latest iPhone model.  Besides, $3,000 will be grantedto each of the 15 players of the squad, $2,000 to each of the reserve players and $1,000 to the admin staff”.  It is worth mentioning that a number of Afghans have asked the Afghanistan Cricket Board through social media that the bats of Mohammad Nabi and Najib Zadran, who won the match against Pakistan, should be placed in the museum. Pamir Watanwal

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The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.