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Afghanistan secures final spot with four-wicket victory over Pakistan in 19th Asian Games

Afghanistanís Fareed Ahmad (2nd R) celebrates with teammates after the dismissal of Pakistan's Rohail Nazir (R) during the 2022 Asian Games menís second semi-final cricket match between Pakistan and Afghanistan in Hangzhou in China's eastern Zhejiang province on October 6, 2023. (Photo by Ishara S. KODIKARA / AFP)

Afghanistan secured a four-wicket victory over Pakistan in the 19th Asian Games Men’s Cricket second semi-final, which took place at the Zhejiang University of Technology Cricket Field in Hangzhou, China, on a Friday. After being put into bat first, Pakistan’s innings concluded with a total of 115 runs in 18 overs. Afghanistan successfully chased down the target in 17.5 overs. Omar Yousuf top-scored for Pakistan with 24 runs off 19 balls, including 2 boundaries and 1 six. He was followed by Aamir Jamal, who contributed 14 runs off 11 balls with 1 four and 1 six, Arafat Minhas with 13 runs off 14 balls with 1 four, and Rohail Nazir with 10 runs off 15 balls with 1 six. Pacer Fareed Ahmed was the standout bowler for Afghanistan, securing three wickets while conceding 15 runs in his three overs. Spinners Qais Ahmed and Zahir Khan also claimed two wickets each. In response, Afghanistan reached their target with 13 balls to spare, largely thanks to Noor Ali Zadran’s 39 runs off 33 balls, featuring 4 boundaries and 2 sixes, and Gulbaddin Naib’s unbeaten 26 runs off 19 balls, which included 1 four and 3 sixes. Pakistan’s spinners had some success during Afghanistan’s innings, with Qasim Akram and Sufiyan Muqeem each taking a wicket, while Usman Qadir and Arafat Minhas secured two wickets each. Pakistan is set to face Bangladesh in the bronze medal match at the same venue tomorrow, beginning at 0600 local time. Muqset

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The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.