The Afghan team may have lost the second game of the three-game ODI series to Pakistan, but the Asian team won hearts again. After only completing 59 runs in the first ODI, this team made a great comeback in the second ODI. The Pakistani bowlers, who defeated the Afghan team within 60 points in the last game, failed to concede wickets for 39.4 overs here. Afghan openers Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Ibrahim Zadran battled for 39.5 overs and added 227 runs for the first wicket. Wicket-keeper-batsman Gurbaj, 21, hit a record-breaking 151 of 151 balls. He broke many records in that inning. One of these was the recording of MS Dhoni.
Let us tell you that no other wicket-keeper-batsman has hit 150 runs before against Pakistan. While MS Dhoni previously played an inning of 148 runs as wicketkeeper against Pakistan in Visakhapatnam in 2005. This was the highest score for any wicket-keeper batsman in ODIs against Pakistan, now surpassed by the Afghan cricketer in 18 years. Overall it is the sixth highest score in ODI cricket against Pakistan.
ODI top score against Pakistan
- Virat Kohli (India) – 183
- David Warner (Australia) – 179
- Alex Hales (England) – 171
- Brian Lara (West Indies) – 156
- Aaron Finch (Australia) – 153
- Rahmanullah Gurbaz (Afghanistan) – 151
Gurbaj’s innings were in vain
Gurbaj played an excellent inning and took the team’s score to 300, but his innings were in vain. In this match, Afghanistan won the toss and chose to bat. First, the Afghan team scored 300 runs, losing 5 wickets in 50 overs. Rahmanullah Gurbaz played a record-breaking innings of 151 runs for Afghanistan. This was the Afghan team’s highest score against Pakistan. Before that he hadn’t even crossed the mark of 260 runs until today. In response, Pakistan won the thriller by 1 wicket in 49.5 overs thanks to Babar’s 53, Imam-ul-Haq’s 91 and Shadab Khan’s 35-ball 48. As in the 2022 Asian Cup, Naseem Shah revived memories of vor in the final round a year by giving Pakistan a win over Afghanistan.