Sharjah: After the historic win against England, Pakistan beat Afghanistan by seven wickets, with Younus Khan unbeaten at 70 and skipper Misbahul Haq at 40 in the only day- night International at Sharjah Cricket stadium on Friday.
According to detail all-rounder Shahid Afridi took five wickets while Younis Khan and Imran Farhat both hit half-centuries as Pakistan win against new minnows Afghanistan.
Afridi claimed 5-36 as Afghanistan were bowled out for 195 in 48.3 overs before Younis hit an unbeaten 70 and Farhat made 52 to help Pakistan reach their modest target in 37.1 overs in the first-ever one-dayer between the two countries.
Despite the loss, Afghanistan still put up an inspired display at Sharjah Stadium, justifying their rise in international cricket which saw them win the right to play one-dayers in 2009.
Younis, who hit 10 boundaries off 65 balls, added 57 for the third wicket with Farhat after paceman Dawlat Zardan dismissed opener Mohammad Hafeez (eight) and Asad Shafiq (20) in his first five overs to leave Pakistan at 42-2.
Even after Farhat’s dismissal to spinner Samiullah Shinwari, Yonuis continued to excel, adding an unbeaten 99 with skipper Misbah-ul Haq, who scored 40 not out with three fours and two sixes, for the fourth wicket.
Misbah said Afghanistan surprised him with their spirit.
“I am really happy with the spirit of the Afghanistan players,” said Misbah. “There were times in the match when they put us on the back foot and that was expected, so we did well to win in the end.”
Afghanistan captain Nawroz Mangal said his team put up a satisfactory show.