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Saim Ayub, Ihsanullah sparkle for young Pakistan to avert Afghanistan whitewash

Pakistan 182 for 7 (Ayub 49, Mujeeb 2-28) beat Afghanistan 116 all out (Shadab 3-13, Ihsanullah 3-29) by 66 runs

A much-improved batting efficiency and a usually scientific exhibiting with the ball noticed Pakistan keep away from the ignominy of only a third T20I sequence whitewash, easing to victory over Afghanistan by 66 runs. Afghanistan had been by no means in critical pursuit of the 182 Pakistan put up, crumbling to 116 all out in response.

Afghanistan received the toss, that means Pakistan needed to bat first for the third successive sport, and the guests quickly bumped into bother in Sharjah, simply as they’d within the earlier two video games. The spin of Mujeeb-ur Rehman and Mohammad Nabi removed Mohammad Haris and Tayyab Tahir, however Saim Ayub and Abdullah Shafique struck again with a counterattacking partnership that swung the momentum Pakistan’s means. The 20-ball 35-run stand set the template for Pakistan to proceed attacking, with Saim, who fell only one in need of a 50, forming the spine for the most effective a part of the innings.

Iftikhar Ahmed and Shadab Khan took over from there, going after every bowler as Afghanistan misplaced their self-discipline barely. Seventy-four runs got here off the ultimate seven overs as Pakistan posted what was, by a long way, the very best whole of the sequence.

Any reasonable prospects of a profitable chase depended closely on Rahmanullah Gurbaz and a quick begin, however Imad Wasim, Zaman Khan and Ihsanullah ensured it would not be forthcoming. Debutant Sediqullah Atal limped to a 19-ball 11, whereas Ihsanullah cleaned up Gurbaz within the Powerplay. A quick stand between Mohammad Nabi and Usman Ghani apart, resistance was scarce, and as soon as Ihsanullah returned, it was snuffed out. A wicket bouncer left Najibullah Zadran bleeding and retired damage as Karim Janat was dismissed first ball, whereas a double-strike from Shadab – which included his one hundredth T20I wicket – ended any Afghan hopes for victory.

Saim, Shafique take Afghanistan on

When two wickets fell early, the sample for an additional innings the place Afghanistan stifled an inexperienced Pakistan batting line-up was set. But Saim, who has struggled this sequence, and Shafique who final scored a T20I run three years and 5 innings in the past, opted for belligerence over warning. Saim clobbered Mujeeb over the on facet to set the tone, whereas Shafique took on Fareed Ahmed within the closing Powerplay over to propel Pakistan to 52, their highest six-over rating of the sequence. Nabi acquired the identical therapy from Shafique even after the Powerplay ended, and although Rashid Khan cleaned him up the next over, that temporary passage of play had swung the competition Pakistan’s means. There was even time to spoil an unbeaten 17.5 over boundary-less stint from Rashid, when Saim deposited a full toss from the legspinner over cow nook.

Shadab Khan’s golden day trip

Shadab hasn’t had the most effective weekend, skippering Pakistan to their first worldwide defeats in opposition to Afghanistan. Some of the captaincy selections had been questionable, and the decision to bat first within the second sport after Afghanistan had romped to a simple chase within the first drew appreciable fireplace. It was all compounded by post-match remarks about lacking Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan that may’t have helped their younger top-order replacements really feel too flash about themselves.

But Monday introduced a type of irresistible Shadab performances that throw into sharp aid what an exceptional cricketer the he’s. A priceless death-overs cameo that noticed him smash a 17-ball 28 took Pakistan properly above par on this floor, guaranteeing they carried the momentum with them on the changeover. He was equally spectacular with ball in hand, too, there to strike the telling blows at totally different levels of the innings. Ibrahim Zadran was crushed within the flight in his first over, earlier than a double-strike in his third put paid to Ghani and Mujeeb, giving him his one hundredth and a hundred and first wickets within the course of. His figures of 4-0-13-3 did not flatter him within the least.

Ihsanullah brings the warmth

Different Pakistani quick bowler, similar intimidating outcomes. Ihsanullah hit the heights which have nearly turn into second nature to him over the previous six weeks, however a microcosm of all that he brings to this facet was on show in a scintillating eleventh over. His tempo properly into the excessive 140s kph and the asking price rising, a suicidal run introduced concerning the run-out of Nabi, with new man Najibullah coming into on strike. By now, Ihsanullah had begun to favour a shorter size and a devilish first ball had the batter fending at one which deflected off the bat straight into the unprotected jawline. The blood gushed as Najibullah was pressured off, needing a concussion substitute in Azmatullah Omarzai. But Ihsanullah wasn’t going to go gentle. A equally brutish supply first as much as Janat was spliced into the air for Haris to take an easy catch, earlier than Rashid acquired out of the best way of a 145kph bouncer. For now, it wasn’t about run-scoring, however primary self-preservation.

Danyal Rasool is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo. @Danny61000



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