Pakistan avoided a huge shock to keep their chances of reaching the semi-finals of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 alive with a nervy three-wicket win over Afghanistan at the Headingley cricket ground in Leeds on Saturday.
Afghanistan looked on course for their first victory of the tournament as Pakistan fell to 156 for six chasing a total of 228, but unbeaten 49 from Imad Wasim saw the Men in Green over the line with two balls to spare.
Earlier, Afghanistan off-spinner Mohammad Nabi took two quick wickets to slow Pakistan’s progress in the match.
A third straight victory for Pakistan would see them leapfrog England and move into fourth place in the points table after a poor start to the tournament.
Here’s how Twitter reacted:
Gulbadin … !!!!!!! Wtf ….
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) June 29, 2019
Legend says the Afghan is full of heart & grit. Never goes down without a fight. This World Cup has shown us that. Great performances by the team. I hope they get a lot more opportunities at the international stage & evolve as one of the top international teams. #PAKVAFG #CWC19
— Suresh Raina🇮🇳 (@ImRaina) June 29, 2019
Kya baat hai @WahabViki aur @simadwasim bhai. Kya baat hai. We and the entire country are proud of the way you handled pressure today. #Yakeen rakho Pakistan, keep praying, keep supporting, you are the 12th man, you give us hope. #WeHaveWeWill #PakistanZindabad pic.twitter.com/VUn19oRsgU
— Shadab Khan (@76Shadabkhan) June 29, 2019
Heart still beating as fast as i've just bowled a 100 mph over.
In the end, barely managed to cross the line. Imad took responsibility & won it in the end, Shaheen going strong.
One step closer.
We need to continue supporting Afghanistan cricket as Pakistanis.#PAKvsAFG #CWC19
— Shoaib Akhtar (@shoaib100mph) June 29, 2019
— Russel Arnold (@RusselArnold69) June 29, 2019
Congratulations to team 🇵🇰 really a good win under extreme pressure excellent winning knock @simadwasim & that huge six by @WahabViki that really turned the match @TheRealPCB good boys keep going like this.Hard luck @ACBofficials you gave tough time.
— Kamran Akmal (@KamiAkmal23) June 29, 2019
— R P Singh रुद्र प्रताप सिंह (@rpsingh) June 29, 2019
Afghanistan had the game firmly in their hands till the 46th over with Pakistan needing 46 from 5. A tactical blunder by the captain to get himself on along with missing out on a DRS lbw of Imad due to a poor appeal earlier has cost them the match. Well played Imad #PAKvAFG
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) June 29, 2019
— Vinay Kumar R (@Vinay_Kumar_R) June 29, 2019
— Salman Butt (@im_SalmanButt) June 29, 2019
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) June 29, 2019
— Hemang Badani (@hemangkbadani) June 29, 2019
— Israr Ahmed Hashmi (@IamIsrarHashmi) June 29, 2019
— Sampath Bandarupalli (@SampathStats) June 29, 2019
Congratulations Pakistan. What a nail biting match it was.
Well played Afghanistan.
Well done boys 👍#WeHaveWeHill
— Mir Hamza (@mirhamza_k) June 29, 2019
Ye Gulbadin Naib Afghanistan ki taraf se khel rha tha ya pakistan ki taraf se …..#PakvsAfg
— Deepak Vishwakarma (@deepak_7879) June 29, 2019
Remember the name – Gulbadin Naib 😂🙏#PAKvsAFG
— Jugnu (@Jugnu09) June 29, 2019
— Deepak Naik (@RedDevile) June 29, 2019