Afghanistan continues to be the giant killers of the 2023 Cricket World Cup, securing their second significant upset by defeating Pakistan. This win was particularly special as it marked Afghanistan’s first-ever victory over Pakistan in ODI cricket, breaking a streak of seven consecutive losses.
Chasing a target of 283, Afghanistan’s top-order batsmen were exceptional in their pursuit. Ibrahim Zadran played a pivotal role with his 87, setting a strong foundation for the run chase. Rahmat Shah’s unbeaten 77 and captain Hashmatullah Shahidi’s 48 not out ensured that Afghanistan reached their target with six balls to spare. This win now places Afghanistan on the same footing as Pakistan in the group stage, with both teams having secured two victories and suffered three defeats. Afghanistan’s remarkable performance against top-tier teams like England and Pakistan highlights their growing potential in international cricket. They’ve become a team to watch in the tournament and have certainly enhanced their reputation as a competitive and unpredictable side.
Afghanistan vs Pakistan ODI Head to Head Records
On February 10, 2012, Afghanistan faced Pakistan in an ODI match for the first time held in Sharjah. In this contest, Pakistan emerged victorious by a margin of 7 wickets. Afghanistan batted first, setting a target for Pakistan to chase. However, Pakistan’s batsmen successfully reached the target, demonstrating their dominance in the match. This outcome marked one of Pakistan’s wins in their series against Afghanistan in ODI cricket. It was a significant moment in the early stages of Afghanistan’s cricketing journey, facing a formidable opponent like Pakistan on the international stage. Pakistan’s ODI cricket team achieved a remarkable streak of victories over Afghanistan, defeating them in seven consecutive encounters over the years. This streak showcased Pakistan’s consistent and dominant performance against their Afghan counterparts in one-day international matches, establishing a sense of cricketing superiority.
Overall AFG vs PAK Head to Head in ODI Cricket
|Team 1||Team 2||Winner||Margin||Ground||Match Date|
|Afghanistan||Pakistan||Pakistan||7 wickets||Sharjah||Feb 10, 2012|
|Afghanistan||Pakistan||Pakistan||72 runs||Fatullah||Feb 27, 2014|
|Afghanistan||Pakistan||Pakistan||3 wickets||Abu Dhabi||Sep 21, 2018|
|Afghanistan||Pakistan||Pakistan||3 wickets||Leeds||Jun 29, 2019|
|Afghanistan||Pakistan||Pakistan||142 runs||Hambantota||Aug 22, 2023|
|Afghanistan||Pakistan||Pakistan||1 wicket||Hambantota||Aug 24, 2023|
|Afghanistan||Pakistan||Pakistan||59 runs||Colombo (RPS)||Aug 26, 2023|
|Afghanistan||Pakistan||Afghanistan||8 wickets||Chennai||Oct 23, 2023|
Afghanistan vs Pakistan Head to Head in ODI World Cup 2023
The contrast between the outcomes of the two meetings in the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup is striking. In the previous ODI World Cup in 2019, Pakistan secured a hard-fought victory against Afghanistan, winning by 3 wickets in a thrilling match, continuing their dominance in head-to-head matches. However, in the most recent encounter during the 2023 World Cup, Afghanistan emerged victorious for the first time, beating Pakistan comprehensively by 8 wickets, marking a historic moment for Afghan cricket. In the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup, Afghanistan and Pakistan have now played two matches against each other with both winning once. While Pakistan dominated their head-to-head encounters in the previous ODI World Cup, Afghanistan turned the tables with a historic victory in the 2023 World Cup.
|ODI World Cup||Winner||Margin||Venue||Year|
|2019||Pakistan||3 wickets||Leeds||Jun 29, 2019|
|2023||Afghanistan||8 wickets||Chennai||Oct 23, 2023|
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