Pakistan will lock horns with Afghanistan in the third match of the ODI series. Afghanistan were so close in the previous match to get their first-ever ODI win against Pakistan, but it wasn’t to be. Afghanistan posted 300 in the first innings and Pakistan were cruising in the chase at 170/1 but a heap of wickets fell and Afghanistan were back in the contest. Needing 11 of the last over, Shadab was run out at the non striker end but as Naseem Shah got them past the line with a boundary with 3 runs needed of 2 balls.
When: 26 August, 3:00 PM IST
Where: Mahinda Rajapaksa Stadium, Hambantota
TV Channel, Live Streaming: Eurosport
The surface here will be a balanced one with good help for spinners and the average first innings score here is 254. In the previous match Afghanistan took 8 wickets with their spin trio while Pakistan took 8 wickets with the pacers. So there will be something in it for everyone and batting will be challenging.
Ibrahim Zadran Stats in ODI
|Matches Played||Runs||Last 5 performance||Batting Average||S/R|
|16||829||80, 0, 1, 100, 41||59||85|
Rashid Khan Stats in ODI
|Matches Played||Wickets||Last 5 performance||Last 4 performance vs Pakistan||Bowling Average|
|91||169||0/53, 2/42, 2/28, 2/21, 0/21||0/53, 2/42, 1/50, 3/46||18.6|
Babar Azam Stats in ODI
|Matches Played||Runs||Last 5 performance||Last 4 performance vs Afghanistan||Batting Average|
|102||5142||53, 0, 1, 107, 54||53, 0, 45, 66||58|
Shaheen Afridi Stats in ODI
|Matches Played||Wickets||Last 5 performance||Last 4 performance vs Afghanistan||Bowling Average|
|38||74||2/58, 2/9, 3/46, 1/34, 2/53||2/58, 2/9, 4/47, 2/38||23.4|
Wicket-keepers: R Gurbaz
Batsmen: Babar Azam, I Zadran, Imam ul Haq, Fakhar Zaman
All-rounder: Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nabi
Bowlers: Shaheen Afridi, Haris Rauf, Rashid Khan, Mujeeb
Captain, Vice Captain for Small League, Head-to-Head contests: Babar Azam, Rashid Khan
Captain, Vice Captain for Grand League: Shaheen Afridi, Ibrahim Zadran
Pakistan are expected to win this match
Pakistan and Afghanistan have faced each other in 6 matches in ODI. Out of these 6 games, Pakistan have won 6 whereas Afghanistan are yet to win a game.
Afghanistan were bowled out for just 59 in the opening match it is their second-lowest total in ODIs
Afghanistan scored 300 runs for the first time against Pakistan in the previous match.
If Pakistan manage to win this series 3-0 they will move to the top of the ODI rankings. They are currently leading the series 2-0.
Afghanistan took all 10 wickets of Pakistan for the first time in this format in the opening match.
Mujeeb became the only spinner to dismiss Babar Azam for a duck in ODIs.