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Pakistan will likely be having a golden alternative to take the number one ODI spot from Australia forward of the Asia Cup 2023. When the Babar Azam-led aspect takes on Afghanistan within the third and closing ODI match on Saturday, it might be a passageway for them to maneuver to the number one spot from quantity 2. Currently, each Pakistan and Australia have a ranking of 118 every to their credit score, however the latter crew’s higher total factors have helped it develop into the numero uno. However, if Pakistan handle to beat Afghanistan within the sport on Saturday it would take their ranking over to that of Australia. Since, ranking is the primary criterion of rating, the general factors couldn’t play any position as soon as Pakistan win the sport and enhance their ranking.
While Pakistan received the primary sport of the collection towards Afghanistan with a snug margin of 142 runs, the second match was a decent battle by which the Babar Azam and firm in some way managed to finish up on the successful aspect.
Number ten batter Naseem Shah hit a boundary off the penultimate supply to present Pakistan a dramatic one-wicket win over a luckless Afghanistan within the second ODI at Hambantota on Thursday. The 20-year-old miscued a boundary off quick bowler Fazalhaq Farooqi and ran jubilantly in direction of the dressing room as Pakistan scored 11 off the ultimate over to complete with 302 for 9 in 49.5 overs. The victory gave Pakistan an unassailable 2-0 lead within the three-match collection with the final sport in Colombo.
Pakistan’s late surge within the sport overshadowed Afghanistan opener Rahmanullah Gurbaz’s career-best run-a-ball 151 that lifted his crew to 300 for five of their 50 overs.
(With AFP Inputs)
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