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Rauf’s 5-18 helps Pakistan beat Afghanistan by 142 runs

Updated on: 23 August,2023 08:39 AM IST  |  Hambantota
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The victory gives Pakistan a 1-0 lead in the three-match series—the first bilateral between the two nations—with the remaining matches in Colombo on Thursday and Saturday

Rauf’s 5-18 helps Pakistan beat Afghanistan by 142 runs

Haris Rauf celebrates Ikram Alikhil’s wicket in Hambantota yesterday. Pic/AFP

Fiery pacer Haris Rauf led a pace assault on Afghanistan with a career-best five-wicket haul to give Pakistan a thumping 142-run victory in the first one-day international in Sri Lanka’s Hambantota on Tuesday. 


Rauf’s shattering 5-18 in 6.2 overs forced Afghanistan to their second-lowest ODI totals of 59 in a staggering 19.2 overs after Pakistan were bowled out for 201 in 47.1 overs. 


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The victory gives Pakistan a 1-0 lead in the three-match series—the first bilateral between the two nations—with the remaining matches in Colombo on Thursday and Saturday. 

Rauf carried on the demolition act after fellow fast bowler Shaheen Shah Afridi had removed Ibrahim Zadran (0) and Rahmat Shah (0) off successive deliveries in the third over. It was 3-4 when Naseem Shah dismissed Afghanistan skipper Hashmatullah Shahidi, also without scoring, before passing the baton to Rauf. 

Rauf grabbed wickets of Ikram Alikhil (four), top scorer Rahmanullah Gurbaz (18), Mohammad Nabi (seven), Rashid Khan (nought) and Mujeeb Ur Rahman (four) to complete the rout.

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