ICC World Cup 2019: Match 36, Pakistan vs Afghanistan – Best Memes from the Match

ICC World Cup 2019: Match 36, Pakistan vs Afghanistan – Best Memes from the Match

Imad Wasim absorbed the pressure and took Pakistan to number four in the table, above hosts England.

Imad Wasim
Imad Wasim. (Photo Source: Twitter)

The Headingley in Leeds was a witness to an absolute thriller between Pakistan and Afghanistan. It was a pretty low scoring affair, but had a number of twists and turns. Eventually, the Men in Green, led by Sarfaraz Ahmed didn’t succumb to the pressure and won the match by three wickets with one ball to spare. With their third successive victory, Pakistan is straining every muscle to keep themselves alive in the World Cup.

On a slow and low deck, the Afghans managed 227 in their 50 overs. The start wasn’t a great one for them as Shaheen Shah Afridi got rid of Gulbadin Naib and Hashmatullah Shahidi, who got a golden duck, in the fifth over. A few overs later, Rahmat Shah (35) became Imad Wasim’s first wicket of the mega event. But Asghar Afghan (42) played some scorching strokes and injected some much-needed momentum into the innings.

However Shadab Khan castled him to again put the Afghans on the backfoot. Ikram Ali Khil was promoted to number four and he got a pain-staking 66-ball 24 before falling prey to Wasim. Thereafter, Najibullah Zadran put his head down to score a handy 42 off 54 with the help of six boundaries that took his team to the respectable score. For Pakistan, Shaheen finished with four wickets. Wahab Riaz also got a couple of scalps.

Imad-ness scripts victory for Pakistan

The run-chase didn’t start on a happy note for Pakistan as Mujeeb Ur Rahman removed Fakhar Zaman for a duck. Imam-ul-Haq (36) and Babar Azam (45) steadied the ship with a stand of 71 runs off 89 balls. Mohammad Nabi had other ideas and he dismissed both batters off consecutive overs to light up Afghanistan’s hopes. Mohammad Hafeez (19) and Haris Sohail (27) got out and the pressure was right back on the Pakistan team.

The Afghan spinners started dictating terms and the opposition batsmen felt the heat. But with 46 runs needed off five overs, Gulbadin Naib conceded 18 runs to hand the Men in Green the edge. The onus was on Imad to take his team over the finishing line. In the last over, Gulbadin had the chance to make amends, defending six in the last over, but he couldn’t. In the end, Imad scored 49 off 54 and saved the day for Pakistan.

Here are the best memes of the humdinger in Leeds: