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AFG vs PAK: Shadab Khan was not a happy man after his team lost to the Afghanistan cricket team in the first and second T20I.
The Afghans pulled off a spectacular performance in the first and second T20I. As a result, they were able to win the first T20I by six wickets. On the other hand, Afghans won the second T20I by seven wickets.
The Afghanistan cricket team are just a win away from inflicting a 3-0 whitewash on Pakistan in the T20I series. It remains to be seen how the Pakistan cricket team will respond in the dead rubber.
Afghanistan already won the series by 2-0, with one more game to go. The third and final T20I will be played on March 27 at Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah.
Batting first, the Pakistan cricket team posted 130/6 in their designated quota of 20 overs. In reply, Afghanistan chased down the target with one ball to spare.
The Afghans won the game by seven wickets. They drew plaudits for turning up the heat against the top side and deservedly won the series.
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In reality, Shadab Khan-led Pakistan were completely taken aback by Afghanistan’s performances in the T20I series. Pakistan underestimated the opposition and it backfired them.
Afghanistan cricket team beat the Pakistan cricket team by seven wickets in the second T20I. With this win, the Afghanistan cricket team secured a historic T20I series win over Pakistan.
Meanwhile, stand-in Pakistan captain Shadab Khan feels plenty of positives will come from his team’s series loss to the Afghanistan cricket team.
“People criticise Babar and Rizwan regardless of whether they perform or not. There is always a sword hanging over them of strike rate. As a nation, we wanted youngsters to come in international cricket, as they were performing in PSL (Pakistan Super League), so we thought they would play with a better strike rate,” Shadab Khan said.
“But finally, our nation will realise that experience matters and our seniors didn’t get the respect they deserved considering their performances. So after this series, they will get a lot more respect from media and the nation,” Shadab Khan added.
“When you lose three wickets in the powerplay, you lose 70 percent of the games…the young players were nervous. They are playing for the first time for Pakistan, but we have to back them. Our motive for this series was to check out talented young players and we have to back them in the future,” Shadab Khan said.
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