Babar Azam after Pakistan’s loss against Afghanistan in Cricket World Cup 2023© AFP
Former England cricket team skipper Michael Vaughan took to social media to brutally troll Pakistan following their shocking defeat against Afghanistan in the Cricket World Cup 2023 in Chennai on Monday. Pakistan were completely outplayed by Afghanistan who chased down the 284-run target with three batters scoring half-centuries after a brilliant show from spinner Noor Ahmad. Vaughan referred to Pakistan team director Mickey Arthur’s comments regarding the team’s unofficial anthem ‘Dil Dil Pakistan’ not playing at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad when they were defeated by hosts India on October 14.
“I presume ‘Dil Dil’ Pakistan wasn’t played in Chennai today,” Vaughan posted on X (formerly Twitter).
Earlier, Arthur complained about Pakistan’s lack of support in the ground during the match against India but his comments were criticised heavily by experts and fans alike.
Coming to the match, Afghanistan put on a superb batting and bowling display to hand Pakistan a stunning eight-wicket defeat in the Cricket World Cup 2023.
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) October 23, 2023
Chasing a 283-run target, Afghanistan were lifted by Ibrahim Zadran (87), Rahmat Shah (77 not out) and Rahmanullah Gurbaz (65) as they scored 286-2 in 49 overs.
Pakistan had made 282-7 in their 50 overs with 74 from skipper Babar Azam and 58 from opener Abdullah Shafique but the total did not prove tough enough for a clinical Afghanistan.
Skipper Hashmatullah Shahidi, with a 45-ball 48 not out, hit the winning boundary as Afghanistan improved upon their highest ODI chase of 274 against the UAE in Dubai in 2014.
The win is Afghanistan’s first-ever over Pakistan in eight ODIs and came eight days after their shock victory over defending champions England in Delhi.
(With AFP inputs)
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