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Match 22: Pakistan Chooses to Bat First Against Afghanistan

In a strategic move, Babar Azam, the captain of Pakistan, decided to bat first on the dry Chennai pitch. His counterpart, Hashmatullah Shahidi, agreed with the decision, stating that he would have made the same call given the conditions. Shahidi expressed confidence in his team’s ability to limit Pakistan to a score of around 250, thereby increasing Afghanistan’s chances of victory.

Shadab Khan replaced an unwell Mohammed Nawaz, adding to Pakistan’s leg-spin options alongside Usama Mir. Afghanistan made a similar move, bringing in Noor Ahmad in place of Fazalhaq Farooqi. This change means Afghanistan will have four full-time spinners in the game.

Crucial World Cup Clash Between Neighbouring Rivals

The cricketing world is set to witness a significant World Cup match as Pakistan and Afghanistan face off in Chennai. Pakistan’s initial winning streak in the tournament was interrupted by losses to India in Ahmedabad and Australia in Bengaluru. They are now eager to return to their winning form.

Despite being at the bottom of the points table with only one victory in four matches, Afghanistan has shown potential. Their win against England in Delhi is a testament to their ability to compete against top-tier teams.

The cricketing rivalry between these two sides has intensified over the years. While Pakistan has often emerged victorious, Afghanistan has given them a run for their money on several occasions.

Playing XI:

Pakistan: Abdullah Shafique, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam (c), Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Saud Shakeel, Iftikhar Ahmed, Shadab Khan, Usama Mir, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Haris Rauf

Afghanistan: Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Ibrahim Zadran, Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi (c), Azmatullah Omarzai, Ikram Alikhil (wk), Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Naveen-ul-Haq, Noor Ahmad