Pakistan registered a 142-run win over Afghanistan in the first ODI of the series on Tuesday at Mahinda Rajapaksa International Stadium in Hambantota. Pakistan captain Babar Azam won the toss and opted to bat first.
After winning the toss, Pakistan was bowled out for 201 runs in 47.1 overs. Imam-ul-Haq was the top scorer with 61 runs, and Mohammad Rizwan scored 21 runs. Iftikhar Ahmed scored 30 runs, and Shadab Khan contributed 39 runs. Iftikhar Ahmed and Imam-ul-Haq added a 50-run partnership for the fifth wicket. For Afghanistan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman claimed three wickets for 33 runs in his 10-over spell.
In reply to that, Afghanistan was bundled out for 59 runs in 19.2 overs. Pakistan’s fast bowlers kept things tight and put pressure on Afghanistan’s batsmen from the word go. Rahmanullah Gurbaz was the top scorer with 18 runs, and Azmatullah Omarzai scored 16 runs. Other than that, no one was able to pass the double-figure mark. For Pakistan, Haris Rauf claimed five wickets for 18 runs.