Pakistan registered a one-wicket win over Afghanistan in the 2nd ODI of the series on Thursday at Hambantota. Afghanistan captain Hashmatullah Shahidi won the toss and opted to bat first.
After winning the toss, Afghanistan scored 300 runs for the loss of five wickets in their 50 overs. Ibrahim Zadran and Rahmanullah Gurbaz made a 227-run partnership for the first wicket. Ibrahim Zadran scored 80 runs. Rahmanullah Gurbaz was the star with the bat and scored 151 runs. Mohammad Nabi contributed 29 runs.
In reply to that, Pakistan chased down the target successfully and scored 302 runs for the loss of nine wickets in 49.5 overs. Opening batsman Fakhar Zaman was dismissed for 30 when the score was 52. After that, Babar Azam and Imam-ul-Haq made a 118-run partnership for the second wicket. Babar Azam scored 53 runs, and Imam-ul-Haq was the top scorer with 91 runs. At the back end of the innings, Shadab Khan scored a valuable 48 runs, but he was unfortunately run out at the non-strikers end. Eventually, Naseem Shah finished the game with two boundaries in the last over of the match.
With that win, Pakistan clinched the series with one match to spare.