Afghanistan clinched the second T20I in Sharjah to gain an unassailable lead in the three-match series against their fancied opponent, Pakistan. After Fazalhaq Farooqi’s 2 for 19 helped confine the hosts to 130/6 on a sluggish deck, Najibullah Zadran (23* off 12) and Mohammad Nabi (14* off 9) navigated a jittery last few overs to take Afghanistan past the finish line. Needing 22 off the last two overs, Afghanistan edged ahead in the penultimate over delivered by Naseem Shah, who conceded 17 runs, with both Nabi and Najibullah hitting a six each.
Earlier, Pakistan lost Saim Ayub and Abdullah Shafique in the first over of the game. The hosts were in a spot of bother at 63/5 after 11 overs when Imad Wasim (64* off 57) and Shadab (32* off 25) joined forces for a 67-run stand and ushered Pakistan to a respectable total, which was overhauled by their less-fancied opponents.
Brief Scores: Pakistan 130/6 (Imad 64*; Farooqi 2-19) lost to Afghanistan 133/3 in 19.5 overs (Gurbaz 44; Zaman 1-22) by 7 wickets
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