Pakistan beats Afghanistan by one wicket to clinch ODI series
Pakistan defeated Afghanistan by one wicket in the second One Day International (ODI) at the Mahinda Rajapaksa International Stadium in Hambantota to take a 2-0 series lead.
In the Pakistan chase, Imam-ul-Haq top-scored with 91, but it was a late Shadab Khan cameo (48, 35b) that allowed Pakistan to sneak over the line following a flurry of middle-order wickets.
Fazalhaq Farooqi was Afghanistan's leading wicket-taker, and he was responsible for a dramatic moment when he ran Shadab out at the non-strikers end during the final over.
Babar Azam hit a 66-ball 53, establishing a good partnership with Imam to get Pakistan started.
Earlier in the day, Rahmanullah Gurbaz hit a run-a-ball 151 to propel Afghanistan to 300/5 in 50 overs, his sixth ODI century in 23 innings.
He was well assisted by opening partner Ibrahim Zadran, who made 80 runs off 101 balls, but Babar's team prevailed in a close contest to win the series.