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Pakistan will hope for Amir to rise to the occasion

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Shadab breaks through

For a while, Asghar Afghan played with bravado, lofting spinners. He was also lucky with a few edges but that is how Afghan plays. Ikram, meanwhile, showed decent technique. Just when the duo seemed set to put Pakistan under pressure, Afghan tried one shot too many and was castled by Shadab. Just the wicket that Pakistan needed.

Ikram then holed out to the fielder at long on. Inexperience again costing Afghanistan.

Hopefully, it has been be sorted. "Fights breaking out between fansRight below the press box. Some Afghan fans have been evacuated," says Kaushik Rangarajan.

Key scalp

The surface is certainly gripping quite a bit. Rahmat closed the bat face early and eked out a leading edge to short cover. Imad also deserves the credit as he slowed it up after firing a couple of them. Huge wicket as Rahmat was looking good.

Quick strikes dent Afghanistan

Rahmat has so much time on his hands. The classy opener drove and pulled Amir with panache. Gulbadin, the skipper, also looked in decent touch but tried one shot too many and was caught behind off Shaheen. Initially, not given but Pakistan took the review and replays suggested a very faint edge if any. Shaheen suddenly on fire.

To make matters worse, Shahidi was dismissed the next ball via a leading edge. Inexperience is the problem with Afghanistan. Gulbadin had already cracked a boundary but went for another on the up drive.

Toss and teams

Afghanistan have won a crucial toss and opted to bat. The track could slow down as the game progresses and Afghanistan have useful spinners in their ranks, who bowl quick through the air. When the track is on the slower side, a spinner has to perhaps make his own pace.

Sarfaraz Ahmed: We wanted to bat first as well but toss is not in our hands. We'll now try to chase the target. We are focusing on this match, not focusing on the next game. Wahab is fine, he's playing today, hence we are playing with the same team.

Naib: We are gonna bat first, the wicket looks good. It's a sunny day and weather is warm. Pakistan is a good side but we beat them in the warm-up game. We'll try to give our 100% today. We are looking forward to put a good show today.

Afghanistan (Playing XI): Gulbadin Naib(c), Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Asghar Afghan, Mohammad Nabi, Samiullah Shinwari, Najibullah Zadran, Ikram Ali Khil(w), Rashid Khan, Hamid Hassan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman

Pakistan (Playing XI): Imam-ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Haris Sohail, Sarfaraz Ahmed(w/c), Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Amir, Shaheen Afridi

Pitch and ground dimensions: Dimensions of the ground are very important for this game. If you are bowling from the Football stand end, the square boundaries are not very big, just over 60 metres. For the left handed batsmen, the fine leg boundary is just 58 metres. Bowling from the other end - 'the Kirkstall end' isn't different either, as the boundaries are again nearly 60 metres. The surface looks good with not much grass and a few cracks on it. The wicket will be a bit slow at the start but speed up as the game progresses. It might spin a bit but looks a good wicket to bat apart from the first few overs.

Prelude:

After posting consecutive victories, can the Pakistan's juggernaut continue? Will the duet of Haris Sohail and Babar Azam pilot their side to another win? Can Amir and Co. fire on all cylinders?

The Pakistan camp surely would hope for their key players to make an impact in the vital game versus the lowly Afghanistan side. If Pakistan win this match, for the moment, they will leapfrog England and move to the fourth spot on the points table.

What about Afghanistan? It is a side that has been ravaged by infighting and disciplinary issues. However, playing against their arch-rivals, Pakistan, might just inspire the Gulbadin-led side.

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