Pakistan to play as ODI top team in Asia Cup 2023. After the conclusion of the Pak vs. Afg series, Pakistan has claimed the top spot in the ODI rankings. Pakistan’s ODI ranking is up to the top order.
After securing victory in a 3-match ODI series against Afghanistan, the Green team has reclaimed their rightful position.
Team ODI Rankings :
Pakistan’s ODI Ranking is in the top spot with 2725 points. Australia on 2nd with 2714 while India on 3rd and have 4081.
Occupying the second position, the Shaheens had an opportunity to claim the top rank by securing victories against Afghanistan in all three series matches. This achievement would have positioned them as the favored contenders for the Asia Cup. Remarkably, Team Green seized this chance and regained their coveted spot.
✅ Series whitewash
✅ No.1 Ranking
— ICC (@ICC) August 26, 2023
Recap of the 3rd ODI match between Pakistan and Afghanistan :
Pakistan emerged victorious against Afghanistan in every match of the series. Opting to bat first in the third game, Pakistan encountered a stumbling block as their opening batsman couldn’t deliver as expected. Despite his consistent performance in the previous two matches, Imam departed early. Consequently, the team’s captain had to shoulder the responsibility. Babar Azam and Rizwan rose to the occasion and rescued the team admirably. Both players exhibited remarkable innings, with Babar contributing 60 runs, while Rizwan’s valiant effort concluded at 67 runs before being dismissed.
Posting a substantial total of 268 runs, Pakistan set a formidable target. Despite the challenge, the Afghan batting lineup had previously displayed their prowess by amassing 300 runs in the preceding match. Gurbaz had shone brightly, accumulating 151 runs. However, Pakistan’s bowling strength is well recognized, and the Afghan batsmen struggled to hold their ground against both the pace and spin attacks. Vice-captain Shahdab Khan and Faheem Ashraf delivered exceptional bowling performances. Shahdab secured three wickets, while Faheem, Nawaz, and Shaheen each claimed two wickets apiece. Additionally, Salman Ali Agha chipped in with one wicket to further bolster Pakistan’s bowling effort.
With the exception of Mujeeb ur Rehman, none of the batters managed to put up a substantial score. Mujeeb contributed 64 runs, yet his efforts went unrewarded on this occasion. The Afghan team was eventually dismissed, tallying a total of 209 runs.
Pakistan Upcoming Match :
Pakistan’s inaugural match in the Asia Cup is scheduled against Nepal, set to take place at Multan Cricket Stadium. Subsequently, on September 2nd, Pakistan will engage in a highly anticipated clash with neighboring rivals India. The renewal of the Pakistan-India rivalry has generated significant excitement. To stay informed about the latest events in the cricket world, keep a watchful eye on The Stump Blog.