Afghanistan rode on an unbeaten knock of 74 runs by Hashmatullah Shahidi to pull off a three-wicket victory over Pakistan in a last-over thrilling World Cup warm-up match at County Ground, Bristol, on Friday. In the second warm-up game, South Africa defeated Sri Lanka by 87 runs at Sophia Gardens in Cardiff.
The World Cup 2019, to be played in a round-robin format, will be played from May 30 to July 14 in England and Wales. Hosts England will play South Africa in the World Cup 2019 opener at Kennington Oval, London.
Pakistan, the winners of ICC Champions Trophy 2017, had headed into their first warm-up match of the World Cup on the back of a 4-0 thrashing in a 5-match ODI series against hosts England earlier this month.
Apart from Imam-ul-Haq’s 32 off 35 balls and Shoaib Malik’s 59-ball 44, no other Pakistani batsman managed to impress much with the willow. Followed by the lose Pakistan became the victim of severe trolling in twitter and Facebook.
Check out some of them here :
— thug (@Sandeep80442088) May 25, 2019
Pakistan successfully lost to Afghanistan .
Congratulations to Ramiz Upset goat Raza .
— Ibnuntaihan shaon (@ibnuntaihan) May 24, 2019
Wow Pakistan cricket team had lost warmup match from Afghanistan what a shame but they are shame less people they going to World Cup, they don’t deserve to play big games
— Naveed Hashmi (@HadhmiNaveed) May 24, 2019
Pakistan at its best. Lost to Afghanistan. Well done boys, you never disappoint! 🌸#PAKvAFG
— Ahsan. (@khaaki_bandaa) May 24, 2019
Due to corruption of Prime Minister, Pakistan team lost to Afghanistan.#PAKvAFG
— Salman Sikandar (@SALSIKandar) May 24, 2019
— Laughter gagz (@laughtergagz) May 24, 2019
Pakistan lose to Afghanistan in a World Cup warm-up match. In 1992 also they lost a warm-up match (to SL). Sarfraz still on track to be PM.
— Ali Hassan (@smilingeyes98) May 24, 2019
So called favourites Pakistan lost to Afganistan in a warm match.😂🤣 Afghanistan has showed that they can upset any team on their day. What a game!! Close but far from Pak. #PAKvAFG @cricketworldcup @ACBofficials @TheRealPCB
— Muskan Aggarwal (@muskan401) May 24, 2019
He was online
She was online
They didnt talk
— Umair (@wutdahack) May 24, 2019
— Sir Jadeja fan (@SirJadeja) May 24, 2019
— Mazhar Ali (@mazhr_) May 24, 2019
Afghanistan next face hosts England in London in their 2nd warm-up match on May 27 before their World Cup opener vs Australia on June 1.
Meanwhile, Pakistan take on Bangladesh in their 2nd and final warm-up match on Sunday before their first match of the campaign against West Indies on May 31.