Babar Azam scored 112 runs off 108 deliveries against Afghanistan in Pakistan’s first warm-up match of the World Cup 2019 to take his team to a total of 262 runs.
In the game played on Friday at Bristol, Pakistan won the toss and elected to bat first. The Men in Green did not have the most ideal of starts as they lost four batsmen for just 100 runs. Fakhar Zaman, Imam Ul Haq, Haris Sohail and Mohammad Hafeez scored 19, 32, 1 and 12 runs respectively.
The experienced campaigner, Shoaib Malik joined Babar Azam in the middle to rescue his team from trouble and had an impressive 103 run-partnership. As the duo started to look dangerous, Malik became a victim of Mohammad Nabi on a score of 44 (59).
Sarfraz Ahmed, who played a courageous 97-run inning in the last game of the series against England could only manage 13 runs. However, Azam continued scoring runs in his merry way and went on to score an impressive century. As he looked to increase the scoring rate in the 46th over, he lost his wicket to Dawlat Zadran.
The lower order failed to create any impact and only contributed 26 runs before getting all out in the 48th over.
Mohammad Nabi remained the pick of the bowler with three wickets, while Dawlat Zadran and Rashid Khan picked two. Hamid Hasan and Aftab Alam also took one wicket apiece.