At the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai, Pakistan is set to take on Afghanistan in match number 22 of the ODI World Cup 2023. As cricket enthusiasts gear up for this clash, let’s delve into the head-to-head stats and records that add an extra layer of excitement to this encounter.
Journey of Pakistan in World Cup 2023
Pakistan embarked on their World Cup journey with immense promise, clinching victories in their first two matches. They began by overpowering the Netherlands with an 81-run win and then stunned Sri Lanka by successfully chasing down a daunting target of 345. However, their encounter against arch-rivals India exposed some frailties, leading to a 62-run defeat. In their last match, Australia emerged victorious as Pakistan conceded 367 runs, proving a daunting target to chase.
Afghanistan’s Rollercoaster Ride
Afghanistan, on the other hand, started the tournament with a memorable 69-run win over England. However, they faltered against New Zealand, succumbing to a 149-run loss. Afghanistan’s inconsistency was evident as they conceded 288/6 with the ball and then were bundled out for just 139 runs.
PAK vs AFG: Head-to-Head in ODIs
When it comes to head-to-head encounters between Pakistan and Afghanistan in one-day internationals, the statistics heavily favour Pakistan. They have clashed on 7 occasions, with Pakistan securing victory in all 7 matches. Their first meeting dates back to February 2012, and their most recent encounters took place during a three-match ODI series in August 2023.
In these seven contests, Afghanistan has yet to notch a single win, while there have been no tied matches or matches with no result. This historical dominance by Pakistan adds an interesting dimension to the upcoming clash.
PAK vs AFG: ODI World Cup Encounter
In the context of the ODI World Cup, these two sides have met only once before. This encounter occurred during the 2019 edition, and it was a thrilling contest. Pakistan managed to secure a three-wicket win against Afghanistan in Leeds. Chasing a target of 230, Pakistan found themselves in a precarious position at 156/6, but Imad Wasim’s heroic 49* steered them to victory in the final over.
As we approach the clash between Pakistan and Afghanistan in the ODI World Cup 2023, the statistics clearly favour Pakistan. However, in cricket, as in any sport, anything can happen on the day, and Afghanistan will be eager to break the jinx. Cricket fans worldwide are eagerly awaiting this showdown, which promises to be a thrilling contest between two spirited teams.