Afghanistan veteran all-rounder Mohammad Nabi produced a match-winning performance to guide his team to a six-wicket win over Pakistan in the first Twenty20 international of a three-game series in Sharjah on Friday.
Pakistan, playing without five key players who were rested for the series, were restricted to 92-9 after winning the toss and opting to bat first. Nabi took 2-12, while Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Fazalhaq Farooqi also picked up two wickets each.
In reply, Afghanistan were in trouble at 45-4 before Nabi (38 not out) and Najibullah Zadran (17 not out) combined for an unbroken fifth-wicket stand of 53 to guide their team to victory in 17.5 overs.
This was Afghanistan’s first win in four Twenty20 internationals against Pakistan. Ihsanullah, who made his T20I debut, took two wickets in his first over but could not prevent Pakistan from slipping to a low total.
The remaining matches of the series will also be played in Sharjah on Sunday and Monday.