Pakistan A Made To Work Hard For 3-0 Series Win
Pakistan A 278-6 (Sarfraz Ahmed 61no) beat
Afghanistan 274-9 (Noor Ali 51) by four wickets
Third one-day game, Faisalabad
Pakistan A were pushed hard by Afghanistan before they scored a four-wicket win to seal a 3-0 one-day series triumph in Faisalabad.
Afghanistan reached 274 for nine from their 50 overs and Pakistan reached their target with 11 balls to spare in the most competitive match of the series.
Noor Ali (51), Karim Sadiq (42 not out), Mirwais Ashraf and Shabir Noori (both 31) were the major contributors in Afghanistan's innings while only Dawlat Zadran, dismissed for nought, and Izatullah Dawlatzai, not out on one, failed to reach double figures.
Yasir Shah returned figures of three for 29, Sadaf Hussain two for 68 while Sohail Tanvir, Mohammad Talha and Saad Nasim grabbed a wicket apiece.
In reply, Pakistan made a poor start when opener Shan Masood fell for nine but they were steadied by Sharjeel Khan's belligerent 44 in 31 balls and Babar Azma's more circumspect 38 in 53 deliveries.
Afghanistan hit back to dismiss both as well as Rameez Raja for 15 and Umar Amin for seven to leave the match in the balance.
Tanvir made 31, using all his experience but it needed twin half-centuries from Sarfraz Ahmed, unbeaten on 61 in 73 balls, and Nasim, who scored 50 not out in 41 balls, to get the home side over the finish line.
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