Fan trouble at Pakistan v Afghanistan at Headingley

Requiring 229 to win the game crucial for their semi-final ambitions, Sarfaraz Ahmed's side kept their cool to eventually overpower the Afghans with three wickets and two balls to spare.

As Pakistan clinched a last over thriller against Afghanistan to keep their incredible run for the semi-final alive, the cricket was not the only story on display. But Pakistan should credit this win to Wahab Riaz who came out to bat in a pressure situation when three wickets were in hand.

It was a third consecutive win for Pakistan as their campaign gathers momentum in the business end of the tournament.

Earlier, Pakistan fast bowler Shaheen Afridi claimed four wickets to restrict minnows Afghanistan to a modest 227 for nine from 50 overs.

Meanwhile, England play India at 9.30 tonight. However, they both controlled the inning and took the partnership near the target. So I'm hoping that not only with Pakistan, like India, Sri Lanka, the other countries, we want good cricket.

"Gulbadin (Naib) was the only one who could be targeted".

In June 2007, the right-arm seamer Hassan became the first Afghanistan cricketer ever to play at Lord's and he took a wicket for 23, representing MCC against a select Europe XI. "They are world-class spinners". "You can say discipline-wise, it's not feeling good at the end".

Pakistani bowlers managed to obliterate the Afghan batting order and particularly Shaheen was seen ruthlessly targeting the Afghan batsmen.

A final over thriller between Pakistan and Afghanistan at the World Cup has unfortunately been overshadowed by ugly brawls in the stands.

Police intervened as tensions grew between the two sets of fans during their group stage match. Political relations between the south Asian neighbours have been marked by years of distrust and blame.

An International Cricket Council spokesman said it was working with security officials and the police "to ensure there are no further incidents".

  • Julie Sanders


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