Pakistan’s return to the summit of the Men’s ODI Rankings was officially affirmed by the International Cricket Council (ICC) on Saturday, a result of their decisive supremacy over Afghanistan in the series. Pakistan convincingly secured a 3-0 lead in the series, showcasing their cricketing prowess.
The journey to this achievement began with Pakistan’s resounding victory in the first ODI, where they outplayed Afghanistan with a significant margin of 142 runs. The exceptional performance of Pakistan’s bowling unit played a pivotal role in this triumph.
The second match of the series witnessed a nail-biting encounter, with Pakistan narrowly edging out a victory in the final over, with just one wicket remaining. This closely fought contest further highlighted Pakistan’s determination and skill.
In the third game, Pakistan continued their dominant streak, clinching victory by a margin of 59 runs. The latter part of Pakistan’s batting innings proved crucial, allowing them to overcome challenges and post a competitive total of 268 runs. Key contributions from Mohammad Rizwan and Babar Azam, both scoring half-centuries, bolstered the team’s performance.
Pakistan’s bowlers proved to be a formidable force, with Faheem Ashraf making early breakthroughs by claiming two wickets. The spinners consistently chipped in with wickets, restricting Afghanistan’s progress. Although Mujeeb ur Rahman’s swift half-century displayed some resilience from Afghanistan’s side, it wasn’t enough to surmount Pakistan’s target.
Shadab Khan’s exceptional three-wicket haul further solidified Pakistan’s grip on the game, as they secured a clean sweep in the series. This remarkable achievement cements Pakistan’s status as a dominant force in ODI cricket and marks their successful journey back to the top of the rankings.