Four spinners and top order power: How Afghanistan made history

Afghanistan, a relatively young team in the world of cricket, has made history by winning two matches in the ICC men's Cricket World Cup. Prior to this tournament, they had only won one match. Their recent victory against Pakistan was particularly impressive. Choosing to bowl first after losing the toss, Afghanistan's captain, Shahidi, aimed to restrict Pakistan to under 250 runs. Although they didn't achieve that goal, their four spin bowlers, including the newcomer Noor Ahmad, proved to be a formidable force. Noor took the key wickets of Abdullah Shafique, Babar Azam, and Mohammad Rizwan. Pakistan's batters struggled to score against Afghanistan's spinners, leaving them with a challenging total. Afghanistan's young opening pair, Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Ibrahim Zadran, played a crucial role in their victory. Gurbaz's aggressive start set the tone for the match, while Zadran's brilliant knock of 87 earned him the Player of the Match award. They were supported by the more experienced duo of Rahmat Shah and Hashmatullah Shahidi, who stepped up and delivered when it mattered the most. Overall, Afghanistan's spin bowlers and top-order power were the key factors that led to their historic win against Pakistan. It was a remarkable achievement for a team that has continued to grow and improve in international cricket.