Pakistan kept their nerves to pull of a spectacular win against Afghanistan to keep their semi-final hopes alive in the ongoing world cup. Imad Wasim’s unbeaten knock of 49 off 54 balls to pull off a win for Pakistan from the jaws of defeat. Earlier in the game, Afghanistan finished on 227/9 at the end of 50 overs.
Pakistan lost Fakhar Zaman early but a 72-run stand between Babar Azam and Imam-ul-Haq made things easy for the men in green. However after the fall of these two batsmen, Pakistan’s middle order was exposed and they made a moderate total look tough.
Struggling at 156/6 at one stage, Imad Wasim and Shadab Khan put up a 50 run stand to rescue Pakistan from a tricky situation. Some last overd flourish by Wahab Riaz ensured that Pakistan crossed the line with 3 wickets in hand to keep their semi final hope alive.
An ugly brawl broke between the fans
A fight broke out between the fans of Afghanistan and Pakistan after a a plane flew above the stadium with Balochistan slogans. The unauthorised plane had a message which read “Balochistan”.
ICC Source: Fight broke out b/w Pak&Afghan fans in Leeds because a plane was flown which had Balochistan slogans. Apparently it was an unauthorised plane that flew over the stadium&political messages were visible. Leeds air traffic will investigate. (Pic courtesy: WorldBalochOrg) pic.twitter.com/cu0CyZ0w0U
— ANI (@ANI) June 29, 2019
After the incident, fans from both the countries got indulged in a brawl in and outside the stadium. Some Afghan fans turned up in their country’s army uniform and fought physically with local Pakistanis. They threw bottles and also fought with Pakistani journalist.
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Realizing the seriousness of the matter, ICC released a statement regarding the incident. “We are aware of some scuffles among a minority of fans and are currently venue security team and the local police force, West Yorkshire Police, to ensure there no further incidents.
“We do not condone this type of behaviour, and will take proper action against any anti-social behaviour that spoils the enjoyment for the majority of fans,” said ICC in the statement.