The second match in Afghanistan's three match series against Pakistan A has ended in a heavy defeat for the visitors after another poor batting display, this time whilst chasing a big target.
Pakistan A won the toss and chose to bat first at the Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium, and put on a century opening stand in the first 15 overs before Sharjeel Khan was out for 64. Babar Azam and Umar Amin both scored 63 to take the total to 220-3 in the 39th over.
Afghanistan pegged the rate back a little in the last ten overs, with three wickets for Dawlat Zadran, but a 28 ball innings of 46 from Sarfraz Ahmed meant that Pakistan A still posted a formidable total of 327-7 from their 50 overs.
The total was to prove to be completely out of the reach of Afghanistan, and they scored slowly and lost wickets regularly through out their innings. The only contribution of note was 61 from Samiullah Shenwari, and the team were bowled out for 177 with 3.1 overs to spare, losing by 150 runs.
The teams face each other for the third match in the series at Faisalabad in a day/night match, with Afghanistan looking to pick up a consolation win and prove that they deserve at least one match against the full Pakistan side.
Pakistan A beat Afghanistan by 150 runs
Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium, 27 May
Pakistan A 327-7 (50 overs, Sharjeel Khan 64, Babar Azam 63, Umar Amin 63, Dawlat Zadran 3-82)
Afghanistan 177 (46.5 overs, Samiullah Shenwari 61, Sadaf Husain 4-46)