SHARJAH: Pakistan, chasing 138-run target, overcame stiff resistance from minnows Afghanistan to win the first-ever Twenty20 international between the two countries by six wickets in Sharjah on Sunday.
Skipper Mohammad Hafeez kept his cool to finish with a 37-ball 42 not out as Pakistan needed six off the final over bowled by Dawlat Zadran and one off the last delivery.
Hafeez hit two boundaries and a six during his knock and avoided any major hiccup against a fighting Afghan team.
“I think they scored what they wanted, then bowled tight and put up a good show,” said Hafeez. “I am happy with the win but we made some mistakes and need to learn from them.”
Pakistan now play Sri Lanka in the two Twenty20 games in Dubai on Wednesday and Friday while Afghanistan take on Ireland in the final of the ICC Inter-Continental Cup in Dubai from Tuesday.