Afghanistan vs Pakistan T20 head to head looks at the historical record of these 2 international teams in T20 matches including the number of wins, highest and lowest scores and player records in T20 head to head games between AFG and PAK.
Given the rapid ascent of the Afghanistan cricket team particularly in the T20 format and the proximity geographically speaking of these 2 nations it is perhaps strange to learn that prior to the T20 World of 2021 only a single T20 match has been played between Afghanistan vs Pakistan and that came back in 2013, ahead of the former gaining Test status.
Indeed, Afghanistan had only recently gained associate level membership of the ICC when the 2 sides met in a one-off match in Sharjah. Even then though Afghanistan demonstrated their ability to mix it with the big boys of international cricket by taking Pakistan to the very last over of a tight match.
Batting first, Afghanistan were in early trouble when pugnacious keeper-batsman Mohammad Shahzad was dismissed to the 7th ball of the innings. Afghanistan’s hope of a fast start seemed to end with that wicket as fellow opener Nawroz Mangal ground out just a solitary run from 10 balls before finally being put out of his misery with Afghanistan at 8 for 2 after 5 overs.
Given how close the game ended and the excellent work the middle order did in rebuilding the innings it is safe to say that a better powerplay effort from Afghanistan may well have secured them victory in this one-off T20 head to head vs Pakistan. Indeed the final 15 overs of the Afghan innings yielded 129 runs at a run rate of 8.6 and but for the constant loss of wickets could have proved even more fruitful as Najibullah Zadran finished top scorer with 38.
By contrast, Pakistan started their innings well and looked in complete control as the opening partnership added 49 and maintained the necessary run rate. However, the loss of both openers within fairly quick succession allowed Afghanistan to put the breaks on and when Sohaib Maqsood was run out late on, Pakistan still required 12 from their final 8 balls for victory in the inaugural T20 head to head Afghanistan vs Pakistan.
Fortunately, Pakistan could call upon the wealth of experience that captain Mohammed Hafeez had to offer and he expertly steered his team to victory in the final over with just a ball to spare.
Watch highlights of to date the only T20 head to head between Afghanistan and Pakistan
The second T20 head to head Afghanistan vs Pakistan occurred during the super 12 phase of the 2021 World Cup were the game took a similar pattern to their inaugural match 8 years earlier.
Afghanistan again struggled up top as their big hitters bit off more than they could chew against a strong Pakistan bowling attack before the middle and lower order helped Afghanistan to a competitive score of 147 for 6.
By contrast, Pakistan took a far more measured approach with a 2nd wicket partnership of 63 from 52 balls by captain Babar Azam and Fakhar Zaman seemlingly setting them on course for victory.
However, Rashid Khan managed to strike to remove both Babar and Mohammed Hafeez and Pakistan suddenly found themselves requiring 24 runs from the final 2 overs with 2 fresh batsmen at the crease. That though didn’t influence Asif Ali who struck the hapless Karim Janat for 4 sixes in the 19th over to seal victory for Pakistan and send them into the semi-finals.
Afghanistan vs Pakistan T20 head to head records and statistics accurate as of 29 October 2021
Afghanistan vs Pakistan T20 head to head player records
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Afghanistan vs Pakistan T20 head to head record
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Afghanistan vs Pakistan T20 head to head record by match location
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Afghanistan vs Pakistan T20 head to head record by competition
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