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The second ODI was won by Pakistan by the thinnest of margins—with a ball and a wicket left to spare—in the dying overs of the second innings, which were filled with one thrilling moment after another.

As he prevented Afghanistan from achieving their first ODI victory over Pakistan, Naseem Shah tormented Afghanistan once more.

Afghanistan displayed excellent batting in their second game of the series after getting bowled out for just 59 in the first ODI. Gurbaz and Zadran’s good start was followed by a little stumble in the last overs, but Mohammed Nabi’s run-a-ball 29 enabled them reach 300 at the conclusion of their innings.

In response, Pakistan was making good progress at one stage thanks to a partnership between Imam-ul-Haq (91) and Babar Azam (53) that they sewed together for a second-wicket total of 118 runs.

But the captain’s dismissal set off a collapse in which Pakistan lost five wickets for 41 runs. Although Iftikhar Ahmed and Shadab Khan helped to steady the ship, Afghanistan continued to gain ground as more and more wickets fell to them.

Shadab hit a six and a four off the final two balls of the penultimate over, needing 27 off 12 balls. Shadab was run out at the non-striker’s end while backing up by Fazalhaq Farooqi off the first ball of the final over.

As he did against Afghanistan in the Asia Cup the previous year, Naseem Shah came to Pakistan’s aid with just one wicket left to help his team win it with one ball remaining.

With a 2-0 advantage, Pakistan enters the last One Day International in Colombo on August 26.

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