Spinner Noor Ahmad records for best bowling for Afghanistan on WC debut

Noor Ahmad
Noor Ahmad (Image: ACB)

The 18-year-old Afghan spinner Noor Ahad was impressive during the match against Pakistan during the ICC World Cup 2023.

Best bowling for Afghanistan on WC debut

Afghanistan is scheduled to play against Pakistan in the ICC World Cup match at M.A.  Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai. The mysterious Afghan player Noor Ahmad dismissed Pakistan captain Babar Azam in the 42nd over of the first innings on Monday.

Winning the toss, Pakistan chose to bat where Shafique and Imam-ul-Haq opened the innings while Naveen-ul-Haq opened the bowling attack. Shafique had a good start as he scored 58 runs on 75 deliveries and was dismissed by Noor Ahmad and Imam-ul-Haq was sent out by Azmatullah.

Babar Azam was impressive with his score of 74 runs on 92 deliveries and was dismissed by Noor Ahmad on the 42nd over of the innings. Azam was desperate to increase the run rate but with his poor timing, the ball went to Mohammad Nabi.

He dismissed one of the main wickets which helped the side prevent Pakistan from setting a high target.

He also dismissed Mohammad Rizwan for 8 runs from which he took three important wickets. Saud Shakeel scored 25 runs and was sent out by Nabi while Shadab Khan was dismissed for 40 runs by Naveen-ul-Haq.

With Iftikhar Ahmed’s 40 runs, Pakistan scored 282 runs losing 7 wickets in their innings. Afghanistan started their innings with the target of 283 runs.

“Smashed for six, Noor Ahmad responds with Babar’s wicket,” the ICC captioned the video on Instagram. Babar Azam who tops the list in ICC ODI batter rankings failed to record his first hundred in the 2023 World Cup. With his impressive bowling figures, Noor Ahmad has recorded the best bowling figures for Afghanistan on WC debut.

He tops the list with 3/49 on the match against Pakistan in ICC World Cup 2023. He made his World Cup debut through this match and became the youngest player to achieve this feat.

Shapoor Zadran stands second with 2/20 bowling figures in the match against Bangladesh in 2015. Mirwais Ashraf stands third with 2/32 against Bangladesh in 2015. Aftab Alam and Hamid Hassan stand fourth and fifth on the list with 2/55 and 2/61.

Best bowling for Afghanistan on WC debut

  • 3/49 – Noor Ahmad vs PAK, 2023*
  • 2/20 – Shapoor Zadran vs BAN, 2015
  • 2/32 – Mirwais Ashraf vs BAN, 2015
  • 2/55 – Aftab Alam vs BAN, 2015
  • 2/61 – Hamid Hassan vs BAN, 2015