On expected lines, veteran Pakistan all-rounder Shoaib Malik announced his retirement from ODIs following his team's elimination from the World Cup. The 37-year-old had a terrible World Cup, managing only eight runs and one wicket in the three games he featured in.
On a high after beating South Africa and New Zealand, Pakistan would be looking to continue their winning run and keep their semi-final hopes alive when they face Afghanistan. The latter, on the other hand, would be seeking to play spoilsport by trying to cause an upset.
After scoring hard runs against Afghanistan and India, David Warner roared back to form with a sizzling hundred against Pakistan at Taunton that set the tone for the team's victory against Pakistan at Taunton.