The afternoon matches between India and New Zealand and South Africa against Bangladesh were abandoned without a ball being bowled, but 2009 champions Pakistan will be happy even if rain halted their winning run against Afghanistan earlier in the day .
Afridi, returning from a knee injury, sent an ominous signal to the batsmen who rallied in Australia, bowling four overs at full tilt to claim two wickets for 29 runs.
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The left-arm speedster removed both the Afghan openers in his first two overs and the danger he poses was best illustrated when he caught Rahmanullah Gurbaz lbw with a scorching toe-crushing yorker.
Gurbaz was carried off on the back of a teammate and was then sent to hospital for a scan.
Afridi bowled two overs in the warm-up game against England, but completed his full quota against Afghanistan, who passed 154-6.
Afghanistan captain Mohammad Nabi scored 51 not out and Ibrahim Zadran scored 35.
Pakistan’s captain Babar Azam and his deputy Mohammad Rizwan was looking for some batting practice but was forced off the ground when rain stopped play in the third over.
“Good to see he didn’t take long to get back into it,” Pakistan fast bowling coach Shaun Tait said of Afridi returning to action after injuring his knee during a Test match in Sri Lanka in July .
“It would have been difficult for him, I think, to be away from the sidelines. But touch wood, they (medical staff) seem to have done a very good job.”