Afghanistan captain Gulbadin Naib won the toss and chose to bat first against Pakistan at Leeds.
Afghanistan brought in fast bowler Hamid Hassan while Pakistan were unchanged.
Enigmatic Pakistan will hope to continue their resurgent run while keeping complacency at bay when they play Afghanistan in the ICC World Cup at Leeds Saturday.
Staring at a possible league stage elimination after three defeats and a washout, Pakistan staged a remarkable comeback with wins over South Africa and New Zealand to keep their hopes alive.
A couple of losses for hosts England only brightened the 1992 winners’ prospects of a semifinal berth.