Dubai:In a very exciting match between Pakistan and Afghanistan, Pakistan registered their third win of the tournament and took another step forward for the semi-finals. took.

Captain Babar Azam’s scintillating 51 runs and Asif Ali smashed four sixes in the 19th over to help Pakistan win the ICC T20 World Cup group two by five wickets against Afghanistan on Friday. Pakistan secured their third successive win and almost confirmed their place in the semi-finals.

Afghanistan posted a challenging 147 for six in 20 overs thanks to the brilliant innings of captain Mohammad Nabi (35 not out) and Gulbadin Naib (35 not out) and a crucial unbeaten 71 for the seventh wicket partnership between them while Pakistan posted a challenging total of 147 for six in 20 overs. The victory was won by scoring 148 runs for five wickets in the over. Asif Ali hit four sixes in the 19th over of Karim Jannat’s innings and became the player of the match for his unbeaten 25 off seven balls.

Batting first after winning the toss, Afghanistan made a poor start in the powerplay, losing their four wickets for 39 runs in 5.1 overs. Afghanistan lost their six wickets for 76 runs in 12.5 overs but Nabi and Naib then put on a great partnership to take the team to a fighting score. But in the end the score of 147 was not enough.

Nabi hit five fours in 35 off 32 balls while Naib hit four fours and a six in his unbeaten 35 off 25 balls. Najibullah Zadran hit three fours and a six in 22 runs off 21 balls. Karim Jannat hit a four and a six in 15 runs off 17 balls.

For Pakistan’s mercy, Imad Wasim took two wickets for 25 runs in four overs while Shaheen Afridi, Haris Rauf, Hasan Ali and Shadab Khan took one wicket each.
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Chasing the target, Pakistan lost Mohammad Rizwan to the team’s score of 12. Rizwan scored eight runs. Azam shared a 63-run partnership with Fakhar Zaman for the second wicket, but lost his five wickets on his way to 124.

During this, the spinners of Afghanistan put pressure on Pakistan while bowling well. Fakhar Zaman 31, Mohammad Hafeez 10 and Shoaib Malik were dismissed for 19 runs. Malik hit a four and a six in his 15-ball knock. Rashid took his 100th T20 wicket by dismissing Mohammad Hafeez and then bowled Babar Azam off the last ball of his spell. Azam scored his second half-century in this World Cup. Azam hit four fours in 51 runs off 47 balls. Malik was dismissed for the team’s score of 124.

On the field, Asif Ali, hitting four sixes in the 19th over of Jannat’s innings, ended the match an over before and became the Player of the Match for this stormy innings.

Akash Gokhe

By Akash Gokhe

Akash is the Founder and Writer of the Sports Platform website. He conceived the idea of starting a Sports Platform website to channelize his love, passion, and emotions for the game of cricket and to connect other like-minded people on the platform.

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