DubaiThe match between Afghanistan and Pakistan had reached a very exciting turning point. Pakistan needed 24 runs in 2 overs and there was Asif Ali at the crease who was on the field after Babar Azam’s dismissal. It looked like Afghanistan would turn upside down today but Pakistan managed to win.
Asif Ali did not let the end of the 20th over and ended the match with four sixes in the nineteenth over to give Pakistan a third win. Pakistan are on top of Group Two with six points from three wins.
After a brilliant finishing, Asif Ali caught the bat like a gun. Mahendra Singh Dhoni had once done such a thing even in the beginning of his career. He caught the bat like a gun by scoring a century in an explosive manner against Sri Lanka. But when Asif Ali did this, funny memes were made on him.
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Afghanistan had taken the wicket of Pakistan opener Mohammad Rizwan (08) in the third over. Babar Azam and Fakhar Zaman shared a 63-run partnership for the second wicket. Thanks to these two, Pakistan were 72 for one in 10 overs and had to score 76 runs in the next 60 balls.
Afghanistan captain Mohammad Nabi put Rashid Khan to bowl in the 11th over, on his appeal on the last ball, the umpire raised a finger to dismiss Babar Azam but the Pakistani captain survived the review.
In the next over, the umpire raised a finger to dismiss Zaman on the ball of Nabi and again the review was taken, but Zaman was out leg before.
Thus ended the 52-ball fifty partnership between Babar Azam and Zaman for the second wicket. Rashid took the wicket of Mohammad Hafeez (10) in his third over to complete the fastest 100 wickets in T20 International cricket.
Babar Azam then completed his half-century in 45 balls, which included four fours. Rashid (2 for 26) got his second wicket by bowling Babar Azam on the last ball of his spell.
Now in three overs, Pakistan needed 26 runs to win. Experienced Shoaib Malik (19 runs, 15 balls, one four and one six) caught the wicket-keeper by touching the bat on Naveen-ul-Haq’s off-stump delivery.
24 runs were needed from 12 balls in the last two overs. Asif Ali’s four fours helped Pakistan win by scoring 148 for five in 19 overs.
Earlier, despite losing four wickets in the powerplay in front of Pakistan’s brilliant bowling attack, Afghanistan’s team finally scored 147 for six with an unbeaten 45-ball 71 for the seventh wicket between captain Mohammad Nabi and Gulbadin Naib. managed to stand up.
Afghanistan added the highest 21 runs of the innings in the 18th over in which Naib hit a six and two fours. Naib (four fours and a six in 25 balls) and Nabi (five fours in 32 balls) both scored 35-35 not out. Thanks to these two, Afghanistan added 43 runs in the last three overs.
Imad Wasim took two wickets for 25 runs for Pakistan. Shaheen Shah Afridi, Harris Rauf, Hasan Ali and Shadab Khan got one wicket each. Afghanistan lost four of their players for 49 runs in the powerplay in front of Pakistan’s brilliant bowling.
Pakistan took one wicket each in the second and third overs. First Imad Wasim got the wicket of Hazrat Zazai, who could not even open the account. In the next over, Mohammad Shahzad hit fast bowler Shaheen Shah Afridi for the first four of the innings at extra cover, but after a ball he was hit by Babar at mid-on. Azam was caught and the score was 13 runs for two wickets.
Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Asghar Afghan (10) hit a lofty six each in the fourth over to increase the team’s score by 17 runs. Ended with a catch on his own ball.
Coming to the crease, Karim Janat (15 runs, 17 balls, one four and a six) hit Rauf for a six behind third man after playing two balls. But Rahmanullah Gurbaz (10 runs, seven balls) on the first ball of the last over of the powerplay , a six) fell victim to the delivery of Hasan Ali.
Janat and Najibullah Zadran (22 runs) added only 25 runs for the fifth wicket that Imad Wasim gave Afghanistan the fifth blow. In an attempt to sweep his slow ball, Janat was caught out.
With this, after 10 overs, Afghanistan’s score was 65 for five.
Jadran’s googly (21 balls, three fours, one six) ended his innings after a brilliant six on Shadab Khan. Afghanistan’s score was 104 for six in the 17th over but Nabi and Naib took the team to a respectable score helped deliver.