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Saturday, October 30, 2021

Asif’s 4 sixes seals Pakistan Snatch win over Afghanistan at T20 WC

Babar fifty, Asif’s 4 sixes seals Pakistan win over Afghanistan at T20 World Cup 2021.

Afghanistan’s players were in sight of the biggest win in their country’s cricketing history. 

With four aggressive strikes, Asif Ali took it away from them. 

Pakistan’s power hitter smashed four sixes in the next-to-last over of a thrilling match at Dubai International Stadium to seal a five-wicket win over its plucky neighbor on Friday.

In an enthralling match, Pakistan were cruising in a chase of 148 until captain Babar Azam was bowled by Rashid Khan for 51.

Shoaib Malik was caught behind in the next over but, with 24 needed from the last 12 balls, Asif Ali smashed four sixes in the 19th over to seal success with six balls to spare.

Asif finished with a stunning 25 not out from seven balls, sending a vocal crowd wild in the closing moments.

Afghanistan, who played their part in the thriller, were hauled to 147-6 by a battling unbeaten seventh-wicket stand of 71 between Mohammad Nabi and Gulbadin Naib, who both made 35 not out.

They were 76-6 after a high-octane start where Pakistan's bowlers, and Afghanistan's attacking approach, created an electric atmosphere.

Pakistan, undoubtedly one of the tournament favourites, are top of Group 2 with three wins from three games.

What Player of the match Asif Ali said: 

"The boundary was small from this end so I told my partner I'd go for it this over. I look at the situation and what it demands and which bowler has overs remaining, and the field setting. I told Shoaib that Naveen was bowling well, and from this end I could even score 25 in an over. So I planned for it."

Pakistan vs Afghanistan scorecard at T20 WC 2021.

Afghanistan 147-6 (20 overs): Nabi 35* (32), Gulbadin 35* (25); Nazibullah (22):--- Imad 2-25

Pakistan 148-5 (19 overs): Babar 51 (47), Fakhar 30 (25), Asif 25 (7); Rashid 2-26

Pakistan won by five wickets

Next Match schedule for Pakistan and Afghanistan at T20 WC

Pakistan and Afghanistan next scheduled match against Namibia, AFG will play on 31 oct, while PAK will play on 2 Nov.


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