Pakistan pulls off an exciting win over Afghanistan to arrange Asia Cup closing towards Sri Lanka, knocking out rivals India.
Tailender Naseem Shah hit two last-over sixes as Pakistan pulled off an exciting one-wicket win over Afghanistan on Wednesday to arrange an Asia Cup closing towards Sri Lanka, knocking out rivals India within the course of.
Chasing 130 for victory, Pakistan have been in serious trouble at 118-9 when quantity 10 Naseem muscled two hits over the fence off Fazalhaq Farooqi to win with 4 balls to spare in Sharjah and finish India and Afghanistan’s hopes of constructing the ultimate.
The Afghans appeared set for victory when Farooqi, who had figures of 3-19 from his first three overs, noticed two full tosses in the beginning of the ultimate over dispatched over long-off.
Tempers flared when Fareed Ahmad struck twice within the nineteenth over, together with dismissing the big-hitting Asif Ali who then angrily waved his bat on the bowler because the umpire cooled him down.
In a sport dominated by bowlers, Pakistan quick bowler Haris Rauf led an impressed assault that restricted Afghanistan to 129-6 after Pakistan elected to discipline first.
‘Defending a low complete’
Farooqi trapped skipper Babar Azam lbw for a first-ball duck to provide Afghanistan quick hope of defending the low complete.
Babar has suffered a dip in kind, with scores of 10, 9 and 14 within the earlier three matches.
Pakistan suffered one other blow when Fakhar Zaman was run out to go away the crew 18-2.
Mohammad Rizwan, the match’s main run-scorer and who changed his captain because the world’s primary T20I batsman on Wednesday, tried to rebuild the innings with Iftikhar Ahmed.
Leg-spinner Rashid Khan broke by way of by trapping Rizwan lbw for 20 and the batsman trudged again to the pavilion after an unsuccessful evaluation.
Vice-captain Shadab was despatched in forward of Khushdil Shah and he delivered by taking over Nabi’s off-spin with a six and 4 to ease the strain.
A struggling Shadab, with seemingly cramps, fell to Rashid for 35.
However quantity 10 Naseem had the final chuckle at a venue the place former Pakistan batsman Javed Miandad as soon as hit a last-ball six towards India within the 1986 Austral-Asia Cup closing.
India play Afghanistan in Dubai on Thursday in a dead-rubber, with Pakistan dealing with Sri Lanka on Friday in a preview of Sunday’s closing.