Pakistan are near the precarious edge of the semi-finals of the Men’s T20 World Cup after an absolutely exhilarating five-wicket win against Afghanistan in Dubai.
In an enchanting match, Pakistan were cruising in a pursuit of 148 until chief Babar Azam was bowled by Rashid Khan for 51.
Shoaib Malik was gotten behind in the following over yet, with 24 required from the last 12 balls, Asif Ali crushed four sixes in the nineteenth over to seal accomplishment with six balls to save.
Asif wrapped up with a shocking 25 not out from seven balls, sending a vocal group wild in the end minutes.
Afghanistan, who had their influence in the spine chiller, were pulled to 147-6 by an engaging unbeaten seventh-wicket remain of 71 between Mohammad Nabi and Gulbadin Naib, who both made 35 not out.
They were 76-6 after a super charged beginning where Pakistan’s bowlers, and Afghanistan’s assaulting approach, made an electric climate.
Pakistan, without a doubt one of the competition top choices, are top of Group 2 with three dominates from three matches.
Different groups in the gathering, including India and New Zealand, have games close by, however Pakistan play Namibia and Scotland the two most reduced positioned groups left in the competition – in their leftover games.
At the point when Naveen-ul-Haq excused Malik and surrendered just two runs in the eighteenth over, Afghanistan – from no place – were ostensibly top choices.
Asif, who likewise took Pakistan to triumph with 27 not out against New Zealand in their last game, had confronted one conveyance yet dispatched the main wad of the penultimate over, bowled by Karim Janat, over long-off into the stands.
Janat nailed two yorkers in the following three balls yet Asif followed the first with a six over mid-wicket and the second with one more over long-on.
That carried the condition to 12 runs required from eight balls still no assurance.
Asif’s perfect, decimating hitting proceeded as he pounded the following two balls over the off-side to dominate the game in exciting style.
It was a completion suggestive of the last World T20 last when Ben Stokes was hit for four successive sixes via Carlos Brathwaite in West Indies’ success and the England all-rounder tweeted the renowned analysis line from that game after Asif’s heroics…