- Pakistan’s team recorded third consecutive
- Babar’s team has 6 points from three matches.
- Pakistan’s place in the semi-finals almost confirmed
Pakistan beat Afghanistan by 5 wickets to register their third consecutive win in the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 Super 12 Group 2. Asif Ali was instrumental in this victory, who hit 4 sixes in the 19th over, giving the team a spectacular victory with one over remaining.
Pakistan (Pakistan vs Afghanistan T20 World Cup) needed 24 runs to win in the last two overs. At that time the match stood at a very exciting juncture. The result could have gone in either side. Asif Ali and Shadab Khan were at the crease.
The 19th over of the innings from Afghanistan brought Karim Janat. Asif Ali was on strike. Asif Ali hits a six over long off on the first ball. No run scored on the second ball.
On the third ball, Asif hit another six over deep midwicket. No run scored on the fourth ball. Then Asif hit sixes on the fifth and sixth balls to give Pakistan a great victory with 6 balls to spare. A total of 24 runs came in this over of Karim. Asif returned unbeaten on 25 off 7 balls.
Chasing Afghanistan’s score of 147 for 6, Pakistan looked to be in trouble at one point of time but ‘Player of the Match’ Asif Ali’s devastating knock gave Pakistan a hat-trick win.
Babar and Fakhar shared a 63-run partnership
Afghanistan took 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.
Pakistani captain left in review
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 lbw. In this way, the 52-ball fifty partnership between Babar Azam and Zaman for the second wicket ended.
Rashid completed 100 wickets in T20
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 fifty in 45 balls which included four fours. Rashid (2 for 26) got his second wicket by bowling Babar Azam off the last ball of his spell.