- Pakistan beat Afghanistan by 1 wicket
- Naseem Shah got the victory by hitting 2 sixes in the last over
- Pakistan reached the final of Asia Cup
PAK vs AFG Asia Cup 2022: Pakistan completely cleared the picture of the tournament by defeating Afghanistan by 1 wicket in the midst of a tremendous thrill in a crucial Super 4 match. After this decision, there was nothing left for these two teams in Asia Cup, India and Afghanistan. This victory of Pakistan turned the presence of these two teams in the tournament into a mere formality.
Pakistani batsmen chased down the small target with difficulty
In this match played in Sharjah, Pakistan had an easy target of 130 runs. Based on the performance of his batsmen in the tournament, he should have got an easy win but it did not happen. On the second ball of the innings, captain Babar Azam got out on a golden duck. His wicket was picked up by Afghanistan’s young fast bowler Fazlhaq Farooqui. Like his captain, the innings of Fakhar Zaman, who was constantly battling with poor form, also ended on 5 runs. But his biggest blow came from the dismissal of Mohammad Rizwan. Rizwan, who has been playing consecutive big innings in the Asia Cup, failed for the first time in the tournament. This wicket-keeper batsman scored 20 runs in 26 balls. He remains the tournament’s top scorer with 212 runs. Even after Rizwan’s dismissal, the flow of Pakistani batsmen continued.
In the middle order, Iftikhar Ahmed and Shadab Khan put together an important partnership of 42 runs in 41 balls. Iftikhar scored 30 and Shadab scored 36 runs in these two batsmen. This partnership got Pakistan back in the match. Later Asif Ali also hit some big shots. After scoring 16 runs in eight balls, they clashed with the Afghan players and both of them also got into a fight.
Naseem Shah’s 2 consecutive sixes won
Although the Afghan bowlers bowled consistently, they had to bear the brunt of the small total in the end. For Afghanistan, Fazlhaq Farooqui and Farid Ahmed took 3 wickets each while Rashid Khan took 2 wickets. Naseem Shah, who came to bat at number 10 with two consecutive sixes in the 20th over, gave Pakistan a one-wicket victory in a thrilling match.
India’s doors closed due to Pakistan’s victory
After this victory, Pakistan confirmed its place in the final of the Asia Cup. Pakistan, who registered two victories in Super 4 in the title match of the tournament, have been decided against Sri Lanka, who have won two matches. At the same time, India’s journey in the Asia Cup is over. Even if India beat Afghanistan in the next match, they will have only one win in their account which is not enough to take them to the final.