Pakistan achieved their third success in the Super 12 with a five-wicket triumph over Afghanistan in Dubai, yet not without dramatization. In one of the more serious games in the continuous T20 World Cup, Pakistan were pushed close, requiring 24 off the last 2 overs until Asif Ali’s four sixes against Karim Janat in the nineteenth over wrapped up the game with an over to save. This was Pakistan’s fourteenth sequential success in the UAE and Afghanistan’s first loss on these shores in 18 matches.
So a similar script for Pakistan?
Bowl first, strike early, limit the resistance, fabricate the pursuit through Babar Azam and pass on it for Asif Ali to complete – sounds recognizable? This was essentially how Pakistan enrolled one more win in the competition however it might have been unique, had Mohammad Nabi selected to bowl first. However, rather decided to put on an aggregate and it resembled a terrible call when his side lost four wickets in the powerplay.
Hazratullah Zazai, Mohammad Shahzad, Asghar Afghan and Rahmanullah Gurbaz all fell inside the initial six, and to various Pakistan bowlers, showing exactly how balanced Babar Azam’s assault truly is. Imad Wasim previously got Zazai top-edging to third man and afterward Shaheen Afridi got Shahzad captured at mid-on. Haris Rauf then, at that point, had Asghar Afghan gotten and bowled while Hasan Ali, astounding the remainder of the powerplay, had Gurbaz miscuing a draw shot.
So how did Afghanistan make 147?
Nabi and Gulbadin Naib added 71 off the last 45 balls, hitting 9 fours and a six to take Afghanistan to 147/6. Hasan Ali yielded 21 runs in his last more than, a sensation that this has happened before second for Pakistan that will give them something to contemplate over even after this success. Both wrapped up with a singular score of 35* and set up a score that could challenge Pakistan with two of their spinners in Rashid Khan and Mujeeb Ur Rahman. In any case, Pakistan were too acceptable on the day indeed.
Babar Azam at it once more
Despite the fact that he lost his initial accomplice right on time, with Mohammad Rizwan tumbling to Mujeeb inside the powerplay, Babar obliged Fakhar Zaman this time around, adding a consistent 63 runs for the subsequent wicket and scoring his 22nd T20I fifty, his third in the last four innings.
How could it draw near eventually?
Babar tumbled to a helpless shot off Rashid, bowled by a googly and Shoaib Malik then, at that point, edged Naveen-ul-Haq behind six balls later, leaving Pakistan somewhat shocked before the nineteenth over. Be that as it may, Asif Ali wasn’t releasing it into the last finished. He dispatched his second ball for a six and hit three more in the over, basically the same as what he did against New Zealand, and took Pakistan home with six conveyances to save.
Brief Scores: Afghanistan 147/6 in 20 overs (Mohammad NAbi 35*, Gulbadin Naib 35*; Imad Wasim 2-25) lost to Pakistan 148/5 in 19 overs (Babar Azam 51, Asif Ali 25*; Rashid Khan 2-26) by 5 wickets