T20 World Cup: Asif Ali hits four sixes in an over to seal Pakistan win over Afghanistan | Cricket News


Pakistan beat Afghanistan by five wickets to maintain their 100 per cent start to the T20 World Cup after a thrilling contest in Dubai; Asif Ali smashed four sixes in an over to seal to win after Babar Azam’s half-century had underpinned the chase of 148

Last Updated: 29/10/21 7:11pm

Asif Ali's stunning 25no from seven balls took Pakistan to victory over Afghanistan

Asif Ali’s stunning 25no from seven balls took Pakistan to victory over Afghanistan

Babar Azam made a half-century before Asif Ali hit four sixes in an over to take Pakistan past Afghanistan to a dramatic third straight win at the T20 World Cup.

Chasing 148 to win, Pakistan seemed to be cruising to victory thanks to a 45-ball fifty from Babar (51 from 47 balls) but when the skipper was bowled by Rashid Khan, Afghanistan sensed an opportunity and that hope then turned to belief when Naveen-ul-Haq had Shoaib Malik caught behind in the next over.

That left Pakistan needing 24 from 12 deliveries to win. However, they needed just six of them as Asif (25no from seven) clubbed four maximums off Karim Janat (0-48) to maintain Pakistan’s 100 per cent start to the tournament.

Afghanistan’s disappointment came after they dragged themselves out of trouble with the bat thanks to an unbroken 71-run stand between Mohammed Nabi (35no from 32) and Gulbadin Naib (35no from 25) which took them from 76-6 to 147-6.

A similar fightback with the ball also proved in vain due to Asif’s impressive hitting but Afghanistan remain second in Group 2, four points behind Pakistan, after a win and a defeat from their first two games.

More to follow…

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