Pakistan in the final with a dramatic win, India and Afghanistan bye

11 runs needed from 6 balls, the last two batsmen on the wicket are Nasim Shah and Mohammad Hasnain. The bet was in favor of Afghanistan. But if the bet always matches why is it cricket! Fazal Haq Farooqui, who gave Babar Azam the bitter taste of a forgotten golden duck with a superb delivery at the start of the innings, delivered two back-to-back fulls. Nasim Shah threw both of them over the boundary with a long off! Pakistan won by 1 wicket in a breathless final match.
With this victory at the Sharjah International Stadium, Pakistan sent off India and Afghanistan to reach the finals of the Asia Cup. Babar’s opponent in Sunday’s final is Sri Lanka. The last two matches of the Asia Cup Super Four are mere formalities now that the two teams have made it to the finals.

Afghanistan lost to Sri Lanka in the first match of the Super Four. They had to win today against Pakistan to keep the hope of the final alive. India was also looking at the Afghans. Losing to Pakistan and Sri Lanka, Rohit Sharma’s farewell was confirmed. Still, there was hope on paper.

Afghanistan ultimately did the job of keeping that hope alive. Even with a capital of 129 runs, he was very close to victory. But Farooq’s yorker-attempted disaster made the full toss and laugh where?

But this left-handed pacer is the beginning of awakening the potential of Afghans. Babar cut LBW on the second ball, the Pakistan captain returned on the first ball he faced. It is only his second Golden Duck in his 78-match T20 career. Then at the beginning of the fourth over, Fakhr Zaman was run out by a great throw by Najibullah Zadran. Mohammad Rizwan was still alive by trust. However, this wicketkeeper-batsman, who topped Babar at number one in the T20 rankings today, could not last long. Rashid Khan scored 20 runs off 26 balls. This is the first time since January 2020 that both Babar and Rizwan were out before 20 runs.

When three top order batsmen were out, Pakistan were 45 runs. To prevent disaster, Iftikhar Ahmed-Shadab Khan pulled the reins with the bat in such a way that Pakistan did not get any boundaries in 38 consecutive balls. However, Shadab, who was promoted in the batting order, did not remain silent for long. In the 12th over of the innings, the Afghan captain opened his arms by hitting Mohammad Nabi for a six. He took a total of 14 runs with 1 more four in that over. In the next over, Mujeeb ur Rehman was also hit for a six.

Just as Mohammad Nawaz scored 42 runs from 20 balls against India in the previous match to open the door for Pakistan to win, Shadab did the same in this match. He made 36 runs off 26 balls with 1 four and 3 sixes before falling victim to Rashid Khan.