PAK vs AFG, Asia Cup 2022: Asif Ali FIGHT Fareed Ahmad in Pakistan vs Afghanistan Match – WATCH

Published on: Sep 8, 2022 1:08 pm IST|Updated on: Sep 8, 2022 2:00 pm IST

PAK vs AFG Asia Cup 2022

Sharjah witnessed another thriller of the ongoing T20 Asia Cup 2022 yesterday (September 7), as Pakistan attained a captivating victory against Afghanistan by merely a wicket. However, apart from Naseem Shah’s heroic batting cameo, it was Asif Ali, the Pakistani middle-order batter, who caught the limelight.
Talking about the match, Babar Azam won the toss and chose to field first. With exceptional efforts from all the bowlers on the team, Pakistan managed to restrict the Afghani men at a comparatively feasible score of 129 for 6. Haris Rauf picked a couple of wickets for his side, while for Afghanistan, Ibrahim Zadran scored a steady knock of 35 runs off 37 deliveries, with two fours and a six.
In reply, Pakistan lost skipper Azam for a duck, but Mohammad Rizwan, Iftikhar Ahmed, and Shadab Khan (36 runs off 26 deliveries) tried to regulate the Pakistan innings. In the end, it was Pakistan’s new exciting talent Shah, who hit two back-to-back sixes in the final over of Fazalhaq Farooqi, when Pakistan needed 11 runs off 6 deliveries and had only a wicket to spare. Pakistan won another nail-biter by one wicket.

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PAK vs AFG, Asia Cup 2022: Asif Ali FIGHT Fareed Ahmad in Pakistan vs Afghanistan Match – WATCH

Although, the game saw a tense moment between Ali, and Fareed Ahmad the Afghani left-arm pacer, after the fifth ball of the 19th over during Pakistan’s innings. Ahmad bowled a slower bouncer to Ali, who hooked the ball to the short fine leg and was caught by Karim Janat, the fielder. Ahmad was hit for a six on the previous delivery by Ali and he went on to give him a mouthful send-off with offensive words.
Ali, in response, couldn’t hold it back as he tried to punch Fareed. He also threatened the pacer to hit with the bat, imitating Javed Miandad, the former Pakistani cricketer, who had tried to do the same with Dennis Lillee with the bat during a Test match then. The umpires, the Afghanistan players, and the other batter with Ali invaded the two from going further.

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Besides, the match decided the fate of three teams, including Pakistan, Afghanistan, and India. Pakistan, after two consecutive victories in the Super 4 stage, have now clinched a spot in the Asia Cup 2022 final and will meet Sri Lanka on September 11 in Dubai.

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