Pakistan and Afghanistan locked horns with each other in the Super Four round of the Asia Cup tournament at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on 7th August, Wednesday. Having a look at the game, Pakistan won the toss and ordered the opposition to come out to bat.
Batting first, Afghanistan posted a decent total of 129 runs as Pakistani bowlers kept the overs very tight. Ibrahim Zadran top-scored for Afghanistan, scoring 35 runs after facing 37 deliveries.
Chasing the total, Pakistan suffered in the powerplay overs as they lost both Babar Azam and Fakhar Zaman in a quick session. However, Iftikhar Ahmed and Shadab Khan played a crucial knock in the middle and scored 30 and 36 runs respectively.
The game went on till the final over as Pakistan required 11 runs as Fazalhaq Farooqi got the ball. Everything looked in Afghanistan's favour till Naseem Shah smashed back-to-back sixes of the pacer and secured the place for the finals.
I had the belief to hit the sixes: Naseem Shah
After winning the game for Pakistan, the young talent of the Men in Green, Naseem Shah shared a few words about his self-belief in the post-match presentation. "When I went in to bat I had the belief to hit the sixes.
I practice (hitting sixes) and I knew they would bowl yorkers as they had the field up. There needs to be belief, we keep practising in the nets and I also changed my bat, it worked," Naseem Shah was quoted as saying by Cricbuzz.
"When I went in Asif was there and my job was to give him strike but once he got out the onus was on me. There is very little belief when you are nine down but I had the self-belief and this will be a memorable game for me. This was an important match as we knew a win today and we would be in the final," he added.
During the game, Fareed Malik had a heated banter with Asif Ali when the latter dismissed the Pakistani batsman and said something to him which made him show his bat against him.
Watch the video here:
New angle of the Asif Ali and Afghan bowler fight👀 pic.twitter.com/2Mfe0g65JW— S_h_o_w_k_e_t_Khan_0fficial (@s_h_o_w_k_e_t) September 8, 2022
The actual video of shameful attitude by this unknown bowler of Afghanistan shoving gestures in the face of Asif Ali. Ungrateful gits! pic.twitter.com/OrFpiEipY3— Wajahat Kazmi (@KazmiWajahat) September 7, 2022
This is stupidity at extreme level by Asif Ali and should be ban from the rest of the tournament, any bowler has the right to celebrate but being physical is not acceptable at all. @icc @ACCMedia1 pic.twitter.com/3ledpmM3mt— Gulbadin Naib (@GbNaib) September 7, 2022