Sharjah: Shadab Khan's all-rounder game and two sixes from Naseem Shah (14 not out off four balls) in moments of pressure helped Pakistan secure a ticket to the final of the Asia Cup on Wednesday by defeating Afghanistan by one wicket. 'Player of the match' Shadab played an important innings of 36 runs in 26 balls after taking one wicket for 27 runs in four overs. He shared an important 42-run partnership for the fourth wicket with Iftikhar Ahmed (30 runs).
Final between Sri Lanka and Pakistan
With this thrilling victory of Pakistan, the Indian team along with Afghanistan were also out of the race for the final. Pakistan will face Sri Lanka in the final to be played on September 11. In this very exciting low-scoring match, Pakistan restricted Afghanistan to 129 for six after deciding to bowl first. Afghanistan also tried hard to defend this target and chewed Nako gram to Pakistan.
Pakistan won the match in the last over
In the last over, Pakistan needed 11 runs to win while Afghanistan needed one wicket. Naseem Shah, who came to bat at the 10th order, gave the team a memorable one-wicket victory by hitting a six off the first two balls of Fazalhaq Faruri (3 for 31 runs). For Afghanistan, Farooqui and Farid Ahmed took three wickets each while Rashid Khan took two wickets. Mujeeb Ur Rahman conceded just 12 runs in four overs.
Ibrahim scored the highest 35 runs
Ibrahim Zadran contributed 35 runs for the team. He hit two fours and a six in his 37-ball innings. Haris Rauf was the most successful bowler of Pakistan. He took two wickets for 26 runs. Naseem, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Nawaz and Shadab took one wicket each. Chasing the target, Farooqui gave Afghanistan a great start by dismissing Babar Azam leg before without opening the account in the opening over itself.
Rashid Khan showed his power with the bat too
Mohammad Rizwan (20), running in excellent rhythm, hit a six and four against the same bowler in the third over. Fakhar Zaman (five runs) was run out on the first ball of the fourth over on a brilliant throw from Najibullah. Rashid Ahmed and Mohammad Nabi bowled economical after the powerplay, which benefited with the wicket of Rizwan. Rashid trapped Rizwan, who was running in a scintillating rhythm, by trapping him in his googly.