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Afghanistan vs Pakistan Highlights: Watch Asif Ali slam 4 sixes in an over to script unbelievable finish

Afghanistan vs Pakistan (AFG vs PAK) Highlights: Asif Ali, Babar Azam steer Pakistan to 5-wicket victory against Afghanistan.

By: Sports Desk |
Updated: October 30, 2021 2:31:01 am
Afghanistan vs Pakistan HighlightsPakistan's Asif Ali, center, hugs teammate Shadab Khan to celebrate their win during the T20 World Cup. (AP Photo)

Afghanistan vs Pakistan (AFG vs PAK) Highlights: Pakistan beat Afghanistan by five wickets in their Group 2 Super 12 match of the ICC T20 World Cup on Friday. Opting to bat, Afghanistan were reduced to 64-5 in 9.1 overs but Gulbadin Naib (35 not out) and skipper Mohammad Nabi (35 not out) shared 71 runs to take Afghanistan to a competitive 147 for 6. C

hasing the total, Babar Azam scored 51, while Asif Ali blasted four sixes in the 19th over as Pakistan romped home, scoring 148 for 5 in 19 overs. Afghanistan spin trio of Rashid Khan (2/26), Nabi (1/36) and Mujeeb Ur Rahman (1/14) were among wickets. For Pakistan, Imad Wasim (2/25), Shaheed Afridi (1/22), Haris Rauf (1/37), Hasan Ali (1/38) and Shadab Khan (1/22) were the wicket-takers.

Brief Scores:

Afghanistan: 147/6 in 20 overs (M Nabi 35, G Naib 35, Imad Wasim 2/25).
Pakistan: 148/5 in 19 overs (Babar Azam 51; Rashid Khan 2/25).

Match EndedICC World Twenty20, 2021 - Super 12 - Match 24

Afghanistan

147/6 (20.0)
vs

Pakistan

148/5 (19.0)
Match Ended ( Day - Super 12 - Match 24 )
Pakistan beat Afghanistan by 5 wickets

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Afghanistan vs Pakistan Highlights:

00:01 (IST)30 Oct 2021
The coolest No 😀x6

Asif Ali's casual shake of head to refuse a single on the final ball of the 18th over could well go down as the coolest 'no' of this tournament. It had the brashness of a cowboy flicking his cigarette before a shoot-out, it had the swagger of an action hero walking into a dark alley to face the villains. Pakistan wanted 24 from two overs. Shoaib Malik, his senior partner and fellow finisher from the earlier game, had just got out. Asif wanted the ball in his court and for that he needed to be on strike. He knew he could do it, he had a measure of the ground and his strokes. In the last game he had hit three sixes to score 27 runs off 12 deliveries. This time he scored 25 from 7 balls. He didn't believe in taking the game to the last over. His idea of scoring 24 was similar to a child who had just by-hearted 1 to 10 tables. If you are Asif, 24 is as easy 6x4.

23:18 (IST)29 Oct 2021
Highest SR in T20 World Cups (25 runs)

414.3 Dwayne Smith (29 off 7) v Ban 2007
362.5 Yuvraj Singh (58 off 16) v Eng 2007
357.1 Asif Ali (25* off 7) v Afg 2021
353.8 Jehan Mubarak (46* off 13) v Ken 2007
340.8 Carlos Brathwaite (34* off 10) v Eng 2016

23:11 (IST)29 Oct 2021
Rashid, the googly search engine 🧐🔎🌐

Rashid Khan vs Babar Azam proved the best match-up of the tournament so far. The wizard Khan held the upper hand throughout, even saw his man being dropped and reprieved by the DRS but got him off the final ball of his spell.  His second ball to Babar was a sharp googly that the batsman misread and was rapped on the pad. The umpire gave it out but DRS saved Babar. Another googly next ball, the first of the second over, yet again rapped the pads but it was sliding down leg. Babar went for the slog sweep next ball but dragged it off the inner edge. Both the batsman and the bowler had a chat and a smile. Rashid’s next ball to Babar was a beauty; it broke away so sharply from Babar who was stunned and poked it off the outer edge just wide of the slip. The next ball too was a lovely one; a lot slower and Babar mistimed the drive back to the bowler. As he walked away at the end of his second over, Khan shut his eyes, hung his head, and grimaced.

Rashid would take the wicket of Mohammad Hafeez in his third over but it was Babar he was after. After a lengthy discussion among the seniors, Afghanistan decided to give Khan the 17th over with Pakistan needing 38 runs. Shoaib Malik walloped a leg break for a six and charged down the track. Undeterred, Khan kept at it and nearly had Babar on the fourth ball of the over with a crafty leg break but Naveen clanged a relatively simple chance running in from backward point.

Then Babar did something very strange, and uncharacteristic. It was the last ball of the over, the last ball of Rashid’s spell, but he went for a big heave-ho. Was it the ego to prove a point? Was it the urge to break Afghanistan’s spirits? Whatever it was, it was decidedly unwise. This time, Rashid went for the googly, and a tad slower at it, and Babar was through with his slog-sweep and was bowled. Off ran Rashid on a celebratory run - he had troubled Babar nearly every ball and got his man in the end.

23:07 (IST)29 Oct 2021
Asif Ali explodes to hand Pak 5-wicket victory

And the penultimate over begins. 24 runs needed off the last 2 overs now. And Asif Ali continues his form from the NZ match. A Six to start. And another 6. He is showing no mercy. 2 sixes in the first 3 balls. And another 6 off the 5th ball. The pattern is staggeing. It's 6,0,6,0,6 till now. Ali is explosive.  And another 6. It's all over. What an over. 4 sixes. Pak make it 3 out of 3 with this 5-wicket victory.

22:57 (IST)29 Oct 2021
WICKET!!

And Malik is dropped. That was hit very hard. Not an easy catch by any means. Turning out to be a pretty good over for Afghanistan. And edged. Malik is gone. Naveen takes the crucial 5th Pakistan wicket. PAK 124/5 after 17.5 overs.

22:52 (IST)29 Oct 2021
Azam departs

Rashid's last over begins. They have 3 overs of seam left. Pakistan play seam pretty well. Do they see out Rashid? And a six!! Shoaib Malik. Takes the risk, goes after Rashid and slog sweeps this deep into the stands at wide long-on. Mighty blow and it's gone way into the crowd. And Rashid bowls a wide ball. 2 off it. That 6 might have rattled him. And dropped. Azam is dropped. Naveen-ul-Haq with a massive drop! What a wicket this would have been for Rashid and Afghanistan! And he has clean bowled him in the last ball of the over. Massive one. Azam is gone. PAK 122/4 after 17 overs.

22:45 (IST)29 Oct 2021
50 for Babar

16th over starts. Karim to bowl. And 50 comes up for the Pakistan skipper Babar Azam. 22nd T20I fifty for Babar, his third in the last four innings! It's been another typical innings from him - all calm and poise. Needs to finish it off though, because this format is really unpredictable. 9 from this over. PAK 110/3 after 16 overs.

22:37 (IST)29 Oct 2021
Fastest to 100 wickets

ODIs: Rashid Khan - 44 matches
T20Is: Rashid Khan - 53 matches

22:37 (IST)29 Oct 2021
Most wickets in T20Is

117 Shakib
107 Malinga
100 Southee
100 RASHID KHAN

22:36 (IST)29 Oct 2021
WICKET

And gone. First ball of the 15th over. Rashid finally takes his 100th wicket in T20I and he is the quickest to do it. Hafeez departs after that mistimed shot. Straight to Gulbadin. Attempted the slog sweep but ended up getting it off the top-half of the blade. Straight down long-on's throat. PAK 97/3 after 14.1 overs.

22:34 (IST)29 Oct 2021
Nabi's spell done

14th over about to begin. The last one was Rashid's who went for 8 runs. Nabi will finish his spell now. Can he take a wicket? And a no ball. It looks mighty close. And the free hit is caught by Rashid but won't count. 8 off the over. PAK 97/2 after 14 overs.

22:22 (IST)29 Oct 2021
WICKET!!

Another LBW being reviewed, it's Fakhar Zaman this time. Nabi is the bowler. And we wait for a decision now. Looks out this time but let's see. He is hit on the back thigh in front of middle stump missing a sweep to a full ball but was crouched so low. And the original decision stands. Afghanistan gets a breakthrough. Zaman departs. PAK 75/2 after 11.1 overs.

22:17 (IST)29 Oct 2021
Babar survives

Finally Rashid Khan is brought in the attack. But is it too late? Let's see. Pakistan will look to be careful while playing him. And Rashid strikes. 100 wickets for him. But might have to wait. Babar reviews. It's missing leg stump! Babar survives.  PAK 75/1 after 11 overs.

22:10 (IST)29 Oct 2021
10 overs gone

What a way to end the 10th over. Smart batting from Babar. Slow bumper outside off, Babar Azam picks it, hops and neatly periscopes it over vacant first slip. Third man had no chance of stopping that. We go for drinks. PAK 72/1 after 10 overs.

22:05 (IST)29 Oct 2021
Babar relieves the pressure with couple of 4s

9th over begins. The last over went for just 5 runs. Match is balanced. No clear advantage to any side. Azam starts with a 4. And another one off the 4th ball. Length ball outside off, Babar Azam waits and late-dabs it fine of short third man. Made it look so easy. 13 off this over. PAK 62/1 after 9 overs.

21:54 (IST)29 Oct 2021
Mujeeb's spell ends

Mujeeb's spell will be over after this one. 7th over starts. They are looking to burn through his spell. Pakistan will look to be careful in this over. 6 off the over ultimately. PAK 44/1 after 7 overs.

21:50 (IST)29 Oct 2021
Powerplay done

Last over of the powerplay now. Naveen-ul-Haq to bowl. And a four off the fourth ball. Pakistan were looking for it. 7 off it. PAK 38/1 after powerplay ends.

21:42 (IST)29 Oct 2021
FOUR!! SIX!!!

And Zaman has hit the 5th ball of the fourth over for a four and then follows up the last ball with a 6. In a flash, Pakistan are back in control. PAK 29/1 after 4 overs.

21:35 (IST)29 Oct 2021
WICKET

The last ball of the 2nd over was punished for a 4 by Rizwan. Mujeeb to start the 3rd over. And a wicket is gone. Big big wicket. Afghanistan strike early. He's holed out to Naveen-ul-Haq at square leg! Rizwan falls early and Afghanistan explode with joy! That fielder was stationed specifically for that swipe by the Pakistan wicketkeeper, and the plan comes off! PAK 12/1 after 2.3 overs.

21:31 (IST)29 Oct 2021
Gulbadin blooms without thorny crown 🌹🏞️❌👑

Gulbadin Naib had found himself as the captain during the 2019 ODI world cup in England with the Afghanistan board playing musical chairs with the job. The campaign was a disaster and Naib had found it all a bit too much. “You guys got a chance to go around the cities when you don’t have games?” he was asked. “Nahi bhai, Mostly hotel, practice, hotel.” Why? “Cricket is the only thing for us and in our country. And we are not doing well here. I am very, very disappointed; most guys are. No mood to go out. I have lots of relatives all around this country but I have not gone much. They also would be sad with the way we have played. So I have been just in the hotel mostly. Ek win mil jaaye toh…” He looked weary, almost sad. That win never came in that tournament. He would be a much happy man on Friday night. He is no longer the captain and was instrumental in charging Afghanistan to a great finish. It began with a four off Shaheen Afridi in the 16th over before he looted 21 runs off the 18th over by Hasan Ali. A thunderous pull to the midwicket stands, a smash hit to long-on, and a drag-heave to cow-corner. He even slammed Haris Rauf for a boundary in the 19th over.  His unbeaten 35 and the unbroken 71-run partnership with Mohammad Nabi lifted Afghanistan from the pits of 76 for 6 to 147.

The Babar Azam-led side will certainly go into this contest as favourites but Afghanistan is not a side that can be taken lightly now. A mix of powerful strikers and world-class spinners make them an exciting unit. Afghanistan batters dominated the Scotland bowlers with their power-hitting but now they have to contend with an attack which is one of the most dangerous in this event. They will have to show maturity and treat the balls on merit. Going after the attack blindly is not an option against Pakistan.

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