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Naseem Shah hits 2 sixes in 2 balls to lead Pakistan to Asia Cup final
Pakistan beat Afghanistan in a low-scoring thriller thanks to two sixes from Naseem Shah in the final over of the game. Pakistan will play in the championship game of the Asia Cup in 2022. Plus, after being assigned to bat first by Babar Azam, Afghanistan scored 130 runs in 20 overs. Therefore, the match appeared in the bag after Afghanistan was knocked for 130.
However, Mohammad Nabi and Co. gave the Green Shirts a run for their money with their superb bowling. With only 48 runs on the board after losing Fakhar Zaman and Babar Azam in the first six overs and the in-form Mohammad Rizwan at the end of the ninth over, it appeared that the Men in Green were in trouble.
The Afghan bowlers kept up the pressure, but a 42-run partnership between Iftikhar Ahmed and Shadab Khan brought the score close to the mark by the 16th. After the partnership was broken, Pakistan lost wickets quickly and cheaply. Thus, it turned the tide in favour of Afghanistan. Pakistan needed 21 runs in 12 balls in the final two overs with three wickets remaining. Plus, Fareed Ahmad’s second-to-last over proved decisive, as he accounted for two dismissals, one of which was Asif Ali.
By the end of his over, Pakistan only had its number 10 and 11 batters, Naseem and Mohammad Hasnain. On the crease, needing 11 runs off 6 balls. Pakistan was on the verge of losing when Naseem hit two sixes off the first two balls of the penultimate over. Pakistan advanced to the Asia Cup championship game, where they will face Sri Lanka after a one-wicket victory.