Babar Azam was half a century before Asif Ali reached four more sixes to lead Pakistan to Afghanistan for a third consecutive victory at the T20 World Cup.
Chasing 148 to win, Pakistan seemed to be heading for victory thanks to fifty of 45 Babar balls (51 of 47 balls) but when the skipper was knocked down by Rashid Khan, Afghanistan sensed an opportunity and that hope s ‘was then transformed into belief when Naveen -ul-Haq took Shoaib Malik behind in the next round.
This left Pakistan needing 24 out of 12 deliveries to win. However, they only needed six of them as Asif (25 non out of seven) clubbed four maximum of Karim Janat (0-48) to keep Pakistan 100% starting in the tournament.
Afghanistan’s disappointment came after they got out of batting trouble thanks to an unbroken 71-point stand between Mohammed Nabi (35th v 32) and Gulbadin Naib (35th v 25) which took them from 76-6 to 147-6.
A similar response with the ball was also unsuccessful due to Asif’s impressive strikes, but Afghanistan remain second in Group 2, four points behind Pakistan, after winning and losing in their opening two games.
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