Asif Ali’s 25* from just 7 balls took Pakistan to victory with an over to spare against Afghanistan in the Super 12 stage of the T20 World Cup 2021.
Needing 24 off the last two overs, Ali used only one of those overs as he smacked Karim Janat for four sixes to get Pakistan across the line.
The victory makes it three wins out of three for Pakistan. They sit comfortably on top of the Group 2 table in the Super 12 stage of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup.
After the early wicket of Mohammad Rizwan, it was Bazar Azam and Fakhar Zaman that set the foundation for Pakistan’s win with a steady 63-run partnership.
Afghanistan top order
Afghanistan captain Nabi won the toss and opted to bat first against Pakistan at the Dubai International Stadium, with both teams unchanged. Teams chasing in Dubai have won four games out of four so far in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup but Afghanistan decided to play to their strengths instead.
Shaheen Afridi troubled the openers in the first over of the innings but didn’t get a wicket despite striking the pads thrice.