Pakistan advanced to the Asian Cup final by defeating Afghanistan for first place in an exciting match at Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Wednesday. Pakistan, which was chasing a goal with 130 points, needed 11 points with Naseem Shah and Muhammad Hasnain in the middle. Although Afghanistan appears to be overtaking Pakistan, Naseem had other ideas. Pacer scored two 6s on Fazalhaq Farooqi's first two serves and the Pakistani dressing room went into a frenzy.
Prior to these two balls, there was a drama in which Pakistan lost the wicket of Asif Ali, who struck Farid Ahmad Malik in six on the lead ball in the 19-over-par 5-ball. Not only did Farid fire Asif, he celebrated the turnstile by looking straight in his face and pumping his hands. But Asif didn't like Fareed's behavior and started walking with his mace. Fareed also built a shoulder punt for Asif while the batter backed up.
Fortunately, other players from Afghanistan intervened and separated the players.
With Pakistan's victory, India and Afghanistan were not
included in Sunday's final as they lost two matches. With four points each,
Pakistan and Sri Lanka progressed to the game for the title.
Afghanistan, which was invited to serve, went 129-6, with Ibrahim Zadran leading with 37 balls and 35 balls. Chasing targets with the remaining four balls, Pakistan went 131 for 9 at 19.2 overage.
In Pakistan, Shadab Khan scored first with his 36 points and Iftikhar Ahmed scored his 30 runs. For Afghanistan, Fareed Ahmad and Fazalhaq Farooqi took three wickets apiece while Rashid Khan got two.