In T20 WC, Pakistan defeated Afghanistan by 5 wickets, putting a hat-trick of victory. With the win, Pakistan have almost confirmed their place for the semi-finals. Playing first after winning the toss, AFG made 147/6. Pakistan achieved the target of 148 runs for the loss of 5 wickets in 19 overs. In the victory, captain Babar Azam scored (51) runs while batting brilliantly. At the same time, Asif Ali played an innings of 25 not out in just 7 balls.
In the last two overs, PAK needed 24 runs to win. The match stood at an exciting turn. In the 19th over, Karim Janat came for the bowling and in the same over, Asif Ali gave an easy victory to PAK while raining sixes. Asif hit sixes in the first, third, fifth and sixth balls and put the match in Pakistan’s lap.
Babar Azam became the first player to score 1,000 runs for Pakistan as a captain in T20Is.
Babar Azam (51) was his 13th fifty as captain in T20Is.
Asif Ali, who scored 25 not out off 7 balls, was adjudged man of the match.
This was Pakistan’s 14th consecutive win in the UAE.
Chasing the target, PAK had a poor start and Mujeeb ur Rahman dismissed Mohammad Rizwan (8) on the very first ball of the second over. Babar Azam and Fakhar Zaman added 63 runs in 52 balls for the second wicket and brought the team back into the match. This partnership was broken by Mohammad Nabi by dismissing Zaman (30). Mohammad Hafeez again failed to play a big innings and was dismissed on (10) by Rashid Khan. Rashid made the match exciting by dismissing PAK captain Babar Azam (51) in his very next over.
Babar Azam has become the fastest player to score 1000 runs as captain in T20Is. Babar achieved this feat in 26 innings. Before the Pakistani captain, this record was recorded by Indian captain Virat Kohli in the name of 30 innings. Click here to read West Indies vs Bangladesh match report
Star leg-spinner Rashid Khan has completed his 100 wickets in T20Is. Rashid became the first AFG bowler and the fourth in the world to achieve this feat. Rashid made this record only in the 53rd T20I match.