DUBAI: Skipper Babar Azam hit a made 51 while Asif Ali hit four sixes in the penultimate over as Pakistan finished a full go-around of triumphs in the T20 World Cup with a five-wicket prevail upon Afghanistan in a Super 12 Group 2 match on Friday.
Captain Mohammad Nabi and Gulbadin Naib’s unbeaten thumps in a mind blowing rearguard activity had guided Afghanistan to a serious 147 for six after they were panting at 76 for six.
Pakistan redesignd the objective in 19 overs, a triumph which united their best position in the focuses table and improved their elimination round possibilities with minnows Scotland and Namibia up next for them.
His side requiring 24 runs from the last two overs, Asif Ali (25 off 7 balls) wrapped up the task in nineteenth over, hitting four sixes off Karim Jannat.
Pakistan lost Mohammad Rizwan (8) to Mujeeb Ur Rahman from the get-go in their pursuit however Azam and Fakhar Zaman (30) monitored the innings with their 63-run stand.
Mujeeb was outstanding forthright for Afghanistan as he surrendered just 14 runs in his four-over spell yet Pakistan hitters scored runs off different bowlers.
World’s top leg-spinner Rashid Khan conveyed Afghanistan’s expectations however when he came to bowl Pakistan had placed 72 sudden spikes in demand for board in 10 overs.
His wizardry was working however as he disposed of Mohammad Hafeez (10) to finish a hundred years of wickets in T20 Internationals.
He parted with just 26 runs in his four overs with the vast majority of the Pakistan hitters playing him with alert.
Shoaib Malik (19) however dispatched Rashid for a monstrous six in his last over in which Azam was dropped by Naveen ul haq. Nonetheless, the Pakistan captain was bowled off a googly in the last ball.
Azam’s 47-ball thump had just four shots to the fence as he for the most part moved the ball around.
Malik wound up got behind when he streaked hard on a widish ball from Naveen, giving a simple catch to Mohammad Shahzad. Asif was at the wrinkle and he didn’t disillusion his side.
Prior, Pakistan’s far reaching assault overwhelmed the procedures yet Nabi (35) and Naib (35) held onto the force with their large hearted exertion under tension and kept it from turning into an uneven challenge.
They added 71 runs in 7.1 overs with 43 coming in the last three overs.
Everything began when they creamed 21 runs from the seventeenth over bowled by Hasan Ali. Together they hit 10 limits.
Notwithstanding, at first Shaheen Afridi’s examining yorkers, Haris Rauf’s variety and the control of Imad Wasim and Shadab Khan tried the hitters of Afghanistan, who picked to bat.
Pacer Afridi made strain on Afghan players immediately with his toe-focusing on blazing first finished and left-arm spinner Wasim followed that up with another tight over forthright.
The dab ball pressure improved of Hazratullah Zazai (0), who followed Wasim and wound up giving a catch to Haris Rauf.
Mohammad Shahzad (8) lifted Afridi’s overpitched ball in the cover locale to get the primary limit of the group yet couldn’t clear the mid-on one ball later to begin his stroll back to the burrow.
Understanding that it will be hard to score off Afridi, previous captain Asghar Afghan (10) and Rahmanullah Gurbaz (10) designated Wasim and gathered 17 runs from his next finished, both hitting him for a six each.
In any case, Afghan’s visit was stopped by Rauf while Gurbaz was sent back by Hasan Ali.
Afghan’s more youthful sibling Jannat (15) went to the wrinkle and along with Najibullah Zadran (22) had the obligation to keep above water his side, which was reeling at 39 for four inside Powerplay overs.
It continued to deteriorate for Afghanistan as neither the runs came at a decent speed and they continued to lose wickets.
Jannat and Zadran were scalped by Wasim and Shadab separately, passing on Nabi with a troublesome undertaking to put enough sudden spikes in demand for the board to protect, which he did with Naib.
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