Pakistan down heroic Afghan side in thriller

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Asif Ali emerged as the hero for Pakistan for the second straight game of T20 World Cup 2021 on Friday as he hit four sixes in the penultimate over of a successful run chase against Afghanistan at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.

Chasing 148, Pakistan’s topsy turvy run chase was at 124-5, with 24 needed off 12 balls and the match set for another tensed ending.

This was when Asif, also the hero on Tuesday against New Zealand under similar conditions, decided to rise to the occasion.

He hit two of the first three balls of the 19th over bowled by Karim Janat for sixes before depositing the final two balls into the stands as well, killing the run chase singlehandedly and prematurely.

Earlier, Afghanistan skipper Mohammad Nabi and all-rounder Gulbadin Naib lifted Afghanistan to a fighting 147-6.

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