Asia Cup 2022: Naseem Shah, the young pacer for Pakistan, stole the stage, but not because he had the ball in his hands. He used the bat to defeat Afghanistan in the Super 4 match of the ongoing Asia Cup. To win the game for the Babar Azam-led team. Pakistan won by one wicket thanks to Naseem’s two sixes off the first two deliveries of Fazalhaq Farooqi’s final over.
Even captain Babar, who led his team to victory, struggled to control his emotions after the game.
Afghanistan was allowed to bat. First, they scored 129/6 in 20 overs. Pakistan was cruising, chasing 130 at one point, scoring 87/3 in the 16th. However, Pakistan lost momentum and scored 118/9 in the penultimate over.
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In the 1986 Austral-Asia Cup, Javed Miandad scored a six off the last ball of Chetan Sharma’s bowling to give Pakistan a historic triumph. Even if Naseem didn’t knock a six on the last ball, his bravery would be remembered for a long time.
Asia Cup 2022: Pakistan vs Afghanistan, Super 4 Match
They needed 11 runs in the final over to win, and Naseem Shah came through as Pakistan’s hero. Naseem Shah has 77 runs from 20 T20 innings going into the match, a miserable average of 7. He had played in two T20I innings for the national team without scoring a run. But he delivered when it counted.
Fazalhaq Farooqi attempted two yorkers, both of which missed their mark, and he smacked them for massive sixes. The Men in Green first appeared out of chances, but Shadab Khan’s innings of 36 off 28 balls, which included three sixes, offered them a ray of hope. Asif Ali’s cameo of 16 runs at a strike rate of 200 also helped to resurrect them in the match.
With only one wicket remaining, 11 runs had to be scored off the final over when Naseem Shah managed to bat his way to an unlikely victory.