India’s fate in the league is hanging on a Afghanistan won and Afghanistan’s pitchers, breathing fire in the cauldron of the Sharjah cricket stadium, nearly ran through Pakistan’s batting formation while defending 129/7 before Naseem scored in two the first ball of the final against Fazalhaq Farooqi. Naseem’s hits made a horror film for Pakistan with a single match. This win booked a place in the final for Pakistan along with Sri Lanka, making the next two Super 4 games meaningless.
As it happened: Pakistan vs Afghanistan
When the Pakistan team returns to the dressing room after limiting Afghanistan to a modest 129/7, they will imagine eliminating the laps with ease. By the time the final six innings of the match began, temperatures began to fly across the field and the stadium turned into a jarring event arena. Asif Ali hitting Fareed Ahmad with a stick after a short break in the 19th round was just one example of the tension of the night.
Fareed Ahmad of Afghanistan, left, and Asif Ali of Pakistan, right, react after Ali was sacked by Ahmad. (AP photo)
The noise here at Sharjah Cricket Stadium is much louder than what will happen to India at the end of the night. It became an ego battle as an Afghan-dominated crowd filled the stadium.
Afghanistan, as they usually do, caused a scare early in the innings as Hazratullah Zazai and Rahmanullah Gurbanz got them off to a good start, scoring 36 out of 3.5 passes. The extra speed of Pakistan’s fast pitchers, on a glass-like surface, seems to be working in Afghanistan’s favor as they begin to exploit short touchlines.
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The pitch looked like powdered glass at the end of the game and the Afghan archers began to create a tight encirclement of the Pakistani players from the second ball of the half when Farooqi trapped captain Babar Azam just before the matches. root.
Farooqi (3/31) and left-handed teammate Fareed Ahmad (3/31) provide support Rashid Khan (2/25) and Mujeeb Ur Rahman (0/12) immaculate spells only for Naseem to spoil their party.
However, Pakistan’s attack is too seasoned to be exploited by a batting squad that has yet to meet the high standards of international cricket. Soon, the extra pace became too hot to handle for the inexperienced Afghan players. And then cameraman Mohammad Nawaz and Shadab Khan walked in and suffocated them.
The Pakistani speed trio of Naseem Shah (1/19), Mohammad Hasnain (1/34) and Haris Rauf (2/26) decided to increase the heat like a gentle breeze gliding across the ground. They started delivering heavy balls, hitting hard lengths and relentlessly attacking tree stumps. The result is Zazai, Gurbanz and the captain Mohammad Nabi all are bowled.
Ibrahim Zadran, who was determined by Afghanistan to anchor their innings showed his unmissable talent. Even as he tries to rebuild, the pressure builds from the other end. His associates Karim Janat and Najibullah Zadran, tasked with increasing running speed, were suffocated by Shadab and Nawaz. Both men lost their lives trying to erase the straight line.
Despite Ibrahim sticking with the age of 35 at the age of 37, the big flourish never came. It took Afghanistan’s biggest Rashid Khan to land a few coveted shots in the final game against Rauf, giving them a chance from afar to turn things around with the ball.