New Delhi. Pakistan registered its third consecutive victory in the T20 World Cup-2021. Babar Azam’s captaincy team defeated Afghanistan by 5 wickets in their third match of the Super-12 stage. In this match played at Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Afghanistan scored 147 runs for the loss of 6 wickets in 20 overs. After this, Pakistan achieved the target by losing 5 wickets in 19 overs. For Pakistan, captain Babar Azam played the highest innings of 51 runs. Player of the match Asif Ali hit 4 sixes in the 19th over of the innings.
Pakistan needed 24 runs to win in the last two overs. Asif Ali was at the crease and Nabi handed the ball to Karim Janat. Asif, who came to bat at number six, made such a color that in this over he gave victory to the team. Asif sends the first ball for a six at long off. Then hit a six in deep mid-wicket on the third ball. Asif also gave victory by hitting sixes on the last two balls of the over. He made his personal score 25 not out off 7 balls and returned to the pavilion unbeaten after scoring at a strike rate of 357.
Chasing the target of 148 runs, the first blow to the Pakistani team was on the score of 12 runs. Wicket-keeper batsman Mohammad Rizwan (8) was caught by Mujeeb at the hands of Naveen-ul-Haq. After this, Fakhar Zaman and captain Babar Azam batted firmly. Both took the team’s score 38 for 1 wicket in the powerplay. The team’s 50 runs were completed in 8.1 overs by Babar Azam’s four. Both added 63 runs for the second wicket.
This partnership was broken by the prophet and on the very first ball of the 12th over of the innings, Fakhar Zaman was sent lbw out and sent to the pavilion. Fakhar Zaman scored 30 runs in his innings of 25 balls with the help of 2 fours and 1 six. Mohammad Hafeez, who came to bat at number four, could not do much and became the victim of Rashid Khan after scoring 10 runs. Rashid then sent captain Babar Azam to the pavilion. He bowled Babar on the last ball of the 17th over of the innings. Babar scored 51 runs in 47 balls with the help of 4 fours. In the next over, Naveen-ul-Haq caught the experienced Shoaib Malik (19) at the hands of Shahzad and the team’s score was 124 for 5 wickets. Malik hit one four and one six in his 15-ball innings.
Earlier, Afghanistan captain Mohammad Nabi won the toss and decided to bat first. Despite losing 4 wickets in the powerplay, the Afghan team managed to score 147 runs for 6 wickets. Nabi and Gulbadin Naib shared an unbeaten partnership of 71 runs in 45 balls for the 7th wicket. Afghanistan added the highest 21 runs of the innings in the 18th over in which Naib hit 1 six and 2 fours.
Gulbadin (4 fours and 1 six in 25 balls) and Nabi (five fours in 32 balls) both scored 35-35 not out. Thanks to these two, Afghanistan added 43 runs in the last three overs. Imad Wasim took 2 wickets for 25 runs for Pakistan. Shaheen Shah Afridi, Haris Rauf, Hasan Ali and Shadab Khan got 1-1 wickets. In front of the brilliant bowling of Pakistan, Afghanistan had lost the wickets of its 4 players for 49 runs in the powerplay.
Pakistan took 1-1 wickets in the second and third overs. First Imad Wasim got the wicket of Hazrat Jazai who could not even open the account. In the next over, Mohammad Shahzad hit fast bowler Shaheen Shah Afridi for the first four of the innings at extra cover, but after a ball he was caught at mid-on by Babar Azam, which made the score 13 for 2.
Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Asghar Afghan (10) added 17 runs to the team’s score by hitting a lofty six each in the fourth over. Haris Rauf, who performed brilliantly in the last match against New Zealand, taking four wickets, ended Asghar Afghan’s 7-ball innings by taking a catch on his own ball. Karim Janat (15 runs, 17 balls, a four and a six) after playing two balls hit Rauf for a six in the third man direction. Rahmanullah Gurbaz (10 runs, seven balls, one six) fell victim to Hasan Ali’s delivery on the first ball of the last over of the powerplay.
Janat and Najibullah Zadran (22 runs) added only 25 runs for the fifth wicket that Imad Wasim gave Afghanistan the fifth blow. In an attempt to sweep his slow ball, Janat was caught out. With this, after 10 overs, Afghanistan’s score was 65 runs for five wickets. After hitting a brilliant six on Shadab Khan, Jadran’s innings (21 balls, three fours, one six) on his googly ended. Afghanistan’s score was 104 for six in the 17th over but Nabi and Gulbadin helped the team reach a respectable score.