Today was an exciting clash between two Asian rivals- Pakistan and Afghanistan. Pakistan will be the favorites for this match for the brand of cricket they played in some past days and winning both their previous matches. On the other hand, Afghanistan looked to carry on the momentum and finish well. We will also see who won Man of the Match award in Pakistan vs Afghanistan match.
After winning the toss first, it was an interesting decision by Afghanistan captain Mohammad Nabi to bat first. Batting first, Afghanistan can’t start well as they lose 4 wickets inside the powerplay and scored 49 runs also. Most of the batsmen got starts but they didn’t capitalize on that. But Mohammad Nabi and Gulabdin Naib ensured that they finish with a par score. There was insane batting by both these batters in the end. And with their effort, Afghanistan managed to score 147.
Coming to the second innings, Pakistan got a brisk start, as they lost their opener Mohammad Rizwan in the powerplay but managed to score 38 runs in the powerplay. Pakistan batters were scoring at a brisk rate and they are losing the wickets at continuous pace. Rashid Khan produced a brilliant bowling effort with 2 wickets including the well set Babar Azam. At one time, Pakistan needed 24 runs of 12 balls. Pressure situation.. No? Definitely a pressure situation but Asif Ali finished the things in style by scoring 4 sixes in an over and finished the match with an over to spare.
Who won Man of the Match Award in Pakistan vs Afghanistan match?
Asif Ali, for his brilliant knock of 25 runs of 7 balls which includes 4 sixes in the last over, was adjudged as the Man of the Match for this match. He has shown some brilliant finishing skills in the match against New Zealand and today also. He took the game away from the opponent with a flurry of sixes.
That was really a nail biting match from the two Asian sides. With this win, Pakistan is on the brink of that semifinal spot. Afghanistan are gutted with this loss, but with their excellent NRR, they still have chances.