Skipper Babar Azam hit a composed 51 whilst Asif Ali hit 4 sixes within the penultimate over as Pakistan finished a hat-trick of victories within the T20 Global Cup with a five-wicket win over Afghanistan in a Tremendous 12 Team 2 fit, right here on Friday.
Skipper Mohammad Nabi and Gulbadin Naib’s unbeaten knocks in a ideally suited rearguard motion had advised Afghanistan to a aggressive 147 for 6 when they have been gasping at 76 for 6.
Pakistan overhauled the objective in 19 overs, a victory which consolidated their best spot within the issues desk and enhanced their semifinal possibilities with minnows Scotland and Namibia up subsequent for them.
His facet desiring 24 runs from the closing two overs, Asif Ali (25 off 7 balls) completed the task in nineteenth over, hitting 4 sixes off Karim Jannat.
Pakistan misplaced Mohammad Rizwan (8) to Mujeeb Ur Rahman early of their chase however Azam and Fakhar Zaman (30) saved the innings underneath keep watch over with their 63-run stand.
Mujeeb was once remarkable in advance for Afghanistan as he conceded most effective 14 runs in his four-over spell however Pakistan batters scored runs off different bowlers.
Global’s best leg-spinner Rashid Khan carried Afghanistan’s hopes however by the point he got here to bowl Pakistan had put 72 runs on board in 10 overs.
His magic was once on paintings despite the fact that as he removed Mohammad Hafeez (10) to finish a century of wickets in T20 Internationals.
He gave away most effective 26 runs in his 4 overs with lots of the Pakistan batters enjoying him with warning.
Shoaib Malik (19) despite the fact that introduced Rashid for an enormous six in his closing over by which Azam was once dropped by way of Naveen ul haq.
Then again, the Pakistan skipper was once bowled off a googly within the closing ball.
Azam’s 47-ball knock had most effective 4 photographs to the fence as he most commonly moved the ball round.
Malik ended up stuck in the back of when he flashed onerous on a widish ball from Naveen, giving a very easy catch to Mohammad Shahzad.
Asif was once on the crease and he didn’t disappoint his facet.
Previous, Pakistan’s expansive assault ruled the lawsuits however Nabi (35) and Naib (35) seized the momentum with their big-hearted effort underneath force and avoided it from changing into a one-sided contest.
They added 71 runs in 7.
1 overs with 43 coming within the closing 3 overs.
It began once they creamed 21 runs from the seventeenth over bowled by way of Hasan Ali.
In combination they hit 10 limitations.
Then again, to start with Shaheen Afridi’s probing yorkers, Haris Rauf’s variation and the keep watch over of Imad Wasim and Shadab Khan examined the batters of Afghanistan, who opted to bat.
Pacer Afiridi created force on Afghan batters straightaway together with his toe-targeting fiery first over and left-arm spinner Wasim adopted that up with every other tight over in advance.
The dot-ball force were given the easier of Hazratullah Zazai (0), who went after Wasim and ended up giving a catch to Haris Rauf.
Mohammad Shahzad (8) lifted Afridi’s overpitched ball within the duvet area to get the primary boundary of the crew however may just now not transparent the mid-on one ball later to start out his stroll again to the dug out.
Realising that it is going to be tricky to attain off Afridi, former skipper Asghar Afghan (10) and Rahmanullah Gurbaz (10) focused Wasim and picked up 17 runs from his subsequent over, each hitting him for a six each and every.
Then again, Afghan’s keep was once lower brief by way of Rauf whilst Gurbaz was once despatched again by way of Hasan Ali.
Afghan’s more youthful brother Jannat (15) got here to the crease and along with Najibullah Zadran (22) had the accountability to stay afloat his facet, which was once tottering at 39 for 4 inside of Powerplay overs.
It saved getting worse for Afghanistan as neither the runs got here at a just right tempo and so they saved shedding wickets.
Jannat and Zadran have been scalped by way of Wasim and Shadab respectively, leaving Nabi with a troublesome process to place sufficient runs at the board to protect, which he did with Naib.