Abu Dhabi: Shoaib Malik scored an unbeaten 51 underneath stress as Pakistan survived a scare, profitable their Asia Cup Tremendous 4 match in opposition to Afghanistan in Abu Dhabi.Chasing a aggressive 258 to win, Pakistan overhauled the goal with simply three balls to spare with former captain Malik taking part in the match-winning knock in 43 balls.
Pakistan required 10 runs from the final over and Malik dispatched pacer Aftab Alam for a six and 4 after taking part in a dot ball.
Wickets stored falling for Pakistan with star Afghan spinner Rashid Khan but once more proving his value with a 3 wicket haul, however Malik held his nerves to maintain one finish tight.
Earlier than Malik, Imam-ul-Haq (80) and Babar Azam (60) hit affected person half-centuries in a 154-run stand however the sluggish run charge made it tough for Pakistan.
Electing to bat, Hashmatullah Shahidi (97) missed out on his maiden ODI hundred by simply three runs after skipper Asghar Afghan hit a combative 67 off 56 balls as Afghanistan scored a combating 257 for six.
Their 94-run partnership and a few terrific batting in direction of the top by the Afghans made it an fascinating contest as they scored 87 runs within the final 10 overs.
Pakistan made a shaky begin, dropping opener Fakhar Zaman within the sixth ball of the innings, bowled by Mujeeb ur Rahman, however after that Azam and Imam took management of the proceedings, although the run-rate was all the time taking pictures up.
On the half-way mark, Pakistan had placed on board simply 103 for one with the required charge going past six, however that they had the cushion of 9 wickets.
The 2 batsmen placed on 154 runs for the second wicket earlier than Imam was run out within the 34th over. It was Najibullah Zadran’s direct hit which discovered Imam quick. His 80-run knock got here off 104 balls with 4 photographs to the fence and one over the ropes.
9 balls later, Rashid Khan had Azam stumped. At this level, Pakistan wanted precisely 100 runs from 15 overs.
Pakistan misplaced Haris Sohail (13), Sarfraz Ahmad (8), Asif Ali (7) and Mohammad Nawaz (10) with the Afghan bowlers combating exhausting.
In the long run, former captain Malik’s expertise noticed them cross the end the road.
Earlier, Shahidi wanted a boundary off the final ball to finish his century however Hasan Ali denied him the milestone with a incoming yorker which the left-hander couldn’t put away.
Along with his skipper Asghar, Shahidi shared a match-changing 94-run stand for the fourth wicket.
Shahidi shifted gears with ease after largely remaining affected person in his unbeaten and career-best knock, which got here off 118 balls. 5 of his seven boundaries got here over the last 14 balls of the Afghan innings.
Asghar had joined left-handed Shahidi on the crease after left-arm spinner Mohammad Nawaz (3/57) eliminated the highest three Afghan batsmen – Mohammad Shahzad (20), Ihsanullah (10) and Rahmat Shah (36).
In his 67-run knock, Asghar confirmed each aggression and endurance and Shahidi was decided, holding one finish tight.
Asghar selected proper deliveries to go for giant photographs, hitting 5 sixes and two fours.
Shahidi and Asghar have been examined by the Pakistan tempo duo of Hasan Ali and Usman Khan however they refused to be intimidated by the uncooked tempo.
With the breakthrough not coming, Pakistan captain Sarfraz handed the ball again to Nawaz however Asghar hit 11 runs off his over which included a 4 and 6, to finish the lengthy boundary drought.
Each the batsmen accomplished their half-centuries within the 40th over, bowled by younger left-arm pacer Shaheen Afridi.
With few overs left, Asghar began hitting every every thing thrown at him and was bowled by Afridi after being dropped by Haris Sohail within the 42nd over.
First Revealed: September 22, 2018, 1:52 AM IST