Published: Sat, September 22, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Dora Pope

Asia Cup 2018: Shoaib Malik thwarts giantkillers Afghanistan in last over finish

Asia Cup 2018: Shoaib Malik thwarts giantkillers Afghanistan in last over finish

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Shahidi shifted gears easily after largely remaining patient in his unbeaten and career-best knock which came off 118 balls.

Pakistan made a shaky start, losing opener Fakhar Zaman in the sixth ball of the innings, bowled by Mujeeb ur Rahman, but after that Azam and Imam taking control of the proceedings, though the run-rate was always shooting up.

Imam-ul-Haq scored a 104-ball 80 with five boundaries and a six while Babar Azam knocked an attractive 94-ball 66 with four boundaries and a six during their innings repairing the 154-run stand for the second wicket. Afghanistan are 101/3 in 26 overs.

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Shahidi finished with a brilliantly-paced 118-ball 97 not out, and added 94 for the fourth wicket with his skipper Asghar Afghan, who smashed five sixes and two fours in his 56-ball 67. In the league stage, Afghanistan played an unbelievable game to knock out Sri Lanka.

Mohammad Nawaz was the pick of the bowlers for Pakistan as he grabbed three wickets.

Like India-Bangladesh equation, Pakistan have also been well dominant over Afghanistan as both the previous ODIs between them were won by green shirts. Afghanistan and Bangladesh meet in Abu Dhabi on the same day.

After four matches of the first round, the top four teams of the Asia Cup have been fixed although there are two more results to be revealed yet.

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