Pakistan’s power-hitter Asif Ali almost hit Afghanistan pacer Fareed Ahmad with his bat in the penultimate over of the Super 4 match of Asia Cup 2022 in Sharjah on Wednesday (September 7).
On the fifth ball of the 19th over in the chase, Asif hit one behind the stumps at fine leg and was caught out. Fareed then celebrated in an animated way right in front of Asif, who in return pushed the bowler back and when countered again by the bowler, Asif almost hit him with the bat before the other Afghanistan fielders came and took Asif away.
In the last over, Naseem Shah smashed two back to back sixes to seal the game for Pakistan and take Men in Green to the final of the multi-nation tournament. Naseem as there when Asif and Fareed fought with each other on the middle of the pitch. The stumps microphone could not record anything but it seems the exchange between the two was ugly. Asif was rattled by words thrown at him and Naseem too may have heard it.
India knocked out of Asia Cup final race as Pakistan beats Afghanistan in Super 4 thriller
India has been eliminated from the Asia Cup 2022 final race by Pakistan after it beat Afghanistan by one-wicket in a Super Four match in Sharjah on Wednesday.
The win also confirmed Pakistan and Sri Lanka as the finalists of the tournament, with India and Afghanistan losing both the matches they have played in the Super Four.
Rohit Sharma’s men suffered back-to-back defeats – a five-wicket loss to Pakistan and a six-wicket defeat to Sri Lanka – to put themselves in a spot of danger where other results would have had to work in their favour.
This is India’s first defeat in the Asia Cup since the 2014 edition. It had won the inaugural Asia Cup T20 tournament in 2016 under MS Dhoni in Bangladesh and backed it up with another title in 2018 in the UAE under Rohit Sharma without losing a match.
India has won 18 out of the 25 T20Is this year – its most in any calendar year – and will have two home series against Australia and South Africa ahead of the T20 World Cup in October.