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In-form Pakistan cricket team again wins a close match against Afghanistan, wins the match by 5 wickets.

Asif Ali who earlier won the match against New Zealand scored 25 off 7 balls to lead Pakistan to victory. He was given the man of the match award for his performance.

Afghanistan after winning the toss opted to bat first, intention was simple that Afghanistan had faith in their bowling, that even if they fell short by 10-15 runs, their spin bowlers could defend it.

Pakistan’s bowling unit which is termed as one of the best by many pundits did not disappoint their fans. Shaheen Afridi’s bowled 22/1 and Imad Wasim came with 25/2.

Afghanistan’s batting unit is identified by their attacking nature, but couldn’t counterattack Pakistan’s fast bowling and lost wickets consecutively. Pakistan lost 6 wickets for 76 runs in 13 overs, but Gulbadin Naib and Mohammad Nabi fetched a partnership of 71 runs to get Afghanistan’s total to 147 for 6 wickets.

Mohammad Rizwan and Babar Azam opened the batting for Pakistan, but Mujeeb Ur Rahman got Mohammad Rizwan while playing slog sweep in the 3rd over, but Babar Azam and Fakhar Zaman got the desired partnership of 63 runs for their team. Rashid Khan, the most spine for Afghanistan’s bowling unit was not introduced to Pakistan’s batters until 10 overs and had almost got Babar Azam before the decision was changed after taking review, but Mohammad Nabi got Fakhar Zaman in the very next over.

Rashid Khan’s bowling pressure from one end was giving chance to be in the match, but their chances were fueled after Rashid Khan got Babar Azam on the last ball of his spell, after he was dropped 2 balls before. Naveen-ul-Haq bowling the 18th over gave 2 runs in his over, and also got the cap of Shoaib Malik, and it was 24 off 12 balls for Pakistan.

Asif Ali who had played a similar role against New Zealand did something similar after hitting 4 sixes in the 19th over to Karim Janat and took Pakistan to their third victory of the tournament. Rashid Khan took 2 wickets and reached the milestone of 100 T20 wickets.

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