New Delhi. In the T20 World Cup, Pakistan defeated Afghanistan by 5 wickets and completed a hat-trick of victory in the Super-12 round (PAK vs AFG T20 World Cup 2021). Asif Ali 4 Sixes was the hero of Pakistan’s victory. Asif gave the team a thrilling victory by hitting 4 sixes in the 19th over of Pakistan’s innings. With this win, Pakistan took another step forward to secure their place in the semi-finals. Asif was adjudged the player of the match for his brilliant innings.
Pakistan needed 24 runs to win from the last 12 balls in the match against Afghanistan. Asif Ali and Shadab Khan came to the new crease. In front of the tight bowling of Afghanistan, it seemed that the match would get stuck. Shadab Khan played the last ball of the 18th over of Naveen-ul-Haq towards midwicket. A run could have easily been taken. But Asif refused to take the run. He was also criticized for this. Because Pakistan had 5 wickets left. In such a situation, neither the fans nor the commentators could digest Asif Ali’s run. But something else was going on in Asif’s mind, which he disclosed after the match was over.
Was sure to score 25 runs too: Asif Ali
Asif told that the boundary at the other end was small. I told Shadab that if Naveen-ul-Haq is bowling well, then I will bat aggressively against the bowler coming from the other end. I knew which bowler had overs left and where the fielders were placed. I was sure that I would score 25 runs if needed. I made this plan only after sensing the situation. Thank Allah that it was successful.
Asif scored runs at a strike rate of 357
In the 19th over of Pakistan’s innings, Karim came to throw Janat and on the very first ball, Asif expressed his intentions by hitting a six over long off. After this, he did the same thing with the third, fifth and sixth balls of this over and gave Pakistan victory in the lap. Asif scored 25 runs in 7 balls hitting 4 sixes at a strike rate of 357.
Asif played a match-winning innings in the last match against New Zealand as well. Then he, along with Shoaib Malik, gave victory to Pakistan by adding 48 runs in 23 balls for the sixth wicket. In that match too, Asif scored 27 runs in 12 balls. In that innings, 3 sixes came off his bat.