New Delhi. Hasan Ali’s semi-final (Australia vs Pakistan) match against Australia was memorable. Pakistan had to face a humiliating defeat by five wickets. It was indeed a great match for the Aussies, as Pakistan were in command of the best part of the game. Pakistan’s victory also looked certain, but the attack of Matthew Wade and Marcus Stoinis in the final overs gave Australia a thrilling five-wicket win. Like most matches of the T20 World Cup 2021, Hasan Ali could not do much with the ball in the semi-finals too.
The right-arm fast bowler gave 44 runs in his quota of four overs without taking any wickets. However, these numbers are by no means impressive. But due to the poor fielding of Hasan Ali during the match, the Pakistani cricket team had to struggle in the end. It was the final over of the match and the pacer was positioned in the deep mid-wicket area. Matthew Wade could not connect a big shot and Hasan Ali looked all set to take the catch, but he could not catch the ball completely and Wade got the lifeline.
Hasan Ali’s mistake not only gave the Aussies two extra runs, but Matthew Wade also ensured Australia’s victory in the match. He took Pakistan to the brink of defeat by hitting three sixes. After this defeat to Australia, Hasan Ali was held responsible and he was also heavily criticized on social media.
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Shoaib Malik consoles Hasan Ali
Hasan Ali was heavily criticized for dropping this catch in the T20 World Cup, but a moment on the field was highly appreciated by commentators and users. In fact, during this, experienced all-rounder Shoaib Malik ran towards the fast bowler and consoled him after he missed the catch and also encouraged him. After playing international cricket for two decades, Shoaib Malik really understands the pressure of a high-voltage match. Therefore, he did not miss to console the grieving Hasan Ali. Seeing this gesture of Shoaib Malik, users praised him fiercely.
— hmâd OFficial (@hmdOFFicial2) November 12, 2021
Shane Watson after Hasan Ali’s drop: “Shoaib Malik, the elder statesman, knows this is the right time to go and look after his mate. He’ll be feeling like he wants to dig himself into a hole. Shoaib Malik, that is brilliant.”
— Grassroots Cricket (@grassrootscric) November 11, 2021
No one knows what Hassan Ali went through when he dropped that catch.
Be like Shoaib Malik pic.twitter.com/fkjEVAQGw3
— it’s Hassan (@baynishan) November 11, 2021
Meanwhile, Pakistan captain Babar Azam also admitted that if Hasan Ali had taken that catch, the story could have been different. He said, ‘That drop catch was the turning point of this match. Had we taken it, the scene could have been different. The way we played the entire tournament. I am satisfied as a captain. Hopefully we will learn from this and do better for the next tournament.