Pakistan and Afghanistan played a nail-biter in the Super Four of the Asia Cup on Wednesday. The Men in Green triumphed in the edge-of-the-seat thriller and moved into the final of the Asia Cup.
Naseem Shah came up as the hero of the match as he hit back-to-back sixes in the last over to take Pakistan across the finish line. The high-intensity game understandably brought a lot of tempers on the pitch. Both sets of players clashed on multiple occasions, the fiercest of which was Asif Ali having a tussle with Fareed Malik in the end stages of the game.
Now former Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar has slammed Afghanistan’s attitude in the match. He posted a video on Twitter with the caption, “Afghan players put right back into their place by 19-year-old kid Naseem Shah. Unforgettable match against people we have loved & supported always. Lekin bat tamizi aur arrogance nay un no foran neecha dikhaya (But ill mannerism and arrogance have put them to their place).”
Here’s the video:
Afghan players put right back into their place by 19 year old kid Naseem Shah. Unforgettable match against people we have loved & supported always.
Lekin bat tamizi aur arrogance nay un no foran neecha dikhaya.
— Shoaib Akhtar (@shoaib100mph) September 7, 2022
In the video, Shoaib Akhtar talks about how Pakistan have always supported Afghanistan and felt disappointed at the Afghan players’ behaviour in the match. He also was content that a Pathan hit the winning runs against a Pathan.
Talking of the match, it was a closely fought affair starting with Pakistan halting Afghanistan at just 129/6 in 20 overs. Afghanistan however gave a great fight as they took the match to the last over but lost by one wicket at the end. Pakistan needed 11 runs in the last over with just one wicket remaining. Naseem Shah then came into bat and hit two sixes on the first two balls of the last over to take Pakistan into the final.
India, on the other hand, have crashed out of the continental tournament with a defeat against Sri Lanka and Pakistan in the Super Four. India play against Afghanistan on 8th September with the match having no effect on the final of the tournament.