The Asia Cup has enthralled the audience with many thrilling encounters over the years. The tournament brings together all the heavyweight Asian giants up against each other as they compete among themselves for the biggest cricket trophy in the Asian continent.
Over the years, the crowd has witnessed many ‘edge-of-the-seat’ thrillers which have turned out to be the most memorable matches of the tournament. Let’s take a look at the top ‘nail-biters’ from the 38-year-long history of the Asia Cup:
- Pakistan vs Afghanistan Asia Cup 2018:
Afghanistan had already made a dramatic entry in the ‘super four’ stage of the Asia Cup 2018 after knocking out Sri Lanka. Afghanistan captain, Asghar Afghan won the toss in the important match against Pakistan and decided to bat first. The decision was further vindicated by the batters, who ended up putting 257 runs on the board at the end of their allotted 50 overs.
Pakistan were cruising in the chase at one stage, courtesy of a brilliant 154-run-partnership between Babar Azam and Imam-ul-Haq. But after the partnership, the Pakistan batting order collapsed to 242/7, needing another 16 off 9 balls to win the match. The experience of Shoaib Malik saw Pakistan reach home as they won the match with three balls to spare. Afghanistan, further, went on to have a tie against India later on in the tournament.