Result: Pakistan beats Afghanistan by one wicket to enter the final of Asia Cup 2022 where it will meet Sri Lanka. India knocked out of the tournament.
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- ⦿PAK 131/9 in 19.2 overs: Pakistan books final date with Sri Lanka in the Asia Cup 2022, which means India is out of the tournament. Credit to Afghanistan for fighting till the last ball and what a match we witnessed. Afghanistan made Pakistan work hard chasing 130 and Naseem Shah with two sixes in the last over ensured the men in green won the match by just one wicket. He is the toast of Pakistan, at the moment.
- ⦿PAK 109/7 after 18 overs: There is no stopping this Afghanistan team and who would have thought that they will pick seven Pakistan wickets and keep India alive. Fareed Ahmed knocks out Haris Rauf and Afghanistan is sniffing a famous win.
- ⦿PAK 105/5 after 17 overs: Afghanistan’s fight continues as Rashid picks a wicket and has given everything he had to on the cricket field. He finishes with 4-0-25-2 to give Afghanistan hope. Pakistan might just have pressed the panic button but this is a new Afghanistan that is fighting it out in the middle. This game isn’t over yet, and who knows we might end up with a Super Over. Don’t go anywhere folks, this match isn’t over yet!
- ⦿PAK 72/3 after 12 overs: Shadab Khan is threatening to take the game away from Afghanistan as he smoked Nabi out of the ground and then a boundary to release the pressure. 72 runs in 54 balls and a couple of more hits will eventually shift the momentum in Pakistan’s favour. Afghanistan needs wickets and in cluster.
- ⦿PAK 48/3 after 9 overs: Rashid Khan strikes and he traps the dangerous Mohammad Rizwan. Pakistan’s best batsman went for a review but the ball was hitting the leg stump and Pakistan loses a review. Afghanistan fighting and Rashid’s wrist has kept them in hunt. Shadab Khan walks out and it’s an intense battle out there in the middle.
- ⦿PAK 35/2 after 6 overs: Rizwan and Iftikhar will aim to take the cautious approach as Afghanistan is on the attack with two wickets inside the PowerPlay and most importantly it has not allowed Pakistan to run away with the game. There will be more spin coming and this is going to be an interesting passage of play.
- ⦿PAK 20/2 after 4 overs: Pakistan has lost Fakhar Zaman as he falls way short of his crease and Afghanistan has found a spring in its feet. The crowd is right behind them and the Afghans have come to fight out like warriors. They aren’t letting this contest slip away and with the wicket of Zaman, the tension in the Pakistan camp rises. Can they defend a low total? Can they pull off a heist? The next 45 minutes will be crucial. We have all the makings of a cracker of a contest.. Don’t go away!
- ⦿PAK 6/1 after 1 over: Fazalhaq Farooqi strikes early and he traps Babar Azam to give Afghanistan hope in defending 129. They are fired up and Babar’s lukewarm form continues and the Pakistan captain doesn’t bother to review. Huge wicket and a couple more wickets would set this match nicely. Mohammad Rizwan and Babar Azam are out in the middle and this should be an easy chase for Pakistan. Fazalhaq Farooqi will start the proceedings and Afghanistan will target early wickets to defend a low total.
- ⦿End of Innings: AFG 129/6 in 20 overs: Top effort from Pakistan as all their bowlers picked wickets with Haris Rauf troubling the Afghans with raw pace and picking two wickets. Afghanistan got a good start but failed to capitalise as it kept losing wickets at regular intervals and never got the momentum in its favour. Ibrahim Zadran was the highest scorer with a 37-ball 35 as the rest failed to get going. Pakistan favourites to gun down the total and book a place in the final. Back for the chase in a bit.
- ⦿AFG 105/6 after 17 overs: Pakistan has dismantled the Afghanistan line-up and all that Rashid Khan would like to do is get some boundaries to help Afghanistan post a decent total on board. Six down and Pakistan already has one foot in the final of the Asia Cup 2022.
- ⦿AFG 93/5 after 15 overs: Shadab Khan and Naseem Shah have put Pakistan on top and Afghanistan in all sorts of trouble. Najibullah falls with Fakhar taking his second catch of the night and then Naseem castles Mohammad Nabi for a duck. A tentative poke away from the body, an inside edge and the stumps were disturbed. Pakistan well and truly on top. AFG 79/3 after 12 overs: Mohammad Nawaz strikes to remove Karim Janat as Fakhar Zaman settles under a skier at long-on and once again Pakistan has broken a partnership just at the right time. Najibullah Zadran joins Ibrahim and he will look to up the ante.
- ⦿AFG 72/2 after 10 overs: The partnership is 29 off 31 deliveries and both Zadran and Janat are motoring on nicely at the moment. At halfway stage, Afghanistan has rebuilt the innings after losing its openers. Both batsmen are ticking the scorecard with Zanat breaking away from the shackles with a boundary to the deep mid-wicket region.
- ⦿AFG 61/2 after 8 overs: Zadran and Janat are watchful in their approach as spin is being introduced for the first time. It’s important for Afghanistan to pick momentum and string a partnership. Shadab Khan and Mohammad Nawaz, meanwhile are eyeing for a breakthrough with both spinners rushing through the overs.
- ⦿AFG 48/2 after 6 overs: The PowerPlay belongs to Pakistan as Mohammad Hasnain and Haris Rauf have removed the Afghanistan openers. Zazai took the attack to the opposition with a 17-ball 21 and Gurbaz too showed positive intent with two sixes but Pakistan has pulled back things. Ibrahim Zadran and Karim Janat are out in the middle as Afghanistan aims to rebuild.
- ⦿AFG 37/1 after 4 overs: Fast and furious from Haris Rauf as he castles Gurbaz with a delivery that clocked 144kph and Pakistan has an early breakthrough. Rauf almost had Hazratullah Zazai but Naseem Shah dropped a regulation catch at third man. Afghanistan was off to a bright start but Pakistan has applied the brakes.
- ⦿AFG 20/0 after 2 overs: Gurbaz and Zazai have given Afghanistan a good start with Gurbaz hammering back-to-back sixes off Mohammad Hasnain as the ball flies into the stands. Beautiful batting from the Afghanistan opener and the PowerPlay will be crucial.
- ⦿ Hazratullah and Rahmanullah are out in the middle and it will be Naseem who will start proceedings with the new ball. Here we go!
- ⦿ The build-up for the game has been huge and both Pakistan and Afghanistan have supporters in the stands, with the stadium reverberating as the national anthems were played. A lot is at stake for Afghanistan and the team has already announced they are no more underdogs.
- ⦿ Right then, we are all set for a terrific encounter and both teams are out in the middle for their respective National Anthems. Pakistan aims to seal the final berth, while the whole of India will be backing Afghanistan to come out all guns blazing. An exciting evening is about to unfold in Sharjah.
Pakistan Playing XI: Mohammad Rizwan(w), Babar Azam(c), Fakhar Zaman, Iftikhar Ahmed, Khushdil Shah, Asif Ali, Mohammad Nawaz, Shadab Khan, Haris Rauf, Mohammad Hasnain, Naseem Shah
Afghanistan Playing XI: Hazratullah Zazai, Rahmanullah Gurbaz(w), Ibrahim Zadran, Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi(c), Karim Janat, Rashid Khan, Azmatullah Omarzai, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Fareed Ahmad Malik, Fazalhaq Farooqi
Babar Azam: We are going to bowl first. The pitch looks like nice and the second thing is dew factor, that's why we are bowling first. Hopefully we pick early wickets and restrict them. The mood is cool and calm, and we will try to continue that momentum. A win always gives you confidence. We have the same team.
Mohammad Nabi: No we would have bowled first. There will be dew later on, humidity is too much and the ball does not grip towards the end, it is all part of the game. But we will try and put a big score on the board. It is always a tough game against Pakistan. We have a lot of good games in the past and we will try our best to not repeat our mistakes. Fareed Malik and Azmatullah are playing.
Our Correspondent Ayan Acharya Updates: Rashid Khan greets Babar Azam and Shadab Khan. Babar and Rashid check out each other’s bats. Rashid has the wood over Babar in T20s. The crowd is slowly starting to build up. A noisy atmosphere as one would expect in Sharjah. Both teams are warming up. Afghanistan had their team huddle a while back. Pakistan having theirs now. Head coach Saqlain Mushtaq addressing the team.
Pakistan Predicted XI: Babar Azam (c), Mohammad Rizwan (wK), Fakhar Zaman, Iftikhar Ahmed, Khushdil Shah, Shadab Khan, Asif Ali, Mohammad Nawaz, Haris Rauf, Naseem Shah, Mohammad Hasnain
Afghanistan Predicted XI: Hazratullah Zazai, Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wK), Karim Janat, Ibrahim Zadran, Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi (C), Rashid Khan, Samiullah Shinwari, Naveen-ul-Haq, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Fazalhaq Farooqi
Sharjah Ground Dimensions: Square boundaries are 62m and 66m respectively. Straight boundaries are 64 and 64. The two ends are Sharjah Academy End and Bukhatir End.
Pakistan vs Afghanistan in T20Is
Pakistan and Afghanistan have only met twice in T20Is. Pakistan has managed to win both matches, once in 2013 and the other during the T20 World Cup in UAE in 2021.
Toss and match result in last Asia Cup meeting: Pakistan won by three wickets. Pakistan lost the toss. (Abu Dhabi; 2018)
How can India still stay alive?
India will require Pakistan to lose both matches. It will also need to beat Afghanistan by a big margin on Thursday. The equation could still narrow down to an NRR knockout between India, Afghanistan and Pakistan even if all of the aforementioned results go in India’s favour.
Weather Update: Our Correspondent Ayan Acharya - Incredibly hot and humid. Close to 40 degrees. There’s a breeze blowing across the stadium that’s making life little easy at the moment.
Pakistan vs Hong Kong Live Streaming and Telecast Details
Where can I watch the live streaming of the PAK vs AFG Asia Cup 2022 match?
The Pakistan vs Afghanistan Asia Cup 2022 match will be live streamed on the Disney+Hotstar app.
Which TV channels will broadcast the PAK vs AFG Asia Cup 2022 match?
The Pakistan vs Afghanistan Asia Cup 2022 match will be telecast on the Star Sports Network in India.
At what time will the PAK vs AFG Asia Cup 2022 match start in India?
The Pakistan vs Afghanistan match will begin at 7:30 PM IST.
Where will the PAK vs AFG Asia Cup 2022 match be played?
The Pakistan vs Afghanistan Asia Cup 2022 match will be played at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium.
When will Asia Cup 2022 end?
Asia Cup 2022 will end on September 11, 2022 with the final in Dubai.
India’s road to the final now depends on Pakistan’s results in its remaining Super 4 matches against Afghanistan (Wednesday) and Sri Lanka (Friday).
Mohammad Nabi’s team cannot afford to lose on Wednesday. If it does, it will have to rely on other results going its way to have a chance of making the final. And Pakistan will be all but through to the summit clash on Sunday.
Batting in focus
For Pakistan, captain Babar Azam’s troubles at the top have been balanced out by Mohammad Rizwan, who comes into this match on the back of two consecutive fifties.
Rizwan opens his innings in a conservative fashion before breaking free after the 10th over - a template he has implemented successfully in wins against Hong Kong and India. Pakistan’s middle order has been propped up by the hard-hitting Mohammad Nawaz.
Given that Afghanistan is likely to unleash leggie Rashid Khan on Pakistan in the middle overs, left-handed Nawaz could be promoted again. Power-hitter Khushdil Shah packs a punch at the death.
On the other hand, Afghanistan will hope for a better finish from its batting unit. Rahmanullah Gurbaz’s 84 off 45 balls had put Afghanistan on course for 200 at one stage, but Sri Lanka restricted it to a lower total by picking wickets in a cluster. The middle-to-lower order needs to show more spine.
Afghanistan Squad: Hazratullah Zazai, Rahmanullah Gurbaz(w), Ibrahim Zadran, Mohammad Nabi(c), Najibullah Zadran, Karim Janat, Samiullah Shinwari, Rashid Khan, Naveen-ul-Haq, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Afsar Zazai, Fareed Ahmad Malik, Usman Ghani, Azmatullah Omarzai, Noor Ahmad
Pakistan Squad: Mohammad Rizwan(w), Babar Azam(c), Fakhar Zaman, Khushdil Shah, Iftikhar Ahmed, Shadab Khan, Asif Ali, Mohammad Nawaz, Haris Rauf, Mohammad Hasnain, Naseem Shah, Usman Qadir, Haider Ali, Hasan Ali, Shahnawaz Dahani