The thrill of the Super Four round of Asia Cup 2022 played between Pakistan and Afghanistan on Wednesday increased so much in the last over that the players clashed on the field itself. It came to such an extent that the field umpires and other players had to come to the rescue.
This incident happened on the fifth ball of the 19th over of the Pakistan team’s innings chasing a target of 130 runs for victory. On the fourth ball of this over, Asif Ali hit a brilliant six off the delivery of Farid Ahmed. After this, on the very next ball, Farid got Asif Ali caught by Karim Janat standing at short fine leg.
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Asif got caught in the net of Farid’s slow bouncer. After this, a hearing started between Farid and Asif before returning to the pavilion. Celebrating Farid went unnoticed for Asif. The matter escalated so much that Asif was seen raising his hand on Farid, after which he also showed him the bat while returning to the pavilion. Then Farid Ahmed started pushing his chest, other players of Afghanistan intervened and the umpire also had to come in the middle of the fight.
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When Asif Ali was dismissed for the ninth wicket, the shadow of defeat seemed to be hovering over Pakistan’s head. He scored 16 runs in 8 balls and hit two sixes. With his dismissal, Pakistan’s chances of victory were bleak. Pakistan had to make 12 runs in 7 balls to win and the pair of Naseem Shah and Mohammad Hasnain were on the field as the last wicket. In such a situation, Naseem Shah kept the strike with him with one run and gave Pakistan a thrilling victory by hitting sixes in the first two balls of the next over. Naseem remained unbeaten on 14 off 4 balls.