Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi played an unbeaten innings of 18-ball 34 which led his team to a thrilling one-wicket victory over arch-rival India in the on-going Asia Cup in Dhaka yesterday. Thanks to his hard-hitting batting, Pakistan could reach the milestone with two balls left at hand.
Pakistan needed just 246 runs to win the match. Batsmen made the target easier scoring 235 runs for the loss of six. However, when they were on the verge of victory, they suddenly lost three quick wickets and were under the threat of losing the match.
When Shahid Afridi came on strike, his team needed 9 off four deliveries of Ravichandran Ashwin. He hit two consecutive sixes and ensured his team’s victory.
Mohammad Hafeez became the top scorer for Pakistan scoring 75 runs. However, openers Ahmed Shehzad and Sharjeel Khan made a good start for the team and shared a 75-run partnership.
With the ball, Saeed Ajmal took 3 wickets while Mohammad Hafeez and Mohammad Talha took two wickets apiece.
Winning the toss, Pakistan skipper Misbah-ul-Haq invited India to bat first. Depending on the bat of Rohit Sharma, Ambati Rayudu and Ravindra Jadeja who respectively scored 56, 58 and 52 respectively, India scored 245 for 8.