Friday's Asia Cup match between Pakistan and Afghanistan proved to be a last over thriller with Pakistan managing to beat Aghanistan thanks to the exploits by Shoaib Malik. Naturally, Shoaib is being praised for his last over heroics. However, this is not the only reason why the Pakistani batsman is being lauded. As the match finished, Shoaib could be seen consoling Afghanistan spinner Rashid Khan, who could not hold back his emotions after the narrow defeat. Afghanistan vs Pakistan, Super 4, Asia Cup 2018 Video Highlights: Pakistan Edge Past Afghanistan in Nail-Biting Asia Cup Tie.
Afghanistan, batting first after winning the toss, managed a score of 257/7 after Hashmatullah Shahidi scored 97 not out and was helped by captain Asghar Afghan's half century (56 ball 67). In reply, Pakistan lost Fakhar Zaman in the first over itself but a 154-run partnership between Babar Azam and Imam-ul-Haq seemed to take the match away from Afghanistan before Pakistan's middle order collapsed yet again in the series.
Rashid Khan (46/3) and Mujibeer Rahman (33/2), the Afghan spinners, yet again weaved magic as their bowling figures suggest. The match went to the last over with Pakistan left with 10 runs to score off the last over. Shoaib Malik, facing the first ball from Aftab Alam,could not score and Pakistan now needed 10 of last five balls.
However, the next two deliveries saw Shoaib hiting a six and a four as he brought up his match winning fifty, scoring 51 of just 43 balls. Later, Shoaib was also seen consoling a dejected Rashid Khan after the latter burst in tears. Check the PTI tweet below to see the image of Shoaib consoling Rashid aptly titled "Spirit of Cricket":
— PCB Official (@TheRealPCB) September 21, 2018
In another Super Four match on Friday, India produced an all-round show to outclass Bangladesh by 7 wickets. India vs Bangladesh, Super 4, Asia Cup 2018 Video Highlights: Ravindra Jadeja, Rohit Sharma Shine as IND Register Yet Another Comprehensive Win.
Chasing a modest target of 174, Indian openers Shikhar Dhawan and skipper Rohit Sharma gave India a solid start. Sharma remained not out on 83, with India winning the match by seven wickets. India will next play Pakistan in Dubai on Sunday while Bangladesh and Afghanistan will lock horns on the same day.