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T20 World Cup 2021: Asif Ali blitz propels Pakistan to 5-wicket win over Afghanistan

Asif launched four clean sixes off Karim Janat in the 19th over, and ended the tense game with an over to spare to win T20 clash with Afghanistan in the ongoing T20 World Cup 2021 at the Dubai International Stadium on Friday.

With Pakistan needing 24 runs off the final two overs, Asif lifted paceman Karim Janat s first, third, fifth and sixth balls over the boundary to help Pakistan overhaul a tricky 148-run target.

Asif finished with 25 off just seven balls with four sixes and a single, leaving Janat and all the other Afghan players frustrated.

The win gave Pakistan a third win in as many games in Group 2 of the Super 12 stages, almost assuring a semi-final place, needing just one more win from their last two games.

Afghanistan scored a fighting 147-6 in their 20 overs with Gulbadin Naib and skipper Mohammad Nabi each scoring 35. Pakistan skipper Babar Azam was full of praise for Asif.

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