Pakistan pulled off a thrilling one-wicket win over Afghanistan as Naseem Shah smashed two last-over sixes in their Super Four encounter in Sharjah on Wednesday.
Tensions had been boiling over between the neighbours as Pakistan’s Asif Ali lost his cool and angrily waved his bat at Afghanistan bowler Fareed Ahmad in the 19th over. Fareed had struck twice in the over including the key wicket of big-hitting Asif.
The batsman, who hit two sixes in a brisk 16 off eight balls, was caught at short fine-leg in an attempt to hook a bouncer and became embroiled in a row with Fareed as he made his way off the field.
An incensed Asif gestured in the direction of Fareed with his bat before players intervened along with the umpire to defuse the tension.
Pakistan vice-captain Shadab Khan, who top-scored with 36, played down the incident, saying it happened “in the heat of the moment” and was best left on the field.
Afghanistan skipper Mohammad Nabi was fielding in the deep and said he didn’t know what happened in the middle.
After the end of the thrilling encounter, Afghan fans in the Sharjah Cricket Stadium lost their cool and decided to destroy the seating and beat up their Pakistani counterparts.
On a serious note, some of these afghan kids really need to learn how to behave. This is an international match not gully cricket. Never happens in any other matches. That's the reason i really respect the other Cricket Teams
— MUHAMMAD ROBAS (@IAmRobas) September 7, 2022