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Naseem Shah scripts history against Afghanistan

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Naseem Shah debuted in the T20Is at the Dubai International Stadium in the curtain raiser match against India in Dubai. Since then, Naseem was impressive. Naseem rattled KL Rahul’s wicket. Maybe, Naseem would have gotten Kohli’s wicket too, unless Fqkhar Zaman at the slip failed to catch it.

Thereafter, returning to his second spell, he toppled Suryakumar Yadav‘s wickets. Surya however was looking dangerous for Pakistan with Ravindra Jadeja’s company. Naseem moreover, holds a Test hat-trick that he secured against Bangladesh in Rawalpindi, back in 2020.

Naseem Shah so far has been a handy bowler. But who knew his skill with the bat? Wednesday’s encounter against Afghanistan got him an opportunity to flaunt his skills. Naseem smashed two huge sixes to the Sharjah crowd off Fazalhaq Farooqi in the last over.

Pakistan however, needed just 11 runs in the last over. The Afghan left arm pacer gifted two full tosses to Naseem. He thereafter went for two marvelous sixes leading Pakistan to the finals. Shah moreover stayed not out on 14 off four balls with two sixes.

Naseem Shah in the History book

Naseem came to the team as they were suffering blows like that of the absence of their lead bowler Shaheen Shah Afridi. He, however, debuted in international cricket back in 2019. On Wednesday, the bloke made a remarkable record. He sealed his name in the T-20I history book being the first No.10/No.11 batter to successfully chase runs with two sixes.

Pakistan’s win is not just heartbreak for the tough Afghans. The win also rang the closing bell for India from the competition. The last two matches in the Super Four will just be dead rubbers.

Pakistan however started their Asia Cup campaign suffering a five-wicket loss to India. It was in Dubai International Stadium. The heroics of Naseem however, definitely showered him loads of love. However, they came back strongly against Hong Kong.

Thereafter, Pakistan defeated India and Afghanistan to seal their spot in the final. Naseem and Co. however will meet Sri Lanka for their last Super League clash on Friday, September 9.

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