During the Asia Cup Super 4 match, Pakistan’s Asif Ali nearly hits Fareed Ahmed Malik in a fit of rage. During the Asia Cup Super 4 match, Pakistan’s Asif Ali nearly hits an Afghanistan bowler in a fit of rage.
Pakistan advanced to the Asia Cup final after defeating Afghanistan by one wicket on Wednesday at the Sharjah Cricket Association Stadium. Pakistan needed 11 runs off the final over to reach their target of 130, with tailenders Naseem Shah and Mohammad Hasnain in the middle. While it appeared that Afghanistan would beat Pakistan, Naseem had other plans. The pacer hit two sixes off Fazalhaq Farooqi’s first two balls, sending the Pakistan dressing room into a frenzy.
Prior to those two balls, Pakistan lost the wicket of Asif Ali in the fifth ball of the 19th over, after he had hit Fareed Ahmed Malik for a six in the previous ball. Fareed not only dismissed Asif, but he also confronted the batter and performed a fist pump to celebrate the wicket. Asif, on the other hand, was displeased with Fareed’s actions and raised his bat before walking away. While the batter was walking back, Fareed made a shoulder barge on him.
Fortunately, other Afghanistan players intervened and separated the two.
Watch: Asif Ali and Fareed Ahmed Malik altercation.
Because of Pakistan’s victory, India and Afghanistan are out of contention for the final, which will be played on Sunday. Pakistan and Sri Lanka qualified for the title match with four points each.
Afghanistan batted first and posted 129 for six, with Ibrahim Zadran top-scoring with a 37-ball 35. Pakistan reached 131 for 9 in 19.2 overs, finishing with four balls to spare.
Pakistan’s top scorer was Shadab Khan, who had 36 points, while Iftikhar Ahmed had 30. Fareed Ahmad and Fazalhaq Farooqi each took three wickets for Afghanistan, while Rashid Khan took two.