Asif Ali seals tricky deal for Pakistan with six spree

Asif Ali seals tricky deal for Pakistan with six spree

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With 24 needed from 12 balls, Asif hit four sixes off Janat in the 19th over to win it

Pakistan 148 for 5 (Babar 51, Asif 25*, Rashid 2-26) beat Afghanistan 147 for 6 (Naib 35*, Imad 2-25) by five wickets

The modern rivalry between Pakistan and Afghanistan produced yet another instant classic, but in the end Afghanistan ran out of bowling depth to lose with one over to go. Pakistan, who will know they manufactured a crisis especially with captain Babar Azam losing his wits around Rashid Khan, are now practically in the semi-final with Asif Ali bailing them out with four sixes in the 19th over.

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Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo