PAK vs AFG: From Javed Miandad to Naseem Shah, Watch Pakistan’s five six-shooting heroes
PAK vs AFG: Pakistan fast bowler Naseem Shah smashed Afghanistan left-arm seamer Fazalhaq Farooqi for successive sixes in the last over on Wednesday to take his team to the final of the Asia Cup in a thrilling encounter.
Here’s a look at five memorable six-hitting moments in Pakistan’s cricketing history:
India fans are still upset about Miandad’s last-ball six against Chetan Sharma in the 1986 Austral-Asia Cup final in Sharjah.
Pakistan was in trouble at 61-3, needing 246 to win, before Miandad hit an unbroken 116 off 114 balls.
Four runs were required off the final delivery, which was bowled by India’s fast bowler Sharma. Miandad slammed the final delivery high over the leg side and into the crowd to set off raucous celebrations.
In a 1992 50-over World Series encounter against Australia, Mujtaba, a brave left-handed middle-order batsman, took on their bowlers and tied a thrilling match with a six off Steve Waugh’s final delivery.
With 17 runs needed off the final over and Pakistan needing 228 to win in Hobart, Mujtaba held hard and sent the ball to part-time seamer Waugh.
— Pakistan Cricket (@TheRealPCB) December 10, 2019
Mujtaba struck him hard and also scored a point by launching the final delivery, a full toss, over midwicket.
Afridi’s maverick batting helped Pakistan win many thrilling games, but his two sixes off India spinner Ravichandran Ashwin in a 50-over Asia Cup encounter in 2014 stand out.
Ashwin took a wicket to begin the 50th over as Pakistan needed 10 to reach their goal of 246.
— Junaid (@JunaidTvveets) June 4, 2020
But Afridi, who goes by “Boom Boom,” hit the off-spinner for two consecutive sixes to help Pakistan win with one wicket and two balls remaining.
At the T20 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates last year, Ali was comparatively unknown when he blasted four consecutive sixes off Afghanistan’s Karim Janat to herald his arrival.
When Asif entered the batting order, Pakistan needed 26 off of 18 balls.
Game Changers of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021
Asif Ali’s match-winning sixes against Afghanistan pic.twitter.com/EldQkcg69I
— Ronaq (@ronaq_info) November 18, 2021
In the 18th over, Asif calmly observed from the non-end striker’s. Before repeatedly driving Janat over the ropes to send Pakistan home with one over remaining.
When Shah came in to bat at number 10 with Pakistan requiring 20 from 10 balls and only two wickets left in their chase of 130 against Afghanistan on Wednesday, he quickly established himself as Pakistan’s newest six-hitting hero.
— Well Informed (@azher261) September 7, 2022
When Pakistan lost Asif in the 19th over and required 12 runs off the final over, Naseem maintained his composure. And smashed Farooqi’s attempted yorkers for back-to-back straight sixes over long-off.