Shoaib Malik was the star for Pakistan on Friday as the veteran all-rounder slammed a brilliant half century to guide his team to victory against Afghanistan in the Asia Cup 2018 on Friday.
With 10 runs needed from the final over, Malik pulled the second ball of the final over by Aftab Alam over the deep square leg boundary and then slammed the next to deep fine leg for a boundary as Pakistan pulled off a nerve-wracking win in 49.3 overs at Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi.
Shoaib Malik was instrumental in the team’s victory against Afghanistan but the gesture he showed after the end of the match has become the talk of the town.
Malik smacked pacer Aftab Alam for a four and six off consecutive deliveries in the final over of the match to earn Pakistan the win after a fascinating contest but, on the other hand, it left Alam in tears.
— PCB Official (@TheRealPCB) September 21, 2018
Alam went down on his haunches with despair as soon as his side lost and realising this Malik went over to him and consoled him — a gesture seen by many as a sign of great sportsman spirit despite the teams sharing some heated moments throughout the match.
Here is Akram’s tweet:
Experience has no substitute… Shoaib Malik proved it against a spirited Afghanistan .Did a Dhoni like finish … when Malik faced a bowler, he had no expression on his face and that frustrates a bowler becos he doesn’t know what to expect… wonderful knock @realshoaibmalik
— Wasim Akram (@wasimakramlive) September 22, 2018
“Experience has no substitute… Shoaib Malik proved it against a spirited Afghanistan .Did a Dhoni like finish … when Malik faced a bowler, he had no expression on his face and that frustrates a bowler becos he doesn’t know what to expect… wonderful knock @realshoaibmalik,” Akram posted on Twitter.
Here is the reply of Shoaib Malik:
Thank you Wasim bhai means a lot ?
— Shoaib Malik (@realshoaibmalik) September 22, 2018