Asia Cup, Super 4 | Pakistan beats Afghanistan by one wicket to qualify for final, India out of contention

With four points each, Pakistan and Sri Lanka qualify for Asia Cup final

September 07, 2022 09:18 pm | Updated September 08, 2022 09:02 am IST - Sharjah:

Naseem Shah of Pakistan celebrates after hitting the winning runs during the DP World Asia Cup match between Afghanistan and Pakistan at Sharjah Cricket Stadium on September 7, 2022 in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates.

Naseem Shah of Pakistan celebrates after hitting the winning runs during the DP World Asia Cup match between Afghanistan and Pakistan at Sharjah Cricket Stadium on September 7, 2022 in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. | Photo Credit: Getty Images

Pakistan beat Afghanistan by one wicket in its final Super 4 match of the Asia Cup in Sharjah on Wednesday.

The result meant that India and Afghanistan are out of reckoning for the final to be played on Sunday as they are winless from two matches. With four points each, Pakistan and Sri Lanka qualified for the title clash.

Invited to bat, Afghanistan posted 129 for six with Ibrahim Zadran top-scoring with a 37-ball 35.

Pakistan chased down the target with four balls to spare, reaching 131 for 9 in 19.2 overs.

Shadab Khan top-scored for Pakistan with 36 while Iftikhar Ahmed made 30.

For Afghanistan, Fareed Ahmad and Fazalhaq Farooqi took three wickets apiece while Rashid Khan got two.

Brief scores:

Afghanistan: 129 for 6 in 20 overs (Ibrahim Zadran 35; Haris Rauf 2/26).

Pakistan: 131 for 9 in 19.2 overs (Shadab Khan 36, Iftikhar Ahmed 30; Fazalhaq Farooqi 3/31, Fareed Ahmad 3/31, Rashid Khan 2/25).

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