As the warm up matches of the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 are underway, the 8 participants of the Super 12s are striving to get better practice.
Pakistan, one of the top-notched and favorite teams of the event, got down and dusted with their first warm up match overpowering the Kieron Pollard-led West Indies by seven wickets on Monday.
Momentarily, facing South Africa, men in green once again look on the verge of triumphing. Babar Azam and co, after propelled to bat first, set up a target of 187 runs for Temba Bavuma and chaps to chase.
As visible, the score on the board looked mighty and trouble-full for SA to chase. The green shirts’ batting line-up, with the assistance of Fakhar Zaman’s 52 off 28 (retired out), Shoaib Malik’s 28 off 20, and the decent scores from Mohammad Rizwan, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez is notable.
Asif Ali, who was under heavy criticism after the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) initially named him in the 15-man squad, has proved his critics wrong with the magic exerting out of his bat. He added a quick 32 off 18 balls at a puffy strike rate of 177.78.
Social media, Pakistan cricket fraternity gathers together to apprehend his contributions whilst setting up a big score for SA to tally for. Critics-turned-fans praise his consecutive boundary cameo of 4, 4, 6 versus Anrich Nortje, who has been one of the top bowlers of the Indian Premier League (IPL 2021). His inning contributed two fours and two sixes
It is pertinent to mention that Asif did not get a chance to bat versus the West Indies, Pakistan’s first warm up fixture of the ICC T20 World Cup 2021.
Notably, his from has been a reason of distinct queries for years. From that dropped catch during the ICC World Cup 2019 till many blunders in the midst, he was seen settling in T20 tournaments donning red jerseys. However, he has always been satisfied of his performances.
The lookouts anticipate more of the similar performances to justify his selection in the crew.
Asif Ali went 4️⃣, 4️⃣, 6️⃣ against Anrich Nortje during his entertaining cameo 💥
— CricWick (@CricWick) October 20, 2021
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