The Asia Cup Super 4 clash between Pakistan and Afghanistan proved to be one of the most exciting encounters in the tournament’s history. After numerous twists and turns, the Babar Azam-led side were finally able to chase the goal of 130 runs into the final over. With 11 runs needed in six balls and one wicket in hand, Pakistani pacesetter Naseem Shah turned the tide completely by breaking two sixes on the first two deliveries of the last over from Fazalhaq Farooqi. Naseem became the hero of the night with his knock, but a kind gesture from him also won many hearts.
The bat with which Naseem hit the two winning sixes was donated to him by teammate Mohammad Hasnain. In a video posted to Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Twitter, Naseem announced that he will put the bat up for auction and use half of the amount to help flood victims in Pakistan.
— Pakistani cricket (@TheRealPCB) September 8, 2022
Many parts of Pakistan have been hit by flooding since last month. According to AFP, in Balochistan’s Jaffarabad district on Thursday, villagers fled their homes on makeshift rafts made of inverted wooden “charpoy” beds.
Thousands of temporary campgrounds have mushroomed on swaths of dry land to the south and west – often roads and railways are the only high ground in a landscape of water.
With people and livestock crammed together, the camps are ripe for disease outbreaks, with many cases of mosquito-borne dengue and scabies.
According to the latest report from the National Disaster Management Authority, the floods have killed nearly 1,400 people.
Nearly 7,000 km of roads have been damaged, some 246 bridges have been washed away and more than 1.7 million homes and businesses have been destroyed.
Speaking of Asian Cup, Pakistan has reached the final of the tournament after the thrilling victory over Afghanistan. They will now face Sri Lanka in the summit clash on Sunday.
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