After losing their first match against India in the Asian Cup, the Pakistan cricket team is on a roll. With two consecutive wins in the Super 4 stage, Pakistan have secured a place in the final along with Sri Lanka. There were several top performances in the batting and bowling departments and the performance by the young pacer Shahnawaz Dahani was one of the highlights. He played in two Group A matches and was good on both occasions. He returned against India with figures of 4-0-29-0 and against Hong Kong with 2-1-7-1. He then missed the Super 4 stage due to a side injury.
Former Indian cricket team player Sanjay Manjrekar praised his bowling and told of a funny meeting with Dahani after he was injured.
“Yeah, he’s a character. He recently asked me if I enjoyed his bowling. And I said, ‘I loved it. You bowled great.’ (He answered) Ha isiliye nazar lag gayi. He’s a cartoon, but these are free-spirited cricketers. In Pakistan, we’ve seen that over the years,” Sanjay Manjrekar told Star Sports.
Here is the video of Sanjay Manjrekar talking about Dahani pic.twitter.com/OYXewlMsuL
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In Pakistan’s match against Afghanistan on Wednesday, right arm goer Naseem Shah hit two telling sixes in the final as Pakistan defeated Afghanistan by one wicket and chased 130 in a thrilling Asia Cup Super 4 match to knock India out of the tournament.
Afghanistan held the game firmly until the last remaining, reducing Pakistan to 118 for nine. But Naseem had other plans when he hit Fazalhaq Farooqi two straight sixes to send both Afghanistan and India off the bill for a final berth.
With two wins from as many matches, both Pakistan and Sri Lanka have sealed their places in the final of the tournament to be held on Sunday.
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