Amazing scenes from this Asian Games semifinal as the Afghans defeated their bitterest enemies, the Pakistanis, to secure their place in the championship match. The battle was extremely nerve-racking as the pendulum swung back and forth, but in the end, Afghanistan managed to maintain composure and go to the final. Pakistan will play Bangladesh for the bronze medal, and they will play India in the championship match.
Despite their strong start, they dropped a few early wickets in the powerplay. However, Noor Ali Zadran played a crucial role at that point, moving the team to a position where they could win. He took some hits to the body but continued to bat and finished first with 39. They lost a lot of wickets quickly, so there were some jitters in the middle overs.
As he developed a vital alliance with Ashraf, Skipper Gulbadin Naib came to their aid. When seamer Jamal entered the game, he unleashed himself and completed the task in just one over, having earlier taken his time against the spinners. Naib easily led his team over the finish line despite the game being extremely tight.
The Pakistani spinners were excellent, stifling the run-flow and taking crucial wickets. Usman Qadir, the leg spinner, altered the tide of the match by smashing through the middle order after Minhas had taken a few wickets. Afghanistan needed twenty-four from three overs when he concluded his spell with a clean over. But when Pakistan switched back to seamer Jamal, they committed a tactical blunder, and in the end, he became nervous. In that one over alone, Gulbadin Naib scored 24 runs because he was waiting for it.