Asia Cup 2022: On September 7, Wednesday, Pakistan plays Afghanistan in the fourth match of the current Asia Cup 2022 in Sharjah. The team is still on a high after defeating India in their opening Super game on Sunday in Dubai.
The team will now hope to defeat Sri Lanka and Afghanistan in order to advance to the championship game. Another close game saw Pakistan overcome India by 5 wickets and with one ball remaining.
Mohammad Rizwan led his team in scoring with a game-winning 71. His 73-run combination with Mohammad Nawaz (43 off 20) proved to be Pakistan’s deciding factor. Another crucial turn of events that favored Pakistan occurred when Arshdeep Singh dropped Asif Ali’s catch in the 18th over.
Overall, the Men in Green maintained their composure during a tense match versus India. In the process, they get revenge for the loss they suffered to Indi in the Asia Cup’s opening group game.
Asia Cup 2022: Here Are 5 Crucial Players for the Match
1. Rashid Khan
Rashid Khan is Afghanistan’s main advantage on the ball. Despite being so young, he has taken the second-most wickets in T20 cricket and the third-most in T20 Internationals, after Shakib and Tim Southee. Rashid is an important player who additionally guarantees reliability and moral rectitude. Khan is a brave cricketer who excels in middle overs and has the ability to destroy other teams.
Rashid Khan is another accomplished spin bowler in the Afghanistan squad. However, Rashid Khan is already regarded as one of the best bowlers of the contemporary era, and this year, Afghanistan’s success will depend heavily on him. He has participated in 66 T20I matches to date, scoring 229 runs and taking 112 wickets overall.
2. Hazratullah Zazai
Another Afghan athlete is qualified to compete at the highest level. The top-order batter’s quick bat makes significant claims with his diversity of hits. In 28 T20Is, he has scored 867 runs for the Afghans, putting him very near to 1,000 runs. Hazratullah Zazai has a strike rate of 144.50 percent.
He has the ability to make the crucial plays and set his team up for success. Hazratullah Zazai, a batter who strikes the ball hard and with aggression. The 24-year-old Hazai will be in charge of the Afghanistan hitting unit. You may get an idea of Zazai’s ability from the fact that he owns the second-highest score in T20I cricket history.
3. Mohammad Rizwan
Mohammad Rizwan is another player who has the ability to finish out games on his own. Over the past few years, he has consistently performed well for Pakistan. Despite the team having only played one T20I to date, Rizwan is currently the third-ranked batter in the shortest format, and the Asia Cup is the perfect opportunity for him to advance in the rankings.
In order to compete with the best bowlers on the continent in this battle for Asian supremacy, the wicketkeeper-batter would be inspired to let his bat speak for him. Babar and Rizwan are currently one of the best T20I opening combinations, and Pakistan would expect them to cooperate to secure early starts.
4. Asif Ali
A middle-order batter with strong power, in 2018 Asif Ali was selected for the Pakistani team. For a number of reasons, Asif has been in and out of the team over the previous four years, but he was able to participate in the T20 World Cup last year and did an absolutely flawless job as the finisher. He played his best innings in the group match against Afghanistan, closing it off with four sixes. The strong batter now wants to play in the middle of the order for the upcoming tournament with his sights set on qualifying for this year’s T20 World Cup.
5. Shabad Khan
Shadab Khan joining the Pakistani team is good. He is a valuable all-rounder who can influence a game’s outcome with his impactful middle-order hitting and who can be just as lethal with the ball in hand by deceiving the finest hitters in the world with his leg-spin. The bowling all-rounder has participated in 64 T20 Internationals for Pakistan so far, scoring 275 runs at an average of 18.33 in 26 innings. He has also recorded 73 scalps, with an average cost of 21.79. Thus, Shadab will undoubtedly be a player to watch during the Asia Cup 2022.