According to Saqlain Mushtaq, Afghanistan is a good team that has occasionally displayed this quality. Today is the super match of the Asia cup super four Pakistan vs Afghanistan. This will decide who will get the title of Asia Cup 2022.
(Infosette News) ISLAMABAD: In the Asia Cup Super-four match between the two teams on Wednesday at the Sharjah Stadium, highly energised Pakistan will be looking to maintain their winning streak against the talented Afghanistan team.
Pakistan has defeated both of the other teams in their two meetings in this style.
The Greenshirts began their Super-four campaign with a thrilling victory over India on Sunday.
Pakistan will be among the favourites to win the championship after their victory over Afghanistan on Wednesday.
Afghanistan enters the competition with a defeat to Sri Lanka after a flawless group stage run.
They will now compete against Pakistan in what is sure to be another thrilling match.
The head coach of the Pakistani team, Saqlain Mushtaq, said, “Afghanistan are a good side and they have demonstrated it from time to time, but we are optimistic to earn a hat-trick of victory on Wednesday.”
The Sharjah weather will favour spinners, but if a batter bats enough in the middle, there will be plenty of runs available in the later innings with shorter boundaries.
Babar Azam, the captain of Pakistan, has already stated that going forward, his team will have to work together to win the championship. “Let me tell you, winning such a competition is never a piece of cake.
To win each game, you must perform at your peak.
In order to defeat Afghanistan in the upcoming game, we must play our best cricket, Babar stated in an interview conducted prior to the game on Wednesday.
According to Saqlain, the team’s successful start against India was the result of tactically astute choices that were converted into successful performances by the batsmen, who in turn highlighted and underlined their batting talent, depth, and power.
“The strategic choice to move Mohammad Nawaz up to number four in order to counter India’s leg-spinners Yuzvendra Chahal and Ravi Bishnoi and take advantage of the shorter boundary on one side of the field absolutely paid off.
Mohammad Rizwan, Pakistan’s most productive batsman since the beginning of 2021 and the tournament’s leading run-getter, overcame a knee ailment in the first innings to post the game’s best score as a result of the team’s five-wicket victory.
The victory over India, according to head coach Saqlain Mushtaq, “has definitely raised the morale of the team and highlighted the depth of our batting unit.”
“Tactical manoeuvring is essential in T20 cricket, and we have the necessary players to achieve this at any stage of the innings.
We all knew Mohammad Nawaz, a utility player, had what it took to perform under duress. However, it is simply amazing how this young player came in and quickly ended the game for India.
According to Saqlain, “What Shadab Khan and Nawaz did for us in the middle overs was absolute gold.
They laid on the shackles and gave us wickets frequently, which had a significant impact on the score.
We were able to limit India to 181-7 thanks to these middle-overs.
“In the final over, Haris Rauf bowled well, denying a hitter of Virat Kohli’s calibre any space and keeping him firmly planted in his position with faultless yorkers.
Naseem Shah and Shahnawaz Dahani are excellent with the new ball, our spinners are a threat to any side in the middle overs, and Haris Rauf is a master in the death overs, as you can see.
We now have a bowling lineup that will give any batsman in the opposite camp the willies when Shaheen Afridi is added to the mix.
Mohammad Rizwan skipped the Dubai Academy’s training session, but he will be able to play against Afghanistan on Wednesday.
“He has received a well-earned rest in preparation for the game against Afghanistan.”