Experienced batsman Shoaib Malik hit a six and a boundary to pull off a sensational last-over win for Pakistan against a spirited Afghanistan in the Asia Cup in Abu Dhabi. Needing 11 runs to win from the final over, Malik pulled the second ball from paceman Aftab Alam over the deep square leg boundary and then whacked the next to deep fine leg as Pakistan pulled off a nerve-wracking win in 49.3 overs.
Hashmatullah Shahidi had earlier missed out on a maiden hundred by a mere three runs but still steered Afghanistan to a challenging total of 6-257.
Imam-ul-Haq scored a 104-ball 80 with five boundaries and a six while Babar Azam knocked an attractive 94-ball 66 with four boundaries and a six during their innings, repairing the innings with a 154-run stand for the second wicket.
Despite Pakistan losing crucial wickets, Malik kept his cool at the death to steer Pakistan to victory in their first Super Four match.