In one of the memorable matches in Cricket, the Aussies were able to snatch the game from Pakistan. While Aussies had a daunting task of needing nearly 11 runs per over in the last four overs, Stoinis and Wade took calculated risks. The nail in the coffin was the 19th over of Shaheen Shah Afridi when Matthew Wade played an unorthodox scoop shot for six. The next off-cutter slow ball was belted away on the leg side. The Rawalpindi express although praised the captain and team but felt that they made some wrong decisions in the end.
Pak should have scored around 200: Shoaib Akhtar
While Shoaib believed that Pakistan scored well, according to him, the team should have scored around 200 runs. The team played slow from 6th to 10th over. Admiring that Fakhar Zaman played well, the former speedster believed that he was unable to rotate the strike in the middle overs.
Hasan Ali was overused, Babar is a young captain: Shoaib Akhtar
Hasan Ali dropped a catch of Matthew Wade in the over of Shaheen. The left-hander then went berserk and smashed three sixes, eventually taking the Australians into the finals. Akhtar believes the fast bowler Ali was overused in the match and that the bowler needs to increase his pace and make his body stronger.
Akhtar went on his Youtube channel, that while Babar is a good captain, he could have taken better decisions in the end and credited the Australians for playing a fearless brand of cricket in the crunch situation. Akhtar believes that the way Warner was playing, he could have won the game even earlier, had he not gone back to the pavilion. Replays and reviews showed that Warner did not nick the ball. According to him, a mature and better team has won.
Many greats including the likes of Waqar defended Hasan Ali for the dropped catch, opined that catches do get dropped at times and that Shaheen Shah Afridi could have bowled better in the last three balls of his over for which he got hit for 3 sixes. The sentiment was also echoed by the pacer’s future father-in-law i.e. Shahid Afridi.