DUBAI: Shoaib Malik (51*) directed Pakistan to victory over valiant Afghanistan in Asia Cup Super Four thriller at Sheik Zayed Stadium on Friday.
Afghan captain Asghar won the toss and selected to bat first. Hashmatullah Shahidi crushed 97 and commander Asghar Afghan hit 67 scores to lift Afghanistan to battling score of 257.
While pursuing a fair target Pakistan lost Fakhar Zaman in the first over, Imam-ul-Haq and Babar Azam fifties put pakistan on solid position.
Afghanistan, who are hoping to expand on their annoyed wins over Sri Lanka and Bangladesh in the first round, acquired huge hitting batsman Najibullah Zadran for Samiullah Shenwari.