Twitterati hail Shoaib Malik for consoling the heart-broken Aftab Alam after the loss

Twitterati hail Shoaib Malik for consoling the heart-broken Aftab Alam after the loss

Malik was excellent on the night and he remained unbeaten on 51 off just 43 balls.

Aftab Alam
Aftab Alam was consoled by Shoaib Malik. (Photo Source: Twitter)

The ongoing edition of the Asia Cup witnessed its first close game thanks to Afghanistan and Pakistan. Both the teams fought neck and neck for almost 99 overs and in the end, Shoaib Malik’s experience won it for the Men in Green as the Afghan players and supporters were left disconsolate after a close defeat. More than anyone, Aftab Alam was disappointed who got it all wrong in the final over when he needed to defend 10 runs for the famous win.

Rashid Khan and Mujeeb ur Rahman had tried their best to keep their team in the hunt by picking timely wickets. But the medium pacers of Afghanistan were poor on the day. Though the skipper Asghar Afghan kept faith on Aftab and handed him the ball in the last over to win the thriller for his team. He started well with a brilliant yorker to Malik who refused the single which brought the equation down to 10 off five balls.

But, for some reason, the bowler tried to bowl a slower one and in the process delivered it short and Malik, with all the experience he has got, tonked the ball for a tremendous six which eventually sealed the game. Aftab Alam‘s confidence was shattered then and he bowled the next ball down the leg-side as well and a boundary meant Pakistan had won the game with only three balls to spare.

Aftab can’t control his tears

While the winning shot witnessed joy in one camp, there was an utter disappointment in the other after coming so close to taking down yet another ODI giant. After the loss, Aftab Alam was in tears as he failed to defend the runs for his team. He was so disconsolate that he didn’t get off the ground after the match ended and Shoaib Malik had to console him.

Even Hasan Ali joined in his senior partner with the other Afghanistan players also trying to cheer up their teammate. Though the loss was heartbreaking, the way the team fought had already won the heart of the fraternity and the fans. Moreover, Malik’s gesture to console the opponent bowler was hailed on Twitter as they praised the veteran for his exploits in the match as well.

Here’s how Twitter reacted:

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