October 29 will indeed be a memorable day for Pakistan cricket for the way they won their T20 World Cup game against Afghanistan in Dubai. The game went down the wire before Asif Ali could pull a rabbit out of the hat to see the Men in Green walk to their third straight win at the ongoing mega event.
The show in Dubai started with Pakistan dominating the game initially and reducing the Afghans to 76/6 before Mohammad Nabi and Gulbadin Naib stitched a 71-run unbeaten partnership for the seventh wicket to propel Afghanistan to a decent total. Chasing the target, Pakistan found themselves in a state of bother towards the end of the game. They needed 24 off the final 12 balls that too without any set batter at the crease. However, this time, yet again, Asif Ali took over the finishing duties and struck as many as four sixes in the penultimate over to Karim Janat, killing the game with an over to go.
Soon after Asif hit the winning runs for the Green Brigade, the internet got filled with messages congratulating and praising the Pakistan finisher. Ben Stokes too joined the fans to praise Asif, but the move just didn't go down well with the English all-rounder. The trolls on social media wasted no time in recalling the 2016 final between England and West Indies, where Stokes had failed to defend 19 runs off the final over as Carlos Brathwaite hit him for four consecutive sixes. To make the matter worse for himself on Friday, Stokes wrote on Twitter, "Remember the name Asif Ali." To the unversed, while Brathwaite hit the final six to Stokes to win the 2016 T20 World Cup for West Indies, the commentator had said similar thing on the mic, " Carlos Brathwaite, remember the name."
In no time, the comment box of Stokes got filled with critics making him remember the name of Carlos Brathwaite. While some shared the video of the final over Stokes bowled to the West Indies all-rounder, others said that he praised Asif just to forget what happened at the 2016 World Cup final.