In the 24th match of the Pakistan Super League (PSL), Islamabad United defeated Multan Sultans by two wickets after a thrilling encounter on Tuesday night.
In the match played in Rawalpindi, many batsmen of both the teams played lightning-fast innings, but all-rounder Faheem Ashraf played a prominent role in Islamabad United’s win.
Batting first, Multan Sultans set Islamabad United a mountain target of 206, which included Shaun Masood’s 50-ball 75 and Tim David’s 27-ball 60.
In pursuit of this target, Colin Munro scored 40 off 21 balls and Islamabad United captain Shadab Khan scored 44 off 25 balls, but this match was still out of Islamabad’s reach.
But Faheem Ashraf’s unbeaten innings of 51 runs off 26 balls gave the Islamabad United team the win in the last over of the match.
In the last over of the match, Islamabad United needed 18 runs from 6 balls and the last over was given to Mohammad Ilyas by Multan Sultans. Faheem Ashraf hit a six and two fours in this over and won the match for his team.
Social media users are seen praising Faheem Ashraf for his aggressive batting.
Mirza Zaid wrote in a tweet that “When Faheem Ashraf goes for swimming, the water wears a safety jacket.”
Mazhar Arshad, a journalist reporting on cricket, wrote in a humorous tweet that “When Faheem Ashraf was born, he slapped the doctor for not crying.”
Faheem Ashraf’s six in the last over is also the center of attention of the users and they are calling it the best shot of the tournament.
Sharing the video of the last over, Farid Khan wrote, “Forgive me, Ranaji, the mistake was made.”
Indian sports journalist Himanshu Parekh wrote that ‘before Faheem Ashraf, no team in PSL could score 18 runs in the last over in pursuit of a target.’
Describing it as a record, he said that Faheem Ashraf has done the feat of England player Ben Stokes or former India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
After winning the match against Multan Sultans, Islamabad United moved to the second position in the points table with 12 points and qualified for the play-off stage of the eighth edition of PSL.