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‘Remember the name’ – Twitter reacts as Asif Ali hits four sixes in an over in stunning World Cup win

by Wisden Staff 3 minute read

Asif Ali was the star of the night as he smashed four sixes in the penultimate over against Afghanistan to seal a thrilling win for Pakistan in the T20 World Cup clash on Friday.

The Men in Green needed 26 runs from three overs when Babar Azam was dismissed by Mohammad Nabi. Chasing 148 for their third win in the tournament, Pakistan lost Shoaib Malik in the 18th over, which brought the equation to 24 off the last 13 deliveries.

Ali went on to play once-in-a-lifetime innings, as he proceeded to smash Karim Janat for four sixes in the 19th over to take his team over the line. Experts, former cricketers, and current players went on to pay tribute to Ali on Twitter, with Ben Stokes leading the way with a tweet that read, “Remember the name, Asif Ali.”


The words had previously been used by commentator Ian Bishop in the 2016 men’s World T20 final after Carlos Brathwaite hit four sixes in the last over off Stokes to lead West Indies to the title in Kolkata.

Here is how Twitter reacted to Asif Ali’s knock against Afghanistan:

A few even remembered Dean Jones, who had coached Ali at Islamabad United in the Pakistan Super League.

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