Pakistan failed to secure a spot in the final of the Asia Cup 2023 after a nail-biting two-wicket defeat against Sri Lanka in the Super Fours stage. Despite the loss, Zaman Khan emerged as a standout performer for Pakistan.
In a rain-affected match, Pakistan’s bowling unit defended a total of 252 runs admirably. Zaman Khan, who was brought in as a backup bowler for the tournament, made a remarkable debut and garnered attention for his brilliant performance.
During the final over of the match, with Pakistan defending eight runs, Zaman Khan showcased his skills as a death-over specialist. He bowled exceptionally well, creating pressure on the Sri Lankan batsmen. On the fifth ball of the over, a thick outside edge resulted in just 2 runs, intensifying the tension.
However, on the last ball of the over, Charith Asalanka managed to flick the ball to deep square leg, securing the victory for Sri Lanka and their place in the Asia Cup final. While Pakistan may not have advanced, Zaman Khan’s impressive performance was a highlight of the match.
Here are Twitter reactions:
— Muhammad Adil🇵🇰🇵🇰 (@Adil7235) September 14, 2023
In the absence of Naseem and Haris, he tried his best but what an effort especially, when you are playing your first game, in front of 35k people. Brilliant from Zaman khan ❤️❤️ pic.twitter.com/7ETGN4KE8j
— Hassan (@HassanAbbasian) September 14, 2023
Chin up Zaman Khan. You’re a hero for Pakistan 🇵🇰❤️ Keep shining ⭐️ pic.twitter.com/H4CQKFsTCd
— Wajahat Kazmi (@KazmiWajahat) September 14, 2023
— Аrмаап кнап ІҮІ (@veerkhan99) September 14, 2023
— Dr. Shaista Lodhi (@IamShaistaLodhi) September 14, 2023