Here’s a look at five memorable six-hitting moments in Pakistan’s cricketing history:
Miandad’s final-ball six off India’s Chetan Sharma in the 1986 Austral-Asia Cup final at Sharjah still hurts India fans.
Needing 246 for victory, Pakistan were in trouble at 61-3 before Miandad struck an unbeaten 116 off 114 balls.
🗓 #AajKayDin🏆 Austral-Asia Cup, Final🏟 Sharjah Javed Miandad hit that world famous last-ball six of Chetan Shar… https://t.co/OOUcxlkNnK
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With four needed off the final delivery, India fast bowler Sharma bowled a full toss and Miandad slogged it high over the leg side and into the crowd to trigger wild celebrations.
A left-handed gutsy middle-order batsman, Mujtaba took on Australia’s bowlers in a 50-over World Series match in 1992 and hit a six off the last ball from Steve Waugh to tie a dramatic game.
Chasing 228 for victory in Hobart, Pakistan slipped to 197-7 but Mujtaba stood firm and with 17 needed off the final over Australia skipper threw the ball to part-time seamer Waugh.
#OnThisDay in 1992 – Asif Mujtaba hit Steve Waugh for six from the final ball of Pakistan’s World Series match agai… https://t.co/7EKi8FRawW
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Mujtaba hit him to all parts and dispatched the last delivery, a full toss, over midwicket to level the scores.
Afridi won many exciting games for Pakistan with his maverick batting but his two sixes off India spinner Ravichandran Ashwin in a 2014 Asia Cup 50-over match remain special.
Pakistan, chasing 246, needed 10 when Ashwin started the 50th over by taking a wicket.
Look at the six of Shahid Afridi to Ashwin which indians will never forget 🔥🔥#shahidafridi #Cricket https://t.co/r1brXHMT9x
— Junaid (@JunaidTvveets) 1591288411000
But Afridi smashed the off-spinner for two straight sixes to live up his ‘Boom Boom’ nickname as Pakistan won with one wicket and two balls to spare.
Ali was relatively unknown when he hit four straight sixes off Afghanistan’s Karim Janat to announce his arrival at last year’s T20 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates.
Pakistan needed 26 off 18 balls when Asif walked in to bat.
Game Changers of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021Asif Ali’s match-winning sixes against Afghanistan https://t.co/EldQkcg69I
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Asif watched calmly from the non-striker’s end in the 18th over before smashing Janat over the ropes four times to take Pakistan home with an over to spare.
Shah became Pakistan’s newest six-hitting hero when he walked in to bat at number 10 with Pakistan needing 20 off 10 balls with just two wickets in hand in their chase of 130 against Afghanistan on Wednesday.
NASEEM SHAH YOU BEAUTY Asif Ali #PAKvAFG Afghanistan Asia Cup 2022 #goodbye What a Match #UrvashiRautela Unbelievab… https://t.co/wzVLk12vy7
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Pakistan lost Asif in the 19th over but Naseem kept his cool, with 12 needed off the last over, to smash Farooqi’s attempted yorkers for consecutive straight sixes over long-off.