Pakhtoon Team chased down the highest target of the tournament on the last ball of the match to beat Bengal Tigers by six wickets in the first T10 League play-off at Sharjah.
Pakhtoon captain Shahid Afridi opted to bowl after winning the toss. A brilliant 26-ball 68* by David Miller saw the Sarfraz Ahmed-led Bengal score the highest total of the tournament 126-2, only to be surmounted 45 minutes later.
During his knock, the South African batsman levelled Shoaib Malik’s record for the joint-fastest fifty, by reaching the 50-run mark in just 22 balls. Miller struck three 4s and seven 6s in his innings.
Pakhtoon’s were off to a slow start in their chase as the opening-pair of Ahmed Shehzad and Tamim Iqbal managed only three singles in the first over bowled by Aamer Yamin. However, soon they found boundaries and Shehzad managed 38 from 17 balls before falling in the 5th over.
Shahid Afridi promoted himself to number four and hit one 4 and two 6s in his 10-ball 23. When he fell, Fakhar Zaman took the charge and hit 31, that had four gigantic sixes, off 11 balls.
With 17 required off the last over, Sarfraz handed the ball to left-arm wrist-spinner Zahir Khan. Khan was smoked for two massive sixes by Liam Dawson, who won the man-of-the-match award, on the first two balls. With one required off the last ball, Dawson cut the spinner for a four to seal the match.