Former Pakistan all-rounder, Shahid Afridi, in a viral video, revealed that his daughter was waving the Indian tricolor during the crunch Super-4 match between India and Pakistan in the recently-concluded Asia Cup 2022. Afridi also confirmed that there was a shortage of Pakistan flags at the Dubai venue, so his daughter had no option but to wave India’s flag during the game. While India failed to make it into the finals, Pakistan lost to Sri Lanka who sealed their 6th Asia Cup title on Sunday.
During a chat on Samaa TV, Shahid Afridi said, “My wife told me that there were barely 10% Pakistani fans in the stadium and the rest were Indian fans. Pakistani flags were not available there so my younger daughter was waving the Indian flag. I received the video, but I was unsure about whether to share it online or not.”
Pakistan failed to capitalize on the toss and impressive start with the ball as the Babar Azam-led side suffered a 23-run defeat in the Asia Cup 2022 final on Sunday in Dubai.
Bhanuka Rajapaksa played a match-winning unbeaten knock of 71 off 45 balls in Dubai and led Sri Lanka as it recovered from 58/5 to reach 170/6 in the final after Pakistan won the toss and decided to bowl first. Pakistan crashed to 147 all out off the last balls as its top order continued to struggle against the pace with fast bowler Pramod Madushan claiming 4/34 in only his second T20 international.
Pakistan was scrappy in the field as Rajapaksa was dropped on either side of his half-century by Shadab in the deep. Rauf had Hasaranga caught behind in the 15th over, but Rajapaksa added a further 54 runs in the last five overs with Chamika Karunaratne, who made 14 not out.
Sri Lanka made a stunning comeback with five successive wins in the tournament after getting beaten by Afghanistan in its opening game. Sri Lanka also beat Pakistan in the last Super 4 game.