Fast bowler Shaheen Shah Afridi returned career-best figures of 4-22 to guide Pakistan into the Twenty20 World Cup semi-finals with a five-wicket win over Bangladesh in a thrilling encounter -or-die on Sunday.
Chasing 128 for victory in Adelaide, Pakistan reached their target with 11 balls to spare and joined arch-rivals India in the last four from Group 2.
After the victory, politicians, journalists and activists took to Twitter to congratulate the Pakistani cricket team for qualifying for the T20 World Cup semi-finals.
Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif said it was a “big time”, praising both the Pakistan and Netherlands teams for playing well.
Big time. Congratulations to all of you. Good luck, Pakistan 🇵🇰 … and Netherlands 🙂
– Shehbaz Sharif (Alabi NewsCMshehbaz) November 6, 2022
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Asad Umar also congratulated the team, making a joke about the “shock” the cricketers experienced during the match.
He hoped the semi-final would be a “repeat of 1992”, a World Cup match where Pakistan beat England by 22 runs in the final under PTI captaincy. leader and former prime minister Imran Khan.
Congratulations to the Greens for making it to the semi-finals. Waisey itni tension diye baghair bhee yeh kaam ho sakta tha 😊 inshallah repeat 1992
— Asad Umar (Alabi NewsAsad_Umar) November 6, 2022
Jamaat-e-Islami Chief Siraj ul Haq congratulated the team, saying “the nation’s prayers and best wishes are with you”. He hoped that the victory in the end will be in the destiny of the team, if God wills.
Read Shaheen scores as Pakistan reach T20 World Cup semis with win over Bangladesh
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قوم كي دعائن نيك تمناين اُـــــــــــــــــــــــــــر,
फाइनाली में जिट आप का का मडाडर हू ان شاء الله
– Siraj ul Haq (Alabi NewsSirajOfficial) November 6, 2022
Political analyst and journalist Mazhar Abbas congratulated the Pakistani team and the entire country.
He called Pakistan’s victory over Bangladesh a “huge victory” in the semi-final and praised the “great” cricketer Shaheen Afridi.
Also, he recognized cricketer Mohammad Haris for his “fantastic” performance in the last two matches but said that he “shouldn’t have played the shot he got”.
#PakvBan Pakistan Team ko mubarak, Pak ko mubarak. Huge win over Bangladesh to reach the semis. This young man Haris has really impressed me in the last two games even though he shouldn’t be playing with the shot he has. The hats of Shaheen Shah Afridi’s great husband.
— Mazhar Abbas (Alabi NewsMazharAbbasGEO) November 6, 2022
Reporter Ihtisham Ul Haq pointed out that the green shirts “are on the table”.
Meanwhile, PML-Q leader Moonis Elahi said that “Pakistanis will do the impossible if they have the will to win and the dedication to succeed.”
जीत का अग्याह अवर पुष्टी की लागन हो तो पकास्टितिन को मुज़क कर जुक्षटेटे #T20WorldCup में शितारी जीट उर कुलीविया करें पर को गुम को भूत भूत गुद्या अरपीम! ##PAKvsBAN
— Moonis Elahi (Alabi NewsMoonisElahi6) November 6, 2022
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