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Asif Ali shines in Big Bash League, brings Hurricanes Hobart close to victory

Scores 41 off 13 deliveries against Sydney Sixers
Asif Ali plays a shot during a match against Sydney Sixers in the Big Bash League at the SCG on December 22, 2022. Photo via Twitter/@HurricanesBBL
Asif Ali plays a shot during a match against Sydney Sixers in the Big Bash League at the SCG on December 22, 2022. Photo via Twitter/@HurricanesBBL

Power hitter Asif Ali, who went through a bad patch in the World Cup for his national side, hit a blistering 41 off 13 deliveries in the Big Bash League on Thursday, leaving cricket aficionados in awe at his performance.

Ali, along with fellow cricketer Shadab Khan, is playing for the Hobart Hurricanes in Australia’s T20 cricket league. The last match they played was against Sydney Sixers.

Though, the side could not manage to win the game Ali’s heroics in their attempt to chase 137 in 15 overs made the game more interesting. The match was reduced to 15 overs due to rain in Sydney, home to the famous SCG.

The right-handed batter came into bat after James Neesham departed for five and the team needed 64 off 27 deliveries. He started his innings with a single and rotated the strike with another T20 cricket specialist Tim David.

But, the Australian player could not stay longer at the crease as he got caught at the boundary while trying to play a pull shot on a short-pitched delivery.

Then, it was all up to Ali. Canes’ now needed 45 runs off 12 deliveries. He hit 6, 4, 6, 6, and 4, bringing the Hurricanes into the match before getting caught by Jordan Silk on 41.

Unfortunately, the Hurricanes fell just six runs short, gifting the Sixers their first win of the season.

Such situations are not new for the finisher, as pronounced by Babar Azam on his role in the team, as Ali has helped the team chase targets in death overs.

His brilliant knock brought his side so close to a remarkable victory.

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