Pakistan was on the verge of winning the semi-final against Australia. However, the never say die attitude of the Australian coupled with fearless batting and luck allowed them to cross the winning line. Matthew Wade was looking in fine nick as he had entered the 20s including a four and six. Australia needed nearly 24 runs of the last two overs and in came Shaheen Shah Afridi.
Wade went for an aerial shot at deep extra cover. Eyes were on Hasan Ali as he came running in to take the catch but unfortunately, the ball went through his hands and Wade took two runs.
While Pakistan obviously were disappointed at the dropped catch, they would have never anticipated the carnage that was about to come in the next three balls, that too against the deliveries of Shaheen Afridi. Wade finished the match with three fearless and dominant sixes. Australia won by an over to spare.
“It was the tough moment of my career and it was quite difficult for me to forget. I haven’t revealed this to anyone until now but I didn’t sleep for two days, my wife was with me and she was tense as I was not sleeping,” Hasan told Cricket Pakistan
Critics went berserk on Hasan Ali. The nation felt that the dropped catch cost them the game. Such was the scar of that event that the bowler kept on rewinding the fateful dropped catch over and over again.
“I was quiet and sitting at the side as the dropped catch was appearing in my mind continuously but while traveling to Bangladesh I told myself that I should move on,” he added.
While Pakistan may not have made it into the finals, there is no doubt that they exceeded their nation’s expectations by reaching the semis. They not only defeated India for the first time in a WC campaign but also played quality brand of cricket, something which the world did not see from the in pressure-intense matches of ICC event.