On 6 November 2022, Pakistan took Bangladesh in Adelaide in the ongoing 20-20 World Cup. However, before that clash, South Africa lost to the Netherlands and thus, they got eliminated from the tournament. So, after that result, both the Men in Green and Bangladesh were looking for a win to seal their place in the semi-finals.
However, Pakistan did not disappoint their fans as they managed to win the match by five wickets. After the match, the former Pakistani pacer, Shoaib Akhtar came up with a video to congratulate his team for the qualification. But, during that, he came up with a bold statement for the Proteas as the video went viral.
Here is the shared video:
Thank you South Africa. You've lived upto the 'c' word. Worked in our benefit.— Shoaib Akhtar (@shoaib100mph) November 6, 2022
Pakistan, now stay tight. Go on & win this. pic.twitter.com/MCl1oz6ZHC
‘Thank you, South Africa, you are big chokers’ - Shoaib Akhtar after Pakistan qualifies for semi-finals
Speaking of the video, Shaoib Akhtar called out the Proteas ‘Big Chokers’ as they lost against the Netherlands. He said: “I just woke up. Thank you, South Africa. You guys are big chokers because you gave Pakistan another chance. It was a big favour. All Pakistan needs to do is just go out there and win this game.”
"I didn’t think Pakistan deserved this chance after losing to Zimbabwe but Pakistan got a lifeline, a lottery. I think Bangladesh are great people but we need this World Cup, we need to see India once all over again," Shoaib Akhtar concluded. Speaking of the match, Shakib-al-Hasan won the toss and choose to bat first.
Bangladesh managed only 127 runs for eight wickets in 20 overs. For them, only Najul Hossain Shanto scored 54 runs off 48 balls, including seven fours. For Pakistan, Shaheen Afridi took four wickets for 22 runs in four overs. In reply, Pakistan managed to chase it down in just 18.1 overs. Mohammad Haris impressed again as she scored 31 runs off 18 balls, including one four and two sixes. Shaheen Afridi won the player of the match award for his match-winning bowling spell against Bangladesh in Adelaide.