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Babar’s runs increased, Pakistan still lost

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Ever since the start of the World Cup, Babar Azam was not going well. After two years of runs, Babar has gone silent on the big stage of the ODI World Cup. Pakistan has also disappointed so much that this batsman has lost the captaincy of not only the ODI but also the three editions of the World Cup.

He could have answered it with the bat against Australia. But Babur’s bat did not listen. The former captain of New Zealand has endured criticism again. After crossing the Tasman Sea, however, he returned to form. After 57 runs in the first T20, Babar scored 66 runs in the second T20 of the series today. However, there was no gain in this either, Pakistan lost by 21 runs.

The visitors are trailing 2-0 in the five-match series.

Despite Babar Azam’s 57 runs in the first match, Pakistan lost by 46 runs. Even though he scored 66 runs today, his strike rate has decreased. The innings of 67 runs off 43 balls raised hopes of victory. Needing 42 runs off 18 balls, Babar left the ball in the air.

Shaheen Shah Afridi still tried. But the captain also conceded defeat by scoring 22 runs in 13 balls. Pakistan lost the last 3 wickets for 8 runs and got all out before 3 balls.

However, the responsibility of the loss lies with the rest of the team. Two openers departed for 10 runs in the target of 195 runs. Fakhr Zaman and Babur counter-attacked. Fakhar took the main responsibility in the pair of 87 runs off 49 balls. Fakhar scored exactly 50 runs off 25 balls and was dismissed by Adam Milne in the tenth over. Babar’s contribution to the pair was 36 runs.

After that, Babur could not find any companion. Pakistan lost 4 wickets out of 28 runs. Babur got the courage to attack Shahin Shah. Ben Sears broke the pair of 28 off 16 balls. This Kiwi pacer returned him in the first match as well.

Earlier, Finn Allen’s innings brought New Zealand close to the two hundred mark. Allen, who scored 34 off 15 balls in the first match, stormed Hamilton today. Allen and Devon Conway scored 59 runs in 5.1 overs. 36 runs from 16 balls of Allen.

Even after the power play, Allen’s storm did not stop. By the time he got out in the 13th over, he had scored 74 runs off 41 balls. Kane Williamson (26 from 15 balls) retired injured before Allen returned to hit 7 fours and 5 sixes. New Zealand’s innings has not progressed as expected since Allen’s return. The host team scored only 57 runs in the last 43 balls. However, that was enough for a 21-run win in the end. Milne got 4 wickets for 33 runs.


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