6,1,6… The team was in trouble against IRE too, the former captain single-handedly turned the match around

Orhan Wadia
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6,1,6… The team was in trouble against IRE too, the former captain single-handedly turned the match around


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Babar was standing at the other end when the former captain turned the match around.Pakistan also looked helpless in front of the target of 107 runs.Pakistan's score against Ireland was 62/6.

New Delhi. After the defeat against India and America, the condition of the Pakistan team, which was surrounded from all sides, also looked weak during the T20 World Cup match against Ireland on Sunday. The situation was such that the match was almost out of the hands of the Pakistan team. Seven batsmen of the team had already returned to the dugout after getting out. Then suddenly the former captain came into action and changed the course of the match in just three balls. In this way, the Pakistan team got its second victory in the T20 World Cup 2024. With this, Pakistan's journey in the tournament is now over.

Batting first, Ireland scored 106 runs for the loss of nine wickets in the stipulated 20 overs on an easy pitch in Florida. All the teams faced a lot of difficulties in scoring runs in New York. This time it seemed that Pakistan would easily win the match and wash away its old sins but it did not happen. Pakistan lost six wickets for just 62 runs. Mohammad Rizwan and Sam Ayub were out after scoring 17-17 runs.

11 runs were needed from 11 balls…
Babar Azam stood firm till the end and scored an unbeaten 32 off 34 balls while batting at a very slow pace. No batsman supported Babar at the other end. Fakhar Zaman, Usman Khan, Shadab Khan, Imad Wasim got out cheaply. Babar was seen handling the front alone. Abbas Afridi somehow took the score to 95 runs by scoring 17 runs but the destination was still far. The team needed 11 runs off the last 11 balls.

The former captain gave us victory in one stroke…
After Abbas was out, former captain Shaheen Shah Afridi came to bat on the field. Shaheen had performed brilliantly as captain in the Pakistan Super League (PSL). After which he was appointed captain of the team during the Pakistan New Zealand series. Babar was also a part of this team. However, in view of the poor performance of the team, Babar Azam was again made the captain of the team before the T20 World Cup. Shaheen hit a six on the second ball of the 19th over and then took a single on the next ball. One of his catches was also dropped by the opposing team. As soon as he came on strike again on the 5th ball of the over, he hit a six through a slog sweep and ensured the team's victory 7 balls in advance.

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