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IND vs PAK: ‘Babar Azam Should Have Come One Down Instead Of Open’: Shoaib Akhtar


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In the 12th over of the Pakistani innings, Hardik removed Iftikhar Ahmed who was cruising nicely along with Mohammad Rizwan. On the first delivery of his very next over Hardik got settled Mohammad Rizwan out on 43 runs highest scorer for Pakistan in the match later in that over he claimed one more dismissal of KhushdilShah,  makingHardik bowling fingers 3 for 25 and economy of just 6.25 for the match.

India too had an early blow in the form of K L Rahul who got out without troubling the scorers, later Rohit and Virat Kohli tried to build a partnership but were removed by Mohammad Nawaz. Hardik comes to the crease with India needing 59 runs from 34 deliveries. He stayed the ship with Ravindra Jadeja and scores 33 runs from just 17 deliveries at a strike rate of 194  hitting 4 boundaries and a six. He handled the situation with calm and also got aggressive when it was needed. According to Wasim Akram, he is one of the best all-rounders of the modern era having the ability to ball at a pace of 140 plus and dominating batting in the lower order.

Rawalpindi Express Shoaib Akhtar feels Babar Azam should have batted at no.3 in yesterday’s match against India. Putting into bat first after losing a toss Pakistan managed to score 147 runs and also couldn’t survive to the there full quota of 20 overs.

Hopes were high for the Pakistani skipper in India-Pakistan encounter considering his dominating performance in the last match at the 2021 T20 international World Cup where he single-handedly took the team to victory.

This time Indian pacers did their homework perfectly and bowled with perfect line and length

without giving any width to batters.

Babar managed to score just 10 runs from 9 deliveries hitting 2 boundaries before getting out to Bhubaneswar Kumar.Pakistan is having weaker batting line-up with inexperienced middle order.

Faker Zaman would have been a better opening partner for Mohammad Rizwan than Babar Azam, both openers were unable to rotate strike.

Shoaib Akhtar was angry as Pakistani batters played almost 19 dot deliveries in the first six overs of their innings which build pressure on the batting lineup.

Pakistani speed star also added shortcomings of batter on bouncy wickets as Pakistan lost its first 5 batsmen to bouncy deliveries.


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