World Cup 2023: Babar Azam’s 50 score Brighten Pakistan’s Struggles

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In the 26th match of the ICC World Cup at MA Chidambaram Stadium, Pakistan’s opening batsmen, Abdullah Shafique (9) and Imamul Haq (12), found themselves unable to make a significant impact with the bat against South Africa, continuing the team’s recent rough patch.

Opting to bat first, Pakistan faced a challenging start, losing both openers for just 38 runs on the board, with Marco Jansen making quick work of them.

However, the team found hope as skipper Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan attempted to rescue their innings, forging a 48-run partnership off 56 deliveries.

Their partnership was cut short when the determined Rizwan was dismissed by Gerald Coetzee after contributing an intense 31 off 27 balls, including four boundaries and one six.

Iftikhar Ahmed joined Babar Azam, and together they added 43 runs to the scoreboard in a partnership that lasted only 56 balls. Iftikhar’s contribution was a 21 off 31 balls before he was removed by Shamsi.

Following Iftikhar’s departure, Babar Azam, the captain, continued to display his form, achieving another fifty with his 50 off 65 balls before heading back to the dome.

In the earlier stages of the match, Pakistan had won the toss and opted to bat first against South Africa at Chennai International Cricket Stadium.

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Skipper Babar Azam commented on the match, stating, “Every match is important, so we will try our best. Put runs on the board. We need to improve in all departments, especially fielding and bowling.”

This highly anticipated cricket match between Pakistan and South Africa was under the looming threat of unpredictable weather, with dark clouds gathering over the stadium in Chennai.

In response to player unavailability, Pakistan made two changes to their lineup, with Hasan falling ill and Mohammad Wasim Jr. taking his place. Usama Mir was also replaced by Nawaz.

The ground staff at the stadium took precautionary measures by covering the pitch to protect it from potential damage as heavy rainfall and strong winds swept through various regions, raising concerns about the feasibility of completing the game as scheduled.

In the event that the match remains incomplete due to adverse weather conditions, both Pakistan and South Africa will be awarded one point each, potentially influencing the standings in the tournament.

Ammara Ahmed

Ammara Ahmed

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