Babar azam century helped pakistan to beat kiwis . A must win game for Pakistan and that too in a run-chase. Surely not many expected them to cruise home. Not after their openers threw it away and exposed the middle order inside 15 overs. On a pitch that resembled a minefield (well, nearly) Babar Azam walked in and displayed nerves of steel to grind it out and stay till the end of run chase. There were plenty of ooh-and-aah moments during the chase, but Babar’s focus never drifted away and he along with the in-form Haris Sohail engineered a 100-plus partnership to seal the deal in front of a packed Edgbaston crowd.
New Zealand weren’t as sharp with the ball and unfortunately for them, their worst bowling performance coincided with Pakistan’s best batting effort in this World Cup. All in all, this game will be remembered for the terrific performances of the young duo Babar Azam and Shaheen Afridi who showed plenty of character in a must-win game for their nation. And that’s, exactly, how you churn superstars.
Shadab Khan and Wahab Riaz additionally contributed with three wickets in their last game after Amir by and by conveyed, representing two scalps.
While the batting and bowling units conveyed against the Proteas, handling is a region of worry for Pakistan and Sarfaraz too conceded that the group should draw up its socks.
“We need to work more enthusiastically on handling. Again we dropped such a large number of gets (against South Africa), some direct and some half-shots. Every one of the three matches presently are exceptionally significant and we need to deal with it,” Sarfaraz had said after the match.