Pakistan ‘CAN’: Babar Azam & Co bounce back in New York to keep T20 World Cup Super 8 hopes alive

Pakistan ‘CAN’: Babar Azam & Co bounce back in New York to keep T20 World Cup Super 8 hopes alive

PAK vs CAN: Pakistan finally managed to get their first win of T20 World Cup 2024, defeating Canada to stay alive in the race for spot in Super 8

PAK vs CAN: Pakistan finally registered their first win of T20 World Cup 2024 after starting their campaign on an awful note. Babar Azam and co. picked up a convincing seven wicket victory against Canada to keep their hopes of making it to the Super 8 stage alive. Prior to this game, Pakistan lost both their group stage games to the USA and India at the same Nassau County stadium in New York.

PAK vs CAN: Finally, Pakistan win!

Opting to bowl first, Pakistan succeeded in restricting Canada to 106 runs. Despite getting off to a good start, Canada lost wickets in a flurry with the Pakistan bowlers striking at regular intervals. Opener Aaron Johnson was the lone warrior for the side, top-scoring with a 52-run knock that saw Canada reach a face-saving total. Five batters were dismissed for a single-digit score as they struggled to read the Pakistan bowlers.

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Pakistan pacers relished the help offered by the pitch at the Nassau County stadium, using the conditions to torment the batters. Haris Rauf and Mohammad Amir picked up two wickets each while Shaheen Afridi and Naseem Shah bagged one scalp each. In reply, Pakistan lost opener Saim Ayub (6) early in the innings as Canada found an early breakthrough. Rizwan and Babar took over the show from there on, building a crucial partnership that almost got Pakistan across the line.

Keeper-batter Rizwan top-scored for the side with a 53-run knock while skipper Babar Azam broke free of his shackles of poor form to play a patient 33-run knock off 33 deliveries. Canada’s Heylinger managed to strike twice, getting rid of Ayub and Babar. Pakistan chased down the target with 2.3 overs to spare – a big boost for their NRR.


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