Asia Cup: Babar Azam dismissed for zero against Afghanistan
Babar has not been able to add even 40 runs in 4 innings of Asia Cup.
New Delhi. The important match of Super-4 is being played between Pakistan and Afghanistan in the Asia Cup. Four teams are expected to reach the finals from this one match. If Pakistan wins this match, then India-Afghanistan’s way to reach the final of Asia Cup will be closed and the ticket for Pakistan-Sri Lanka final will be cut.
The Pakistani bowlers had done half the job by restricting Afghanistan to a score of 129 runs. Now it was the turn of the batsmen. Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan opened Pakistan’s innings. Mohammad Rizwan took 1 run off the first ball of Fazlhaq Farooqui. Now the strike was with Babur. But, he fell victim to a golden duck on the very first ball of his innings. Farooqui made him lbw. Fazal’s ball was on the line of the middle stump and after falling on the pitch hit the front pad, beating Babar’s bat. After this, the players of Afghanistan made a strong appeal and the umpire did not take long to raise his finger.
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With this, an unwanted record was registered in the name of Babur. He became the first Pakistani captain in the history of Asia Cup to be victim of a golden duck.
Before this match, Babar was stripped of the No. 1 chair in the ICC’s T20 rankings for batsmen and after some time he was dismissed for a golden duck against Afghanistan without opening an account. For him it was like a double blow. Even though the performance of Pakistan’s team in the Asia Cup has been good so far. But, Babur’s bat is silent. Babar, who scored runs in all three formats of Test, ODI and T20 in the last 1 year, could not add 40 runs in 4 innings of this tournament. He scored 24 runs in two matches against India and 9 against Hong Kong.
This is a matter of increasing trouble for Pakistan before the T20 World Cup. He will have to regain form soon, because winning the T20 World Cup for Pakistan will prove to be a far cry if his bat does not work.
Tags: Afghanistan, Afghanistan vs Pakistan, Asia cup, Babar Azam, Mohammad Rizwan
FIRST PUBLISHED : September 07, 2022, 22:22 IST