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England need only 138 runs to win the World Cup title

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  • 13 November, 2022 16:39:26

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Sports Desk: In the early cautious batting, it seemed that Pakistan's target was to save wickets and play 20 overs. That's why only 39 runs in the power play! Two openers Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan can take 16 runs in the first three overs.

Due to such slow batting, Pakistan did not get a big collection against England. Babar Azam's team managed to accumulate 137 runs after losing 8 wickets in the 20 overs decided by batting earlier. This collection could not have been put up if Shan Masood and Mohammad Shadab had not played with a bit of swagger.

Pakistan reached 100 runs in the third ball of the 15th over. Pakistan could not play in T20 mood even in the last five overs. Only 31 runs came in the last 5 overs! 13 runs in the 16th over, only 3 in the 17th over! In the next three overs only 5, 4 6 respectively! 

Rizwan got life early in the match. He survived to run out. If Chris Jordan could have hit the stumps on the non-strike edge with a direct throw from mid-off in the fourth over, Mohammad Rizwan would have been run out and returned.

Rizwan could not increase the innings despite getting life. In the fifth over, Rizwan continued to bat off Sam Caron's second ball, which was well outside the off-stump. But could not play properly. The ball hits the inside edge of his bat and hits the leg stump.

Rizwan returned with 15 runs off 14 balls with one six.  

After that, Adil Rashid brought wickets to the team in the attack. Mohammad Haris was caught on the boundary trying to hit this leg spinner for a six.

Jos Buttler gave the ball to Rashid in the eighth over. He did not disappoint the captain. His hanging ball came out of the wicket and was blown away by Harris. But the timing was not right. Ben Stokes takes an easy catch at long-on. Harris scored 8 runs off 12 balls.

Babar Azam was pulling Pakistan by watching. But he could not pull for long. At the end of the first 10 overs, Pakistan scored 68 for 2 wickets.

Rashid bowled the first ball of the twelfth over. Babar was in a dilemma as to what shot to play without understanding the ball. In the end, he wants to make room and play. But could not play the bat properly for the turn. The ball hits the edge of his bat and comes towards the bowler. Jaman Rashid rushed forward with the ball in his hand.

Babar returned with 32 runs off 28 balls. Iftikhar Ahmed could not score any run after playing the remaining five balls of that over.


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