Pakistan moved closer to the semi-finals after registering a third win in the Super 12 round of the T20 World Cup on Friday and captain Babar Azam heaped praise on their bowlers for the same. Babar Azam said after the five-wicket win against Afghanistan, “We had to bowl according to the situation. The bowlers bowled brilliantly in the beginning, although gave 15-20 runs more. Which batsman had to plan how to bowl.
Man of the match Asif Ali smashed an unbeaten 25 off seven balls with four sixes to guide the team to victory with an over, before Babar Azam scored a 51-run half-century. Babar Azam said, “We could not use the powerplay well, but Asif and Shoaib Malik did well in the end. Asif is known for his role of ‘finisher’ and did his job brilliantly. He has played many innings in the PSL (Pakistan Super League) so I was sure that when we are in trouble, he will take us out of it.
Regarding his innings, he said, “I wanted to last till the end but unfortunately got out. So the credit goes to Asif Ali.” Babar has played captaincy innings in two out of three matches so far. Earlier, he has also played a brilliant innings against India. Then he played an unbeaten innings of 68 runs in 52 balls with the help of six fours and two sixes. Together with his fellow batsman Mohammad Rizwan, he scored an unbeaten century of 152 runs for the first wicket. Pakistan won the match by 10 wickets, which is their first win against India in the ICC World Cup.