Sports Desk: Hong Kong kept Pakistan under a lot of pressure from the beginning of the innings. But Pakistan overcame that pressure in the last storm. Got a huge collection of 193 runs.
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A life-and-death match between two teams in Sharjah. Both teams lost their first match to India. The team that wins today’s match will advance to the Super Four.
Babar lost the toss at the beginning of such a fight. Had to go down with the bat. The team did not start well after that. The two openers Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan started the innings slowly. Babar was also playing a little ‘open hand’. He scored 9 runs off 8 balls. On the other hand, the way Rizwan started the innings, probably no batsman does even in ODIs these days. He scored only 4 runs in 9 balls. As a result, Pakistan got 12 runs from their opening pair, that too from 17 balls.
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Babar brought his own danger on the 5th ball of the third over. Off-spinner Ehsan Khan hung the ball slightly in the air to Babar. While playing down the wicket, the Pakistan captain gave a return catch to Ehsan. Pakistan lost their first wicket by 12 runs. After a slow start, Pakistan got a bit uncomfortable in the life-and-death struggle to find the team’s best batsman.