Babar Azam loses his cool after Asif Ali throws his wicket away against Australia
Babar got angry at his teammate straightaway after this dismissal.
Updated - Nov 5, 2019 7:41 pm
The world number one batsman in the shortest form of cricket, Babar Azam of Pakistan was appointed as the T20 International skipper for their ongoing three-match series against mighty Australia. Though his side escaped from a possible loss in the first T20 International because of rain, they couldn’t escape in the second match where they got hammered by a Steve Smith master class. As a result, Australia won the match comfortably by seven wickets.
Pakistan won the toss and elected to bat first on a flat Canberra pitch. But for everyone’s surprise, they struggled a lot in the power play losing two crucial wickets. Babar was trying to hold the fort from one end but from the other end, all the Pakistani top-order batsmen were falling prey to the Australian bowlers one after another.
Babar Azam couldn’t control his anger
It was obvious that Babar who was captaining his first-ever series was irritated by what was going on at the other end. In the heat of this moment, his partner at the crease Asif Ali who came to the crease at number five, threw his wicket away in the twelfth over of their innings trying to slog-sweep spinner, Ashton Agar. It was an immature short at that stage of the innings from him.
Babar got angry at his teammate straightaway after this dismissal, but the reason was quite different in the context of the game. On the previous delivery when Babar hit the ball towards long-on and wanted a couple but Asif denied the second run and got out the next ball he faced.
According to Babar if he had run a couple on the last delivery then he would have got the strike the next ball instead of Asif. That way, they could have saved Asif’s wicket. Asif scored only four runs when Pakistan needed his big-hitting ability to post a huge score batting first on a flat pitch.
The hosts, Australia chased down a modest score of 151 quite easily to take 1-0 lead with a match to go in the series. “Credit goes to Smith. He took the game away with magnificent innings. Very disappointed. We didn’t bat well in the powerplay. Iftikhar gets the credit for the knock he played. I love the wickets here as the wickets are pretty true. I enjoy batting here in Australia,” the Pakistani skipper said at the post-match presentation.
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~ Written by Chinmay Jathar