Twitter Reactions: Pakistan survive the Kane Williamson scare to keep their fortress intact
The Kiwis collapsed from 96/2 to 119/10.
Published - Nov 5, 2018 10:57 am | Updated - Nov 5, 2018 10:57 am
By defeating New Zealand in the third T20I, Pakistan have successfully accomplished its second clean sweep in the last few days. They survived a little scare from Kane Williamson to keep their fortress in Dubai intact. The side has now won 11 T20I series in a row and Babar Azam, yet again, was the chief architect of the win. Furthermore, the bowlers didn’t disappoint and delivered just what was expected of them.
Babar Azam and Hafeez continue to be consistent
Pakistan team is defending total very well in the recent past. Hence, skipper Sarfraz Ahmed had no hesitations in opting to bat first after winning the toss. Their entire batting innings was dictated by just two men. Firstly, Babar Azam was terrific on the night with 79 off 56 balls. In the process, he became the fastest to 1,000 T20I runs. He got to the landmark in just 26 innings surpassing Virat Kohli who reached there in 27 innings.
Mohammad Hafeez at the other end played the perfect partner to Azam. He was unbeaten on 53 off 34 deliveries. An aggressive cameo by Shoaib Malik (19 off 9 balls) at the end helped the hosts get to 166/3 in 20 overs, their highest total in the last six games.
Kane Williamson’s profound attempts go in vain
The Blackcaps didn’t have the ideal start to the chase. They were 13/2 just in the 4th over and lost the in-form Colin Munro early in the innings. The asking rate kept mounting up all the time before Kane Williamson decided to get his class act out. The Kiwi skipper played some unbelievably beautiful shots all around the ground. He combined sheer brilliance with aggression and looked to be taking the game away from the opposition.
He struck 60 off 38 balls before Shadab Khan dismissed him and Glenn Phillips in the same over. Once Kane Williamson fell, the Kiwi batting order fell like a pack of cards. From 96/2, they were all out for 119. As the result, Pakistan won the match by 47 runs.
It is a double clean sweep for Pakistan as Australia was met with the same fate just a few days ago. The joy of the fans knew no bounds and they were all over Twitter. There were several congratulatory messages for Babar Azam as he reached a great milestone. Twitterati praised Hafeez and empathised for Kane Williamson.
Here is how Twitterati reacted:
@babarazam258 great achievement MashALLAH. Many more to come IA . 💪🥇
— Salman Butt (@im_SalmanButt) November 5, 2018
PAK team is right on the money man congratulations..1st Aussie & now kiwis got hammered by us great job guys proud of you ..
— Shoaib Akhtar (@shoaib100mph) November 4, 2018
Congratulations to @babarazam258 to become fastest to complete 1000 T20 runs 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 well done , U proved that t20 needs proper technic & basics to score consistently, Happy for u mate , stay blessed 🤲🏼
— Mohammad Hafeez (@MHafeez22) November 4, 2018
— Hassan Ali (@RealHa55an) November 4, 2018
Another whitewash and another clinical performance by Pakistan,unstoppable in T20s,@babarazam258 consistency,vital contributions of @simadwasim & @MHafeez22 – been prolific all round & not to forget the fielding,great to have an asset like @76Shadabkhan! #PAKvNZ
— zainab abbas (@ZAbbasOfficial) November 4, 2018
A smashing whitewash series we’ve all had as team, AH! The drive & commitment of the team & supporting staff has been second to none. Proud of my brother @babarazam258 on his personal record today. Keep on supporting us as collectively we all achieve more. Pakistan Zindabad! 🇵🇰
— Imad Wasim (@simadwasim) November 4, 2018
— Danny Morrison (@SteelyDan66) November 4, 2018
Babar Azam the quickest in the world to 1000 T20 runs..Take a bow !! His record is a major reason why Pakistan has been dominating the T20 circuit!! His genius is built on doing the simple things well..which could be a difficult thing to pull off for most!!!
— Ramiz Raja (@iramizraja) November 4, 2018
— Saj Sadiq (@Saj_PakPassion) November 4, 2018
How about #PakvInd T20 series now? Come on Bring it on. 👀
— Abdul Ghaffar (@GhaffarDawnNews) November 4, 2018
— Fawad Alam (@iamfawadalam25) November 5, 2018
— PCB Official (@TheRealPCB) November 4, 2018
Pakistan last 23 T20Is:
— Sahib Zada Official (@SahibZadaAjm) November 5, 2018
— Faraz Hussain Baloch (@faraz_pti2) November 5, 2018
— sara💚🇵🇰 (@saraafridian) November 5, 2018