Pakistan became the group champion ahead of semifinals


In this World Cup, Pakistan captain Babar Azam’s batting means that a fifty has been added to his name. The same thing happened in the last match of the Super Twelve season against Scotland. Batting first, Babar at the beginning and Shoaib Malik at the end of the devastating batting Pakistan scored 169 runs for 4 wickets. In response to that run, Scotland’s innings stopped at 116 runs for 8 wickets. Pakistan reached the World Cup semifinals from the top of Group-2 with a huge victory of 72 runs. Their opponent is Australia, the second team in Group 1 to reach the semifinals.

Scotland got the start they needed to chase down Pakistan’s huge run. There was no quick run. Kyle Koetzer’s team lost the opposite wicket. The Scottish captain Koetzer did not get a run like in the whole tournament. He played 18 balls and scored 9 runs and was bowled by Hasan Ali. Matthew Cross was run out in the eighth over. At this time George Mansi increased the danger of the Scots by slow batting. The opener, known for his aggressive batting, has scored 18 runs off 31 balls today. When Mansi was out in the 11th over, Scotland scored only 41 runs.

Ritchie Barrington was at the center of the story for the next ten overs of the Scotland innings. Playing 36 balls, he remained unbeaten with 54 runs in 4 fours and 1 six. In his innings, Scotland finally scored 116 runs for the loss of 8 wickets in 20 overs.

Earlier, two Pakistani openers Babar and Mohammad Rizwan gave a good start to Pakistan. Pakistan did not lose wickets even though they scored only 35 runs in the powerplay. Later Pakistan got that facility. Rizwan and Fakhar Zaman lost their wickets in the middle overs but Babar and Mohammad Hafeez kept increasing the pace. They added 53 runs from 32 balls. Hafeez was the main hero in the pair. He played a great innings of 31 runs from 19 balls. Hafeez had 4 fours and 1 six in his devastating innings.

Hafeez was out but another experienced owner performed his duty. As soon as he reached the crease, it rained four-sixes on the small boundary of Sharjah. Malik formed two alliances first with Babar and later with Asif Ali. Play 48 balls and score 6 runs. Babur also started to score runs fast.

When Babur was out for a quick run, Asif came to the crease to accompany the owner. He, however, only accompanied the owner. Because Asif, who scored 5 runs off 4 balls, has only seen Malik’s devastating batting from the other end. Malik hit 1 four and 6 sixes in an explosive innings of 54 off just 16 balls. This is the fastest fifty in this World Cup.

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About the Author: James Lewter

James Lewter is a senior reporter at Zobuz, covering state and national politics, and he is a grantee with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. Before joining Zobuz, he worked as a freelance journalist in Kentucky, having been published by dozens of outlets including NPR, the Center for Media.