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PAK vs NZ: New Zealand left Babar’s catch in the first over, the captain scored the first fifty for Pakistan to win the match

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Babar Azam hits half century in T20 World Cup semi-final
Pakistan captain’s first half-century of this tournament
Babar’s catch was dropped by the New Zealand wicketkeeper in the first over.

New Delhi. Even though Pakistan’s team had reached the semi-finals of the T20 World Cup 2022 with the help of luck. But, his performance in the semi-final against New Zealand was like a champion. First the bowlers stopped New Zealand from making a big target by bowling brilliantly and then the pair of Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan laid the foundation for victory by making a big partnership in this high voltage match. Before this match, the pair of Babar and Rizwan were on target for slow batting in the powerplay. There was talk of change in the top order of Pakistan. But, in the semi-final against New Zealand, the pair gave the team the best start ever in the tournament. Both added 55 runs in the first 6 overs. This is Pakistan’s best score in the powerplay in the current T20 World Cup.

Captain Babar Azam’s return to form proved to be important for Pakistan. However, Babar also got the support of luck. Chasing the target of 153 runs, the Pakistan team would have got a big blow on the fourth ball. But, New Zealand wicketkeeper Devon Conway dropped Babar’s catch. It was Babar’s first ball and his account was not even opened.

Babar put the bat on the ball going outside the off-stump of Trent Boult. The ball took the edge of the bat and went straight to the wicketkeeper Conway. He jumped to his right to take the catch with one hand. But, the ball spilled out of his hand. Leaving this catch was very heavy on New Zealand. Because Babar took full advantage of this opportunity and scored his first half-century of this T20 World Cup. For this he took 38 balls.

Babur took advantage of life donation
New Zealand also missed an opportunity to dismiss Babar on the first ball of the 10th over. Leg spinner Ish Sodhi’s ball was played by Babar towards the off-stump and ran to steal the run. Trent Boult threw a throw, which went very close to the stumps. If this throw was a direct throw, then Babar’s game was over. Here even if Sodhi had come behind the wicket in time and caught the ball, Babar would have been out. But it didn’t happen. What happened after that is in front of everyone.

Babar scored the first fifty of the T20 World Cup
The pair of Babar and Rizwan did not hit a single six in the powerplay. But, both of them hit a total of 9 fours. After the powerplay, Babar batted more freely and completed his half-century with 2 runs in the last ball of the 11th over. Babar scored a half-century in T20 after 6 matches. However, after that he could not stay on the crease for long. But, he shared a 105-run partnership with Mohammad Rizwan for the first wicket.

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Babar scored 53 runs in 42 balls before being dismissed. Even though his strike rate was 126. But, in a high pressure match like the semi-finals of the T20 World Cup, his innings will be called brilliant. Because due to this, Pakistan cut the ticket for the final of the T20 World Cup.

Tags: Babar Azam, Mohammad Rizwan, Pakistan, Pakistan vs New Zealand, T20 World Cup, T20 World Cup 2022

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