Babar Azam reveals reasons behind Pakistan’s shock Ireland defeat

News by “Sports Reporter”

Pakistan skipper Babar Azam disclosed the rationale behind Pakistan’s unexpected defeat against Ireland in the initial T20I of the three-game series held on Friday.

Pakistan conceded their maiden loss to Ireland in T20Is. The two teams had only clashed once before in the T20 World Cup 2009, where Pakistan emerged victorious as eventual champions.

During the post-match presentation, Babar pointed out that the failure to execute in fielding and bowling led to the team’s downfall, coupled with falling short of runs.

“We didn’t start strong in the initial 6 overs; the pitch was somewhat unpredictable with varying bounce. We recuperated after that and reached 182, but I believe 190 would have been a competitive total,” Babar commented.

“However, our bowling and fielding let us down. We couldn’t stick to our plans and made some costly errors in the field,” he added.

Pakistan, batting first, amassed 182/5 in their 20 overs, driven by Babar Azam’s composed half-century, supported by Iftikhar Ahmed’s late blitz. Babar top-scored with a 43-ball 57, followed by young opener Saim Ayub, contributing 45. Iftikhar further bolstered the innings with an unbeaten cameo of 37.

Chasing 183, Ireland reached the target with five wickets in hand and a ball to spare, thanks to a resilient third-wicket partnership between Harry Tector and Balbirnie.

Balbirnie and Tector forged a crucial 77-run stand for the third wicket, rescuing Ireland from a shaky start.

Tector departed in the 13th over after scoring 36 off 27 deliveries, while Balbirnie carried his bat through to the 19th over, putting Ireland within touching distance.

He led the charge for Ireland with 77 off 55 balls, featuring 10 boundaries and two sixes.

Pakistan and Ireland are scheduled to lock horns in the second T20I of the series at the same venue on Sunday.

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