Pakistan’s T20 Dilemma: Babar Defends, Shadab Pushes for ‘Impactful’ Innings

News by “Sana Ullah”

Following New Zealand’s victory over Pakistan in the third T20I, questions have arisen regarding Pakistan’s approach to T20 cricket, with Babar Azam defending his team’s batting performance while Shadab Khan emphasizes the need for “impactful innings.”

Pakistan managed to post 178 runs on what Babar admitted was an excellent batting pitch. However, New Zealand showcased the possibilities on such a surface, easily chasing down the target with a brilliant innings from Mark Chapman.

Babar defended Pakistan’s performance, stating that they did well with the bat and suggesting that the middle-overs slowdown didn’t significantly affect the outcome. He attributed the slight shortfall in runs to Rizwan’s injury and praised Shadab’s partnership with Irfan Khan. Babar noted that in Rawalpindi, a score of 180-190 is considered par.

However, the middle overs saw a slowdown in Pakistan’s scoring rate, with just 51 runs coming in the seven overs following the powerplay. Babar and Rizwan’s partnership struggled during this period, with both batsmen falling behind the required rate before Shadab and Irfan’s late fireworks boosted Pakistan’s total.

Pakistan’s head coach, Azhar Mahmood, acknowledged that they were 15 to 20 runs short of the desired total. He highlighted the need to improve scoring rates during the middle overs and credited Chapman’s performance for New Zealand’s victory.

Shadab Khan, who played a crucial innings towards the end, stressed the importance of impactful innings in T20 cricket. He expressed his willingness to adapt to different batting positions and emphasized the distinction between simply scoring runs and making a significant impact on the game.

In conclusion, while Babar defended Pakistan’s overall performance, Shadab’s remarks highlight the ongoing debate within the team regarding the balance between consistent scoring and delivering match-winning performances.

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