Mohammad Rizwan in motion for Pakistan cricket staff© AFP
Former Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Ramiz Raja was extraordinarily crucial of the Pakistan cricket staff after they went down preventing in opposition to New Zealand within the Cricket World Cup 2023 warm-up match. The Babar Azam-led aspect scored 345 with the assistance of a century from Mohammed Rizwan and a gritty 80 from the skipper. Nonetheless, that was not sufficient as New Zealand have been capable of chase it down with 6.2 overs to spare. Raja mentioned that Pakistan are getting a behavior of shedding and identified that if the bowlers fail to carry out on the large stage, the staff should rating greater than 400 runs.
“I do know it was only a observe recreation, however a win is a win. And profitable turns into a behavior. However I really feel Pakistan are actually getting a behavior of shedding. First they misplaced in Asia Cup, and now right here. Pakistan scored 345 and it was a terrific run-chase. If these are the pitches – and you’ll get such pitches in India – you’ll have to rating 400 in case your bowling retains misfiring like this. You’ll have to change your techniques, take dangers. And we do not do this. We play defensively for first 10-15 overs after which shift gears,” he informed reporters.
Chasing 346 for victory, New Zealand misplaced an early wicket earlier than Ravindra (97) and Williamson (54) placed on 137 to place their staff heading in the right direction and so they achieved the goal with 6.2 overs to spare in Hyderabad.
Mohammed Rizwan hit 103 and Babar Azam made 80 in Pakistan’s 345-5 after electing to bat first however the Kiwi batsmen made the whole look simple in opposition to an assault lacking tempo spearhead Shaheen Shah Afridi.
Williamson, who returned from a six-month lay-off attributable to his knee harm and performed the match solely as a batsman, seemed spectacular in his 50-ball keep earlier than he retired out.
(With AFP inputs)
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