Pakistan finally gets a win, defeating Canada in T20 World Cup

In a crucial Group A match of the T20 World Cup on Tuesday, Pakistan secured a seven-wicket victory against Canada, bolstering their campaign. Opting to bowl first, Pakistani bowlers delivered a cohesive performance, restricting Canada to a modest 106/7.

Chasing the target, opener Mohammad Rizwan and skipper Babar Azam guided Pakistan to victory with 15 balls remaining. Rizwan and Babar shared a pivotal 63-run partnership for the second wicket, setting the stage for the win. Babar scored a steady 33 runs off 33 balls, featuring one six and a four, while Rizwan anchored the chase with an unbeaten 53 from 53 deliveries, including two fours and a six.

Initially, Pakistan struggled, managing only 28 for 1 in the powerplay as Canadian seamers performed admirably. However, run-scoring became easier against the Canadian spinners, with Babar and Rizwan effectively rotating the strike and capitalizing on loose deliveries.

Earlier, Aaron Johnson’s 52 was the highlight for Canada as Pakistan restricted them to 106/7. On a tricky pitch, Johnson stood out with a 44-ball 52, hitting four sixes and four fours, while the rest of the Canadian batters struggled. Mohammad Amir was the standout bowler for Pakistan, taking 2/13, supported by Haris Rauf (2/26), Shaheen Shah Afridi (1/21), and Naseem Shah (1/24).

Johnson aggressively attacked Pakistan’s bowlers, especially targeting Shaheen Shah Afridi and Naseem Shah early on. However, after reaching his half-century, he was bowled by Naseem Shah. With Johnson’s dismissal at 73, Canada risked a lower total, but contributions from skipper Saad Bin Zafar (10) and Kaleem Sana (13) helped them surpass 100.

Pakistan’s bowlers gradually took control, with Amir dismissing Navneet Dhaliwal and Shaheen Shah Afridi claiming Pargat Singh’s wicket. Imad Wasim’s direct hit ran out Nicholas Kirton, intensifying the pressure on Johnson. Haris Rauf’s double-wicket 10th over further weakened Canada, leaving them reeling at 54 for five.

The win was crucial for Pakistan, who needed this boost to keep their T20 World Cup hopes alive.

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