Babar Azam during the Cricket World Cup 2023 match against South Africa© X (formerly Twitter)
Babar Azam lost his temper with Mohammad Nawaz after Pakistan narrowly lost to South Africa in Cricket World Cup 2023 on Friday. Pakistan came very close to winning the match but the last pair of Keshav Maharaj and Tabraiz Shamsi managed to secure a memorable victory for the Proteas. With the fast bowlers exhausted, Babar gave the ball to spinner Nawaz, but he couldn’t take the crucial final wicket. Maharaj hit a boundary off him as Pakistan’s Cricket World Cup hopes took a huge blow. After the match, Babar was caught berating Nawaz, and the video of their exchange has gone viral on social media.
South Africa survived a late surge from Pakistan to clinch an exciting one-wicket win and move closer to the semi-finals of the Cricket World Cup 2023 on Friday.
Aiden Markram played a solid innings of 91 runs, and with the score at 206-4, South Africa were well on track to comfortably chase down the target of 271 runs. However, it was left to the last pair of Keshav Maharaj and Tabraiz Shamsi to score 11 runs and survive 11 balls.
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Shamsi survived a leg-before appeal that went to the umpire’s call off fast bowler Haris Rauf with eight runs needed before Maharaj hit spinner Mohammad Nawaz to the square-leg boundary to secure the win in 47.2 overs, igniting wild celebrations in his team’s dressing room.
“Really happy, you play enough cricket to know sometimes it goes for you, sometimes it doesn’t,” said Shamsi, who finished with four runs.
Maharaj (seven not out) also added 10 runs for the ninth wicket with Lungi Ngidi (four), but Rauf took a stunning catch off his own bowling to dismiss Ngidi.
The win took South Africa to the top of the table with 10 points from five wins in six matches. Pakistan, however, have lost four consecutive matches after starting the tournament with back-to-back victories. They currently have four points and will need favorable results to reach the semi-finals.
(With AFP inputs)
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