Cricket World Cup: Babar Azam Hopes Win Against Bangladesh Will Raise Pakistan’s Confidence
After Pakistan registered a 7-wicket win against Bangladesh, captain Babar Azam praised his team’s excellent performance in all three departments and said his team would hope to bring confidence into the next two matches. Pakistan defeated Bangladesh in Kolkata to register their third win in the ongoing ICC World Cup 2023. With this impressive victory, Pakistan broke their four-match losing streak in the ongoing tournament and moved to the 5th position in the points table with 6 point. Meanwhile, the ODI World Cup semi-final dream for Bangladesh was not fulfilled.
“Credit to the boys, the way they played in all three departments. Hopefully this win will give them confidence for the games to come. Shaheen started well with the ball. After 15-20 gaps , they built a partnership. But our top bowlers hit. The main thing was that our bowlers went far and took wickets,” said Babar Azam during the post-match presentation.
Babar praised Fakhar Zaman and said that if the opener had been batting for 20 to 30 overs, the match would have been different. Fakhar made a strong comeback in the 2023 Cricket World Cup, scoring 81 against Bangladesh. This achievement was particularly notable given his past troubles, which led to his dismissal from the team.
“We know how well Fakhar plays when he’s going. It’s good to see him doing it. We want to win our remaining games and see where we stand,” said Babar.
Babar thanked the Indian fans for their support for him and Pakistan during the match. Former player Ramiz Raja reminded the Pakistan skipper of the support his team received at Eden Gardens, and expressed gratitude for it.
“I want to thank the fans for supporting me and Pakistan throughout the World Cup,” he said.
Talking about the match, the openers Zaman and Shafique scored 81 and 68 respectively and Rizwan slammed 26 unbeaten, guided their team to a 7-wicket victory. For Bangladesh, Mehidy Hasan Miraz bagged a three-wicket haul.
Earlier, Pakistan pacers Mohammad Wasim Jr, Shaheen Afridi and Haris Rauf, with brilliant spells, terrorized the Bangla batsmen to restrict the Bangla Tigers to a low total of 204. Wasim Jr and Shaheen Afridi the main destructive duo as they bagged three-wicket hauls respectively and pacer Haris Rauf combined to help the Men in Green bowl Bangladesh out for a low total.
Pakistan will face New Zealand on Saturday at the M.Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru.
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