Babar Azam is not in a mood to celebrate after disqualifying for semifinals
The 44th ODI of the ongoing World Cup resulted in Pakistan’s dismissal from the 2023 World Cup taking into the fact that the team couldn’t fulfil the criteria needed to qualify for the semi-finals. After winning the toss, England decided to bat first and posted a magnificent target of 338 with a loss of 9 wickets. Not able to rise up to its fans expectations, Pakistan struggled quite well with chasing the target and got restricted within 244 runs in 43.3 overs.
Pakistan has been in a brilliant form for the past years and has played exceptionally well but in this edition of the World Cup, Pakistan’s dismal performance came as a surprise to everyone wishing for Pakistan to qualify in the semi-finals.
England’s mind blowing performance
Though England became the first team to get knocked out of the World Cup, it came up brilliantly in the last two matches, at least not keeping its winning streak at 0. Today, England’s legendary player Ben Stokes made a massive comeback after he smashed 84 runs off 76 deliveries followed by Joe Root who smashed 60 runs.
On the other hand, for Pakistan the highest knock remained at 51 runs off 45 deliveries followed by Babar Azam’s 38 runs off 45 balls. Though Haris Rauf scalped 3 dismissals, he registered an infamous record today by becoming the only Asian pacer to concede 500+ runs in a single edition of the World Cup.
Babar not in a mood to celebrate
During the first innings, while everyone was celebrating one of England’s player dismissals by Shaheen Shah Afridi, Babar Azam was caught in a sorrowful mood not happy with the wicket at all. He could be seen lamenting the celebrations, and even stopped Mohammad Rizwan from celebrating with Shaheen Shah Afridi after the wicket’s fall. While one of reasons could also be an indication that something is not well between Babar Azam and Shaheen Shah Afridi.
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