Pakistan captain Babar Azam stunned the whole stadium when he took a one-handed blinder while fielding at first slip against Zimbabwe in the ongoing T20 World Cup in Australia.
Wicketkeeper Regis Chakabva came in to bat after the dismissal of Sikandar Raza in the 14th over. On his very first ball, Chakabva was deceived by Shadab Khan’s leg-spin delivery as the former got a thick edge. Babar Azam, who was fielding at first slip, did a full stretch dive to grab the catch.
Following the catch, Azam passed a big smile to his teammates around as he knew he had taken a blinder. All his teammates went on to hug the captain to express their joy. It wasn’t Chakabva’s best of nights as he registered a golden duck.
Watch the catch:
Pakistan’s bowlers did well to restrict Zimbabwe to 130/8 after 20 overs. Only Sean Williams managed to cross 30-mark for his side. Mohammad Wasim Jr. was the standout bowler as he picked up four wickets while Shadab Khan and Haris Rauf picked up three and one wickets respectively.
Babar Azam & Co. need to step up
Pakistan had a disappointing kick-off to their World Cup 2022 campaign as they lost a close encounter against arch-rivals India. Needing 48 off the last three, Indian batter Virat Kohli got the better of the Pakistani bowlers to take his team over the line and script a memorable victory for India.
The Men in Green are currently standing fifth in the points table as we write this article. The target of 131 against Zimbabwe looks well within the reach of Pakistan. While India have a high chance of qualifying for the next ground, Pakistan might face tough competition from South Africa, who are in the same group.
The Proteas have accumulated three points in two games and are looking a force to reckon with. Babar Azam’s side will take on against South Africa on November 3, which could turn out to be a knock-out for both the sides.