Babar Azam’s facial tendencies as Pakistan shockingly lose to Zimbabwe
In a game that was an absolute thriller in Perth, Zimbabwe overcame Pakistan by one point, continuing the trend for previously dominant nations to suffer upsets at the T20 World Cup 2022.
Despite a modest score of 130/8, the Zimbabwean bowlers, led by Sikandar Raza, staged a bowling clinic that kept Pakistan at bay and prevented them from securing their first tournament victory. With one ball remaining in the game and Zimbabwe set to win by 11 points, Mohammad Nawaz’s danger was neutralized by Craig Ervine and Regis Chakabva, who also chased down Shaheen Afridi.
Mohammad Wasim managed to pick up a slower ball from young Brad Evans and blast it to the ground for four. Pakistan needed three out of three after a single on the third delivery, but Evans arched his back and beat Nawaz on the outside.
Nawaz lost his wicket as he attempted to take the winning shot by drilling mid-run, where Ervine made the catch. It all came down to three needed on the last ball, and Shaheen Afridi faced the music. Shaheen and Wasim came roaring back for the second, aware that a Super Over might not be a bad call given the long limits. Chakabva stumbled, but a diving Shaheen missed the target, handing Zimbabwe a renowned win.
The Zimbabwe players rejoiced while the Pakistan dressing room was surprised, which was natural. The players gasped as the camera cut to Babar Azam, who had his hands over his face and had a dejected expression. After the match, Babar acknowledged his side had performed poorly and cited the dismissals of Shadab Khan and Haider Ali as the pivotal moment in Pakistan’s pursuit.
Babar Azam just couldn’t believe what happened.
Courtesy – Zimbabwe! pic.twitter.com/d41VaMAA1B
— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) October 27, 2022
However, Azam’s stunned face became extremely popular very quickly on Twitter. Indian cricket fans have revenge for the disappointment they have to live with after Pakistan’s loss to the Men in Blue by 10 counters at the 2021 T20 World Cup and were also able to rub the embarrassing defeat all over their faces:
Use this as a laugh button pic.twitter.com/vqNwfi0Iwk
— Sid Malhotra (◍•ᴗ•◍) (@SidMalh7) October 27, 2022
It happens when you focus too much on India. I wonder now who they are going to accuse of cheating and corruption?
— Sunandita Dam (@SunanditaDam) October 27, 2022
Finally the Pakistani team successfully qualified for Karachi station…
—Lovepreet (@lovepriit) October 27, 2022
MEIN UDD RAHE’S OVERCONFIDENCE SIDEBOARD AFTER BEATING INDIA BY 10 WICKETS LAST YEAR!
— Nirmalya Raj (@nirmalya_raj8) October 27, 2022
Ramiz Raja “- I gave a message to Babar Azam that we should win the world cup then” But he did not say his first win against Zimbabwe
— Armaan raj (@Armaan_rm) October 27, 2022
“We would have taken 130 at the halfway mark. Very disappointing performance, we are not up to batting. We have good hitters but both openers came out on the power play,” Pakistani skipper Babar Azam said during the post-match ceremony. .
“When Shadab and Shan built a partnership, unfortunately Shadab came out and then consecutive wickets which put us in a pressure situation,” added Babar.
Ervine and Wesley Madhevere added 42 runs to Zimbabwe’s total in just five overs after winning the toss and deciding to strike. However, Pakistan came back by fending off openers with Haris Rauf and Wasim. When Shadab came into action, the middle order in Zimbabwe was shaken. Sean Williams kept Zimbabwe’s hopes alive but his dismissal for 31 shocked them. Zimbabwe quickly fell from 95/3 to 95/7 before Evans and Ryan Burl delivered a vicious blow that took their side to 130.
Babar and Mohammad Rizwan, Pakistan’s top order, failed once again as Evans and Blessing Muzarabani made first inroads. Shan Masood persisted in the fight, but Zimbabwe applied the pressure by knocking down a clear round in succession.
When Raza entered the fray to bowl, Pakistan’s composure took a bewildered turn as he claimed three wickets in two overs to really put them in a panic. Nawaz made an effort to redeem himself, but his 22 out of 18 balls failed.
Pakistan’s chances of qualifying for the semi-finals took a hit following the defeat. They must not only prevail in the next three games, but also hope that other results favor them. Pakistan are fifth in the Group 2 points table, slightly above the Netherlands, after defeats to India and Zimbabwe.