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Pakistan Triumphs Over Canada in T20 World Cup

Cricket  •  12 Jun, 2024  •  96,588 Views  •  ⭐ 1.7

Written by Shivani Chourasia

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In an exhilarating T20 World Cup match, Pakistan triumphed over Canada by seven wickets, bolstering their chances of progressing to the Super Eight stage. Mohammad Rizwan's timely half-century and a captain's knock from Babar Azam were pivotal in Pakistan's victory, marking a crucial turnaround after successive defeats.


Pakistan's Road to Victory

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Pakistan, positioned third in Group A with two points from one win in three matches, needed a strong performance to keep their tournament hopes alive. Their fate now hinges on upcoming matches: if Ireland defeats the United States on Friday and loses to Pakistan on Sunday, Pakistan could secure a top-two finish. Canada, also with two points, must win against India on Saturday to remain in contention.

Canada’s Batting Efforts

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Canada, batting first, managed to post a modest total of 106-7, primarily due to Aaron Johnson's resilient 52 runs. Despite his efforts, Pakistan's formidable pace attack, led by Mohammad Amir (2-13) and Haris Rauf (2-26), along with contributions from Shaheen Afridi (1-21) and Naseem Shah (1-24), restricted Canada. Only three Canadian batsmen reached double figures, with Johnson’s maiden World Cup fifty and a late 13 not out from Kaleem Sana preventing a complete collapse.
Johnson’s innings was a standout performance in a match where most Canadian batsmen struggled to cope with Pakistan's pace. His 52 runs were a testament to his skill and determination, as he fought hard against a disciplined bowling attack. However, his efforts were not enough to set a challenging target, as Canada’s other batsmen failed to build significant partnerships.



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Pakistan’s Chase

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Pakistan’s chase began on shaky ground as Saim Ayub fell early for 6, leaving the team at 21-1 after five overs. The early wicket raised concerns, but Mohammad Rizwan (53 not out) and Babar Azam (33) steadied the innings with a well-paced partnership. Their cautious approach, marked by frequent strike rotations and minimal risks, saw them through to the target with 15 balls to spare. Azam’s innings included one six and one four before he was dismissed by Dillon Heyliger (2-18), but his partnership with Rizwan was instrumental in the victory.
Rizwan's unbeaten half-century was a masterclass in controlled aggression. He ensured that the required run rate was always within reach, and his ability to find gaps and rotate the strike kept the pressure on the Canadian bowlers. Azam's contribution, though shorter, was equally vital in setting the foundation for the chase.

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