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Babar Azam shared a mantra on how to effectively utilise the powerplay after India’s timid approach in the first six overs ended their 2022 T20 World Cup campaign.
Babar Azam hit a fifty in the T20 World Cup semis. (AP Photo)
By India Today Web Desk: Pakistan captain Babar Azam on Saturday gave a simple mantra on how to effectively utilise the powerplay after India’s timid approach in the first six overs ended their 2022 T20 World Cup campaign.
India failed to effectively use the powerplay overs with both the bat and ball against England in the semi-final, leading to the showdown between Pakistan and England on November 13.
The Rohit Sharma-led India reached 38/1 at the end of the powerplay overs in the semi-final. Opener KL Rahul fell cheaply, while Rohit once again failed to give a brilliant start to India. Rohit, along with Virat Kohli, batted very slowly before returning to the dugout.
The poor start haunted the middle order batters in the middle overs as India took 15 overs to put 100 runs on board. Towards the end, Hardik Pandya’s quickfire fifty lifted India to 168/6.
In reply, the India bowlers struggled to get early wickets as England openers Jos Buttler and Alex Hales raced to 63 for no loss at the end of the powerplay. The duo displayed how T20 cricket is played and took England over the line with a 10-wicket win and four overs to spare.
“You have to utilise the powerplay, be it in bowling or in batting. In bowling, you try to execute your plans and try to take wickets early on and put the other team under pressure. And when you are batting, you try to set the tone so that it becomes easy for the incoming batters. Here (at T20 World Cup in Australia), powerplay matters a lot,” Babar Azam said in a pre-match press conference.
Pakistan, who got a lifeline en route to the semi-finals, stormed in the final after defeating Bukkry.com”>New Zealand by seven wickets in the last-four match on November 9. Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan, who were criticised for their under performance in the group stage, stood up when it mattered the most.
Babar and Rizwan stitched a 105-run opening stand while chasing 153 runs. The duo completed their respective fifties along the way. Pakistan will meet England in a World Cup final at MCG in a repeat of 1992.
“I think our players played like lions and we will continue that. We have the momentum and we will try to execute our plans in the final. In last four matches, the team and individuals have given good performances. We have been on a journey for last one year, we reached the semi-final last year, then Asia Cup final and now in the final (2022 T20 World Cup), so it is a dream of all players that we have to achieve it,” Babar said.