Pakistan defeated Bangladesh by 21 runs. Courtesy to Pak’s star keeper-batter Mohammad Rizwan. Rizwan smashed an impactful half century for his side to win. Bangladesh sent Pakistan to bat at first. Coming to bat, Rizwan stood unbeaten at 78 off 50 balls. Henceforth, he helped his team to put 167 runs on the board by loosing 5 wickets. Bangladesh, in reply, got stuck at 146, and lost 8 wickets.
However, the win couldn’t cover up Pakistan’s middle order vulnerability. With Babar Azam leaving the field, no one could manage a steady stay on the crease.
Shan Masood, came at no.3 and contributed vital 31 off 22 balls. However after that, Haider Ali (6), Iftikhar Ahmed (13), and Asif Ali (4) departed within minutes of their arrival. It was Rizwan alone, who despite of having partners, continued hitting the ball.
We are not here to answer anyone: Mohammad Rizwan
Rizwan, in the post-match press conference, gave detailed narratives on his the side’s T-20I performance. During that time, the wicketkeeper- batter faced questions on the criticisms coming on their recent performances. However, Rizwan, clarified that the side’s motive is not to “answer anyone,” but to play cricket.
In the Pak TV posted press conference, he said,
“We are not here to answer anyone. We are doing our work by playing cricket. Those who are questioning, if they are thinking about the benefit of Pakistan, we salute them. We are also positive of Pakistan, and we feel they care for the side.”
Rizwan also added that the side is trying their best to improve themselves. He said,
“We are trying, as players and even the team management, to focus and work on our weaknesses. We are humans, too. And I think we have done some improvement on them as well.”
Moreover, Rizwan got the player of the match award for his scintillating knock.
Pakistan will face New Zealand in the second game of the tri-series on 8th October.
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