‘The wicket today looked better than the last two games’ – Babar Azam

‘The wicket today looked better than the last two games’ – Babar Azam

Pakistan captain Babar Azam has said the wicket in the third T20I looked better as compared to the first two matches. Pakistan had edged Zimbabwe out in the third T20I by 24 runs which also gave them a 2-1 series win.

The visitors, after opting to bat first, put up a better show with the bat this time around as they set-up a 166-run total. Zimbabwe, at one point, were going along nicely but Pakistan bowlers did a handy job to pull back things and restrict Zimbabwe to 141.

“It was a team effort. Rizwan and I wanted to take it deep, and I thought we finished very well. When I went in to bat, the wicket looked better than the first two games,” said Babar after the game [as quoted by Cricket Pakistan]. “We were targeting 160 or so, but I want to give Zimbabwe credit, they played brilliantly in the first half of the innings. Our momentum continues. Whoever is in form is encouraged to finish games off.”

Rizwan, who once again stood out with the bat today with 91 off 60 balls at the top of the order, said the ball was coming on to the bat nicely at initial stages but later on it started to hold on in the surface.

“The ball was coming onto the bat initially, but the ball kept stopping later on,” said Rizwan. “We wanted to stay out there because we thought it was a hard wicket to get adjusted on. Babar and my plan was whoever hangs around has to stay there till the end.”

On the other hand, Zimbabwe captain Sean Williams said it was a brilliant series for his side and was looking for the Test series, which starts April 29. “It was a very good series with a young side. We’ve got some talented young batsmen like Wesley Madhevere and a good group of bowlers.

“In the middle period, we had to attack the spinners more aggressively, but we’re getting there. This is the first series against Pakistan for a number of the guys. Brilliant series, and we've done nothing but improve. We’re really excited for the Test series now.”

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