Pakistan beat Bangladesh by 7 wickets in the final group game of the tri-series at the Hagley Oval, Christchurch on Thursday, October 13. The Men in Green chased down the target of 174 runs with 1 ball to spare.
Mohammad Rizwan won Man of the Match after scoring a half-century off 69 deliveries. Amid the middle-order crisis, Pakistan’s all-rounder Mohammad Nawaz has performed admirably and remained unbeaten on 45 off just 20 balls to lead the team to victory.
Pakistan’s recent form has been inconsistent, with the team losing the Asia Cup final to Sri Lanka and then losing 3-4 in the seven-match T20I series against England at home. Pakistan has already lost to New Zealand in the ongoing tri-series as well, and Pakistan’s cricket fraternity criticized Babar Azam’s captaincy.
During a press conference following Pakistan’s win over Bangladesh, a journalist asked Babar about this criticism, naming a fellow journalist named Aftab Iqbal, who had earlier criticised the Pakistan captain’s captaincy.
Koshish Ye Hi Rehti Hai Ki Ham Apna 100 Percent De Aur Jetein – Babar Azam
“I don’t know aap kiski baat kar rahe hain. Jiska naam liya hai main unko jaanta bhi nahi. Ye cheezein chalti hain, achha bhi karte hain toh bhi chalti hai.
“But ham log bother nahi karte, koshish karte hain ki jitna confidence team ko diya jaaye, aur jitna unity bani hui hai usko chalaate rahein (I don’t know who you are talking about.
“These things happen, even when we perform well, it happens. But we don’t bother, we just try to keep team’s confidence and unity intact),” Babar said.
“Koshish ye hi rehti hai ki ham apna 100 percent de aur jeetein. Kabhi kabhi ham to the mark nahi hote, par ham discussion karte hain aur sochte hain ki kahan ham achha kar sakte hain.
“(We try to give our 100 percent and win. Sometimes, we are not up to the mark, but we discuss and plan about things where we can improve),” he further added.
Pakistan will face off against New Zealand in the final of the tri-series at the Hagley Oval, Christchurch on Friday, October 14.