Far behind USA in NRR, Babar Azam explains 'slow approach' against Canada in T20 World Cup clash

Babar Azam during the post-match presentation ceremony© X (Twitter)

Pakistan skipper Babar Azam is relieved after securing his maiden T20 World Cup victory on Tuesday and said he could not complete his 107-run haul in fewer overs due to difficult pitch. After suffering back-to-back defeats against USA and India in their first two Group A matches, the match against Canada was a must-win match for Pakistan. Chasing a modest target, Pakistan took advantage of Mohammad Rizwan's unbeaten run-a-ball 53 and Babar's 33 to cross the line in 17.3 overs.

“Good for us, we need this win. We started well with the bowling, in the first six overs we knew we had to deliver,” Babar said at the presentation ceremony. 'post-match.

“We had it in mind (of surpassing the USA's net runs rate) to win before 14 overs, but the pitch made it difficult.”

After making a run-a-ball 33, Babar found himself caught in slips as he tried to guide a delivery to third man, and the dismissal left the Pakistan skipper angry.

“Because I took the same shot twice (against India)! It's my shot but sometimes you have to get it right. I will do my best.”

India is currently placed at the top of Group A with two wins from as many matches, followed by the United States with the same number of wins.

Pakistan moved up to third place with two points from three matches ahead of Canada and Ireland.

Canadian captain Saad Bin Zafar felt it was a tough wicket to bat on from the start.

“It was definitely a bit disappointing. We wanted to play positive cricket and I think the wicket wasn't very helpful. It was difficult to bat at first – it wasn't a good pitch to lose. We were about 25 to 30 points in short,” he said.

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