T20 World Cup 2022: Pakistan team defeated New Zealand by a huge margin of seven wickets in the first semi-final to enter the final. In the match played at the Sydney Cricket Ground, Pakistan’s team completely dominated the Kiwis. Pakistan, led by Babar Azam, achieved New Zealand’s target of 153 runs with 5 balls to spare.
In this victory of Pakistan, its captain Babar Azam and opener Mohammad Rizwan played an important role. Both the players started the innings with their respective half-centuries and together they played a century partnership. This was the first half-century of this World Cup for both the players. The Babar-Rizwan opening pair, which failed throughout the tournament, was the target of critics, but both of them gave a befitting reply by playing match-winning innings in the big match.
Babar-Rizwan’s first half-century of the tournament
Babar-Rizwan managed to take their team to the final with half-centuries but both are still outside the top 10 in the list of highest run-scorers in the T20 World Cup 2022. While Virat Kohli and Suryakumar Yadav, who have played consecutive match-winning innings for India, remain in the top 3.
Virat and Surya have scored 3-3 half-centuries
Virat remains the highest run-scorer in 5 innings with 246 runs at an average of 123 and a strike rate of 138.98. Virat has so far scored 3 half-centuries in the tournament and his unbeaten knock of 82 runs in the first match against Pakistan is still his best. On the other hand, Suryakumar Yadav of India is at number three with 225 runs in 5 innings at an average of 75 and a strike rate of 193.96. Surya has also scored three half-centuries so far. While Virat has the highest average in this tournament, Surya has the best strike rate.
Rizwan and Babar not in top 10
Talking about Pakistani batsmen, Mohammad Rizwan is at number 14 with 160 runs in 6 innings at an average of 26.66 and strike rate of 109.58. Whereas Babar’s performance has been even worse. He has scored just 92 runs in 6 innings at an average of 15.33 and strike rate of 87.61 and is ranked 47th. Let us tell you that Pakistan now has to play only one match while India will get at least two matches. In such a situation, Rizwan and Babar cannot beat Surya and Virat even if they want.