Pakistan VS Canada, T20 World Cup 2024 Match 22 – FULL SCORECARD, COMMENTARY, SQUAD

Pakistan beat Canada by 7 wickets
02
nd Innings Pakistan
Right then, Pakistan are finally up and running in the 2024 Men's T20 World Cup but have they left it a bit too late? Only time will tell. Next up, the action continues in the tournament with a couple of exciting matches. First up, it will be Sri Lanka taking on Nepal in Florida and that contest will begin on Wednesday, 12 June at 5 am IST (11.30 pm GMT) and then Australia will take on Namibia in Antigua beginning at 6 am IST (12.30 am GMT). You can join us a lot sooner though for the build-up of both those games. Till then, take care and goodbye!
The Pakistan skipper, Babar Azam says it's a good win and credits the boys. Says they bowled well in the Powerplay and adds once you get a good start with the ball, you can always capitalise on it further. Says that the NRR was in their mind and they aimed to finish it before 14 overs but the pitch made it a bit difficult as it was a two-paced wicket. Further adds that they will go with the same mindset for their last game and adds the pitch conditions are much improved in the Caribbean as compared to these tracks.
Saad Bin Zafar, the captain of Canada says that the result is a bit disappointing and they wanted to play a positive brand of cricket but it was a difficult wicket to bat early on and reckons they were 25 runs short. Mentions that the opposition bowlers bowled well and they need early wickets to penetrate the middle order which didn't happen. Adds that facing high-quality sides is a learning curve for them and applauds Aaron Johnson for his innings and reckons that the run out of Nicholas Kirton was crucial as well.
Mohammad Amir is the Player of the Match. He says he is really pleased with the performance and says as a bowler you need to adapt according to the conditions and got the success. Says he hit the right areas and got the desired success. Adds as a professional, you need to be ready for any situations. Says the plan was clear to set them up, and bring the ball back in which he succeeded. Ends up by saying it was an important win and another one just might help them for Super 8.
The Presentation ceremony…
Earlier in the game, Babar Azam won the toss and opted to field first even after seeing a total being defended in the previous two games here but it was a fresh pitch and Pakistan wanted to make the best use of it. Shaheen Afridi was far from his best yet again and it was Mohammad Amir who starred in the early stages of the innings with the ball after which a wayward Haris Rauf put together a few top deliveries and got a couple of quick wickets. The big moment was the run out of in-form Nicholas Kirton and Canada couldn't kick on. The big man, Aaron Johnson though played some delightful shots and powered the ball over the fence multiple times to notch up a fifty and propel Canada over 100 runs. Both teams will now have their eyes on the India vs USA clash as that could decide the fate of this group.
Canada are now in the same boat as Pakistan with just one win from 3 and with a game left to play. Their bowlers though were pretty solid throughout but simply could take enough wickets at the start of the chase. Jeremy Gordon bowled a lovely spell upfront whereas Kaleem Sana was a bit off-color and it was Dilon Heyliger who used his height well and got that uneven bounce going and picked up a couple of wickets. The spinners didn't do much damage and were dealt with quite easily by Pakistan and in the end, Canada were about 15 runs or so short on this demanding pitch.
A win alas for Pakistan and a pretty comfortable one at that as well. However, there were still signs of nervousness given how the previous two games panned out and Pakistan will feel they could have won the game quicker and improved that net run rate which might be crucial when the time comes. Needing 107 for the win, Pakistan started decently with a new opening duo and Saim Ayub tried to play a few positive strokes. However, he soon fell and Pakistan had a sluggish Powerplay overall. The two stalwarts, Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan stitched together a vital stand and there were glimpses of some aggression from the skipper but it just didn't come off as he would have wanted. Babar got out with 24 runs still required but Rizwan stayed on and brought up a half-century. Fakhar Zaman came in and walked back with just 3 runs required after which Usman Khan came in and hit the winning runs.
17.3
2
Jeremy Gordon to Usman Khan, DONE AND DUSTED! PAKISTAN WIN BY 7 WICKETS AND FINALLY GET THOSE TWO CRUCIAL POINTS ON THE BOARD. Angles it into the pads, on a fuller length, Usman Khan flicks it through widish mid-wicket for a brace and finishes off things positively for Pakistan. Also, quite interestingly, this is the highest run chase at this venue. Pakistan with this win have just saved themselves from a huge embarrassment and also their hopes that were swinging on a knife's edge.
17.3
1
Jeremy Gordon to Usman Khan, WIDE! Banged short in length, down leg, Usman Khan leaves. Wide called.
Usman Khan is the new man in.
17.2
W
Jeremy Gordon to Fakhar Zaman, OUT! IN THE AIR AND TAKEN! Just a consolation wicket for Canada! Jeremy Gordon bowls it outside off on a shade fuller length, Fakhar Zaman goes for a big slash over covers but slices it up in the air. The ball spoons over backward point where the substitute fielder, Dilpreet Bajwa in the deep backtracks and takes an excellent grab.
17.1
1
Jeremy Gordon to Mohammad Rizwan, Over the wicket, slower one outside off, Mohammad Rizwan skips down the track, swings wildly at it, but inside edges it towards deep square leg for a single.
16.6
3
Dilon Heyliger to Mohammad Rizwan, Fuller in length, on the stumps, Mohammad Rizwan gets ahead and tucks it with the wrists through mid-wicket and hustles for the third, and gets home in time. Excellent running. Also, Rizwan completes his 50. A hard-earned one but an effective one. Just 4 needed off the last 18 balls.
16.5
1
Dilon Heyliger to Fakhar Zaman, Slants it across off from over the wicket, on a length and outside off, Fakhar Zaman slashes it on the up towards deep extra cover for a single. 100 up for Pakistan!
16.4
1
Dilon Heyliger to Mohammad Rizwan, Short in length, on the top of off, Rizwan pulls it along the ground towards deep square leg for a single.
16.3
1
Dilon Heyliger to Fakhar Zaman, Into the single digit now. Fuller in length, outside off, Fakhar Zaman loses the grip of his one hand and shovels it out with one hand towards deep backward point for a single. 9 needed off 21.
16.2
Dilon Heyliger to Fakhar Zaman, On a fuller length, outside off, Fakhar Zaman goes to swipe it across but misses out on the connection.
16.1
1
Dilon Heyliger to Mohammad Rizwan, Fires in on a fuller length, on the pads, Mohammad Rizwan knocks it firmly through the right of the bowler for a single.
15.6
1
Junaid Siddiqui to Mohammad Rizwan, Tossed up leg-spinner outside off, and fuller in length, Mohammad Rizwan drives it through cover-point along the ground for a single to end the over. 11 needed now off 24 balls remaining.
15.5
1
Junaid Siddiqui to Fakhar Zaman, Leg-break, outside off on a length, Fakhar Zaman goes deep inside the crease and knocks it in front of covers for another quick single.
15.4
1
Junaid Siddiqui to Mohammad Rizwan, Over the wicket, slower, fuller and on off, Mohammad Rizwan lunges forward and gently drives it in front of covers for a quick single.
15.3
Junaid Siddiqui to Mohammad Rizwan, Pushed through fuller and outside off, Mohammad Rizwan eases it to the off side on the front foot.
15.2
2
Junaid Siddiqui to Mohammad Rizwan, At the stumps, on a length, Mohammad Rizwan rocks back and works this one towards deep mid-wicket for a brace.
15.1
6
Junaid Siddiqui to Mohammad Rizwan, SIX! Rizwan shows an intent of hurry now! Junaid Siddiqui lands this one on off, and turns it away from a fuller length, Mohammad Rizwan skips down the track staying leg side of the ball, and lofts it inside out over deep extra cover for a maximum.
14.6
1
Dilon Heyliger to Mohammad Rizwan, One more to end a successful over for Dilon Heyliger and Canada. Length ball, slanting it in from middle, Mohammad Rizwan leans on and pushes it away wide of mid on for a single. 22 needed now off 30 balls.
14.5
1
Dilon Heyliger to Fakhar Zaman, Good length around the top of off stump, Fakhar Zaman gets on the front foot and taps it away in front of covers for an easy single.
Fakhar Zaman is in at number 4.
14.4
W
Dilon Heyliger to Babar Azam, OUT! TAKEN! Beautiful take from Shreyas Movva behind the stumps again and Babar Azam gets nicked off whilst trying to be too cheeky. Just back of a length and angling in from a tight line around the off stump. Babar goes on the back foot and looks to run the ball fine and pretty late but ends up getting it off the face of the bat and down to the right of the keeper who springs across and pouches it brilliantly.
14.3
Dilon Heyliger to Babar Azam, Back of a length and over the stumps, Babar Azam goes hard at this one as well but ends up misucing the ball completely and ends up hitting himself on the body with the bat.
14.2
2
Dilon Heyliger to Babar Azam, Great fielding! A low full toss, angled in on middle and leg, Babar Azam backs away and smashes the ball to the right of mid off where Pargat Singh dives and gets a big hand on it. The ball rolls away for a couple of runs.
14.1
Dilon Heyliger to Babar Azam, Banged into the deck and around off, Babar Azam steps out and looks to muscle it back over the bowler's head but mistimes it badly on the bounce to mid off. No single there either.
13.6
Saad Bin Zafar to Mohammad Rizwan, Quicker and flatter around off, punched away from the crease but Rizwan can't get it through the off side.
13.5
2
Saad Bin Zafar to Mohammad Rizwan, Tossed up a bit and drifted into the pads, Mohammad Rizwan comes down the track and heaves it off the inner half of the bat wide of deep mid-wicket. The substitute fielder, Dilpreet Bajwa gets across and dives in to save the boundary. A couple of runs are taken.
13.4
1
Saad Bin Zafar to Babar Azam, Bowled full and outside off stump, Babar Azam comes forward and stylishly drives it away but straight to deep cover for just one more.
13.3
1
Saad Bin Zafar to Mohammad Rizwan, Flatter and angled in at the pads, Mohammad Rizwan stays back and works it past square leg for a single.
13.2
Saad Bin Zafar to Mohammad Rizwan, Srops the length short and balls it at the batter, Mohammad Rizwan steps out and jams the ball down in front of covers.
13.1
1
Saad Bin Zafar to Babar Azam, Fuller in length, speared in on leg stump, Babar Azam comes down the pitch and drives it away through extra cover for one.
12.6
1
Kaleem Sana to Babar Azam, Full and on off stump, Babar Azam drives it on the up straight to mid off and takes off for the single. A direct hit could have been tight.
12.5
4
Kaleem Sana to Babar Azam, FOUR! Uppish but gets it in the gap! Kaleem Sana sees the batter advancing and shortens the length a bit and angles it well across the off stump. Babar Azam manages to reach it and ends up slicing it behind the man at backward point for a boundary.
12.4
Kaleem Sana to Babar Azam, A bit of yes and no and Babar Azam not happy with Mohammad Rizwan there. Slightly back of a length on middle and leg, Babar miscues the shot just to the leg side and wants the single but Rizwan sends him back.
12.3
2
Kaleem Sana to Babar Azam, Good length on the pads, tucked away neatly down to fine leg for a couple of runs.
12.2
Kaleem Sana to Babar Azam, Bowled full and straight, right in the blockhole, Babar Azam backs away but has to adjust and just gets his bat down in time to keep the ball out.
12.1
1
Kaleem Sana to Mohammad Rizwan, This is bowled on a fuller length and around off stump, Mohammad Rizwan gets halfway forward and toe-ends the drive to the right of mid off for a single.
Kaleem Sana (2-0-13-0) is back into the attack. He replaces Dilon Heyliger.
11.6
1
Saad Bin Zafar to Mohammad Rizwan, Looks to fire it into the legs, Mohammad Rizwan leans ahead and gets it off the inside half of the bat to short fine leg. They pick up a quick single.
11.5
1
Saad Bin Zafar to Babar Azam, A bit quicker and on a dragged length, turning away from off stump, Babar Azam rocks back and plays the cut well in front of square on the off side for another single.
11.4
1
Saad Bin Zafar to Mohammad Rizwan, Floated up on the leg stump line, Mohammad Rizwan gets the front leg out of the way and flicks it through square leg for a single.
11.3
Saad Bin Zafar to Mohammad Rizwan, Quicker and flatter now on off and middle, Mohammad Rizwan looks to make room and cut but gets an inside edge onto the front pad.
11.2
Saad Bin Zafar to Mohammad Rizwan, Slower through the air and floated up a bit full on middle and turning away, Mohammad Rizwan watchfully blocks it out.
11.1
1
Saad Bin Zafar to Babar Azam, Tossed up on middle and leg, Babar Azam skips down the pitch and drills it on the full towards long on for a single.
10.6
1
Dilon Heyliger to Babar Azam, A fifth single in a row to end the over. Banged in short over middle, Babar Azam swivels and pulls it to deep backward square leg for one.
10.5
1
Dilon Heyliger to Mohammad Rizwan, Good length in and around the off stump, Mohammad Rizwan lets the ball come on and runs it down to third man for another single.
10.4
1
Dilon Heyliger to Babar Azam, Just short of a good length and outside off, Babar Azam steps out and frees bhids arms before slashing the ball away to sweeper cover for just one more.
10.3
1
Dilon Heyliger to Mohammad Rizwan, On a good length and angling in from around middle, Mohammad Rizwan flicks it away behind the square leg region and turns the strike over.
10.2
1
Dilon Heyliger to Babar Azam, Pitched up full and on off stump, Babar Azam drives it with a straight bat and just back past the stumps at the other end for a single.
10.1
Dilon Heyliger to Babar Azam, Nicely bowled! Dilon Heyliger starts the new spell with a hard-length delivery, bowling it in the channel around off, getting it to nip away a bit. Babar Azam is late to get out of the shot but in enough time to not nick the ball.
Drinks break! A well-contested first half of the chase but Pakistan will feel they have edged it out. The scoring rate hasn't been anything to write home about but they have lost just one wicket and with both their big guns, Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan well set, they will be feeling at ease right now. Canada started off well with their pacers bowling tight line and lengths and were able to suffocate the opposition batters. However, the spinners haven't managed to keep things tidy and now they need wickets in a heap to get back into the contest.
9.6
1
Junaid Siddiqui to Babar Azam, Pushed through, full in length, just around off, Babar Azam drills it down to long off with the spin for a single. Halfway of the chase done, Pakistan are 59/1. Need 48 more runs to win off 60 deliveries.
9.5
1
Junaid Siddiqui to Mohammad Rizwan, Drops it on a length, outside off, Mohammad Rizwan cuts it off the back foot past point for a single.
9.4
2
Junaid Siddiqui to Mohammad Rizwan, Fuller in length, outside off, Mohammad Rizwan plants his front leg ahead and drives it inside out through widish mid on for a couple of more runs. Excellent running.
9.3
1
Junaid Siddiqui to Babar Azam, Slower again, but turning away on a fuller length, Babar Azam strides ahead, and drives past covers for one.
9.2
Junaid Siddiqui to Babar Azam, Slower googly, angling on off, Babar Azam slashes it towards covers.
9.1
6
Junaid Siddiqui to Babar Azam, SIX! Babar gets into the act now! Tossed up, full and outside off, Babar Azam dances down the track and launches it downtown for a maximum.
8.6
4
Saad Bin Zafar to Mohammad Rizwan, FOUR! Swept and swept well enough! Saad Bin Zafar drops it too full and on the leg stump, Mohammad Rizwan reads the length well and sweeps it beating the square leg fielder for a boundary.
8.5
Saad Bin Zafar to Mohammad Rizwan, Quicker through the air, on off and on a length, Rizwan goes back and punches it to the off side.
8.4
1
Saad Bin Zafar to Babar Azam, Very full in length, angling on the leg stump line, Babar Azam comes down the track and shovels it towards deep mid-wicket for one.
8.3
1
Saad Bin Zafar to Mohammad Rizwan, Around off, full in length, Mohammad Rizwan drives it inside out past covers for one.
8.2
Saad Bin Zafar to Mohammad Rizwan, Pushed through even fuller on the middle, Mohammad Rizwan strides ahead and knocks it down to mid on.
8.1
1
Saad Bin Zafar to Babar Azam, Around the wicket, full and on middle, Babar Azam skips down to the track and flicks it towards deep mid-wicket for one.
7.6
Junaid Siddiqui to Mohammad Rizwan, A flipper angling on off, on a length, Mohammad Rizwan knocks it solidly towards covers.
7.5
1
Junaid Siddiqui to Babar Azam, Aims the stumps, on a fuller length, Babar Azam lunges ahead and flicks it towards widish mid-wicket for a single.
7.5
1
Junaid Siddiqui to Babar Azam, WIDE! Drifts it way down leg, Babar Azam sits for a sweep and misses. Wided.
7.4
1
Junaid Siddiqui to Mohammad Rizwan, Quicker and flatter, on a fuller length, slightly around off, Mohammad Rizwan lunges ahead and clips it to mid-wicket for one.
7.3
1
Junaid Siddiqui to Babar Azam, Too full on off, Babar Azam shovels it off the inside half of the willow towards mid on for a single.
7.2
1
Junaid Siddiqui to Mohammad Rizwan, Slides it on the middle on a length, Mohammad Rizwan presents full face of the bat and drives it through mid off for a single.
7.1
1
Junaid Siddiqui to Babar Azam, Junaid starts from over the wicket, pushes through on a fuller length, around off, Babar Azam tucks it across the line towards mid-wicket and strolls for a single.
6.6
1
Saad Bin Zafar to Babar Azam, Full and quick, on the leg stump line, Babar Azam flicks it to deep mid-wicket for a single to end the over.
6.5
2
Saad Bin Zafar to Babar Azam, Very full, and on the middle and leg, Babar Azam leans onto the ball and eases it off with soft hands towards deep square leg for couple of runs. Good running this by the two.
6.4
1
Saad Bin Zafar to Mohammad Rizwan, Slower through the air, this time full and on off, Mohammad Rizwan stays leg side of the ball and drives it inside out towards cover-point for one.
6.3
1
Saad Bin Zafar to Babar Azam, Slower and on the middle, on a length, Babar Azam is quick to rock back and tucks it away through mid-wicket for a single.
6.2
1
Saad Bin Zafar to Mohammad Rizwan, Pushed through too full and on the stumps, Mohammad Rizwan clips it towards square leg and fetches a quick single.
6.1
Saad Bin Zafar to Mohammad Rizwan, Attacks the stumps on a fuller length, Mohammad Rizwan strides forward and defends it solidly underneath his eyes.
6.1
1
Saad Bin Zafar to Mohammad Rizwan, WIDE! False start from the skipper. Down leg, on a fuller length. Mohammad Rizwan misses to sweep it away. Wide given.
5.6
1
Jeremy Gordon to Mohammad Rizwan, On the back of a length, around off, Mohammad Rizwan watches closely and hops back and guides it towards short third for a single. End of the mandatory Powerplay. Pakistan crawling on 28/1.
5.5
Jeremy Gordon to Mohammad Rizwan, Short and outside off, Mohammad Rizwan skips down the track and wildly goes for a pull shot but he hits it off the bottom end of the bat. He hits it so hard that the toe-end of the bat gets broken.
5.4
Jeremy Gordon to Mohammad Rizwan, On a length, angling on the stumps, Rizwan knocks it back to the bowler.
5.3
2
Jeremy Gordon to Mohammad Rizwan, Back of a length, around off, Mohammad Rizwan waits and runs it towards deep third for a brace.
5.2
4
Jeremy Gordon to Mohammad Rizwan, FOUR! What a shot! This time Rizwan gets the timing correct! Short in length again, outside off, Mohammad Rizwan stands upright and fetches it from outside off before pulling it crisply through mid-wicket for a boundary.
5.1
Jeremy Gordon to Mohammad Rizwan, Gordon continues, bangs it short and outside off, Mohammad Rizwan hangs back and slashes it powerfully but finds the cover fielder.
Jeremy Gordon to continue…
4.6
Dilon Heyliger to Babar Azam, A huge shout for caught behind but the umpire shakes his head. The keeper and the bowler seem convinced and eventually, Saad Bin Zafar does review it. Fuller delivery on middle and leg and angling down, Babar Azam gets across the stumps to clip it away but misses and the ball goes off the pads into the hands of the keeper. UltraEdge shows that the ball missed the inside edge and did go off the pads before Shreyas Movva collected it. The LBW is also checked next and Ball Tracking shows the wickets as missing and Babar Azam gets away with one.
4.5
Dilon Heyliger to Babar Azam, Back of a length and keeping it on a tight line around off stump, Babar Azam hops on the back foot and punches it away to mid off.
4.4
Dilon Heyliger to Babar Azam, There's that uneven bounce again. A gentle-paced delivery, slightly back of a length and around off. Babar Azam looks to stand tall and block but is beaten past the inside edge.
4.3
Dilon Heyliger to Babar Azam, Pitched up around off stump, Babar Azam gets on the front foot and plays it with a straight bat back to the bowler.
4.3
1
Dilon Heyliger to Babar Azam, WIDE! Banged in quite short and down the leg side for a wide.
The Pakistani skipper, Babar Azam walks out at number 3.
4.2
W
Dilon Heyliger to Saim Ayub, OUT! CAUGHT BEHIND! Dilon Heyliger strikes in his first over and Saim Ayub has to walk back. On a good length and around off stump, getting it to nip back in just a bit and it stays low as well. Ayub clears the front leg and looks to heave it across the line but gets in no position to do so. The ball takes the inside edge and goes low to the keeper who had already started moving to the left. Shreyas Movva adjusts well and takes a fine catch behind the stumps. Canada have their first breakthrough.
4.1
1
Dilon Heyliger to Mohammad Rizwan, Nagging length outside the off stump, Mohammad Rizwan waits back and just opens the bat face at the last moment before guiding it down to third man for a single.
3.6
1
Jeremy Gordon to Mohammad Rizwan, Short of a length banged in over middle and angled in, Mohammad Rizwan looks to pick it up and slog it away but gets it off the gloves on the leg side. After a bit of yes and no, they do get the single.
3.5
1
Jeremy Gordon to Saim Ayub, DROPPED! Oh, that would have been a stellar catch but Navneet Dhaliwal has put it down. Short ball right around the rib cage, Saim Ayub gets inside the line, lifts one leg and looks to pull it over fine leg but mistimes the shot just over short fine leg. Dhaliwal there backtracks and is early to jump and makes a meal of the catch, ending up parrying it with the left hand. The batters get a single
3.4
Jeremy Gordon to Saim Ayub, Banged in on a hard length and attacking the top of off stump, Saim Ayub solidly blocks it off the front foot to cover-point.
3.3
1
Jeremy Gordon to Mohammad Rizwan, On a good length on the pads, tucked away neatly and just behind square leg for a single.
3.2
Jeremy Gordon to Mohammad Rizwan, Fuller in length and speared in at middle and leg, Mohammad Rizwan manages to get his hands out in front and pushes it down to mid on.
3.1
2
Jeremy Gordon to Mohammad Rizwan, Bowled back of a length and angled outside off, Mohammad Rizwan stands tall and slaps the ball in front of the point region for a couple of runs. The outfield is quite slow as well.
2.6
2
Kaleem Sana to Saim Ayub, Fuller in length and angled into the pads, Saim Ayub keeps his shape and picks it up over the mid-wicket. Good-looking shot but not timed yet again and this time they do get a couple of runs.
2.5
Kaleem Sana to Saim Ayub, Short and wide outside off, there to be hit, Saim Ayub throws his hand at it but is beaten by the extra bounce.
2.4
1
Kaleem Sana to Mohammad Rizwan, Back of a length and in the channel outside off, Mohammad Rizwan looks to cut it hard but ends up getting an under edge that bounces over the keeper's head and goes to third man. They get a single.
2.3
1
Kaleem Sana to Saim Ayub, Up and over the top of the man at mid on! Pitched up delivery on the stumps, Saim Ayub lofts it with a straight bat but doesn't time it all that well, enough to clear mid on and again, just the single. That should have been a brace.
2.2
Kaleem Sana to Saim Ayub, Hard length around the top of off and middle, Saim Ayub lets the ball come on and plays it down with soft hands to backward point.
2.1
1
Kaleem Sana to Mohammad Rizwan, Pitched up quite full and wide outside off, Mohammad Rizwan leans on and drives it well wide of mid off. Saad Bin Zafar does well to chase it down quickly and it will only be a single.
1.6
1
Jeremy Gordon to Mohammad Rizwan, A tad fuller and angled into the pads this time, Mohammad Rizwan manages to jam the ball down in front of mid on and scampers across for a single.
1.5
Jeremy Gordon to Mohammad Rizwan, On a good length but pushed wider of the off stump and angling away, Mohammad Rizwan opts to leave this one. Five dots to begin with from Jeremy Gordon, impressive.
1.4
Jeremy Gordon to Mohammad Rizwan, Just back of a length around off, Mohammad Rizwan stays back and just tentatively caresses it towards covers.
1.3
Jeremy Gordon to Mohammad Rizwan, Bowled quicker and fuller outside off, slinging away as well but this one stays low and Rizwan is beaten once again.
1.2
Jeremy Gordon to Mohammad Rizwan, Such a well-directed delivery that. Not that quick but Jeremy Gordon uses his height by digging it in around off stump, getting the ball to move away and bounce extra. Mohammad Rizwan is taken aback but does well to sway away from the line of the ball.
1.1
Jeremy Gordon to Mohammad Rizwan, Starts with that slingy action, hitting the deck hard and around off, getting it to move away, Mohammad Rizwan is caught on the back foot and is beaten past the outside edge.
Jeremy Gordon to bowl the second over for Canada.
0.6
Kaleem Sana to Saim Ayub, A dot to end the first over of the chase and Pakistan get 8 runs off it. Just short of a good length and outside off, moving away and bouncing extra too. Saim Ayub goes after it but is well beaten.
0.5
2
Kaleem Sana to Saim Ayub, Oh, that looked so good off the bat! Good length in the channel, Saim Ayub gets a big stride in and punches it with the full face of the bat between point and covers for a couple of runs.
0.4
Kaleem Sana to Saim Ayub, Back of a length and on a tight line around off, jagging back as well, Saim Ayub looks to play it off the back foot but almost ends up chopping it back onto the stumps.
0.3
Kaleem Sana to Saim Ayub, Very full, in the blockhole and trying to slant it in from middle, Saim Ayub with a flick shot but he plays a bit around it and gets a big inside edge onto the pads.
0.3
5
Kaleem Sana to Saim Ayub, FIVE WIDES! Oh, that's wayward from Kaleem Sana. Looking for the magical outswinger from leg stump but justn spills it well down the leg side, the ball keeps angling down and runs away into the fine leg fence.
0.2
Kaleem Sana to Saim Ayub, Good-looking shot but doesn't fine the gap. Pitched up quite full and outside off stump, Saim Ayub gets on the front foot and drives it away just behind point but the fielder there does well.
0.1
1
Kaleem Sana to Mohammad Rizwan, Off the mark right away! Starts from over the stumps and bowls it on a hard length around middle and leg. Mohammad Rizwan tentatively pushes at it and gets it off the inner half of the bat behind square leg for a single.
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st Innings Canada
We are back for Pakistan's reply! The two umpires walk out to the middle. Canadian players are in the last-minute huddle before spreading out to the field. Out walk the dynamic Pakistani opener, Mohammad Rizwan with his new partner, Saim Ayub. The former takes the guard and prepares himself to face Kaleem Sana who will bowl the first over of the chase for Canada. And, here we go…
… THE RUN CHASE …
Right then, 107 it is to chase for Pakistan to get their first two points and stay alive in this competition. They have all the requisite firepower in the batting order to do the job but given how badly their batting order has collapsed and the way we have witnessed low-scoring thrillers, Canada will still fancy their chances on a bowler-friendly track. Stay tuned as the chase is up next shortly.
Aaron Johnson, the star with the bat for Canada is down for a chat. He says that his mentality is always to get his team off to a good start and the coach has backed him to see the ball and hit the ball. Reckons that it is tough but he has some Carribean background which helps him face the pacers. Adds that they do have some world-class pacers in their ranks and believes that they can defend the total.
For Pakistan, the goal was to establish control with the ball early on. Shaheen Afridi had a rough beginning, struggling to find his groove, while Naseem Shah posed significant challenges to the Canadian batters, often beating the bat by hitting the deck hard. Mohammad Amir made an impact right away, taking a wicket in his first over, and Afridi, after switching ends, quickly found success too. There was a good carry and bounce which helped the seamers to not leak runs at ease. Pakistan's fielding showed significant improvement, highlighted by Imad Wasim's direct hit that dismissed the in-form Nicholas Kirton, exering more pressure on the rivals. Haris Rauf, despite appearing a bit out of rhythm, struck a double whammy in the 10th over. Naseem Shah struck a crucial blow, dismissing the well-settled Aaron Johnson, shifting the momentum firmly in Pakistan's favor. They wrapped up pretty well in the end giving away literally nothing. Overall, the bowlers were disciplined and kept the batters in check throughout.
10 runs from the final over helps Canada to go past the 100-run mark. But this has been a comprehensive bowling display from the Pakistani bowlers. Canada began their innings with a promising start despite the challenging conditions favoring the bowlers. Aaron Johnson, eager to find some form, hit a few solid boundaries and set a positive tone for the team. However, Navneet Dhaliwal struggled with the movement and inconsistent bounce, getting out cheaply. Pargat Singh didn't fare much better, falling for a single-digit score. Nicholas Kirton, who has been in good form, was dismissed in the most unfortunate manner due to a total miscommunication, leaving Canada in a bit of trouble. And with the departures of Shreyas Movva, and Ravinderpal Singh. Johnson was left fighting a lone battle with only 54 on the board. Aaron Johnson's innings was then cut short as he lost his wicket shortly after reaching to a brilliant fifty. With a crucial cameo from Kaleem Sana, Canada breached past the triple figures in the backend.
20
over
20 | 10 Runs | HH: 106/7
19.6
1
Naseem Shah to Kaleem Sana, A single off the last ball off the innings! Naseem Shah goes full again and bowls it right on the off stump, Kaleem Sana stays deep in the crease and hits it firmly to mid off before setting off for the run. The fielder misses the shy at the bowler's end and Sana does get the run. Canada finish with a decent total of 106/7!
19.5
1
Naseem Shah to Dilon Heyliger, Full and angled into middle and leg, Dilon Heyliger backs away and manages to jam it out to long on for a single.
19.4
1
Naseem Shah to Kaleem Sana, This is dug in quite short and at the batter, Kaleem Sana pulls it away just over the square leg region and picks up a single.
19.3
6
Naseem Shah to Kaleem Sana, SIX! Wow, that has been smashed away by Kaleem Sana and the 100 does come up for Canada. Just back of a length and outside off, Kaleem Sana backs away and slaps the ball hard and over the backward point fence for a biggie.
19.2
1
Naseem Shah to Dilon Heyliger, BYE! Short of a length and bowled slower around off stump, Dilon Heyliger swing and misses as Mohammad Rizwan fails to collect the ball cleanly and the batters get a bye.
19.1
Naseem Shah to Dilon Heyliger, Bowled from a bit wider on the crease and angled well into the batter, Dilon Heyliger looks to back away and swing across the line but gets an inside edge onto the body.
Naseem Shah (3-0-15-1) will bowl the final over.
19
over
19 | 5 Runs | HH: 96/7
18.6
Mohammad Amir to Kaleem Sana, A beauty of a delivery to finish off the over. Nails the yorker right in at the toes, Kaleem Sana just backs away looking to jam it out but is beaten past the outside edge. The ball zips through bat and pad and misses the leg stump by not much either. The replays show that there was an inside edge on that one and Mohammad Amir is seen shaking his head as nobody really appealed for it.
18.5
1
Mohammad Amir to Dilon Heyliger, A bit slower and dug in a bit around leg stump, Dilon Heyliger pulls it away through the mid-wicket region and picks up a run.
18.4
Mohammad Amir to Dilon Heyliger, Full and quick, spearing the ball right in at the legs, Dilon Heyliger plays all over it and gets hit on the pads but outside the line of leg stump.
18.3
Mohammad Amir to Dilon Heyliger, Takes pace off now and pityches it up wide of the off stump, Dilon Heyliger looks to stay leg side of the ball and swat it away but is well beaten.
18.2
4
Mohammad Amir to Dilon Heyliger, FOUR! Crucial boundary! A quick bumper, looking to get it right around the helmet but the fine leg is up inside the ring. Dilon Heyliger takes it on and gets a top edge that flies over the infield and rolls away to the fine leg fence.
18.1
Mohammad Amir to Dilon Heyliger, Sees the batter making room past the leg stump and pushes a fuller delivery well outside the off stump. Dilon Heyliger fails to reach it.
Mohammad Amir (3-0-8-2) to bowl the penultimate over.
18
over
18 | 3 Runs | HH: 91/7
17.6
1
Shaheen Afridi to Dilon Heyliger, Full and wide outside off, a low full toss in fact and Dilon Heyliger slices it away to wide third man for a single.
17.5
1
Shaheen Afridi to Kaleem Sana, A direct hit and that would have been out! Slower again, a bit fuller and on middle, Kaleem Sana backs away before just dabbing it towards backward point and sets off for one. Dilon Heyliger at the other end is slow to get across but luckily for him, Shadab Khan misses the direct hit at the keeper's end.
17.4
Shaheen Afridi to Kaleem Sana, In the air but falls in no-man's land. Another off-paced delivery, bowled a bit into the pitch and at the batter. Kaleem Sana gets squared up and gets a leading edge that lands well short of the onrushing Shadab Khan at backward point.
17.3
Shaheen Afridi to Kaleem Sana, Nice and full around off, in the blockhole, Kaleem Sana waits well and defends it away to the off side.
17.2
Shaheen Afridi to Kaleem Sana, Switches to around the stumps and looks to spear in the yorker on off stump, Kaleem Sana gets on the front foot and hits it on the bounce to the man at mid off.
17.1
1
Shaheen Afridi to Dilon Heyliger, Takes pace off and pitches it up a bit on middle and leg, Dilon Heyliger gets on the front foot and plays it through mid on for a single.
17
over
17 | 3 Runs | HH: 88/7
16.6
1
Mohammad Amir to Dilon Heyliger, Back of a length and around off, Dilon Heyliger stands upright and plays it away past point for a single.
Dilon Heyliger is in at number 9.
16.5
W
Mohammad Amir to Saad Bin Zafar, OUT! CAUGHT! This time Saad Bin Zafar does hole out and Mohammad Amir gets his second wicket. Short of a length, angled at the body and Saad Bin Zafar is hurried on the pull. Saad tries to hoick it away but miscues it up in the air around short fine leg. Mohammad Rizwan from behind the stumps runs around and settles under the ball before pouching it safely.
16.4
Mohammad Amir to Saad Bin Zafar, Brings out the bumper now and bowls it around off, angling it back in, Saad Bin Zafar ducks under it well.
16.3
1
Mohammad Amir to Kaleem Sana, A bit slower and angled across the right-hander, Kaleem Sana plays it late and angles it towards third man for a run.
16.2
1
Mohammad Amir to Saad Bin Zafar, Oh, Mohammad Amir misjudged it a bit and Saad Bin Zafar escapes. Back of a length and bowled right at the batter, Saad skies this one stright up but over the non-striker. Amir tries to back track and get behind it but doesn't reach it and they get a single.
16.1
Mohammad Amir to Saad Bin Zafar, On a good length around that fifth stump line, Saad Bin Zafar gets on the front foot and pushes it towards cover.
16
over
16 | 8 Runs | HH: 85/6
15.6
2
Haris Rauf to Kaleem Sana, Full again and outside off stump, Kaleem Sana with a good-looking drive and he gets it behind the man at deep point for a couple of runs more. 8 off the over, a good one for Canada.
15.5
1
Haris Rauf to Saad Bin Zafar, Pitches this one up, trying to angle it in from off stump, Saad Bin Zafar looks to hit through the line but mistimes it a bit uppishly to the right of mid on for one.
15.5
1
Haris Rauf to Saad Bin Zafar, WIDE! Haris Rauf has picked up a couple of wickets but hasn't looked assured of his lines and lengths. Tries to bowl a slower bumper but spills it down leg for a wide.
15.4
Haris Rauf to Saad Bin Zafar, Rolls his fingers over the ball as well and digs this one into the pitch outside off stump, Saad Bin Zafar looks to stay back and cut but gets an under edge back to the keeper.
15.3
Haris Rauf to Saad Bin Zafar, Good length around the top of off at almost 142 clicks, Saad Bin Zafar solidly blocks it off.
15.2
4
Haris Rauf to Saad Bin Zafar, FOUR! Too full and goes into the fence! A wide full toss outside off, Saad Bin Zafar slaps the ball away well wide of deep backward point where Usman Khan runs across and gets the dive in but the ball hits the hand and trickles into the fence.
15.1
Haris Rauf to Saad Bin Zafar, Bowled back of a length and angled in from around off stump, Saad Bin Zafar stands tall and hits it on the up towards cover.
15
over
15 | 2 Runs | HH: 77/6
14.6
Imad Wasim to Kaleem Sana, Slower through the air, on off, turning away sharply again, Kaleem Sana pushes it off the outer half of the bat to short third.
14.5
Imad Wasim to Kaleem Sana, Tossed up and sliding on the leg stump line on a fuller length, Kaleem Sana plays it over the line and the ball beats his inside edge onto the pads.
14.4
1
Imad Wasim to Saad Bin Zafar, Good length, just outside off, Saad Bin Zafar punches it off the back foot towards long off for an easy single.
14.3
Imad Wasim to Saad Bin Zafar, Turns sharply into the batter from off, Saad Bin Zafar tucks it towards mid-wicket.
14.2
Imad Wasim to Saad Bin Zafar, Full in length, around off Saad Bin Zafar drives it straight to mid off.
14.2
1
Imad Wasim to Saad Bin Zafar, WIDE! Oh, this one turns dramatically! Pitches it on off, and gets a wild turn down the leg side. Wided.
14.1
Imad Wasim to Saad Bin Zafar, Over the wicket, full and outside off, Saad Bin Zafar leans forward and gets beaten on the outside edge.
14
over
14 | 2 Runs | HH: 75/6
13.6
1
Naseem Shah to Saad Bin Zafar, Streaky affair there! Bowls it close to the off-pole on a length, Saad Bin Zafar reacts late and cuts it too fine towards deep third for a single to end the over.
13.5
1
Naseem Shah to Kaleem Sana, Short in length, on the stumps, Kaleem Sana pulls it with no real timing towards deep square leg for a single.
13.4
Naseem Shah to Kaleem Sana, Back of a length, on off, Kaleem Sana gets a ping on the gloves as he reads the bounce wrong.
Kaleem Sana is the new batter in.
13.3
W
Naseem Shah to Aaron Johnson, OUT! BOWLED! KNOCKED HIM OVER! Naseem Shah gets the better of Aaron Johnson who was fighting a lone battle in the middle for Canada. Naseem Shah bowls it on the back of a length, and attacks the stumps, it keeps low and skids through quickly as well. Aaron Johnson clears his front foot with a good stride across to open up the off side for a slash over covers but plays the wrong line as the ball stays low and beats his inside edge before breaking into the stumps. A massive blow for Canada.
13.2
Naseem Shah to Aaron Johnson, On the back of a length around off, Aaron Johnson blocks it watchfully towards short cover.
13.1
Naseem Shah to Aaron Johnson, Short and onto the bodyline, on top of middle, Aaron Johnson bends low to pull it away but misses.
13
over
13 | 7 Runs | HH: 73/5
12.6
1
Imad Wasim to Aaron Johnson, Full in length and outside off, Aaron Johnson cuts it to short third and fetches a quick single to retain the strike.
12.5
Imad Wasim to Aaron Johnson, Slower through the air, on the top of off, Aaron Johnson rocks back and cuts it to point.
12.4
6
Imad Wasim to Aaron Johnson, SIX! JOHNSON GETS TO HIS 50 AND IN WHAT STYLE! Imad Wasim drops it fuller in length, and in front of the stumps, Aaron Johnson comes forward and spanks it downtown over the bowler's head for a maximum.
12.3
Imad Wasim to Aaron Johnson, Arm-ball on the middle, and full in length, Aaron Johnson strides ahead and defends it.
12.2
Imad Wasim to Aaron Johnson, Slower this time, full and on off, Aaron Johnson waits for it and drives it to the off side.
12.1
Imad Wasim to Aaron Johnson, Straight and quick on the top of off, Aaron Johnson is quick to rock back and knock it to cover.
12
over
12 | 3 Runs | HH: 66/5
11.6
Haris Rauf to Saad Bin Zafar, Short and outside off, Saad Bin Zafar bends low and looks to ramp it but misses.
11.5
1
Haris Rauf to Aaron Johnson, DROPPED! OH, NO! Fakhar Zaman what have you done? Haris Rauf bangs it short and into the bodyline, Aaron Johnson is a bit late on the pull shot as the ball gets more heavy on him, and slices it up in the air over mid-wicket where Fakhar Zaman backtracks to catch it but absolutely makes a meal out of it. One taken.
11.4
1
Haris Rauf to Saad Bin Zafar, Maintains his line and length, outside off, Saad Bin Zafar tries to steer it away to the leg side but mistimes it towards widish mid-wicket for just a single.
11.3
Haris Rauf to Saad Bin Zafar, Stays around the wicket and brings the angle a bit more into the batter on middle and off, Saad Bin Zafar hops back and knocks it back to the bowler.
11.2
Haris Rauf to Saad Bin Zafar, Steams in from around the wicket, tails it away from outside off, Saad Bin Zafar goes fishing at it and gets beaten on the outside edge.
11.1
1
Haris Rauf to Aaron Johnson, A low full toss on the stumps, Aaron Johnson clears his front leg to open up the leg side but manages only to hit it off the toe end straight down the ground for a single.
11
over
11 | 8 Runs | HH: 63/5
10.6
1
Imad Wasim to Aaron Johnson, Pulls his length, on the top of middle and off, Aaron Johnson goes deeper inside the crease and cuts it past point for a single to end the over.
10.5
Imad Wasim to Aaron Johnson, Quicker, and sliding back in on off, Aaron Johnson cuts it straight to point and grunts as he gets nothing out of it.
10.4
6
Imad Wasim to Aaron Johnson, SIX! Johnson's fighting it all alone here! Drops it right in the arc, on the middle, Aaron Johnson gets underneath and picks it up well over the long on fence for a maximum.
10.3
Imad Wasim to Aaron Johnson, Around the wicket now, slower through the air and turning on off, Aaron Johnson rocks back and punches it to the off side.
10.2
1
Imad Wasim to Saad Bin Zafar, Lands it on a fullish length, just on off, Saad Bin Zafar drives it past covers for a single.
10.1
Imad Wasim to Saad Bin Zafar, Nice and straight outside off, Saad Bin Zafar prods ahead and gets beaten on the outside edge.
Drinks! Time for a breather here as the players take a hydration break. Well, things have gotten a bit more precarious for Canada as they have now lost half of their side on mere 55. Haris Rauf who looked wayward just struck a double whammy and has managed to put the men in green on the front foot here. For Canada, Aaron Johnson is fighting a lone battle with no real support from the others. This dramatic collapse has provided all the momentum for Pakistan and the bowlers will now aim to compound on the pressure they have created. Next set of 10 overs are crucial for Canada to at least go past triple digits.
10
over
10 | 3 Runs | HH: 55/5
9.6
1
Haris Rauf to Saad Bin Zafar, Leg bye! On the shorter side and aimed at the pads, Saad Bin Zafar misses the tuck and the ball thuds off the thigh pads before rolling behind square leg. They pick up a leg bye.
The Canadian skipper, Saad Bin Zafar is in at number 7 now.
9.5
W
Haris Rauf to Ravinderpal Singh, OUT! TAKEN! Just too good for Ravinderpal Singh and all of a sudden. Haris Rauf has two wickets. Immaculate length again from Rauf, bowing it very quick and just around the top of off stump. This is nips away a bit as well and Singh is just beaten all ends up while looking to get on the front foot but plays it with a slightly closed bat face. The ball catches the outside edge and goes quickly around the face of first slip where Fakhar Zaman manages to get both hands out in front and grabs it nicely.
9.4
Haris Rauf to Ravinderpal Singh, Beaten! Quick and full this time on the fifth stump line, Ravinderpal Singh plants the front leg across and looks to push it away on the off side but the ball zips past the outside edge.
Ravinderpal Singh is in at number 6.
9.3
W
Haris Rauf to Shreyas Movva, OUT! EDGED AND GONE! Much better length and the line this time is also perfect. Haris Rauf gets his 100th T20I wicket and looks pretty pleased with that. Just short of a good length, at around 143.5 clicks and on a much tighter line around the off stump. The ball shoots off the deck as Shreyas Movva looks to cut close to the body off the back foot. Movva is a bit late and the extra bounce means the outside edge is found. Mohammad Rizwan gobbles it up and Canada now lose their fourth wicket.
9.3
1
Haris Rauf to Shreyas Movva, WIDE! A wild delivery from Haris Rauf as he angles this one a fair bit down the leg side for another wide and brings out another dive from Mohammad Rizwan.
9.2
1
Haris Rauf to Aaron Johnson, Short of a length and outside off, Aaron Johnson stays on the back foot and just angles it away a bit wide of third man for a single.
9.1
Haris Rauf to Aaron Johnson, That kept a shade low as well! Banged in on a hard length around off, no foot movement from Aaron Johnson as he looks to swivel and pull but the ball stays low and beats the inside edge of the bat.
Haris Rauf (1-0-13-0) replaces Shaheen Afridi.
9
over
9 | 2 Runs | HH: 52/3
8.6
Imad Wasim to Shreyas Movva, Beauty! Just a run off Imad's first over. Tossed up nicely outside the off stump but on a bit fuller length, Shreyas Movva is drawn into the drive but the ball grips and rips well past the outside edge.
8.5
Imad Wasim to Shreyas Movva, Bowled quicker and flatter around off stump, Shreyas Movva does play at this one and gets it away on the off side.
8.4
Imad Wasim to Shreyas Movva, Flighted up outside the off stump, Shreyas Movva makes a leave as the ball turns away.
8.3
1
Imad Wasim to Aaron Johnson, A risky single but it was well judged in the end. Nice and full around off stump, Aaron Johnson pushes it away to cover-point and Shreyas Movva is off for the single right away, making it with ease in the end.
8.2
Imad Wasim to Aaron Johnson, Nagging length around the off stump, Aaron Johnson watchfully blocks it off.
8.1
1
Imad Wasim to Shreyas Movva, A bit full and at the stumps, tucked away neatly onto the leg side for a single.
Time for the turners to come in now. Imad Wasim replaces Haris Rauf.
8
over
8 | 7 Runs | HH: 50/3
7.6
6
Shaheen Afridi to Aaron Johnson, SIX! How has that traveled all the way? Shaheen Afridi cannot believe it but it is a maximum for Aaron Johnson and the 50 is up for Canada. Another slower one, pitched up on middle and leg, Johnson backs away and is undone by the lack of pace but the sheer brute force of his swing lifts the ball right up and over the long on fence.
7.5
Shaheen Afridi to Aaron Johnson, A prolonged appeal for LBW by Shaheen Afridi but it is turned down and there was almost another run out as well. Shaheen brings out the off-cutter, bowling it on a length on off and middle, getting it to grip and spin away. Aaron Johnson gets squared up and gets hit on the pads but it seemed a bit too high. Shreyas Movva had also come halfway down the pitch before being sent back but no harm was done.
7.4
1
Shaheen Afridi to Shreyas Movva, This is banged in short and around the middle stump, Shreyas Movva is late on the pull but keeps it down and gets it through mid-wicket to get off the mark with a single.
7.3
Shaheen Afridi to Shreyas Movva, Changes the angle of attack by coming from around the stumps and angles it in from outside off. The ball stays low and beats the outside edge as Shreyas Movva has a slight poke at it.
7.2
Shaheen Afridi to Shreyas Movva, On a hard length on off stump and slanting it across the right-hander, Shreyas Movva presses back and plays it down in front of point.
7.1
Shaheen Afridi to Shreyas Movva, Nagging length on off and middle, just shaping back in a bit, Shreyas Movva plays it late but manages to get an inside edge onto the pads.
Shreyas Movva is in at number 5.
7
over
7 | 13 Runs | HH: 43/3
6.6
W
Haris Rauf to Aaron Johnson, OUT! RUN OUT! Brilliant work from Imad Wasim in the field and Canada have lost their star batter from the previous two games quite cheaply here. Haris Rauf pitches the ball up around the off stump line, Aaron Johnson leans ahead and just pushes it out to the left of covers. They look for one but given Johnson has had a knee injury, he sends Nicholas Kirton back but it is a bit too late. Imad Wasim moves to his favored side, picks it up and scores the direct hit at the bowler's end. The replays confirm that Kirton is well out.
Is that run out? Two stumps to aim at, and Imad Wasim hits the bull's eye at the non-striker's end. The side-on replay shows that Nicholas Kirton is way out of the crease. OUT appears on the giant screen.
6.5
Haris Rauf to Aaron Johnson, Swing and a miss! Hard length around off stump and angling in a long way, Aaron Johnson makes room and has a wild slog across the line but is well beaten. Good take from Mohammad Rizwan behind the stumps as well.
6.4
1
Haris Rauf to Nicholas Kirton, Uppish but safe! Full and at 141 clicks, angling into the off stump from around the stumps. Nicholas Kirton looks to drive but ends up jamming it towards covers for a single.
6.3
1
Haris Rauf to Aaron Johnson, Pitched up outside off, nipping away, Aaron Johnson is drawn forward and gets an outside edge that goes through the empty first slip region for a single down to third man.
6.3
5
Haris Rauf to Aaron Johnson, FIVE WIDES! Oh, that is a disastrous start from Haris Rauf. Goes even shorter now and tries to attack the batter's helmet but the ball flies over the head of Aaron Johnson and goes well over Mohammad Rizwan for five wides.
6.2
6
Haris Rauf to Aaron Johnson, SIX! Up, up and away! Banged in a bit too short and offering width as well. Aaron Johnson just presses back a bit and uses the pace to slap the ball aerially and just in front of square on the off side for a maximum.
6.1
Haris Rauf to Aaron Johnson, Bustles in from over the stumps and straightaway hits that hard length angling it in from outside off stump, Aaron Johnson hops back and blocks it nicely in front of covers.
Haris Rauf replaces Mohammad Amir.
6
over
6 | 1 Runs | HH: 30/2
5.6
Shaheen Afridi to Nicholas Kirton, A ripper to end the over and the Powerplay, just a wide and wicket off it and Canada are 30/2 at the end of the Powerplay. Pitches this one up on the off stump line and gets it to nibble away off the deck, Nicholas Kirton is caught on the back foot and gets beaten past the outside edge.
5.5
Shaheen Afridi to Nicholas Kirton, Nicholas Kirton can't seem to be off the mark here. A snorter of a bouncer around off stump and shooting off the deck, Kirton makes a watchful leave and just ducks under it a bit as well.
5.4
Shaheen Afridi to Nicholas Kirton, Similar length, the line is just a bit straighter and this is angled into the pads. Nicholas Kirton fails to tuck it away and gets it right on the thigh pads.
5.3
Shaheen Afridi to Nicholas Kirton, Keeps chipping away at that hard length and angles it in from the off stump line, Nicholas Kirton blocks it down the track.
5.2
Shaheen Afridi to Nicholas Kirton, On a hard length now, keeping it around the off stump, Nicholas Kirton goes on the back foot and nicely defnds it with soft hands towards point.
5.2
1
Shaheen Afridi to Nicholas Kirton, WIDE! Good length, on the pads and angling down the leg side for a wide.
Nicholas Kirton is in at number 4.
5.1
W
Shaheen Afridi to Pargat Singh, OUT! CAUGHT! The change of ends and the change of length has worked right away for Shaheen Afridi. Steams in from over the stumps and starts off the over with a well-directed short ball. This is bowled on the off stump and angled across at a difficult height. Pargat Singh tries to bend his back and just fend it away but is cramped up and the ball goes off the shoulder of the bat straight into the hands of Fakhar Zaman at first slip who makes no mistake. A muted celebration from Afridi.
Shaheen Afridi (1-0-10-0) is back into the attack.
5
over
5 | 1 Runs | HH: 29/1
4.6
Mohammad Amir to Aaron Johnson, Brings the angle onto the pads this time, on a length, Aaron Johnson tucks it with inside half of the bat towards short mid-wicket to end the over.
4.5
Mohammad Amir to Aaron Johnson, Dishes out a steep bumper across off, Aaron Johnson decides to sway away from the line and leaves it.
4.4
1
Mohammad Amir to Pargat Singh, Slightly moving into the batter on the middle and leg channel, full in length, Pargat Singh flicks it towards deep mid-wicket for a single.
4.3
Mohammad Amir to Pargat Singh, Bullets it on a length, angling onto the pads, Pargat Singh misses to tuck it away as he is late to bring his bat in time. It thuds his thigh pad and rolls back to the keeper.
4.2
Mohammad Amir to Pargat Singh, Stays over the wicket, lands it a bit more away from the batter, Pargat Singh goes for a poke on the front foot and the ball whispers his outside edge before carrying to the keeper.
4.1
Mohammad Amir to Pargat Singh, Over the wicket, on a hard length, on off, Pargat Singh plants his front leg ahead and solidly defends it to the off side.
4
over
4 | 8 Runs | HH: 28/1
3.6
Naseem Shah to Aaron Johnson, Hits the deck hard on off, and nips a shade outside off, Aaron Johnson camps back and solidly punches it to the off side to end the over.
3.5
1
Naseem Shah to Pargat Singh, Angling into the batter this time, onto the pads on a length, Pargat Singh tucks it off the inside half of the bat towards deep square leg for a single and gets off the mark.
3.4
1
Naseem Shah to Aaron Johnson, Moves it away from off on a hard length, Aaron Johnson plays it inside the line and the ball takes off his leading edge before traveling toward deep third. One taken.
3.3
Naseem Shah to Aaron Johnson, Short in length, on the stumps, Aaron Johnson ducks underneath it and leaves. Good comeback.
3.2
2
Naseem Shah to Aaron Johnson, IN THE AIR…LANDS SAFE! Bowls it shorter in length, and keeps it outside off, Aaron Johnson slices it up in the air but the ball lands behind the covers where Babar Azam chases it and the batters cross two.
3.1
4
Naseem Shah to Aaron Johnson, FOUR! SHOT! Naseem bowls it with two slips in place. Bangs the hard length with an away movement, Aaron Johnson stays tall and slashes it on the up over point for a boundary.
Pargat Singh walks in at number 3.
3
over
3 | 4 Runs | HH: 20/1
2.6
W
Mohammad Amir to Navneet Dhaliwal, OUT! CASTLED! Amir provides the much-needed breakthrough for Pakistan. Hard length, on the middle stump, moving back in sharply with the angle, Navneet Dhaliwal again reads the bounce wrongly and gets squared up and stuck in the crease. The ball keeps a tad low and beats his inside edge before rattling the furniture. Canada lose their first wicket.
2.5
Mohammad Amir to Navneet Dhaliwal, Oh, this one comes back in. A good comeback from Amir after conceding a boundary in the first ball. Inward movement on a length, with a low bounce on the middle, Navneet Dhaliwal negotiates well and knocks it underneath the bat.
2.4
Mohammad Amir to Navneet Dhaliwal, Whispering the outside edge! Hard length, slanting across off, Navneet Dhaliwal hops on the back foot and gets beaten again on the outside edge.
2.3
Mohammad Amir to Navneet Dhaliwal, Hits the right area on the middle and nips it away from the batter on the top of off, Navneet Dhaliwal is squared up and gets beaten on the outside edge.
2.2
Mohammad Amir to Navneet Dhaliwal, Length and outside off at 137 kph, Navneet Dhaliwal leaves it. Oh, that one kept a bit low on the bounce as well.
2.1
4
Mohammad Amir to Navneet Dhaliwal, FOUR! Glorious written all over it! Mohammad Amir starts off serving a juicy friendly half-volley way outside off, Navneet Dhaliwal reads it well and creams it with pure timing through cover-point for a boundary.
2
over
2 | 5 Runs | HH: 16/0
1.6
Naseem Shah to Aaron Johnson, PEACH! Naseem Shah bangs it on a length and gets it to nip away a shade from off, Aaron Johnson gets squared up and is beaten all ends up on the outside edge. Fabulous start from Naseem. Just a solitary boundary.
1.5
Naseem Shah to Aaron Johnson, Maintains a good shape and length outside off, Aaron Johnson shoulders his arms and leaves it alone.
1.4
Naseem Shah to Aaron Johnson, Identical length that deviates away from outside off, Aaron Johnson opts out from playing the shot. Asking all the tough questions here Naseem.
1.3
Naseem Shah to Aaron Johnson, BEATEN! Naseem is absolutely confident and believes it has nicked off the outside edge! Naseem Shah bowls it on a length just on the fourth stump and angles it away. Aaron Johnson plays inside the line of the ball and gets beaten on the outside edge.
1.2
Naseem Shah to Aaron Johnson, Hard length, nipping away sharply from outside off, Aaron Johnson decides not to poke at this one and lets it go through to the keeper.
1.1
4
Naseem Shah to Aaron Johnson, FOUR! What a cracker of a shot! Naseem lands it on a hard length, swinging away from off, Aaron Johnson stands tall and cuts it in front of square on the up for a boundary towards deep point.
1.1
1
Naseem Shah to Aaron Johnson, WIDE! A false start from Naseem! Starts off with a slip in place and swings it way beyond the guideline on a length. Wide given.
Naseem Shah to speed in from the opposite end.
1
over
1 | 11 Runs | HH: 11/0
0.6
Shaheen Afridi to Navneet Dhaliwal, Ends up the first over bowling it fuller in length, and in the channel of off, Navneet Dhaliwal knocks it to the off side. But a positive start for Canada. 11 runs from the first over.
0.5
1
Shaheen Afridi to Aaron Johnson, An appeal for LBW but not that energetic one! Swings it on a fuller length, into the batter, Aaron Johnson fails to flick it away and wears it on his front pad and runs for a leg bye.
0.4
Shaheen Afridi to Aaron Johnson, Just around off on a fuller length, Aaron Johnson knocks it straight towards covers.
0.3
2
Shaheen Afridi to Aaron Johnson, Fuller in length this time, around off, Aaron Johnson drives it solidly past mid off again but the ball loses its steam before the ropes and the mid off fielder chases it and restricts it to just a couple.
0.2
4
Shaheen Afridi to Aaron Johnson, FOUR! What a fabulous start for Canada this is! Two in two! Serves another low full toss on off, Aaron Johnson watches it closely, reads well and drives it past mid off for a boundary.
0.1
4
Shaheen Afridi to Aaron Johnson, FOUR! Couldn't be a better start for Canada! Serves a juicy full toss first up, tailing in on the pads, Aaron Johnson simply flicks it through mid-wicket for a boundary.
Done and dusted with the pre-match proceedings! It is now time to get the play underway and the two umpires are out in the middle. The players of Pakistan also take their places on the field and out come the two openers for Canada, Aaron Johnson and Navneet Dhaliwal. As usual, Shaheen Afridi will take the new ball and he is raring to go. A couple of slips in place as well, let's play…
We are just a few minutes away from the start of this crucial contest. Former Pakistani great and T20 World Cup winner, Shahid Afridi walks out with that coveted trophy and places it on the podium. The officials also make their way out in the middle followed by the two sets of players who lineup for their respective national anthems. It will be the national anthem of Canada first, followed by the national anthem of Pakistan.
Saad Bin Zafar, the skipper of Canada says that they would have bowled first as well as it looks like a pretty good wicket. Says the teams batting second have found it hard to chase and adds if they put a good total on the board, they will back themselves to defend it. Says they have been playing good cricket and it is just about staying consistent and repeat the performance of the last game. Tells that it is a must-win game for them and ends up saying if they post good runs on the board, the pressure will be on the opposition. Informs one change, Ravinderpal Singh comes in for Dilpreet Bajwa.
Babar Azam, the skipper of Pakistan wins the toss and says that they will bowl first given it is an early start and there will be moisture and will look to capitalize on the first six overs. Informs that Saim Ayub is in the side. Adds that they did have a word after the last match and they now focus on this match. Reckons that they need to be at their best and know that it is a must-win clash.
Pakistan (Playing XI) – Mohammad Rizwan (WK), Saim Ayub (In for Iftikhar Ahmed), Babar Azam (C), Fakhar Zaman, Usman Khan, Shadab Khan, Imad Wasim, Shaheen Afridi, Naseem Shah, Haris Rauf, Mohammad Amir.
Canada (Playing XI) – Aaron Johnson, Navneet Dhaliwal, Pargat Singh, Nicholas Kirton, Shreyas Movva (WK), Ravinderpal Singh (In for Dilpreet Bajwa), Saad Bin Zafar (C), Dilon Heyliger, Kaleem Sana, Junaid Siddiqui, Jeremy Gordon.
TOSS UPDATE – The coin flip lands in the favor of Pakistan and Babar Azam elects to BOWL first.
Entering this tournament as an associate nation, and literal underdogs, Canada finds themselves in a position where they have minimal pressure and everything to gain. They have already made a statement by pulling off an impressive 12-run victory over full member nation Ireland, defying expectations. Their batting has contributed heavily and the likes of Navneet Dhaliwal, Nicholas Kirton, and Shreyas Movva, all have been among the runs. The spin duo of Saad Bin Zafar and Junaid Siddiqui has been instrumental for Canada in the middle overs, showcasing their guile and control with the ball. Complementing their efforts has been the crafty bowling of Jeremy Gordon, who has effectively utilized his variations as well. If Canada manages to pull off a victory against the runner's-up Pakistan, it will give a huge boost to their morale and also might as well make them the contenders for Super 8s. But will they be able to execute the difficult task? Or will the wounded Pakistan strike a strong comeback? Stay tuned as the toss and teams are up next shortly.
Pakistan's chances of advancing to the Super 8 stage are extremely slim, as another defeat would effectively signal the end of their World Cup campaign. The men in green are feeling the heat, and a win has become an absolute necessity for them to keep their hopes alive. However, their batting unit has failed to fire collectively so far. While Mohammad Rizwan and Babar Azam have been among the runs, they have faced flak for their conservative approach with the willow. For Pakistan to stay afloat, they desperately need their top order to provide a blistering start followed by their middle order which has collapsed badly as well. If Pakistan manages to rectify their batting issues and find consistency with the bat, it will significantly bolster the effectiveness of their bowling attack, which has been their core strength thus far in the tournament. The Pakistani bowlers have been impressive, but they have lacked substantial run support due to the batting unit's underwhelming performances.
Hello and welcome to our coverage of this crucial Pool A match number 22 in the prestigious ICC Men's T20 World Cup, 2024. Today's clash features Pakistan taking on Canada at the Nassau Country International Cricket Stadium, New York. Canada is coming off a stunning win against Ireland and have got those two crucial points. However, it is a precarious situation for Pakistan, who are still reeling from a comprehensive and demoralizing loss against their arch-rivals India in their previous encounter.
… MATCH DAY …
'Bruised and battered,' is the current state which can be used for Pakistan as they have thrown away a couple of games that they could have easily won and now find themselves on the brink. They did finish runners-up in the last edition of the T20 World Cup and are capable of even lifting the trophy but they seriously need to show more cohesiveness and execute their plans better. Now, they come up against a bouyant Canada side in Match number 21 of the ICC Men's World Cup 2024 which will be played at the Nassau County Stadium in New York, the same venue where Pakistan suffered that heartbreak against arch-rivals India. It is a must win game for both sides but Canada come into this game on the back of a formidable win against Ireland after a very solid showing against neighbors USA in their opening game which they did lose but both those performances will give them a confidence boost. As we talk more about Canada a lot of credit must go to how Saad Bin Zafar has led the side and they haven't backed down from a fight and some of the efforts in the field have been sensational. The likes of Aaron Johnson and Navneet Dhaliwal can be destructive at the top of the order but the man of Carribean origin, Nicholas Kirton has definitely been the standout with back-to-back half-centuries, the second one being a Player of the Match performance as well. Saad Bin Zafar and Junaid Siddiqui have done nicely in the middle overs with their spin bowling and Jeremy Gordon has used a brilliant mixture of slower balls, short balls and even the length which has yielded crucial wickets for his side. Moving on to Pakistan now and they really have a work to do as the batting has been nothing short of ordinary so far with glimpses of control in between. A lot relies on the duo of Mohammad Rizwan and skipper Babar Azam at the top of the order and even though, they have scored runs, neither has looked to take the game by the scruff of the neck. Fakhar Zaman is another name who will be expected to make a big impact as he has looked the most positive out of all the batters but hasn't managed to do enough damage. The pace attack on the other hand is a big positive as it generally is and yet it feels, they are just missing a bit of cutting edge at vital times. The inclusion of Imad Wasim in the previous matches was positive as well but it is the man who should be leading their spin attack, Shadab Khan who has been well under par for a long time now at the international stage and is now in the side primarily for his batting in the middle order which needs to make an impact. Right then, a game that could be make or break for either side and even a win might not be enough to propel either side into the qualifying places but a loss will certainly be fatal. Who are you backing to get the win?