Babar Azam explains causes of Pakistan's dedeat against New Zealand in 3rd T20 match

10:55 PM | 22 Apr, 2024
Babar Azam explains causes of Pakistan's dedeat against New Zealand in 3rd T20 match
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Babar Azam, Pakistan's captain, reflected on the team's defeat against New Zealand in the third T20I on Sunday, attributing the loss to their inability to achieve a competitive total for defense.

"At the post-match ceremony, Babar remarked, "I don't believe the slow run-rate in the middle overs made a significant impact as we caught up. We could say we were 10 runs short."

"Regrettably, Rizwan's injury set us back as it posed a challenge for the incoming batsmen. However, I commend Shadab Khan for his recovery and the exceptional partnership with Irfan. In Rawalpindi, a score of 180-190 is considered par. I believe our batting performance was commendable," Babar added.

His comments follow Pakistan's posting of a 179-run target, losing four wickets while batting first at the Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium. Despite this, New Zealand staged a remarkable comeback in the five-match T20I series, led by Mark Chapman, guiding the visitors to a seven-wicket victory in the third match at the Pindi Cricket Stadium.

New Zealand's impressive start to the chase of 179, with openers Tim Robinson (28) and Tim Seifert (21) putting up 42 runs for the first wicket, set the tone. Although the home side attempted a recovery with consecutive dismissals by Naseem Shah and Abbas Afridi, Chapman, alongside Dean Foxcroft, thwarted their efforts.

With the series now leveled at 1-1, the remaining two matches are scheduled to take place on April 25 and 27 at Lahore's Gaddafi Stadium.

Earlier in Pakistan's innings, the opening partnership between Saim Ayub and Babar yielded 54/0. Saim's innings concluded when he was caught by James Neesham off Ish Sodhi's bowling after scoring 32 runs from 22 balls at a strike rate of 145.45.

Babar's departure came after a promising innings, caught by Jacob Duffy off Michael Bracewell's delivery, contributing 37 runs off 29 deliveries at a strike rate of 127.5.

Mohammad Rizwan retired hurt after scoring 23 runs from 22 balls, with Irfan Khan taking his place.

Usman Khan's departure after scoring only 4 runs from 6 balls added to Pakistan's woes.

Irfan, partnering with all-rounder Shadab, formed an explosive partnership, with Shadab dominating the proceedings, scoring 41 runs off 20 balls with six boundaries in a 62-run partnership. Meanwhile, Irfan contributed a 20-ball 30, including three fours and a six.

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Currency Rates in Pakistan Today - Pak Rupee to US Dollar, Euro, Dirham, Riyal 22 May 2024

 Pakistani currency rates against US Dollar and other currencies on May 22, 2024 (Wednesday) in open market.

USD to PKR rate today

US dollar was being quoted at 277.15 for buying and 280.05 for selling.

Euro moved down to 297 for buying and 300 for selling while British Pound rate is 349 for buying, and 352.5 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.25 and Saudi Riyal came down to 73.50.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 22 May 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.15 277.15
Euro EUR 297 300
UK Pound Sterling GBP 349 352.5
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.2 75.95
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.45 74.2
Australian Dollar AUD 183 184.8
Bahrain Dinar BHD 740.34 748.34
Canadian Dollar CAD 203 205
China Yuan CNY 38.51 38.91
Danish Krone DKK 40.52 40.92
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.7 36.05
Indian Rupee INR 3.34 3.45
Japanese Yen JPY 1.91 1.99
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 903.3 912.3
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 59.34 59.94
New Zealand Dollar NZD 170.11 172.11
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.92 26.22
Omani Riyal OMR 723.13 731.13
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.42 77.12
Singapore Dollar SGD 203 205
Swedish Korona SEK 25.98 26.28
Swiss Franc CHF 305.97 308.47
Thai Bhat THB 7.67 7.82


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