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T20 World Cup 2024: Babar Azam opens up after Pakistan's win over Canada

The Men in Green secured a comfortable win, chasing a modest target of 107 in 17.3 overs

T20 World Cup 2024: Babar Azam opens up after Pakistan's win over Canada PHOTO: AFP

Pakistan captain Babar Azam has spoken about his team's much-needed victory against Canada in the T20 World Cup, following back-to-back defeats to co-hosts USA and arch-rivals India. 

The Men in Green secured a comfortable win, chasing a modest target of 107 in 17.3 overs.

"It (the net run-rate) was at the back of our minds. We wanted to chase in 13-14 overs. On this pitch, the first six overs are very crucial because it's a bit two-paced, sometimes the ball is low with double-paced behavior. After six overs, you assess the pitch, and it settles a bit. Then we attacked the spinners a bit," Babar said during the post-match conference.

The 29-year-old also reflected on his frustration after getting out: "Because I got out on the same shot twice, that's why. It's my shot but sometimes you have success, sometimes you don't."

After winning the toss, the Men in Green opted to bowl first and successfully restricted Canada to 106 runs, taking seven wickets in the first innings. 

Pakistan then chased down the target, losing only three wickets, with Mohammad Rizwan's match-winning knock of 53 runs off 53 deliveries, including two fours and a six, leading them to victory inside the 18th over. 

Pakistan's final group match will be against Ireland on June 16 at Lauderhill.