Babar Azam explained the reason behind the defeat in the second T20 against England

Pakistan captain Babar Azam has explained the reason behind their defeat against England in the second T20I at the Edgbaston Stadium, Birmingham on Saturday. Babar Azam and Co were bowled out for 160 chasing a target of 184. It was England’s eighth win in the last 11 T20Is against Pakistan. After the game, Babar Azam reflected on the lapses and said that if he and Fakhar Zaman had batted more, the result could have been different.

“The way Fakhar dominated after the early wickets fell, I think if Fakhar and I had batted four or five more overs, we could have won,” he said. Babar Azam said, “We had aggressive moments in our batting but we were not close to finishing the match well.

If someone had scored 40 or 50 runs, I think we would have won the game for sure.”

It should be noted that in the second T20, England defeated Pakistan by 23 runs. In the second match of the T20 series played in Birmingham, in response to England’s 183 runs, the Pakistan team was bowled out for 160 runs in 19.2 overs. Pakistan’s openers failed to give the team a good start, Mohammad Rizwan zero while Saeem Ayub returned to the pavilion for just 2 runs. Fakhar Zaman scored 45 runs and Babar Azam scored 32 runs, Iftikhar scored 23 runs, Imad Wasim scored 22 runs and Azam Khan scored 11 runs.

For England, Reece Topley took 3, Moeen Ali and Jofar Archer took 2, 2, Chris Jordan, Adil Rashid and Liam Livingstone took one wicket each. Earlier, Pakistan had won the toss and invited England to bat. England batted first and scored 183 runs for the loss of seven wickets in the allotted 20 overs. England captain Jos Buttler played a brilliant innings of 84 runs, Will Jacks 37, Jonny Bairstow 21 and Phil Salt 13 were outstanding. For Pakistan, Shaheen Afridi took 3 wickets, Imad Wasim and Haris Rauf took 2 and 2 wickets respectively.

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