Pakistan may well have lost the 5-match series to England ahead of the World Cup, but their most trusted batsman Babar Azam has got into the groove at the right time. Ending the series as the jont-leading run-scorer, Babar has stamped his authority in style striking 2 fifties and a century across the 5 encounters.
The 24-year-old was at his mesmerizing best once again in the final game, as he displayed some exuberant stroke play, nitpicking the gaps with imperious timing. Batting in a crisis situation with the top order slain by Chris Woakes and reeling at 6/3, Babar forged a resilient partnership of 146 with skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed.
Taking the lead role, Babar smashed 80 runs at a healthy strike rate of 96.83, before being unceremoniously run-out in dramatic fashion. Sadly, Babar’s exit soon opened the floodgates for Pakistan, as they frequently lost wickets and ultimately fell well short of the target.
Nevertheless, Babar’s exquisite form with the bat spells out a grave warning to all other teams in the World Cup as the youngster will be looking forward to extend his dominance.