Although Pakistan lost to Australia by seven wickets in the second T20I of the three-match series, Iftikhar Ahmed’s blazing knock was a silver lining for the side. The right-handed batsman muscled his way towards an imposing 34-ball 62 that lifted his team to 150-6 in 20 overs.
With Pakistan desperately in search of a power-hitter in the lineup, Iftikhar filled in the vacuum brilliantly as he bludgeoned three sixes and five boundaries during his enterprising innings.
The 29-year-old took charge of the Pakistan innings when they were in a spot of bother at 70-4 and effectively thundered an array of strokes that punished the Aussie bowling.
He raced to a 29-ball half-century, finally shedding load of the bulk of scoring from skipper Babar Azam. He targeted Kane Richardson in particular and seven of his eight high-scoring shots came from the meaty portion of his bat. Iftikhar’s progress as a finisher is surely a positive sign for Pakistan cricket.