India vs Pakistan: Big worry for Pakistan, openers Babar Azam and Rizwan flop ahead of India clash

Pakistan would be a little concerned with the form of its openers Babar Azam and M Rizwan as the duo once again failed to provide a solid start against South Africa in the second warmup game here in Abu Dhabi. While Rizwan managed 19 runs, Pakistan skipper Babar Azam scored 15 before being bowled by Kagiso Rabada.

In both the warmup matches, Pakistan has lost its first wicket inside the powerplay. In the first warmup match against the Windies, Pakistan lost M Rizwan at the score of 36 in the sixth over. In the second game against South Africa, they lost their first wicket in the 4th over at the score of 27 in Babar Azam.

While Pakistan skipper Babar Azam did manage to score a fifty in the first warmup game against Windies, his opening partner M Rizwan has looked completely off-color in both the games. In two games, M Rizwan has managed 13 against the Windies and 19 against South Africa.

Mohammad Hafeez – ‘The Professor’ is also looked out of touch and has managed just 13 runs in two games. He was out for a first-ball duck against the Windies and scored just 13 off 14 deliveries against South Africa today.

M Rizwan in the two warmup matches – 13 & 19

M Hafeez in the two warmup matches – 0 & 13

However, what should have come as a sigh of relief for the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is the current form of Fakhar Zaman. Being overlooked for the initial squad, Fakhar Zaman was included in the squad after a rejig. Zaman has looked in great touch with the bat scoring an unbeaten 46 against Windies and scoring a fifty before retiring against South Africa today.

Fakhar Zaman in both the warmup matches – 

  • unbeaten 46 off 24 balls against Windies
  • 52 off 28 balls (retired) against South Africa

Pakistan will begin its T20 World Cup campaign against arch-rivals India on October 24, Sunday in Dubai.