Pakistan batter Azam Khan was body shammed by fans after he got out against Afghanistan in the second T20I in Sharjah. This three-game series between the two nations hasn’t gone as expected as the Rashid Khan-led side has taken a 2-0 lead after winning the opening two games. Both games saw the Afghans playing to their strengths and dominating a young Pakistan side.
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Like the first T20I, the Pakistani batters struggled against the experience of Rashid Khan and Fazalhaq Farooqi. Khan, who came into bat at number six, also failed to score and only managed to put up one run in four balls before getting out against Rashid Khan. As the 24-year-old walked back to the dressing room, the camera panned towards the spectators where a fan was seen calling him fat.
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As mentioned earlier, the struggling Pakistan batting lineup could only post 135 in the stipulated 20 overs. Imad Wasim was the star performer as he held one end and put 64 in 57 balls with three fours and two sixes. The second innings saw the Men in Green take some early wickets, but the Afghan middle-order batted with composure to register a seven-wicket win and a historic series victory.
Pakistan captain Shadab Khan talked about how losing early wickets led to their eventual downfall. He also listed the pressure of playing international cricket as a reason for the team’s struggles in his post-game interview. He said, “It was a good score. We were struggling again. If you look at the stats, if you lose 3 wickets in the powerplay, you lose 70 per cent of the games.”
“I think there's nervousness - they're playing for the first time for Pakistan (the new batters). We have to back them. Sometimes you don't perform but attitude matters. That's more important for me. They have talent. They will be great cricketers. Will play for pride tomorrow,” he further continued.
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