PAK Vs AFG: Babar Azam Equals Imran Khan’s Embarrassing Record Ahead Of Asia Cup 2023
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- Babar Azam scored a duck in the 1st ODI vs Afghanistan.
- The Pakistan captain was dismissed by Mujeeb-ur-Rahman.
- He equalled a record set by Imran Khan.
Pakistan are one of the favourites going into the Asia Cup 2023 to lift the trophy. They have a pretty strong team boasting of some of the best bowlers in the world. In the batting department, the star that everyone will have their eyes on is none other than their captain Babar Azam
. The right-hander has been scoring runs left, right and centre, but now joined an embarrassing list with his duck in the first ODI against Afghanistan in Sri Lanka. In fact, he equalled the record of the legendary Imran Khan
with his duck.
Babar Azam now has four ducks in his ODI career, two of which have come as Pakistan captain. Thus the right handed opener now has equalled Imran Khan, Javed Miandad, Younis Khan
and Azhar Ali to stand fourth in the list of most ducks scored by a Pakistani captain. Wasim Akram
tops the list with 8 ducks as Pak captain followed by Inzamam-ul-Haq and Moin Khan
(4 each), and Misbah-ul-Haq (3 each).
Babar Azam could only manage to face three balls when he was caught LBW by a deceiving delivery from Afghan spinner Mujeeb-Ur-Rahman.
Batting first, the Pakistani batters were made to toil by the brilliance of the Afghan bowling line up. Pakistan could only manage to score 201 riding on a 61-run-knock from Imam Ul Haq
, and some late flourishes from Iftikhar Ahmed and Shadab Khan
. Mujeeb was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets while Rashid Khan
and Mohammad Nabi chipped in with 2 scalps each.
However, the Afghanistan batters could not bear the Haris Rauf storm. The right arm pace bowler was on fire for Pakistan as he picked up five wickets from his 6.2 overs for just 18 runs. The Afghans were bundled out for a paltry 59 runs. This is the lowest ODI total that any team has scored against Pakistan.