A tough match is being played today between Pakistan and South Africa (PAK vs SA) at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG). Pakistan captain Babar Azam won the toss and decided to strike first. But the team suffered a major setback in the form of Mohammad Rizwan early on. Although Mohammad Haris, playing his first T20 World Cup match, got off to a fast start but after that the wickets fell at frequent intervals. Standing at one end, Iftikhar Ahmed led sets first with Mohammad Nawaz and then Shadab Khan and led Pakistan to 185 runs.
Iftikhar Ahmed had a crucial 51-run 35-ball run and in that run he hit two excellent sixes, one of which turned out to be the longest six in the Super 12 round. On the fourth ball of the 16th over, Iftikhar Ahmed hit Lungi Engidi for a long six from 106 yards towards half wicket. However, the longest six of this tournament is in the name of United Arab Emirates player Junaid Siddiqui, who hit the longest six of 109 meters in the first round.
Iftikhar Ahmed marked his second half-century in this tournament. He also played a brilliant half-century against Team India and once again became the troubleshooter for the Pakistani team, who shared a scintillating 82-run partnership with Shadab Khan. Meanwhile, Shadab scored a half-century on 20 balls and played a stormy 52-run inning on 22 balls, including 3 fours and 4 sixes.
It is very important for Pakistan to win this game. If the Pakistan team wins today’s game against Bangladesh then their hopes of going to the last four will remain intact, otherwise they will be eliminated from this tournament.