Pakistan suffered a shock defeat to Zimbabwe in the 2022 T20 World Cup in Perth on Thursday evening. The Babar Azam-led side lost by one run as they failed to chase down a total of 131 runs, a defeat that left their World Cup campaign in the balance and left them with a mathematical chance of reaching the semi-finals.
Mohammad Wasim Jr. and Shadab Khan shared seven wickets between them as Pakistan restricted Zimbabwe to 130 for eight in 20 overs. 131 was never a tough target for Pakistan but they lost both Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan in the chase. Shan Masood was once again among the runners and he and Shadab had a crucial stand of 52 runs. The partnership kept Pakistan on the brink of victory. But with some quick wickets in the death overs and some disciplined bowling, Zimbabwe picked up the pace and caused a shock.
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A day after the match, a certain video went viral, showing Pakistan all-rounder Shadab inconsolable in the pavilion. He knelt down and broke down in tears before being led back to the locker room by one of the support staff.
“When Shadab and Shan were forming a partnership, unfortunately Shadab got out and then back-to-back wickets put us under pressure. In the first 6 overs we didn’t use the new ball well but finished the ball well. We will sit down, discuss our mistakes and we will prepare hard for the next game. , we will come back strong,” Pakistan captain Babar said after the match.