Rizwan: Breaking Pakistan Opening Pair of Babar and Rizwan will have Adverse Impact

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Rizwan: Breaking Pakistan Opening Pair of Babar and Rizwan will have Adverse Impact
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Muhammad Rizwan Speaks up after 4th straight loss against NZ, Changing the Pakistan Opening Pair of him and Babar will damage the Pakistan Cricket team.

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Despite Mohammad Rizwan’s remarkable unbeaten innings of 90, Pakistan faced a setback as New Zealand secured a seven-wicket victory in the fourth T20I at Christchurch’s Hagley Oval, securing a dominant 4-0 lead in the five-match series.

Pakistan, opting to bat first, encountered early challenges with opener Saim Ayub departing for just 1 run in the second over. Mohammad Rizwan’s resilient knock of 90, featuring six fours and two sixes in his 63-ball innings, formed the backbone of Pakistan’s total of 158 for five in 20 overs. Rizwan forged a 51-run partnership with Babar Azam and a crucial 40-run stand with Iftikhar Ahmed.

In the post-match press conference, Rizwan expressed his concerns about breaking the successful opening pair with Babar Azam in T20Is, stating, “You can say that it [breaking the Pakistan opening pair] has hurt Pakistan.” He acknowledged the cooperation with Babar in accepting the management’s decision to experiment with different combinations, even though it introduced challenges by altering a previously effective partnership.

As the fifth and final T20I approaches at the same venue on Sunday, Pakistan aims to salvage a win, while New Zealand looks to maintain their series dominance.

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