Pakistani captain Babar Azam was expected to score the highest runs in this tournament, but he could not score a big score in a single match.
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Asia Cup 2022 Everyone’s eyes were on this before it started Virat Kohli How many runs will you score? At the same time, everyone was also curious to know that the captain of Pakistan running in tremendous form. Babar Azam How many runs will be scored and how will they be stopped. On August 28, both the batsmen took to the field for the first time and the situation became clear with the final of the tournament on September 11. Despite tremendous form, Babar could not even score 70 runs in 6 innings, while Kohli, who was struggling with poor form, scored more than 270 runs.
Before the start of the tournament, there was a lot of discussion about the meeting of Babar Azam and Virat Kohli, the world’s number one T20 batsman. These two best batsmen of India and Pakistan stood on opposite poles of their batting form. It was believed that Babar Azam would dominate all the bowlers in the tournament and would be on the first place in the list of highest run scorers. With the end of the tournament, the situation was quite the opposite.
Superflop in tournament including final
In the final against Sri Lanka on Sunday 11 September, Pakistan needed 171 runs to win. For this, he needed a big innings from the team’s captain and opener Babar Azam, which was not seen in the last 5 matches. Even in the final, Babar’s story could not change and he was dismissed after scoring just 5 runs in the fourth over. In this way, he could not even end the tournament in a good way.
Babar, who scored only 10 runs against India in the very first match, had the highest score of 30 runs in the tournament. He could not even open the account once and could score only 68 runs in 6 innings at an average of 11 and a strike rate of 107.
Kohli scored runs
Babar’s opening partner Mohammad Rizwan scored the most runs for Pakistan. The wicketkeeper-batsman scored half-centuries in a total of 4 matches including the final and scored 284 runs more than all the batsmen in the tournament. However, Rizwan’s innings of 55 off 49 balls in the final was a major reason for Pakistan’s defeat as he could not increase the run-rate. Virat Kohli, who returned to form at number two after Rizwan, scored a total of 274 runs in 5 innings including a century and 2 half-centuries.