World Cup 2019: Michael Clarke calls Babar Azam ‘Virat Kohli of Pakistan’ after his ton in warm-up recreation

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Pakistan elected to bat and the staff did not final the total 50 overs, managing 262 in opposition to Afghanistan.

Babar Azam
Babar Azam. (Photograph Supply: Twitter)

The nice and cozy-up video games for the ICC World Cup 2019 kicked off on Friday with Pakistan taking over Afghanistan and Sri Lanka assembly South Africa. All of the 10 groups will likely be taking part in twice in opposition to one another in these warm-up video games until Could 28 earlier than hosts England lock horns with the Proteas within the opening recreation on the Kennington Oval on Could 30.

Within the all-Asia match in Bristol, Pakistan skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed gained the toss and elected to bat and his staff did not final the total 50 overs, managing 262. The Males in Inexperienced had a very good opening partnership of 47 however a mini-collapse noticed them dropping Four for 100 earlier than Babar Azam and veteran Shoaib Malik put up 103 runs for the fifth wicket. Azam scored an impressive century (112 off 108 balls with 10 fours and two sixes) whereas Malik chipped in with 44 in 59 balls.

Nevertheless, the break of this partnership noticed Pakistan dropping their manner and will add simply 59 runs for the final 5 wickets. The Afghan spinners impressed as Mohammad Nabi took three for 47 and Rashid Khan, who will likely be taking part in in his first World Cup, took 2 for 27.

Afghanistan didn’t lose any wickets whereas chasing with Mohammad Amir opening the bowling with Shaheen Afridi. These video games should not have ODI standing and the groups can change their XI in the course of the recreation so that every one gamers within the squad get some useful match observe. Amir didn’t characteristic within the Pakistan batting XI.

Azam is in good type of late

Nevertheless, it was Azam’s knock which caught all eyes and former Australia captain Michael Clarke even went to the extent of calling him because the “Virat Kohli of Pakistan” whereas commentating on the match. The 24-year-old gifted batsman is one in every of Pakistan’s high trump playing cards on this World Cup and scored 100 and two fifties within the lately concluded five-ODI collection in opposition to England that the previous world champions misplaced Zero-Four.

Azam, nonetheless, will not be the primary Pakistani batsman who has been in contrast with the India captain. One other batsman Ahmed Shehzad was additionally known as the identical although extra for his seems to be than runs.

India will play their first warm-up match on Saturday and their opponents are New Zealand.