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Tough going! Pakistan openers struggle against Canada pacers in T20 World Cup | Cricket News – Times of India



NEW DELHI: New day, but same old story for Pakistan as their openers Mohammad Rizwan and Saim Ayub, who replaced Iftikhar Ahmed, faced a challenging start against Canada‘s pace attack, struggling to find their footing in chase of 107 during the T20 World Cup at the Nassau County International Stadium in New York on Tuesday.
The Canadian bowlers, exploiting early movement and bounce, kept the pressure on from the outset.Accurate line and length deliveries troubled the batsmen, resulting in a cautious and defensive approach.
Despite the pedigree and experience of the Pakistani batsmen, the Canadian pacers held their own, extracting considerable swing and seam.
The opening partnership failed to establish a solid foundation, after Dillon Heyliger sent back Ayub, in the fifth over, at the score of 6 which came in 12 balls.
Navneet Dhaliwal dropped Ayub when he was on 5, but the Pakistan batter couldn’t make most of the reprieve. Pakistan had scored just 20 runs when they lost their first wicket.

Seasoned Rizwan also got hit on the arm in the fourth over bowled by Jeremy Gordon. The kind of restraint put by Canadian pacers could be easily judged by the fact that Rizwan scored Pakistan’s first four in the 6th over of the match. Pakistan were 28-1 after the end of Powerplay.
Earlier, Pakistan limited Canada to 106-7 in their do-or-die match. Despite a valiant effort from opener Aaron Johnson, who scored his sixth international fifty, Canada struggled to put up a good total.
The 33-year-old opener from Jamaica scored an impressive 52 runs off 44 balls, hitting four boundaries and four sixes. He was eventually dismissed in the 14th over with the score at 73-6, cleaned up by seamer Naseem Shah.
Pakistan, the 2009 champions and 2022 runners-up, lost both their first two Group A matches against co-hosts USA and arch-rivals India.

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