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Pakistan Faces a High-Stakes Showdown Against Afghanistan: Babar Azam’s Team in a Must-Win Scenario

An under-stimulus In Monday’s important match at MA Chidambaram Stadium, Pakistan will have to be wary of a potent group of Afghanistan spinners and their ability to strike hard on a pitch that is known for its grip.

After losing to Australia and India back-to-back, Babar Azam’s team needs to win because another loss will significantly hurt their chances of making it to the World Cup semifinals.

Pakistan has four points from as many games and is currently in fifth place, but their net run rate of -0.456 is concerning and has to be improved.

After losing its opening match of the World Cup to Afghanistan, Pakistan will play against Afghanistan as a “new” team, according to Imam-Ul-Haq.

“Out of the four games we’ve played, two have been wins and two losses. However, we are assured. Imam stated on Sunday, “We acknowledge that we did not perform well in the last two games.

“We have to give our best effort. How you perform on any given day is very important. Talk for as long as you like. However, the key is your performance that day.

“We have discussed it. And on Monday, you’ll meet a new team.

The pitch here is spin-friendly, which could help Pakistan’s spinners, who have struggled to score runs in the competition thus far, get back among the wickets.

Given that Afghanistan boasts players like Rashid Khan and Mujeeb ur Rahman, Imam responded, “I don’t believe there’s scope of any extra practice now,” when asked if the preparations would primarily be spin-focused.

“The preparations are already complete. The locations for our (ODI) match against Afghanistan in Hambantota, which we won 3-0, were also conducive to spin.

This ground is also conducive to spinning. We are aware of that, but each person has unique preparations, and we genuinely believe in their skills.

However, Pakistan will require a major effort, particularly from captain Babar, who hasn’t lived up to his hype yet in this World Cup. Babar needs to finally score a big one and find his rhythm.
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