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Babar terms Zalmi’s win against Multan outstanding

By our correspondent
LAHORE: Following two back-to-back defeats Peshawar Zalmi’s skipper Babar Azam was itching for a win which direly needed for a momentum and on Friday night they did so by pulling off a hard-earned five-run victory against Multan Sultans at the latter’s backyard to open their account on the points table.
And Babar was happy with the win, terming it outstanding.
“Yes, we needed a win and today we managed an ‘outstanding’ victory,” Babar said after the nail-biter which kept fluctuating throughout.
Babar said that they knew that 180 and plus would be a good score and they achieved that.
“As I had earlier said that they expect 180 on this wicket and the way our batters batted it was a fine run. Me and Haseebullah managed a good partnership and it was followed by some small partnerships and what we had planned we achieved that total,” Babar said.
“Home team always have advantage but the way our bowlers put in their best today is amazing. Yes I am happy as a skipper with the outcome but had we held catches the winning margin could have been different,” Babar said.
He said that if they are to defend such total on such a good surface then they will have to avail the opportunities.
He said that they made some changes in the team which helped.
“We made some changes with the aim to try a different combination. We played Naveen-ul-Haq and leg-spinner Arif Yaqoob and that proved well for us,” Babar said.
Zalmi will play two back-to-back games on Sunday (today) and Monday (tomorrow) against Lahore Qalandars and Islamabad United here at the Gaddafi Stadium Lahore.
On March 2 Zalmi will face Quetta Gladiators at Rawalpindi, followed by their match against Islamabad United on March 4, Multan Sultans on March 5 and Quetta Gladiators on March 8 at the same venue before facing Karachi Kings in their last league game on March 11 at National Stadium Karachi.

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