Babar happy with Pakistan’s solid start

By our correspondent

KARACHI: Pakistan captain Babar Azam said that it was a good start to the series and in the next game effort would be made not to repeat the mistakes which were made in the series opener at Centurian where the visitors sealed a three-wicket last-ball thriller against South Africa.
“As far as the start to the series is concerned so it was good,” Babar said after Pakistan’s hard-earned victory in the three-match series.
“After we won the toss and opted to field first our bowlers did a good job by bowling with tight line and length and exploited the early moisture on the pitch as we got a few quick wickets and we were in the front seat before the hosts built a partnership. But there too I will give credit to my bowlers who did not let the opposition batsmen to score freely. In the end we did not bowl well and we should have restricted them to a minimum total,” Babar said. 
He said he enjoyed his century. “Yes I enjoyed my century. I had a good partnership with Imam and our aim was to take it as deep as possible and don’t lose focus. After 200 I got out and so Imam and a few back-to-back wickets put pressure on us but then an outstanding stand between Rizwan and Shadab brought us back in the game ,” Babar said.
 He said that personally he would take his form into the second game, adding every effort would be made not to repeat mistakes which they made on Friday.Pakistan rode on fine Babar’s 103 to chase the 274-run target off the final ball of the innings after losing seven wickets in the process.

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