Pakistan down Canada to stay alive

By our correspondent

NEW YORK: Bowlers, Mohammad Rizwan and Babar Azam did well as Pakistan notched a seven-wixket win over Canada in their T20 World Cup group game to stay alive here at almost empty stadium.
Pakistan restricted Canada to 106 for 7 in their 20 overs at the Nassau County International Cricket Stadium.
Mohammad Amir and Haris Rauf took two wickets each while Shaheen Afridi and Naseem Shah ended up with one wicket each.
Aaron Johnson remained the top-scorer for Canada, having scored 52 off 44 before he was bowled by Naseem Shah.
In reply, Mohammad Rizwan and Saim Ayub opened the inning for Pakistan, however, the left-handed batter soon departed after scoring 6 off 12 balls.
Rizwan was then joined by skipper Babar Azam and the two carried forward the chase by keep rotating the strike.
Babar scored 33 off 33 balls before he was caught behind the wickets as Pakistan were 83-2 in 14.4 overs.
Fakhar Zaman then came in the middle, however, his stay at the crease was also a shorter one as he fell after scoring 4 runs.
Usman Khan then joined Rizwan with three runs remaining to defeat Canada.
Meanwhile, Mohammad Rizwan scored an unbeaten 53 taking as many balls as Pakistan chased down the target over the loss of three wickets with 15 balls to spare.
For today’s game, Pakistan made a change bringing in Saim Ayub in place of Iftikhar Ahmed.

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