Babar Azam and Mohammad Nawaz
Babar Azam and Mohammad Nawaz

After South Africa’s thrilling one-wicket victory over Pakistan, Babar Azam was seen venting his frustration towards Mohammad Nawaz for conceding a critical four to lower-order batsman Keshav Maharaj.

In a nail-biting 2023 World Cup match, South Africa secured a thrilling one-wicket victory against Pakistan at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on October 28. Tensions ran high as the game unfolded, with Pakistan’s captain, Babar Azam, losing his temper over all-rounder Mohammad Nawaz’s performance.

The match was the first intense showdown of the tournament, and despite South Africa’s comfortable start, late breakthroughs by Pakistan added an unexpected twist. Lower-order batsman Keshav Maharaj sealed the win for the Proteas, infuriating Babar Azam, and setting fans into jubilation.

The incident occurred in the 48th over of South Africa’s pursuit of a 271-run target. Babar had exhausted his pacers and had no choice but to rely on spinners for the final three overs. Nawaz, a spinner, delivered the second ball of his seventh over, sending it short on the leg side with no fielder at backward square leg. Keshav Maharaj capitalized on this, whipping the ball wide of backward square leg for the winning runs. Babar’s frustration was evident as he confronted Nawaz, venting his displeasure in a heated exchange after Pakistan’s fourth consecutive defeat in the tournament.

Pakistan’s hopes of reaching the World Cup semifinals suffered a significant setback after their fourth loss in six matches. With just three games remaining in the league phase, their chances are limited, as they can achieve a maximum of 10 points.

Meanwhile, South Africa’s victory propelled them to the top of the points table, surpassing India.

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Last Updated on October 28, 2023

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