Pakistan and South Africa currently have been underway at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai. After winning the toss, Babar Azam chose to bat first. During the game, wicketkeeper Mohammad Rizwan and South African pacer Marco Jansen got into a heated exchange. The incident occurred as Rizwan attempted to play a shot and the ball edged and ran away for a third-man boundary.
When Rizwan came into bat after the opener Imam-ul-Haq was removed in the seventh over. Jansen dropped a difficult catch off his own bowling. The wicketkeeper then sliced the ball, and the third man was within the 30-yard circle, and conceded a four. He got agitated and tried to sledge after the ball and an argument broke out between them.
In the last ball of the 7th over he played a dot and Jensen said something to the wicket-keeper. The 31-year-old smiled back spread his hand wide open and gestured a hug to the Protea pacer. In a must-win game for the Men in Green, they posted a total of 270 runs with Babar Azam and Saud Shakeel scoring half-centuries respectively.
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Rizwan reaches another milestone
Mohammad Rizwan is currently the highest run scorer for Babar's side in the World Cup 2023. He has scored 333 runs in 6 innings so far in the tournament. He completed 2,000 One Day international runs. The wicket-keeper was later sent back by Gerald Coetzee for 31 runs off 27 deliveries after hitting four fours and a six. The 31-year-old has scored 992 and is just 8 runs away from 1000 runs in the calendar year of 2023.
Captain Babar again scored a half-century and was out on the very next ball and could not convert his 50 into a big score. Saud Shakeel scored a run-ball 52 and stitched a partnership of 84 runs along with Shadab Khan who scored 43 runs off 36 deliveries. They took the 1992 champions when they were struggling at 141/5 to 226/6. Tabriz Shamsi who was making a comeback picked four wickets.