Matthew Hayden backs Babar Azam to fire in World Cup semi-final


Pakistan’s stylish is yet to come and floundering commander Babar Azam is due “commodity veritably special” in their Twenty20 World Cup semi-final against New Zealand on Wednesday, platoon tutor Matthew Hayden advised.

The 2009 titleholders only scraped into the knockouts when the Netherlands suddenly defeated South Africa and Pakistan also beat Bangladesh to secure their alternate consecutive last- four situation.

Former Australia nature Hayden, who was fur trainer for Pakistan at the last World Cup and appointed platoon tutor for this edition, said they planned to make the utmost of their alternate chance.

“When the Netherlands beat South Africa it was a significant moment for us, a veritably significant moment for the platoon in general around reaching its eventuality,” he said on the dusk of thesemi-final in Sydney.

“Lots of prayers as Pakistan woke up to see that result, 232 million people ca n’t be wrong, and as a result of that I feel there has been veritably much an uplift in tempo in our group.

“It has been a comber- coaster() but I really believe we’ve yet to play our stylish game, which is a huge trouble to resistances.”

While Pakistan’s bowling, led by Shaheen Shah Afridi, has been perfecting, their fur has been fragile, a concern against a top- class New Zealand attack led by Tim Southee, Trent Boult and Lockie Ferguson.

Azam’s form in particular remains a solicitude with the nature managing just 39 runs in five matches.

Hayden, himself a destructive nature who played 103 Tests and 161 ODIs, said the commander was due some “fireworks” — and prognosticated they could come on Wednesday.

“There’s no question Babar has been under some adversity but that will only make him an indeed lesser player,” he said.

“We know with the rainfall that when there’s a pause, there’s frequently a storm that follows, so look out rest of the world because I suppose we ’re about to see commodity veritably special from Babar.”

New Zealand have long been a force in white- ball justice, but have failed to turn that into world titles, including falling at the final chain to Australia in 2021.

Play smart
They started their crusade this time with a massive 89- run palm against the defending titleholders, also in Sydney, and Hayden said Pakistan were cautious of the Black Caps.

“They got 200 on this particular gate against Australia() New Zealand have some really destructive players and they can put you under pressure with the club,” he said.

They ’ve also got a atrocious, well- balanced bowling attack.

“ Like New Zealand sport in general, they really punch above their weight, they believe they can win this event and they’ve the eventuality to do that.

“So lots of pitfalls to our camp, no question.”

New Zealand commander Kane Williamson played down any significance in his platoon making 200-3 on the Sydney gate, noting that they only managed 167- 7 against Sri Lanka when they returned to the ground latterly in the event.

“The first game we played then the gate was a veritably good one and also the alternate time it had changed,” he said.

“We ’ll just be looking to concentrate on our justice really and the plans that we’re looking to execute and make sure we acclimate to the conditions and try and play smart. ”

New Zealand followed up that first Sydney palm with a six- gate palm over Sri Lanka, with a washed- out game against Afghanistan in between. They lost by 20 runs to England before forging Ireland to secure asemi-final place.

Williamson said the results counted for little when it came to the knockouts.

“Tests sport can go any way,” he said. Both brigades match up enough well, there’s some analogous trends, we ’ve both been playing some good justice.

“They ’ve got an outstanding pace attack,” he added.

Some really educated players throughout their side, match winners, so real strength in their platoon.

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