Pakistan Secure First T20 World Cup Win Rizwan and Amir Star

Pakistan Secure First T20 World Cup Win Rizwan and Amir Star

Pivotal T20 World Cup match held in New York, Pakistan secured their first tournament victory by defeating Canada by seven wickets. This comprehensive win, orchestrated by a formidable bowling display and a composed batting effort, boosted Pakistan’s campaign immensely.

Match Summary

Canada                                                                                                106/7 (20)

Aaron Johnson
52 (44)

Mohammad Amir
2/13 (4)

Kaleem Sana
13 (14)

Haris Rauf
2/26 (4)

Saad Bin Zafar ©
10 (21)

Shaheen Shah Afridi
1/21 (4)

Pakistan                                                                                              107/3 (17.3)

Mohammad Rizwan
53 (53)

Dilon Heyliger
2/18 (4)

Babar Azam ©
33 (33)

Jeremy Gordon
1/17 (3.3)

Saim Ayub
6 (12)

Junaid Siddiqui
0/28 (3)

Toss: Pakistan won the throw and elected to field.
Stadium: Nassau County International Cricket Stadium
Result: Pakistan won by seven wickets
Player of the Match: Mohammad Amir(PAK) – 2/13 (4)

Amir and Rauf Lead a Bowling Masterclass

Winning the toss, Pakistan’s captain, Babar Azam, opted to field first, putting faith in his bowlers to set the tone. The decision proved fruitful as the Pakistani quicks delivered a stellar performance:

  • Mohammad Amir: Displaying precision and skill, Amir was outstanding, claiming two wickets for just 13 runs in his four overs. His early breakthrough, clean bowling Navneet Dhaliwal, set the stage for Pakistan’s dominance.
  • Haris Rauf: Rauf’s impact was equally significant. He took two wickets for 26 runs, including his milestone 100th T20I wicket. His double strike in the 10th over disabled Canada’s middle order.
  • Shaheen Afridi and Naseem Shah: Both pacers complemented the attack well. Afridi’s shift in bowling ends resulted in a crucial wicket, finishing with 1 for 21, while Naseem Shah’s fiery spell included the vital wicket of Aaron Johnson.

Aaron Johnson’s Lone Battle

Opener Aaron Johnson stood tall amidst the collapse for Canada, scoring a valiant 52 off 44 balls. His aggressive start, which included boundaries off Shaheen Afridi’s first two deliveries, promised a competitive total. However, Canada struggled to maintain momentum with wickets falling regularly at the other end. Johnson’s innings was the highlight, but Canada could only muster 106 for 7 in their 20 overs without substantial support.

Pakistan’s Chase Steady and Strategic

Chasing 107, Pakistan’s innings had a shaky start with the early dismissal of Saim Ayub, who managed only six off 12 balls. However, the experienced duo of Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan took charge:

  • Babar Azam: The captain’s knock of 33 runs off 33 balls provided stability. His partnership of 63 runs with Rizwan was crucial in steadying the innings after the early hiccup.
  • Mohammad Rizwan: Rizwan’s unbeaten 53 off 53 balls was the cornerstone of Pakistan’s chase. His calculated approach ensured no further slip-ups, guiding Pakistan to victory with 15 balls to spare.

Canada’s Bowling Efforts

Despite the loss, Canada had some noteworthy performances with the ball:

  • Dillon Heyliger: Heyliger was the pick of the bowlers, taking two wickets for 18 runs. His dismissals of Ayub and Babar kept Canada in the hunt.
  • Jeremy Gordon: Gordon bowled economically, taking 1 for 17 in his 3.3 overs, but lacked sufficient support to defend the modest total.

Key Moments and Analysis

  • Powerplay Struggles: Pakistan’s powerplay woes continued as they scored slowly and lost Ayub early. Canada’s disciplined bowling in the initial overs, with 31 out of 36 deliveries on a good length or shorter, restricted Pakistan’s scoring.
  • Middle Overs Recovery: The Azam-Rizwan partnership was pivotal, adding crucial runs and shifting momentum in Pakistan’s favor. Their experience shone through as they navigated the tricky conditions.
  • Fielding Brilliance: A direct hit from Imad Wasim to run out Nicholas Kirton was a turning point, further denting Canada’s innings and exemplifying Pakistan’s sharp fielding.


Pakistan’s seven-wicket victory over Canada marked their first win in this T20 World Cup and showcased their potential to bounce back in the tournament. The combination of disciplined bowling and a strategic chase highlighted their all-round capabilities. As the game progresses, Pakistan will look to build on this performance and strengthen their position in the race for qualificat