Pakistan's opener, Imam-ul-Haq, showcased his batting prowess in a match-winning performance against Bangladesh during the Asia Cup 2023, sending a clear message to his critics. Imam's impressive 78-run knock played a pivotal role in Pakistan's comfortable victory at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore.
Choosing to bat first, Bangladesh managed to post a competitive total of 193, thanks to half-centuries from Mushfiqur Rahim (64) and captain Shakib Al Hasan (53). However, it was Pakistan's pacer, Haris Rauf, who stole the limelight in the bowling department with his four-wicket haul.
Imam-ul-Haq's composed innings anchored Pakistan's chase, ensuring a smooth path to victory. He received valuable support from Mohammad Rizwan, who contributed with a fluent half-century.
After the game, Imam-ul-Haq took to social media to express his thoughts on the win, emphasizing that it was a collective effort from his teammates. He reiterated his belief in responding to his critics with his performance on the field and expressed gratitude to the team's skipper, Babar Azam, for his unwavering support.
“Alhmdulillah! A brilliant team effort to seal the victory for our beloved nation. I believe in replying to my haters and complimenting my fans with the bat. Special Thanks to skipper @babarazam258 for the unconditional support and believing in me #PakvsBAN #BANvPAK
Alhmdulillah! A brilliant team effort to seal the victory for our beloved nation. I believe in replying to my haters and complimenting my fans with the bat. Special Thanks to skipper @babarazam258 for the unconditional support and believing in me🇵🇰💚#PakvsBAN #BANvPAK pic.twitter.com/TqY2YDqag2— Imam Ul Haq (@ImamUlHaq123_) September 6, 2023
Captain Babar Azam also lauded his bowling unit during the post-match presentation, acknowledging their vital role in securing an easy win against Bangladesh. He expressed his satisfaction with the team's overall performance and highlighted the tremendous support from Lahore's passionate crowd.
Babar Azam said:
“There was a lot of heat today, but full credit to the fast bowlers. Our bowlers were fantastic today. I am very happy with the way we performed today. Whenever we play in Lahore, the crowd supports us.
Looking ahead to their next challenge, Babar Azam remained unfazed by the prospect of facing India in the Asia Cup 2023. He emphasized the team's commitment to giving their best in every game they play and affirmed their readiness and preparation for the upcoming clash.
With their sights set on the crucial encounter against India, Pakistan will aim to maintain their winning momentum when they take the field at the R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on Sunday, September 10.