Babar Azam
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New Zealand beat Pakistan by 79 runs in the second ODI at the National Stadium, Karachi, on Wednesday, January 11, and the visitors leveled the three-match series at 1-1. Former Pakistan cricketer Danish Kaneria lashed out at the Babar Azam-led team, saying that they can’t play Kiwi spinners.

Batting first, New Zealand were bowled out for 261 runs in 49.5 overs. Devon Conway scored a century (101 runs), while Kane Williamson scored 85 runs. The Blackcaps’ spinners troubled the opposition batsmen; Ish Sodhi took two wickets while Mitchell Santner, Michael Bracewell, and Phillips took one wicket each.

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Shahid Afridi Needs To Talk To The Players – Danish Kaneria

In a video shared on his YouTube channel, Danish Kaneria feels Pakistan cricket is on the decline and the batsmen have struggled against the Kiwi spinners, including part-time bowler Glenn Phillips.

Danish Kaneria
Danish Kaneria (Image Credit: Twitter)

“We are unable to play the spinners – Ish Sodhi, Mitchell Santner, Michael Bracewell. We can’t even play Glenn Phillips. Our cricket is declining and Shahid Afridi needs to talk to the players. We have to improve our cricket and play with intent,” Danish Kaneria said.

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It Was Difficult To Take On The Spinners – Babar Azam

Speaking on the post-match show, Babar Azam credited New Zealand’s spinners for bowling well and said the turn and bounce made it difficult to bat.

“The wicket had turn and bounce. It was difficult to take on the spinners. Salman did well to play his shots. The ball was coming on differently compared to the first match, but credit to the New Zealand spinners as they bowled well. The pitch generally plays better in the second innings here, but today was a one-off,” Babar Azam said.

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New Zealand National Cricket Team (Image Credits: Twitter)

“We didn’t start well with the ball but came back nicely. Also, we lost a couple of wickets early with the bat. Hence, we were behind in the game. The plan between myself and Rizwan was to take the game deep, but losing wickets puts pressure on you,” he added.

Pakistan will take on New Zealand in the series decider at the National Stadium, Karachi, on Friday, January 13.

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