Pak vs NZ: Babar Azam, Mohammad Rizwan's early dismissals draw mixed reactions

Rizwan was able to score eight runs in 10 balls before he was sent packing, while Babar managed to get nine runs on the board

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Pakistan skipper Babar Azam walks back to the pavilion after his dismissal during the Pak vs NZ match in Lahore on April 14, 2023. — Twiter/AahilShaikh56
Pakistan skipper Babar Azam walks back to the pavilion after his dismissal during the Pak vs NZ match in Lahore on April 14, 2023. — Twiter/AahilShaikh56

Pakistan are going head-to-head with New Zealand in the first T20I fixture of the five-match series at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore and Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan's early dismissals have not sat well with cricket fans.

The opening pair was rested for last month's Afghanistan series and the fans were excited to see their favourite batters in action, but they could not live up to the expectations in the first match.

This was also Babar's 100th T20I appearance — a record which was only held by former skipper Mohammad Hafeez and all-rounder Shoaib Malik earlier.

Some believe that Babar and Rizwan's pair should not open, while others stressed that this was just one bad match.

Rizwan was able to score eight runs in 10 balls before he was sent packing, while the skipper managed to get nine runs on the board. Adam Milne was the bowler who got both their wickets.

Here's how people reacted to their early dismissals