Sri Lanka vs Pakistan: Fans unhappy with Babar Azam for dropping catches in 2nd Test – Not good by the skipper

Pakistan skipper Babar Azam is currently going through a purple patch as far as his batting is concerned. In the first Test against Sri Lanka in Galle, he scored a century and guided the visiting team to a comprehensive four-wicket victory.

However, the 27-year-old hasn’t had the best of times on the field of late. On Day 1 of the second Test at the Galle International Stadium, the Lahore-born cricketer dropped as many as two catches. In the 52nd over of the Sri Lankan innings, he gave the in-form Angelo Mathews a lifeline.

Left-arm spinner Nauman Ali tossed one up and Mathews played a mistimed cover drive. However, Babar, who was standing at extra cover, failed to latch on to the ball. The missed chance didn’t cost Pakistan much as Mathews perished seven overs later to Nauman.

Thereafter, in the 82nd over of the day’s play, Babar dropped a simple chance in the slip cordon. Left-handed batter Niroshan Dickwella started on an aggressive note, scoring 24 runs off his first 23 balls. The southpaw, however, found himself in trouble after edging one off Naseem Shah.

Dickwella went for a drive away from his body and Babar had to take a simple catch at a comfortable height. However, the Pakistan captain failed to take the catch. Dickwella went on to stay unbeaten at Stumps, having scored 42 runs with five fours and one six.

Sri Lanka finished the opening day’s play at 315 for six in 86 overs. In the meantime, fans weren’t happy with Babar for dropping two important catches. They asked Babar to stay focused on the game.

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