Pakistan opener Babar Azam notched scores of 68, 45* and 50 in the three-match T20I series. @ AFP
Pakistan opener Babar Azam notched scores of 68, 45* and 50 in the three-match T20I series. @ AFP

Opener Babar Azam, who won the Player of the Series award for his 163 runs in the three-match T20 International series which Pakistan sealed 3-0 against Australia on Sunday, wants to play the sheet anchor role in his side’s innings. Azam scored 50 on Sunday, his second half century of the series, as Pakistan whitewashed Australia, their first ever clean sweep against the Aussies in a limited-overs series.

“I don’t get satisfied if I’ve performed in one match. My role is that of an anchor, who has to bat through. I try to do that,” Azam, who notched scores of 68, 45* and 50, said at the post-match presentation ceremony on Sunday.

Leg-spinner Shadab Khan was announced Man of the Match award for his three wickets as Australia were bowled out for 117 in 19.1 overs. “I didn’t try to do something extra, that was the key,” Khan, who returned with figures of 3/19 in his four overs, said.

“There was lot more grip in the previous game, today the ball was skidding through. I bowl according to situations.”

Meanwhile, captain Sarfraz Ahmed, under whom Pakistan won their 10th series win since he took over in September 2016, was happy his side could carry the winning momentum ahead of the upcoming series against New Zealand.

“The boys have worked hard in all facets. The result is just the reward. Whoever has got an opportunity has done well. We wanted to carry forward the momentum to the New Zealand series, the way we bowled and took our catches was superb tonight,” he said.