T20 World Cup 2022: Pakistan National Cricket Team’s skipper Babar Azam has evaluated the possible reasons that have caused the team’s defeat at the Perth Stadium whilst facing Zimbabwe in their second match of the Super 12 round.
Notably, the bowlers did not start off well, conceding plenty of runs in the powerplay. However, things were under control after quite a while as wickets started falling after short intervals. The bowlers managed to restrict them to 130. Nevertheless, a target of 131 became challenging for them to chase.
“We did not bowl the way we should’ve bowled in the first six overs and allowed them to score quick runs, though we made a comeback and did well to restrict them to 130,”
He has further credited the obsolete batting after the departure of Shadab Khan as the reason why the batters in green could not chase the underdog target. He feels it was the point where the team lost their second closed game.
“But then, while chasing, our batting collapsed after Shadab’s wicket, and that’s where we lost the game. It was due to batting line collapse,”
Alongside understanding the batting line-up at fault, he believes he himself could have done better.
“As a captain, I accept that we didn’t play well, especially we didn’t bat the way we should’ve batted today,”
Babar says the defeats in the close games should not be made a subject to judge their potential since they are better than what happened on the field today. He is optimistic to do better in the upcoming encounters to polish their chances to be in the semifinal.
“We are much better than how we played today,”
“We will try to do well in next three games and try to win them convincingly and improve our NRR and stay in contention to play the semi-final,”
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