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    "We lost that match because we lost 3 wickets in 15 balls" : Sarfaraz Ahmed

    Pakistan captain speaking at end of the match

    "We lost that match because we lost 3 wickets in 15 balls"

    "Wahab Riaz and Hasan Ali batted well and we fought well"

    "Too many runs were conceded in the first 30 overs, with the exception of Mohammad Amir, the bowlers did not bowl well although we did come back and fight well"

    "For me this was a 270-280 pitch"

    "If you want to win matches, your top 4 need to perform really well"

    "We did make runs but we didnt play long innings like Imam played for his 53, Hafeez for 45; Babar also played good but he did not play a long innings"

    "The India Pakistan match is a big one and we will try our level best against them"

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    Press conference quotes:

    "I am very disappointed after we won the toss, there was some help for the pacers but in the first 30 overs, we didn't bowl well besides Amir. We didn't bowl in good areas and conceded too many runs, the pitch was helping the fast-bowlers and it was a 270-280 pitch"

    "Batsmen are making runs but they aren't taking the innings deep, like today Imam made 53, Hafeez bhai made 45, if we had a big partnership here and the batsmen played for a bit longer then the outcome could have been different"

    "If you look at both teams, I think you'll see we made more mistakes which is why we lost this match. The pitch was helping the fast-bowlers and we won a good toss, even now the ball was carrying through well. In the first 15 overs we should have bowled better. OK we dropped catches but we made a comeback. In the last 20 overs we restricted"

    "Babar and Imam had a partnership but then Babar had a soft dismissal, Fakhar and Imam also, the first four dismissals were very soft. If batsmen can't take it deep after getting set then it's difficult. If you want to win matches, your top 3 or top 4 need to give a good start and the rest can continue the momentum"

    "When two good teams play then fielding can make a difference, we had a lot of lapses in fielding and conceded runs. If you have to win games against good teams, you have to perform in all aspects. India is also a strong team, if you make such mistakes then they won't give you a chance to win the match. We're playing well but losing due to small mistakes"

    "We were going well at 140/2, but the 3 wickets in 15 balls were the turning point. No one gets out deliberately but Imam got out softly and Hafeez bhai tried, it was a loose ball but he couldn't take advantage"

    "Shoaib bhai is a senior player, unfortunately he got out but he also contributes with the ball. OK, he isn't making many runs but he's our senior player and I am hopeful his experience will serve us well in upcoming matches. He has performed in the past, I am hopeful he can win Pakistan matches in the upcoming fixtures"

    "I don't think we regretted dropping Shadab, we went with four pacers because we felt it's the right combination, we didn't want to make any compromise on the batting. The other team also had 4 pacers because there was a lot of grass on the pitch and there was a lot of carry. If we bowled well at the start, the match could've been different"

    "I don't think it took too long, I didn't see the timing, it looked like they might be late but it was the umpire's call and I can't say anything"

    "Whenever we come to England, there's a lot of support here. Thanks to the crowd for supporting us all the time and hopefully they will do that against India as well"

    "If you take a positive in this match, it was Mohammad Amir who bowled well and after that, Wahab Riaz and Hasan Ali batted well"

    "Fielding is not up to the mark, we'll sit together and work hard before the India match"
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    Unforgivable dismissals. Especially Hafeez, Babar and Imam

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    What was expected with an abysmal middle order

    Did the management really expect them to tske the game home with 150 runs needed against starc and cummins?

    Its preposterous when both have no history or stats of the sort

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    You don’t say.

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    NO, you lost the match because you could not build on the start but who is surprised? Pakistan delivered the expected outcome

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    No sarfaraz it was wicket of 320 or even more, if hassan & wahab can hit big then why shoaib hafeez babar imam fakhar etc etc failed to rotate?
    Anyway 3 on 15 balls was indeed the turning point.

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    Lost the match coz Pak batters again kept hitting hook shots to their fielders. Was the West Indies match all over again.


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    The pitch was fine Short boundaries and came on fine The tailenders showed this was a 340 wkt

    The batters bottled it The way the players gave away tame soft dismissals and yet another match they shouldve won is unforgiveable

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    We lost the match was Inzi was made Chief Selector...

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    Imam, Babar, Hafeez got the starts and should have finished the game

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    This pitch was not a 270/280 pitch. Cannot take this guy being captain anymore.

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    Yeah we lost three quick wickets because you chose three crap batsmen Sarfraz. These things are not usually unconnected.


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    Frustrating as a Pakistan fan - everytime we seemed to be recovering, we would lose a wicket !


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    This is wrong mentality, if you can't chase 310 runs in 2019, then you probably never will be able to do it. Blaming bowlers after this loss is completely wrong mindset.
    Last edited by Abdullah719; 12th June 2019 at 23:47.


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    He could have saved all three wickets by not taking the single on the very first ball of Starc over which cost us two wickets and then he allowed Shaheen to take the single on the last ball to face Richardson.

    Anyways why was he running like a headless chicken when ball was on short mid off. Shaheen could have survived KR over and Sarf knew it. The problem was he did not have the guts to take the blame and thats why he was hiding behind the tail-enders.

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    Middle order failed. If asif and malik both add 50 odd runs today situation will be different.

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    We lost the match because we dropped two catches, our ground fielding was pathetic and our batsmen are brainless.

    The End

    Over to the next word cup in four/five years..

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    Why the hell does sarfraz always expose tailenders to main bowlers?

    Be it tests or ODI's it has effected many of our results. It's so annoying to see how they can not think strategically throughout the game.

    If Sarfraz hadn't taken that single he could have had a 20+ over against Richardson. Who knows? At the least try by getting the strike as the main batsman.


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    Quote Originally Posted by IMMY69 View Post
    We lost the match because we dropped two catches, our ground fielding was pathetic and our batsmen are brainless.

    The End

    Over to the next word cup in four/five years..
    Never loose hope. Fight till the end.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IMMY69 View Post
    We lost the match because we dropped two catches, our ground fielding was pathetic and our batsmen are brainless.

    The End

    Over to the next word cup in four/five years..
    Exactly, our bowling and fielding was horrendous (apart from Amir)given the conditions.

    It was a mini mountain to climb despite restricting them to 300 because that should have been a max 250 chase.

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    The issue is some of batsmen are unfortunately weak and to put it bluntly bottlers The likes of hafeez malik, sarfraz asif

    Border in the 80s famously dropped several talented players in favour of characters who would fight it out in tough situations for him

    Unfortunately pakistan over the last 30 years have favoured mentally weak and soft players whether its afridi or u akmal who would wilt under pressure and gift wins to the opposition and the same continues today Theres literally dozens of games pakistan over the last few years have lost from winning positions

    This was a game they shoudve won no doubt about it

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    Had malik and Asif stayed for while it would have been different story


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    No, we lost the match because this is the best we are capable of.


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    The fact that he's lamenting conceding too many runs and saying that this was a 270 pitch is exactly what is wrong with this team.

    300 on this pitch was NOTHING MORE THAN PAR!

    Imam and Babar were in complete control and smart batting from thereon would've meant Pak cruised to the target! Yes, we could've restricted them to a lower score had we taken our chances BUT we still should've backed ourselves to chase this down.

    We had in our plate and all batters just mucked it up!

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    Quote Originally Posted by IMMY69 View Post
    We lost the match because we dropped two catches, our ground fielding was pathetic and our batsmen are brainless.

    The End

    Over to the next word cup in four/five years..
    That is the ONLY reason. Even the best bowling attacks and the best fielding sides will concede 300+ runs frequently but they'll back themselves to chase it. This target was well within our reach, despite our fielding blunders, and we just didn't play smart cricket.

    The more I think about Babar's and Hafeez's dismissals, the more my blood boils!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Snowflake View Post
    The fact that he's lamenting conceding too many runs and saying that this was a 270 pitch is exactly what is wrong with this team.

    300 on this pitch was NOTHING MORE THAN PAR!

    Imam and Babar were in complete control and smart batting from thereon would've meant Pak cruised to the target! Yes, we could've restricted them to a lower score had we taken our chances BUT we still should've backed ourselves to chase this down.

    We had in our plate and all batters just mucked it up!
    Yes. Should've chased down in 48th over with 5 wickets in hand. But we just gifted two very crucial points to AUS.

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    Cliche statements. No real insight. I guess we will need to get used to this for the foreseeable future as the next gen of cricketers are similar, if not worse.

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    nobody is discussing drop catches

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    No Biriyani Boy, it was the abysmal new ball bowling, failure to pick a specialist spinner and rubbish fielding that cost us.

    However in your tenure as captain you have shown no ability to read conditions, haven't addressed our new ball bowling weakness or groomed a specialist spinner (unlike you count recalling Yasir).

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    Quote Originally Posted by adil79 View Post
    nobody is discussing drop catches
    The one in slip was absolutely criminal. You can't drop those dolly's.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hasan123 View Post
    This pitch was not a 270/280 pitch. Cannot take this guy being captain anymore.
    Amir said he thought they should have restricted them to around 250.

    But Warner said he felt they were under-par


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    Quote Originally Posted by Markhor View Post
    No Biriyani Boy, it was the abysmal new ball bowling, failure to pick a specialist spinner and rubbish fielding that cost us.

    However in your tenure as captain you have shown no ability to read conditions, haven't addressed our new ball bowling weakness or groomed a specialist spinner (unlike you count recalling Yasir).
    You're not wrong, but 300 was chaseable. Too many soft dismissals and batsmen throwing it away.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Snowflake View Post
    That is the ONLY reason. Even the best bowling attacks and the best fielding sides will concede 300+ runs frequently but they'll back themselves to chase it. This target was well within our reach, despite our fielding blunders, and we just didn't play smart cricket.

    The more I think about Babar's and Hafeez's dismissals, the more my blood boils!
    Same here...and Imam.
    And, can we please put Malik out of his misery.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Abdullah719 View Post
    Amir said he thought they should have restricted them to around 250.

    But Warner said he felt they were under-par
    It was a good batting pitch. I think those early morning conditions just fooled us all. See of the new ball and you could score big.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prince of Pakistan View Post
    Why the hell does sarfraz always expose tailenders to main bowlers?

    Be it tests or ODI's it has effected many of our results. It's so annoying to see how they can not think strategically throughout the game.

    If Sarfraz hadn't taken that single he could have had a 20+ over against Richardson. Who knows? At the least try by getting the strike as the main batsman.
    May be he thought that Shaheen could hit big sixes as he did in a match against the Eng before WC..

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    Lower middle order lost pakistan the match
    Shoaib Malik and Asif Ali

    This is one of the weaker lower middle order amongst serious teams....and by weaker I mean not making runs when they count

    308 was easily chaseable..rest all almost did their job...

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    I rather lose match with a dependable batsman than go and play with a player who is likely to fail 7 out of 10 times . Shoaib Malik needs to be replaced with shahdab Khan that's the only change Pakistan can afford. It could be argued to replace Asif Ali with Haris Sohail but then who is to score quickly. Since Pakistan is to win every match, India will win even if they play half their team , Pakistan needs to play with 5 genuine bowlers in remaining matches. T20 is where you test your bench strength not your Icc rankings, had they given a chance to proper spinner things would have been completely different. It's quite bizzare that Pakistan actually ,now, don't even have bowling options.

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    You lost because
    -your middle order was made up of two over the hill batsmen and a hack, none of whom can handle the pressure of a chase
    -your batsmen lack common sense
    the bowlers were bad in the first 30 overs but more than made up for it in the end. Australia's lower half played horribly and put us in the driving seat and we were in control right until Hafeez threw away his wicket.

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    Why was Asif Ali in the slips today.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Abu_Hamza View Post
    May be he thought that Shaheen could hit big sixes as he did in a match against the Eng before WC..
    I really hope he wasn't thinking that. Sarfraz was the one set in the middle and could have easily maneuvered the ball as they still needed 7,5 an over.

    IF he really thought that then he is really naive for this level.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Tabishbeigh View Post
    I rather lose match with a dependable batsman than go and play with a player who is likely to fail 7 out of 10 times . Shoaib Malik needs to be replaced with shahdab Khan that's the only change Pakistan can afford. It could be argued to replace Asif Ali with Haris Sohail but then who is to score quickly. Since Pakistan is to win every match, India will win even if they play half their team , Pakistan needs to play with 5 genuine bowlers in remaining matches. T20 is where you test your bench strength not your Icc rankings, had they given a chance to proper spinner things would have been completely different. It's quite bizzare that Pakistan actually ,now, don't even have bowling options.
    Lol. People still believe in asif ali. I will take runs with low strike rate rather than 6 or 7 quick runs.

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    Percentage cricket is an art. Sometimes it is super good when you keep attacking and it is coming off. But same attacking shots can potentially cause your downfall at any point. You never know which attempt of yours will land you in trouble. You play ground stroke as much as possible. This is why Kohli Dhoni are chase masters.

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    Can anybody remind me when was the last time Imam or Babar guided us to a win in a chase. Both just do stats padding. Imam's innings and dismissal today was a perfect example of it.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Syed1 View Post
    Can anybody remind me when was the last time Imam or Babar guided us to a win in a chase. Both just do stats padding. Imam's innings and dismissal today was a perfect example of it.
    #NeverHaveNeverWill

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    NZ playing Ind tomorrow, India better win...

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    Quote Originally Posted by IMMY69 View Post
    We lost the match because we dropped two catches, our ground fielding was pathetic and our batsmen are brainless.

    The End

    Over to the next word cup in four/five years..
    Yeah, and what makes the matter worse? We expect to see same pathetic sob story.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Majestic_Inzi View Post
    NZ playing Ind tomorrow, India better win...
    Don't know what worse for us an Indian defeat or Indian win.


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    This win was there for the taking. Really gutted

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    Pakistan lost because the set batsmen threw the wicket away after scoring 30s/40s. Forget the ones who didn’t get going, the ones who had the momentum didn’t stay till the end. Also they were happy scoring 4s or none, absolutely no game awareness to rotate the strike & play long innings. This lack of conversion hurt us.

    Pathetic captaincy by Sarfaraz too - pedestrian mistakes like bowling Hafeez to Maxwell or not having correct fielders in correct position or even not having slip fielders to new batsmen. He seemed to have sleepwalked through the match.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Snowflake View Post
    That is the ONLY reason. Even the best bowling attacks and the best fielding sides will concede 300+ runs frequently but they'll back themselves to chase it. This target was well within our reach, despite our fielding blunders, and we just didn't play smart cricket.

    The more I think about Babar's and Hafeez's dismissals, the more my blood boils!
    I have the exact same feeling!

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    I thought Pakistan bowled better than Australia, the fielding was a let down, dropped Finch so many times and poor fielding by Malik. Malik cost at least 15+ runs today and scored a duck, Asif Ali was even worse.


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    No more Shoiab Malik please, his real age is probably around 42.

    3 changes for the India game

    Malik out, Haris in
    Asif out, Shadab in
    Afridi out, Hussnain in

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    Quote Originally Posted by Syed1 View Post
    Don't know what worse for us an Indian defeat or Indian win.
    Dont think the match is on tomorrow, 95 percent chance of rain

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    Oh well Sarfaraz, if it's any consolation, you would have lost by a lot more if you weren't lucky enough to win that all important toss. I notice you don't mentioned that.

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    The runs scored by Hasan Ali and Wahab Riaz were'nt just runs they were slaps on the face of chief selector and his biased selected batting order of the team that is there because of contacts and is worse than Zimbabwe.

    Tailenders made 75 runs on the same wicket Shoaib Malik, Asif, Babar and Imam made on pathetic strike rate. Our batting order are not just novices on technique but are cowards don't have match temperament.

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    Collapses seem to be a regular thing with Pakistan these days - evidence that there are quite a few mentally weak batsmen in the squad.

    Very few you can take responsibility and win a match for their country.



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    Pakistan skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed admitted frustration with his side’s fielding performance as Australia’s total proved just too much to chase down at Taunton.

    Sarfaraz’s team won their ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup match against England last week largely because Eoin Morgan’s side produced an uncharacteristic poor display in the field.

    And roles were reversed against Australia, as dropped catches, mis-fields and overthrows made a big difference, Pakistan’s chase falling 41-runs short of their 307 total.

    Asif Ali dropped opener Aaron Finch on 33 and then saw him go on to add another 49 runs to his score, in an ultimately decisive first wicket partnership with David Warner.

    Asif’s day didn’t get any better when he dropped the simplest of chances later on, his relief palpable as Warner went a few balls later for 107.

    “We made too many mistakes in all departments,” said Sarfarez.

    “I’m very disappointed with our fielding, it is not up to the mark or standard expected. We will have to work hard to improve on this before we play India, there can be no excuse.”

    But there are some positives for Sarfaraz to take into this weekend’s clash with India at Old Trafford. Mohammad Amir produced a brilliant display of swing and seam bowling to bank career best figures of 5/30 as Australia lost their last seven wickets for just 86 runs.

    And they looked doomed when seven wickets down and 108 runs short of their target, only for Sarfaraz and Wahab Riaz to put on a record eighth wicket stand for Pakistan at the World Cup.

    But the turning point came when Riaz was caught behind by Alex Carey off the bowling of Mitchell Start.

    "I'm very disappointed. We lost three wickets in 15 balls and that's why we lost,” added Sarfaraz.

    "We conceded too many runs in the first 20 overs, we came back and restricted them well but it was a 270-280 pitch.

    "We made some runs and got starts but we've got to convert them and go long. If you want to win matches your top four must score runs."

    Sarfaraz did save some praise for the performance of Amir, originally left out of Pakistan’s World Cup team but now the leading wicket taker at the tournament after his first-ever five wicket haul.

    “If you take a positive from this match it is how Mohammad is bowling for us, that is a big thing to take into our next matches,” he said.

    Indian captain Virat Kohli regards Amir as one of the toughest bowlers to face and Warner, who ducked and dived under an barrage of his deliveries, admits he will be key if Pakistan are to progress in the tournament.

    “He's a world-class bowler. When he's swinging it, it's very difficult to try to get on top of him. Then when it's seaming and swinging, it's even harder,” he said.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ashraful_Rox View Post
    I thought Pakistan bowled better than Australia, the fielding was a let down, dropped Finch so many times and poor fielding by Malik. Malik cost at least 15+ runs today and scored a duck, Asif Ali was even worse.
    That is because pak has better bowling attack First change seamers part time Spin
    Both are better besides Amir being a better frontline seamer than starc

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    Pakistan fielding was the main culprit for the loss in my opinion

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    We lost the match because we are rubbish. We are a 6th ranked team and we need to hang our heads in shame. We have been a mid-table side and have hovered around the 5th, 6th, 7th and even 8th position for too long now, but all we see are excuses, justifications and denials. Along with the team, our fans have also become mediocre as well.

    I may as well blow my top the next time I hear a fan, player, ex-player or an analyst call this team unpredictable or cornered tiger.

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    270 to 280 pitch.....but 3 quick wickets cost the game. Which one is it bongay? What he should said that they had lapses in all ascepts of the game from substandard bowling to poor shot selection but also signs of brilliance with the death over comebacks and late order onslaught. Will take those positives and focus on the game ahead. God, do they have a public relations person on staff to coach them this stuff ? It's pathetic the way they present themselves.

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    Lack of wickets with new ball in helpful
    Conditions is definitely a reason. Bowling short on both sides of the wicket. Also not having the knowledge of Finch’s weakness against right arm bowler bringing the ball
    Back in early on in his innings.

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    When a captain trying to protect his wicket by exposing tail enders when some quick runs were needed to win the match, you just can;t win.

    The way you let Shaheen take the single on last ball of the over was really losing mentality of yours.

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    I mean he's right. Yes, everyone shares some blame (i.e. posters pointing out Imam/Hafeez, etc.), but the primary reason we lost is that at the fall of Hafeez's wicket, we also lost Shoaib Malik & Asif Ali very quickly. I know this is a bit of a knee-jerk reaction, but with the way the both fielded (Shoaib must have given at least 4 boundaries, i.e. -12 to -13 runs and Asif dropped 2 vital catches) they both are automatic drops for the India game with Harris & Imad getting a nod for India. If Malik's value comprises of his all-round efforts, surely Imad will not fare worse than him in all three departments as things stand now. Asif Ali of course is the stand-out failure from today and I highly doubt he will get another game in the tournament! Sad that he wasn't able to "warm up" vs SL before Aus (same for Malik). Tough decisions lie ahead for captain and coach... From batting, the top 5 contributed something leave Fakhar, even if the manner of their contributions are being criticized by PPers, but the #6 and #7 position is killing us and I suppose we all knew this going into the tournament but it hurts when it costs us the game!

    Also, he's probably very wrong about his assessment that this was a 270 pitch. 300-320 sounds closer to what is par.


    Have the players going forward, just need coaching&professionalism! #1 priority: fielding

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    Mark my words babar Azam is not a match winner never wins matches always get out wrong and hafeez dissimal was so bad looked like retirement fund

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    Great opportunity lost!! Asif, Malik and Hafeez lost the game. Wahab and Hasan's innings were bonus. Game was lost long before that when Hafeez mishit the dolliest of dollies, and when Asif and Malik flopped.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mamoon View Post
    We lost the match because we are rubbish. We are a 6th ranked team and we need to hang our heads in shame. We have been a mid-table side and have hovered around the 5th, 6th, 7th and even 8th position for too long now, but all we see are excuses, justifications and denials. Along with the team, our fans have also become mediocre as well.

    I may as well blow my top the next time I hear a fan, player, ex-player or an analyst call this team unpredictable or cornered tiger.
    I am sick of that unpredictable and cornered tigers nonsense too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aliasad1998 View Post
    Unforgivable dismissals. Especially Hafeez, Babar and Imam
    Imam/fakhar were kind of unlucky but babar and hafeez just threw it away

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    Quote Originally Posted by Saj View Post
    Collapses seem to be a regular thing with Pakistan these days - evidence that there are quite a few mentally weak batsmen in the squad.

    Very few you can take responsibility and win a match for their country.
    Australia were weak and there for the taking.

    Pakistan failed to capitalise on not just one, but several opportunities.

    This points to a weak mentality in the dressing room,

    The batsmen could not overcome 'Australia' despite the par score and ideal conditions.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cririri View Post
    Imam/fakhar were kind of unlucky but babar and hafeez just threw it away
    Imam didn't need to chase a wide delivery and Fakhar didn't need to go flashing outside his off stump when he's barely been at the crease.

    They need to be accountable for their errors.

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    No - we lost because everytime one of our batsmen got set, he threw his wicket away. The first four wickets weren't earned by the Aussies. They were incredibly lucky today, and helped by Pakistan's indiscipline.

    This dumb performance has effectively knocked us out of this competition. Australia were absolutely horrendous today, but we managed to find a way be even worse than them. India will be ruthless, and I fear for our lads on Sunday

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    If they dropped shadab for pitch conditions they should have dropped Malik and played Harris for pitch conditions too. You need a quality batsman on seaming pitches everybody knows Malik is a sitting duck

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    We lost the match as soon as you chose to field. Someone needs to show him the stats of Pakistan chasing. Can't chase anything. Doesn’t matter of the score was 400 or 200, Pakistan just can’t chase. They dont have the mental strength to chase. This guy and the think tank are clueless. Why bowl first when Pak is the worst chasing side?

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    The guys who came out of this match with their reputations enhanced are Amir and Shadab. One for his performance and other for his non involvement.

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    I think, bowlers shouldn’t be blamed here. They bowled poor with new ball but eventually made that up more than expected, and Aussies actually were all out with an over in hand. These days at Taunton, 308 isn’t that big a challenge and PAK was chasing during better batting conditions. PAK bowlers bowled poor in early stages, but Aussie batsmen equally matched them in middle and later overs - net, net 308 wasn’t unexpected target. He is trying to cover up for his batsmen, but this was definitely a better batting condition than 270. He should have rather said that our chasing limit is 270 and bowlers failed to restrict Aussies under that total, which I agree.

    In last 18 months, PAK has chased successfully twice (excluding ZIM reserves) - once Shadab took 3/4 wickets in 2 overs to knock Kiwis out for 210ish target; another time Shinwari bundled SAF for 170ish target - both times PAK batsmen improved their chasing stats, on bowlers’ heroics & won with bonus points. But, I don’t think putting bowlers under bus will help PAK here, or going forward in this WC. Yes, bowlers could have bowled much better with new ball & bundle Aussies for may be 58 less, but that would have been another low hanging fruit for the batsmen - 308 was definitely not out of reach, specially considering Aussies came with a bowling combination that allocated 10 overs for Maxwell.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MMHS View Post
    I think, bowlers shouldn’t be blamed here. They bowled poor with new ball but eventually made that up more than expected, and Aussies actually were all out with an over in hand.
    That’s because Australia tried to push Maxwell up the order and was aiming for 400 when Aus were 222/2. In contrast, Aus had Pak reeling at 200-7. Game was set by then. Opening bowlers took crucial wicket of Fakhar and Babar early in the game.

    I would be interesting to see if Pak bowlers can defend 244 against NZ since supposedly Pak bowling attack is much superior to BD.

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    We lost because of your incompetency coward.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mamoon View Post
    We lost the match because we are rubbish. We are a 6th ranked team and we need to hang our heads in shame. We have been a mid-table side and have hovered around the 5th, 6th, 7th and even 8th position for too long now, but all we see are excuses, justifications and denials. Along with the team, our fans have also become mediocre as well.

    I may as well blow my top the next time I hear a fan, player, ex-player or an analyst call this team unpredictable or cornered tiger.
    Please do and put us all out of our misery

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    Soft dismissal and poor temperament of batsmen lost the match

    Our bowling was capable of restricting AUS to 250ish but fielding was farcical and bowlers were a tad unlucky with a lot of plays and misses in 1st 10 overs.

    Fielding needs to improve ASAP and batsmen need to put a price on their wicket. Especially Babar and Hafeez who're our rocks in the middle order.

    Malik's lost his purple patch and needs some time in the middle. He was playing well last year but is out of form atm. Asif was always a hack. Giving catching practice to Carey was so cringeworthy. Even Imad is a better batsman/fielder than this idiot.

    My changes would be Imad for Asif and Shadab for Shaheen.
    That's our strongest XI with batting till 8 and 6 genuine bowlers.

    Realistically we need 4 wins out of 5 as that one point will keep us above teams who've won only 5.
    Have to win 2 against SA, NZ, IND.

    Let's see...
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    Hilarious how everybody is blaming the bowlers, fielding and dropped catches. 308 is a below par score at Taunton, considering the dimensions of this ground. Australia would have lost 10/10 times, had they had this kamikaze batting performance against any of the top 5 teams.

    I blame the likes of Imam, Babar and Hafeez for leaving the team high and dry when they were well-set and good to take the game deep. All three got out to nothing shots, and Australia were literally gifted the three wickets of our best batters basically. You won't win even against associates if you do that time and again, let alone Australia.

    Don't let the cameos from Wahab and Hasan hide this fact.


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