Pakistan’s dismal run in the ongoing ICC World Cup 2019 as they went down against India by 89 runs at the Old Trafford to lose seven straight World Cup games against the arch-rivals. Following the defeat, Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed rues that his bowlers failed to capitalise on the excellent toss win.
Rohit executed his plans nicely: Sarfraz
Meanwhile, Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul dominated Pakistan bowlers after Sarfraz Ahmed put India to bat first. Although the Indian openers took time to settle but once they cut loose, there was nothing stopping them. Both of them reached their half-century to post 136 runs for the first wicket as Pakistan bowlers missed the trick at Manchester.
Sarfraz Ahmed admitted that his bowling unit couldn’t make use of the toss they won with significant cloud covers at the start of the game. He also credited Rohit Sharma for executing the plans well where they missed to apply it.
“We won a good toss but didn’t bowl in the right areas, and Rohit played very well. Our plan was to pitch the ball up to Rohit, but we didn’t execute it well. It was a good toss to win but we didn’t capitalise on it,” Sarfraz said at the end of the game.
Furthermore, Sarfraz Ahmed revealed that they lost the game in the brief period where they lost four quick wickets. Kuldeep Yadav provided breakthrough after Fakhar Zaman and Babar Azam had steered the side after an early dismissal of Imam-ul-Haq. Kuldeep looked in fine rhythm picking two wickets while Hardik Pandya’s consecutive wickets set the tone for India’s victory.
“We also lost the match in those three overs where we lost four wickets. Fakhar and Imam were going really swell, but we collapsed after that,” he added.
In conclusion, Sarfraz Ahmed said that things are losing out for them as one more defeat can end their hopes of qualification. Currently, they are at the ninth spot with three points only from five outings. Pakistan will have to win all the remaining games to keep their chances floating in this World Cup.
“Definitely, it’s getting tougher and now e have to win all remaining games,” he signed off.