Matthew Hayden
Matthew Hayden (Image: Twitter)

Pakistan‘s batting consultant Matthew Hayden said that the Pakistani players were utterly heartbroken and shattered after their loss to Australia in the semi-final on Thursday.

Pakistan let the game slip away after having Australia 96/5 as Marcus Stoinis and Matthew Wade forged an 81-run stand to chase down 177 with an over to spare. Wade was given a lifeline by a dropped catch from Hasan Ali before the left-hander smashed Shaheen Afridi for three consecutive sixes.

“The scenes in dressing room, it didn’t shock me when you do play with your heart. Just how heart gets broken when you go into a match with expectations and it doesn’t come off due to a number of different reasons,” Matthew Hayden said in a video uploaded by PCB.

“Your heart is broken that’s what really you saw in the dressing room, just scenes of complete devastation.”

Pakistan. (Photo: Twitter)

Matthew Hayden said that the emotions after the loss were completely contrasting to those he witness after the victory over India.

“Going right back to the first match against India, from an outsider’s perspective, looking at that change room the scene was entirely different, very calm, very relaxed and very balanced approach. It was such a huge match,” said the former Aussie opener.

Matthew Hayden looks at the positive for Pakistan

Matthew Hayden highlighted that there were plenty of positives to take for Pakistan as they were the only team to remain unbeaten in the Super 12.

He mentioned the strong opener pair of Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan, the powerful finishes from Asif Ali, and the sparkling display from Shaheen as the notable takeaways.

Babar Azam, Mohammad Rizwan
Babar Azam, Mohammad Rizwan. Image Credits: Twitter

“Our batters were just brilliant in this tournament. In particular, inside the powerplay, Rizzi (Rizwan) and Babar, those two set the platform every match. In T20 cricket, you have to dominate powerplay.

“The balance of power at the death is very key, in particular, I think that 17th over throughout the tournament from the batting sense, we’re pretty good there. Someone like Asif (Ali) coming and smashing.

“Shaheen Shah Afridi bowled two magic balls against India early on and in the semifinals he trapped Aaron Finch,” the 50-year-old asserted.

Australia will face New Zealand, who defeated England in the semis, in the final on Sunday in Dubai.

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