Pakistan’s T20 skipper, Mohammad Hafeez, accused his team’s batsmen for putting up a poor show as Pakistan managed to pile-up a total of only 99 runs from 20 overs. In reply, South Africa chased down 99 runs in 14.3 overs with 9 wickets to spare and yet again, thoroughly outplaying the opposition.
Pakistan’s batting has miserably failed on this tour and this has left the national selectors in all sorts of confusion for selecting the team ahead for the short tour of South Africa.
“I personally feel that we couldn’t setup the total we wanted to, the early wickets did the damage and the South Africa bowlers really bowled to their plans. Our batsmen are not taking the responsibility which individuals have to in a team,” Hafeez said.
Pakistan shuffled their batting order as Ahmed Shahzad and Sohaib Maqsood were asked to open the innings. Pakistan’s top order collapsed in no time as Dale Steyn’s pace and swing proved too good for them. After seven overs, hosts were struggling at 22/4.
Umar Akmal’s precious 49 runs accumulated the total to 98 runs at the loss of 9 wickets.
Wickets kept on tumbling at regular intervals which hurdled the formation of a respectable total.
The 33 year old lamented that a single person cannot do the magic for the team. It is a team-effort which can win matches.
“We have the talent but we need to work harder for the team. One person can’t do this, it’s not magic and as a batsman you have to look for runs and partnerships. We have the talent, it just needs application.”
Pakistan are one down in this series and their batters will have to really stand-up and deliver otherwise they will have to face the music.
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