“Definitely, the batting was short” – Sarfaraz after the loss against Australia

Pakistan skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed admits that the poor top-order batting performance has been the main reason of losing the match against Australia on Wednesday, June 12 at The Cooper Associates County Ground in Taunton.

Australia v Pakistan - ICC Cricket World Cup 2019
Pat Cummins of Australia celebrates taking the wicket of Fakhar Zaman during the match of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 between Australia and Pakistan at The County Ground on June 12, 2019 in Taunton, England.

“Definitely, the batting was short and that’s why we lost the match, Hasan batted well, Wahab batted well, we fought but could not win. If we want to win, the fop four have to make runs. Imam made fifty, Babar made 30, but the top four must score runs,” Pakistan captain said.

He also said that except Amir their bowlers didn’t do much well especially in the first 20 overs. “We conceded too many runs first 20 overs, except for Amir the other bowlers did not bowl well, 270-80 was [par],” Sarfaraz said. But he insisted that they will try to resolve their faults against India on Sunday, June 16 in Manchester. “We will try our level best,” he said.

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However, after two consecutive matches being washed out, finally cricket has returned to England as rain didn’t interrupt in the match between Australia and Pakistan at all. Despite Wahab Riaz and Hasan Ali’s cameo, Australia clinched a thrillng victory against Pakistan in Taunton.

Batting first, Australia scored 307 runs in 50 overs by losing all the wickets. Opener David Warner scored 107 off 111 balls and Aaron Finch scored 82 off 84 balls. In reply, Pakistan’s innings ended at 266 in 45.4 overs but not before the duo of Sarfaraz Ahmed and Wahab Riaz gave the Australians a scare with their firing cameos. However, Australia won the match by 41 runs.

Pakistan are currently sitting at 8th position at the point table with just 3 points just above South Africa and Afghanistan.

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