“In Sha Allah we will make a comeback” – Sarfaraz after their biggest WC loss
Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed thinks that the batting collapse in the first ten overs of the match was the main reason for the dismal performance against West Indies on Friday, May 31 at Trent Bridge in Nottingham. But he is also optimistic about the much better performance in the next match.
“Initial ten overs we lost such a large number of wickets, and that is the reason we couldn’t return into the game. “Pressure was assembled when we lost our first wicket in the fourth over. His [Russell’s] spell was the defining moment. He took two wickets and that put us on the backfoot (immediately),” Sarfaraz said.
He also revealed that they were aware of the pacers of West Indies under this overcast condition and even they practiced that kind of bowling in the nets. “We knew about the West Indies quick bowlers, and that they bowl 90 or more (mph). We had practiced a lot (against that sort of bowling). It is only that in the initial ten overs, our shot selection was bad and we lost wickets. If we had figured out how to survive the phase, at that point presumably the circumstance could have been different,” he said.
The 32-year old captain also admitted that the pitch was not the typical Nottingham pitch as the ball didn’t come to bat nicely from the beginning of the match. As a result, they played down just 21.4 overs scoring a dim 105 runs losing all their wickets. And later, they didn’t able to challenge West Indies and accepted the defeat of big 7 wickets.
“In the initial an hour and a half in England, in cloudy conditions, it helps the bowling,” he said. “The behavior in the pitch of Nottingham was marginally different today. Generally the ball comes pleasantly on to the bat on the Nottingham pitch, yet if saw today in the last half of the match, the ball was holding the surface. The initial two wickets were delicate: Imam was caught behind on the legside and unfortunately Fakhar got out after the ball hit his helmet and afterward moved onto the stumps,” the wicket-keeper said.
However, he’ll look forward for a better performance in the next match. “We need to play good cricket. In cloudy conditions where you bat first, we need to attempt and not lose early wickets. Then we can play better. It was only an awful day for us today. What’s more, we didn’t play great cricket. When we lost our initial three wickets we couldn’t return into this game. Inshallah we will make a comeback,” Sarfaraz said.
Pakistan will play their next match against the host England on June 3 at the same ground in Nottingham.