‘Dot balls cost us the match’, says Pakistan skipper Babar Azam after defeat against India | Cricket News

NEW DELHI: Pakistan skipper Babar Azam remarked that the 59 dot balls conceded during their chase were the turning point in their T20 World Cup game against India in New York on Sunday.
“We bowled well. In the batting, we lost back-to-back wickets and consumed too many dot balls. Again, we weren’t up to the mark in the first six,” Babar said after the match.

When asked about the strategy, Babar mentioned that it was about playing normal cricket.

“Tactics were simple to play normally. Just strike rotation and the odd boundary. But in that period, we had too many dot balls. Can’t expect much from tail-enders.”
Babar had a contrarian view on the surface, differing from many who felt the ball wasn’t coming onto the bat.
“Pitch looked decent. The ball was coming on nicely. It was a little bit slow, and some balls had extra bounce.”
For Pakistan to progress to the Super Eight stage, they’ll need to secure convincing victories against Canada and Ireland while also hoping that the USA doesn’t defeat either Ireland or India.
“Have to win the last two matches. Will sit and discuss our mistakes but looking forward to the last two matches.”
(With PTI inputs)


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