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Babar Azam admits mistakes after humiliation in first WC match

Babar Azam talks after the game. – Screengrab/Star Sports

Pakistan captain Babar Azam acknowledged the team’s shortcomings in their first match of the 2024 T20 World Cup which they lost to the USA at the Grand Prairie Stadium in Dallas on Thursday.

The match ended in a thrilling Super Over, with the USA winning by five runs. During the Super Over, Pakistan’s Mohammad Amir bowled first, and the USA scored 18-1. Pakistan could only manage 13-1.

At the post-match presentation, Babar said that they failed to score with intent in powerplay.

“In the first six overs, we didn’t capitalise. Back-to-back wickets always put you on the back foot, as a batter you need to step up and build partnerships,” he said.

Babar mentioned that the same case was with the ball while stressing that spinners were unable to take wickets.

“We were not up to the mark in the first 6 overs with the ball. Our spinners also did not take wickets in the middle overs so these things cost us,” he added.

“All credit to the USA, they played better than us in all three departments. Little bit of moisture in the pitch, it was also two-paced. As a professional you need to assess the conditions,” he concluded.

Earlier, India-born left-arm pacer Netravalkar took a miserly 2-18 as Pakistan scored 159/7.

USA innings ended dramatically when Nitish Kumar hit a four off a last-ball full toss from Haris Rauf as the tournament co-hosts, who had beaten Canada in their opening match, finished on 159-3.

Pakistan veteran Mohammad Amir was entrusted with the Super Over but bowled several wides, with panic fielding leading to wild overthrows, also helping the United States score 18 runs.

Netravalkar bowled a wide with the third ball of his Super Over but with the next delivery, he had Iftikhar Ahmed brilliantly caught low down in the deep by Kumar.

With seven needed off the last ball, Shadab Khan was unable to manage the six that would have forced a second Super Over.

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