PAK vs AFG, World Cup 2023: Pakistan lacking Naseem, says Babar after loss to Afghanistan


The continuing ODI World Cup is perhaps one of the crucial unpredictable editions of the quadrennial showpiece. Afghanistan underlined the very assertion because it sprang a shock on the M.A. Chidambaram stadium in Chennai when it registered an eight-wicket victory towards Pakistan on Monday. 

Pakistan, after successful the toss and electing to bat first, posted a frightening complete of 282/7 on board, due to a late flourish from Iftikhar Ahmed who scored a quick-fire 27-ball 40. 

An enormous complete on its again and the truth that Afghanistan has by no means received towards Pakistan in ODIs made the chase much more difficult. However openers Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Ibrahim Zadran soaked in all of the strain and laid the platform for his or her facet with a commanding 128-ball 130 partnership up entrance. 

“We broke the chase all the way down to 10-over splits. And with the beginning that Gurbaz and Ibrahim gave us, we had been nicely forward of the place we thought we must always must be. And it type of allowed us just a little bit extra respiration room come the top of the sport,” stated Afghanistan coach Jonathan Trott after the win. 

“It made positive that we had the chance to complete the sport off within the forty ninth over and we did. So, that was nice,” he added. 

This was not the primary time that Afghanistan made heads flip on this event. The Hashmatullah Shahidi-led facet registered a whopping 69-run victory towards reigning champion England some time again. Opposite to standard opinion, Trott doesn’t imagine these wins might be termed as upsets. 

“I feel I’m unsure I’d say upset if I’m sincere. It’s a disservice to the blokes within the altering room. I feel possibly you’d say underdogs or no matter, nevertheless it’s not an upset. We performed nicely, these guys work arduous and so they should win.” stated the 42-year-old. 

Other than the ultimate 5 overs, the place the bowlers conceded 60 runs, the Afghanistan bowling assault, with 4 spinners within the 11, was nearly as good because it might get. Noor Ahmad was conspicuous as he accomplished his quota of 10 overs with three wickets, making a gift of 49 runs.

“Properly, I feel at any time when Afghanistan performs, the best way the spinners bowl goes to be necessary. I assumed we received it proper with Noor in the present day coming in the best way that he bowled, definitely for a teen as nicely,” stated Trott. 

“We’ve simply received to ensure we hold enjoying good cricket and never get too far forward of ourselves” he concluded

This loss was very arduous, says Pakistan skipper Babar

On the opposite finish of the spectrum, Pakistan is getting ready to elimination with three consecutive losses. 

Lack of intent within the center overs whereas batting, misfielding and a bowling unit which couldn’t carry out as much as its potential had been the important thing takeaways from this conflict for the Asian giants. 

“This loss was very arduous. We deliberate to complete 280-290. And after we achieved that, I feel we weren’t on top of things in bowling and fielding. You need to bowl nicely and subject nicely,” stated Babar after the crushing loss. 

There might be no room for error within the forthcoming matches for Pakistan and Babar says his staff is cautious of the state of affairs and can do its greatest to get again from the downward spiral. 

“We are going to attempt to play our greatest cricket until the top. There are a variety of matches left, so we’ll attempt to win all of the matches. We are going to attempt to overcome our errors,” the Pakistan skipper stated. 

Pakistan’s bowling line-up has didn’t reside as much as expectations regardless of being thought to be one of many strongest on the earth. This was made clear when Babar’s bowlers didn’t cease an above-par complete on a gradual wicket, additional compounding the facet’s points. 

Touching upon this subject, Babar stated: “We’re lacking Naseem (Shah) rather a lot. However other than that, our bowling lineup is without doubt one of the greatest. However I feel we’re not in a position to click on. Typically we do nicely in bowling, we don’t do nicely in batting. Once we do nicely in batting, we don’t do it in fielding.”

Pakistan will face South Africa subsequent on October 27 in Chennai. 



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