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Babar Azam acknowledges team’s shortcomings after humiliating defeat against USA

USA's thrilling Super Over win over Pakistan is the biggest upset in the history of the competition

Pakistan skipper Babar Azam acknowledged his team’s shortcomings in their humiliating defeat against the USA in their first match of the T20 World Cup 2024.

Pakistan lost to the USA in the thrilling Super Over making it the biggest upset in the history of the competition.

Both teams made 159 in their regulation 20 overs, with the non-Test nation the USA then setting Pakistan 19 to win in the Super Over of this Group A match at Grand Prairie, near Dallas, Texas.

Mohammad Amir was entrusted with the ball in the Super Over but the veteran left-arm paceman bowled several wides with panic fielding, that led to wild overthrows. His over cost Pakistan the whole match and helped the United States score 18 runs.

However, Pakistan only managed 13-1 in reply. Making it the most humiliating defeat in Pakistan cricket history.

Expressing his thoughts in a post-match presentation, Babar Azam said, “We failed to capitalise in the first six overs. Back-to-back wickets always put you on the back foot, as a batter you need to step up and build partnerships.”

Babar noted that the initial six overs were challenging, but the team managed a comeback. However, the momentum was lost again due to the quick dismissal of wickets. “My partnership with Shadab was promising, but then two wickets fell. And we lost momentum again,” he explained.

He emphasised the need for improvement in the middle order and bowling, saying, “Our score was adequate for this pitch, but we need to enhance our bowling.”

Babar Azam also highlighted that the bowlers didn’t perform well in the first six overs and stressed the importance of improving for upcoming matches.

Addressing the performance of the spinners, Babar Azam said, “Our spinners did not take wickets in the middle overs, so these things cost us.”

Pakistan skipper also acknowledged the USA team’s superior performance in all departments of the game, adding, “All credit to the USA, they played better than us in all three departments.”

The match’s conditions were also a talking point. Babar noted, “Little bit of moisture in the pitch, it was also two-paced. As a professional, you need to assess the conditions.”

As he concluded the post-match talk he expressed that the team intended to make a strong comeback in future matches.

Saman Siddiqui

I am a freelance journalist, holding a Master’s Degree in Mass Communication and an MS in Peace and Conflict Studies, associated with the electronic media industry since 2006 in various capacities. Here at OyeYeah, I cover a range of genres, from journalism to fiction to fashion, including reviews, and fact findings. 

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