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Pakistan coach Gary Kirsten defends the New York pitch after his team’s low-scoring defeat to India

India were bowled out for 119, their lowest-ever score against Pakistan in a T20 game but won by six runs after their rivals fell just short.

Pakistan coach Gary Kirsten defended the New York pitch after his team’s low-scoring defeat to India.

The statement from the coach comes as Pakistan suffered a shock defeat against India in the crucial World Cup Group A match at Nassau County International Cricket Stadium, New York on Sunday. 

Pakistan bowled out India for 119, their lowest-ever score against Pakistan in a T20 game but still lost by six runs. 

Following India’s victory over Ireland last week, there was criticism of the New York pitch, with former Zimbabwe international and ex-England team director Andy Flower describing it as “dangerous” due to the uneven bounce.

However, Sunday’s pitch, though challenging for scoring, only occasionally produced deliveries that ‘popped’ off a length.

Pakistan coach Gary Kirsten remarked that it had made for an interesting game.

“I think it wasn’t dangerous, I mean the odd one rose up, but not many. Generally, it kept a little bit lower, it was difficult to score from both batting sides and also a fairly slow outfield so it was never going to be a big total,” said Kirsten.

“I would have said 140 would have been a really good score on that pitch, so India didn’t get that and so I thought we had the game,” he added.

Kirsten went on to add that while boundaries had been at a premium, unusually for the big-hitting T20 format, that made for a different kind of contest.

“We knew it was going to be tight, but you know sometimes it’s fun seeing games like that as well, it’s not always about sixes and hitting, getting 260 and 240s, you can actually have an entertaining game on a 120 chase, so I don’t think it’s bad for the game,” he said.

The Pitch COntrovercy:

Last week’s complaints prompted the International Cricket Council (ICC) to acknowledge that the wickets for the opening games at the venue had not met the required standards.

“T20 Inc and the ICC recognise that the pitches used so far at the Nassau County International Cricket Stadium have not played as consistently as we would have all wanted,” the ICC said in a statement.

“The world-class grounds team have been working hard since the conclusion of yesterday’s game to remedy the situation and deliver the best possible surfaces for the remaining matches,” they added.

Three games remain at the venue with the last coming on Wednesday when India faces co-hosts USA.

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