Pakistan Coach Saqlain Mushtaq Defends Crew’s T20 Fashion After Asia Cup Remaining Defeat | Cricket Information

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Pakistan coach Saqlain Mushtaq defended his group’s Twenty20 enjoying model after shedding Sunday’s Asia Cup ultimate, saying they have been heading in the right direction for subsequent month’s T20 World Cup. Babar Azam‘s aspect didn’t chase 171 to beat Sri Lanka,  their 23-run defeat bucking the pattern of groups profitable whereas batting second in Dubai. Mohammad Rizwan made 55 in 49 balls for Pakistan and completed because the match’s main scorer with 281 runs in six innings.

However Saqlain was not fearful about Rizwan’s sluggish strike fee of 117.57 runs per hundred balls within the high-octane format.

By comparability, Virat Kohli scored 276 runs for India at a extra speedy 147.59 throughout his 5 innings.

“Everybody has their very own model of enjoying cricket,” Saqlain stated.

“We made the semi-finals of the T20 World Cup (final 12 months) and now the ultimate of the Asia Cup, so proof suggests we’re doing one thing proper.

“We did so with our model of play, and the issues which are left to be carried out will likely be labored upon, slightly than following the model of the remainder of the cricket-playing nations.”

Babar, a prolific scorer for the group earlier than the match, managed simply 68 runs in six matches with a highest of 30, however Saqlain performed down the opener’s lack of kind.

“As I stated earlier than, anyone with a deep eye of cricket will realise that he’s unfortunate with the way in which he’s getting out,” stated Saqlain.

“The way in which he performs and his work ethic wants no additional dialogue. He’s a world-class participant and God save him from the evil eye.”

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The 27-year-old Babar, who has scored 2,754 runs in 80 Twenty20 internationals at a mean of over 42, just lately misplaced his primary T20 world rating to fellow opener Rizwan.

Babar’s ultimate dismissal within the match got here with a unfastened flick down the leg aspect to be caught at short-fine leg off quick bowler Pramod Madushan, who claimed 4 wickets.

Bhanuka Rajapaksa led Sri Lanka’s fightback from a precarious 58-5 to publish 170-6 after which the bowlers together with Wanindu Hasaranga bowled out Pakistan for 147.

Hasaranga returned figures of 3-27 together with his leg-spin after he smashed 36 in a key partnership with the left-handed Rajapaksa.

Saqlain praised champions Sri Lanka, who beforehand beat Pakistan, India and Afghanistan within the Tremendous 4 stage, for his or her full exhibiting within the ultimate.

“Sri Lanka batted second after which batted first towards us and have become champions. Nicely deserved,” stated Saqlain.


“We simply performed first 9 overs of actually good cricket and after that they performed nearly 31 overs and dominated us in all points — in batting, bowling and fielding.”

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