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India vs Pakistan ICC World T20 2014: We didn’t go out there thinking of past records, says Mohammad Hafeez

Pakistan batsmen faltered once again in a key match © AFP
Pakistan batsmen faltered once again in a key match © AFP

Mar 21, 2014

Mohammad Hafeez admitted his team was outclassed by India and they failed to get the much needed momentum with the bat. Hafeez however turned down the reason of Pakistan’s past record hindering them from a solid performance on Friday. A disciplined bowling performance from India saw the Pakistan batsmen falter to post just 130 on board. India romped home to a seven-wicket win.

“It history now. But we didn’t go out there thinking about our past records. There is no mental block against India. Next time we will try our best.

Asked whether dew hindered the bowlers, Hafeez said, “The dew factor was not there at all. But the pitch was much better in the second innings and the ball came on to the bat easily. In the first innings the ball was not coming on to the bat early on. We couldn’t do well in the first 10 overs. But Shoaib Malik-Umar Akmal gave us a good partnership in the middle. Yet we couldn’t get the momentum. I feel it was the 16th, 17th and 18th overs which made the difference. We couldn’t score well there.”

Hafeez though looked at positives from the match. He showered praise on Shoaib Maqsood who provided much-needed impetus in the end to help them achieve 131. “There’s lots of things to come in this tournament. Shoaib Maqsood was good with the bat, Bilawal Bhatti bowled well. Moreover, the pitch is offering some turn and it’s advantage for use in the upcoming matches.”

Pakistan’s next match is against Australia on March 23 at Dhaka.

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