Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed was left rueing his batsmen’s fallacies in his team’s eight-wicket thumping to India in Match 5 of the 2018 Asia Cup at the Dubai international Stadium, Dubai on Wednesday.
Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed was left rueing his batsmen’s fallacies in his team’s eight-wicket thumping to India in Match 5 of the 2018 Asia Cup at the Dubai international Stadium, Dubai on Wednesday.

Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed was left rueing his batsmen’s fallacies in his team’s eight-wicket thumping to India in Match 5 of the 2018 Asia Cup at the Dubai international Stadium, Dubai on Wednesday.

“We batted poorly and all of us played poor shots to get out,” said Sarfraz during the post match presentation.

“And so many of them were soft dismissals except Babar, who got a good ball. We lost two wickets in the first five overs. We got some momentum in the middle but again lost wickets and could not recover,” he said.

After Bhuvneshwar Kumar removed both the in-form openers, Imam Ul Haq (2) and Fakhar Zaman (0), Pakistan’s Babar Azam (47) and Shoaib Malik (43) combined for a 82-run stand before Kuldeep Yadav cleaned up Azam.

But what really hurt Pakistan was off spinner Kedar Jadhav’s nine overs that yielded three wickets at just 23 runs and Pakistan skipper conceded that underestimated Jadhav.

“We had prepared for the two spinners but the third one chipped in with wickets,” said Sarfraz.

However, all is not lost for Pakistan as they will face India once more in the Super 4 and Sarfraz believes the loss was a wake up call for his team.

“ It is nice to get a wake up call early on in the tournament and we would not want to commit the same mistakes. We will come back better prepared next time,” he added.