‘Very disappointing performance’: Babar Azam laments Pakistan’s loss to Zimbabwe

Pakistan lost to Zimbabwe by one run.© AFP

Babar Azam-led Pakistan suffered a spectacular collapse on Thursday, losing one run to Zimbabwe in their second Group 2 game in Perth. This defeat came after Pakistan lost their first game against India. The loss to Zimbabwe will hurt Pakistan as they were expected to finish a low 131 goal. However, none of their thugs, with the exception of Shan Masood (44), could step up to the opportunity. Babar (4) and Mohammad Rizwan (14) failed again as Pakistan faltered.

“Very disappointing performance by my team. We weren’t up to the mark at batting. We had poor first six overs but Shadab and Shan built a partnership but unfortunately Shadab was eliminated and then back to back wickets and built up pressure on batting,” Babar Azam said at the post-match presentation.

“In the first six overs we don’t use the new ball well. Later on we finished well. We will sit together and learn from our mistakes and come back strong in the next game.”

In the match, which decided to bat after winning the toss, Zimbabwe scored 130 for eight. Shan Masood was the top scorer with 44 balls from 38, but Pakistan went out in the end as they didn’t hit the three runs needed to win in the final ball of the game. Sikandar Raza was Zimbabwe’s top bowler at 3/25 while Brad Evans conceded two wickets for 25 carries.

Sean Williams was Zimbabwe’s top scorer with 31 balls from 28. Some Zimbabwe batters got starts but failed to convert them into meaningful scores.

Mohammad Wasim was the top bowler for Pakistan, returning with good numbers of 4/24 from his four overs, and leg spinner Shadab Khan was also excellent with the ball, amassing 3/23 in his four over odds.


Short results: Zimbabwe: 130/8 in 20 overs (Sean Williams 31; Shadab Khan 3/23, Mohammad Wasim 4/24). Pakistan: 129/8 in 20 overs (Shan Masood 44; Sikandar Raza 3/25, Brad Evans 2/25).

With PTI inputs

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