Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq is baffled by the batting collapse of his team, which is struggling to stay alive in the Champions Trophy after 2 consecutive defeats. Pakistan lost by 67 runs to South Africa today and now face arch-rivals India in the must-win contest on Saturday.
Pakistan now must beat India and pray that the results of a few other games go in their favor. Chasing 235, Pakistan today was all out for 167. “It was a gettable total but batting failed. The batsmen were in good form in the practice games but I don’t know what has happened. The pitch was a little slow, but we could have chased it,” Misbah-ul-Haq said after the defeat.
“It was a good bowling effort, 234 was getable. It was simple, you needed 4.5 runs an over. We could not knock it around. The 15 overs were poor and in the middle overs we did not rotate (strike). But still it was bat-able, we should have chased,” he added. The Pakistan captain, who leading scored for his team with a 55-run knock, wanted his cricketers to “forget about these two matches before meeting India.”