Pakistan skipper Babar Azam addressed his squad with words of encouragement after the Men in Green were defeated by India in the Super 12 match in Melbourne by a margin of four wickets on Sunday. Let us look at IND Vs PAK T20 WC Match Summary in detail.
Babar, who unable to score a single, stated unequivocally that there should be no finger-pointing following a loss. The former no.1 batters in T20s urged his teammates to keep their attention on the forthcoming games and avoid getting side tracked.
“Brothers, it was a good match. We put in the effort, like always. Made some mistakes but from those mistakes, we have to learn. We should not fall. The tournament has just started, we have lots of matches left, remember that,” Babar said in a video released by the Pakistan Cricket Twitter handle.
“We didn’t lose because of one person. We all lost as a team. Nobody should point fingers at one person. This should not happen, not in this team. As a team we lost and we will win as a team. We have to stick together, remember that,” the skipper added.
Babar also pointed out positives
He also addressed the fact that they can learn positive lessons from this match.
“We have had good performances as well, so look at those also. The small mistakes that were made, we need to work on those as a team,” he said.
The captain also told Mohammad Nawaz, who bowled the last over, to not to take the result to heart.
“Don’t worry Nawaz. You are my match winner and I will always believe in you. You will win matches for me. It was a pressure game but you took it very close so very well done,” Babar said to his bowler as the dressing room erupted in applause.
“Whatever it is, leave it here. Going ahead, we will start afresh. As a team, we played very well and we have to continue like this. Wish you all the best,” he concluded.
IND Vs PAK T20 WC Match Summary
Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan, who both lost their wickets to World Cup rookie Arshdeep Singh, failed to make an influence on the game. After losing their first two wickets with only 15 runs on the board in the fourth over, Iftikhar Ahmed’s 34-ball 51 and Shan Masood’s unbeaten 52 off 42 balls provided Pakistan with the necessary support.
Arshdeep Singh, who finished with figures of 3/32 in four overs at the legendary pitch, was one of India’s most effective bowlers in the much anticipated match of the tournament. While Hardik Pandya was also handy with the ball as he bagged 3 wickets too in 4 overs.
India too faced a shaky start while chasing a 160-run target. At one stage they were at 31 for 4, but a partnership of 113 between Virat Kohli and Hardik Pandya turned the game around.
Pandya played a good knock of 40 in 37 alongside ex-skipper. But, it was Virat Kohli, who starred with bat and scored unbeaten 82 off 53 to help India cross the finishing line.