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Batting collapse responsible for defeat against Zimbabwe: Babar Azam

Skipper Babar Azam attributes batting failure to the humiliating defeat against Zimbabwe in the second match of the T20 World Cup.

Zimbabwe defeated Pakistan by 1 one run. Pakistan had to chase the target of 131 runs but fell short. Speaking to the press following the match, Babar Azam said that Zimbabwe outplayed Pakistan in all three formats, and there is no excuse for such defeat.

“We did not bowl well the way we should’ve bowled in first six overs and allowed them to score quick runs, though we made a comeback and did well to restrict them at130,” he said.

“But then, while chasing, our batting collapsed after Shadab’s wicket, and that’s where we lost the game, it was due to the batting line collapse,” the skipper said.

Babar called it a hard moment for himself after such a defeat when no one was expecting Pakistan to lose to Zimbabwe.

“As a captain, I accept that we didn’t play well, especially since we didn’t bat the way we should’ve batted today,” he said.

“We are much better than how we played today,” the star batter lamented.

After losing two consecutive matches in the tournament and on the brink of being eliminated, Babar still believes Pakistan will make a strong comeback in the tournament.

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“We will try to do well in the next three games and try to win them convincingly and improve our net run rate to stay in contention to play the semifinal,” he hoped.

Cricket analysts and commentators believe it would be a miracle that Pakistan will qualify for the semi-finals depending on many ‘ifs’ and ‘buts’. Meanwhile, cricket fans are disappointed following the defeat. Pakistan Cricket Team is subjected to harsh and destructive criticism. Opening pair Babar Azam and Muhammad Rizwan are criticized the most by cricket fans on social media.