Babar Azam, the Pakistan cricket team’s captain, offered his insights following Pakistan’s 62-run loss to Australia at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru, India.
According to Babar, Pakistan’s fielding and bowling performance in the initial 34 overs were the main reasons for their defeat. A missed opportunity was pointed out by him when a catch from David Warner was dropped.
“The first 34 overs in our bowling and fielding made all the difference. We missed the chance with Warner, and players like him capitalize on such opportunities. I credit our fast bowlers and spinners for their strong comeback in the last 15 overs, consistently hitting the right lengths and the stumps,” Azam stated during the post-match ceremony.
Babar Azam also addressed Pakistan’s batting issues, stressing that the team struggled to form significant partnerships during their innings.
“We conveyed to the batsmen that we had the capability to pursue this target. We’ve done it in the past, and the conditions favor batting under the lights. We began well with a solid opening partnership. While we had a few small partnerships, we needed more substantial ones in the middle. Frankly, we need to perform better in the first ten overs with the ball and build strong partnerships in the middle with the bat,” he added.
Australia set a challenging target of 368 runs for Pakistan, who started strongly with a 134-run opening partnership but needed significant middle-order partnerships to stay competitive after losing both openers.
Unfortunately, wickets were lost consistently, and despite Iftikhar Ahmed’s determined performance, they were bowled out for 305 runs in 45.3 overs.
Australia, batting first, scored 367 runs, a record high against Pakistan in a World Cup match. Pakistan’s Shaheen Afridi shone as the standout bowler, securing his second World Cup five-wicket haul with five wickets in the match.