Babar Azam, Pakistan’s cricket captain, has said that his team’s bowlers handed up too many runs, resulting in the team’s loss in the second T20 against England.
Babar Azam observed in the post-match press conference on Sunday that the batsmen were unable to maintain the momentum after the opening partnership.
England set a 201-run target for Pakistan, who were limited to 155 for nine in their 20 overs. Before the skipper was dropped for 22 by Saqib Mahmood, Azam and Mohammad Rizwan contributed 50 runs in 5.4 overs.
Pakistan’s chase faded after Azam’s demise, as the tourists lost wickets at regular intervals. Adil Rashid, Mark Parkinson, and Moeen Ali, England’s spin bowling trio, dismissed Sohaib Maqsood (15), Mohammad Hafeez (10), Fakhar Zaman (8), and Azam Khan (1).
Rizwan led the team in scoring with 37 points from 29 balls. Shadab Khan maintained his lead with 36 off 22 balls (two fours, three sixes). For England, Imad Wasim scored 20 runs, Saqib took three wickets for 33 runs, and Adil and Moeen each took two wickets for 30 and 32 runs.
Azam acknowledged the team’s faults on the field and stated that they would not repeat them in the upcoming encounter and will strive to play good cricket.
Pakistan pacer Shaheen Afridi said earlier on Saturday that the team needs help if it loses [a match or a series].
Shaheen Afridi was named Player of the Match after taking 3 for 30 in 3.2 overs against England in the Twenty20 series opener on Friday.
“Pakistan won the first Twenty20 International by demonstrating the best teamwork,” Shah stated. “The coaches helped us through difficult times and instilled confidence in us.”
The green shirts couldn’t play their best throughout the one-day international series matches, according to Afridi. He admitted, “We played horribly in the ODI series.” “It was a difficult period.”