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Legendary Pakistan batsman Zaheer Abbas has lashed out at the national team for their less than impressive performance against India in the Asia Cup.
Pakistan opted to bat first in the highly-anticipated game, but were skittled out for a dismal score of 162. During their innings, the men in green had 160 dot balls out of 259 they played.
As a result of their dismal score, India cruised to victory by eight wickets with 21 overs to spare.
“It was a highly unprofessional performance from Pakistan,” Abbas told The News International. “Poor approach from the batsmen. I was expecting a much better showing from our batsmen.
“The conditions weren’t bad for batting and though I believe the Indians have a good bowling attack, it wasn’t that great. We could have easily scored 270-280 and that would have been a defendable total.
“But our approach after opting to bat was bad, to say the least. Our batsmen were unable to push for the singles. They took one run when they could have gone for two and took two when three runs were very much a possibility. That’s why there were so many dot balls and if you are not putting runs on the board you are bound to come under pressure.
“After a slow start our batsmen should have struck with the plan and should have tried to consolidate. But most of them threw away their wickets playing rash shots. That’s unacceptable because it’s not Twenty20 cricket. It’s a fifty over match and the least you can do is make sure that you play the full quota of overs and give your bowlers something to defend.”
Abbas said that Pakistan should take a page from India’s book and look to mimic how their arch-rivals played when they were chasing down the 163 runs they needed to win.
“The Indian batsmen played very professionally. They didn’t take any risks but they didn’t shy from scoring runs either,” Abbas said. “I was impressed with how Rohit crafted his innings. He rotated the strike and never wasted any opportunity to score runs.
“The bad part was that you didn’t see any real will to go out there and make a match out of it. Our bowlers were unable to rise to the occasion. They were unable to put any worthwhile pressure on the Indian batsmen.”
Pakistan will face India again in the Super Four stage of the Asia Cup on Sunday, and Abbas is optimistic that the men in green will triumph this time around.
“There are very capable batsmen in the Pakistan team. If players like Fakhar Zaman get going then we have a great chance of beating any team,” he said. “The one thing our batsmen need to do is not repeat the same mistakes that they committed.”