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Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed has revealed that there were a number of key reasons why his side lost their World Cup match against Australia on Wednesday.
Sarfraz noted that Pakistan lost three wickets in the space of just 15 balls during their chase of 308 to win.
He added that the bowlers conceded too many runs in the first 30 overs and admitted that Pakistan’s top four couldn’t play a long innings and get a big score.
Opener Imam-ul-Haq scored 53, while Babar Azam and Mohammad Hafeez made 30 and 46 respectively.
“We lost that match because we lost three wickets in 15 balls,” he was quoted as saying by PakPassion. “Wahab Riaz and Hasan Ali batted well and we fought well.
“Too many runs were conceded in the first 30 overs, with the exception of Mohammad Amir, the bowlers did not bowl well although we did come back and fight well. For me this was a 270-280 pitch.
“If you want to win matches, your top four need to perform really well. We did make runs but we didn’t play long innings like Imam played for his 53, Hafeez for 45; Babar also played good but he did not play a long innings.
“The India Pakistan match is a big one and we will try our level best against them.”