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Legendary Pakistan seamer Waqar Younis believes that there were two key reasons why the national team lost their World Cup match against India on Sunday.
Waqar noted that captain Sarfraz Ahmed should have chosen to bat first instead of bowl when he won the toss.
The other problem was that when Pakistan were bowling, they were inconsistent and wayward with their deliveries, which made it easy for the Indian batsmen to score runs.
Opening batsman Rohit Sharma starred for India as he scored a 113-ball 140 to lead his side to an 89-run win via the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern method against Pakistan.
India’s victory extended their unbeaten streak against Pakistan as they have now won all seven of their meetings against their arch-rivals in the World Cup.
“Of course, Sarfraz got it wrong at the toss; especially when you’re playing two spinners and you decide to bowl first,” Waqar wrote in his column for the International Cricket Council (ICC) as quoted by The News International. “More than that though, I feel that they got it wrong with the ball in hand. They struggled to put the ball in good areas on a regular basis, and it was easy pickings for the Indian batsmen.
“India have very classy batsmen, let’s not forget. They wait for the bad ball, and didn’t have to do much against the Pakistan attack given the inconsistency in the length.”
Pakistan’s next World Cup match will be against South Africa at Lord’s on Sunday.