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Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed has admitted that the team’s loss to Australia was the “turning point” in their World Cup campaign.
Pakistan lost to Australia by 41 runs and were then crushed by 89 runs via the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern method in their clash against arch-rivals India.
In addition to the defeat to Australia, Sarfraz believes that the pitches the men in green played on were difficult as the “ball was not coming on the bat”.
“The turning point was the loss against Australia,” he was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo. “We were in a better position to win that game but lost the way in the middle overs.
“And if you look at the pitches, they were not for free and open cricket, all the matches they were tough for batting, spin was there and the ball was not coming on the bat.”
Pakistan now face a near impossible task to qualify for the semi-finals as they have to beat Bangladesh by over 300 runs in their clash at Lord’s on Friday.
Should Pakistan fail to do this, New Zealand will join Australia, India and England in the last four.