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Pakistan batsman Babar Azam believes that the national team’s loss to the West Indies in their World Cup opener was the reason why they failed to qualify for the semi-finals.
Pakistan were skittled out for 105 in that match, which the West Indies won by seven wickets with 218 balls to spare.
While Pakistan won their last four games against South Africa, New Zealand, Afghanistan and Bangladesh, they failed to reach the semi-finals since New Zealand had a better net run rate than them.
“This loss followed the team till our last group match and it was unfortunate that we [are] out of the last four on the basis of run rate despite being equal with New Zealand [on] 11 points,” Azam was quoted as saying by The Nation. “We did well in the last four games and made a strong comeback by defeating New Zealand, South Africa, Afghanistan and Bangladesh after our morale-boosting win over England, but it was not enough to take us to the semi-finals.”