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We should have scored around 150 runs, laments Pakistan captain

Last updated on: March 22, 2014 10:40 IST

We should have scored around 150 runs, laments Pakistan captain

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Pakistan captain Mohammed Hafeez rued that his side could not keep up the momentum during the death overs in their seven-wicket defeat at the hands of arch-rivals India in their World T20 campaign opener in Mirpur on Friday.

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"In this kind of track we should have scored around 150 runs which would have been a good target. But we fell short. We lost the momentum between the 16th, 17th and 18th over. Umar Akmal and Shoaib Malik were having a good partnership and we thought that they would take us to 150," a disappointed Hafeez said.


Image: Pakistan's captain Mohammad Hafeez, left, tries to take a run as India's captain and wicketkeeper MS Dhoni throws a ball
Photographs: Andrew Biraj/Reuters

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'We have not won against India in World Cups'

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Pakistan's woeful record against India in the 50-over World Cup and World T20 continued as they have now lost their fourth straight match in the shortest format's marquee event.

"I don't think that there is any special reason that we have not won against India in World Cups. Hopefully, we will do that next time. But now this match is history and we need to look forward. We can look at the positives from the match. Young Bilawal Bhatti bowled really well," Hafeez said.

The Pakistan skipper felt that the wicket was difficult for batting.

"It was not an easy wicket to bat on as the ball stopped coming onto the bat. There was a bit of spongy bounce. Shoaib and Umar had a good partnership before it slipped between the 16th and 18th overs."

While stating that dew was not a big factor in the match, he admitted that batting became easier in the second innings.


Image: Pakistan's Umar Akmal reacts after teammate Shoaib Malik is dismissed by India's captain and wicketkeeper MS Dhoni
Photographs: Andrew Biraj/Reuters

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'We were ready for the challenge'

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About Saeed Ajmal opening the bowling, Hafeez said that he is their main wicket-taking option.

"Ajmal is our strike bowler and we use him as a wicket-taking option."

Hafeez said that he expected India to go in with three specialist spinners and Pakistan ready for the challenge.

"We were ready for it but we have to give Amit Mishra his due. He really bowled well as he was not afraid to toss the ball up to the batsman," said Hafeez.


Image: Bhuvneshwar Kumar (second from right) is congratulated by his teammates after catching Mohammad Hafeez
Photographs: Andrew Biraj/Reuters

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