“The boys were brilliant with the ball and the field. But again we didn’t finish well, we didn’t control our nerves at the end. We didn’t give up at any stage. We thought that chasing 130 is tough, like Bangladesh the other day. The fielders supported the bowlers a lot. We have two options for the bowlers, slower balls and yorkers, and sadly we couldn’t execute it when we needed to. Tomorrow we will play with the same energy. Thanks to the fans for the lovely support.
“To be honest, it was quite a tense environment in the dressing room. We couldn’t build partnerships like the last few games, but the way Naseem finished it, you could see the mahaul (vibe) after that. Rashid, Mujeeb, and Nabi are one of the best so you need to take chances with them but the main plan was to take it deep. The way we started bowling, we did well. The way we kept them down to 130, want to give credit to the bowlers. As I said before, the lack of partnerships made the game close. (Last over) I was in the dressing room. But in the back of my mind, I thought it is cricket, and I have seen Naseem bat like this, so I had a little bit of belief. This reminded me of Javed Miandad’s six in Sharjah. The way our momentum is going, we want to continue and not repeat our mistakes. The next game will be a new game.”
Player of the Match goes to Shadab Khan for his 26-ball 36 and 1 for 27 with the ball:
“It has been a good tournament so far for me. Playing in UAE helps us – PSL and other series. We have that advantage. (Sharjah pitch compared to Dubai) Personally, I didn’t find much difference. It was a bit low. The way the target was and the way we batted, the pitch did not reflect that. I played a rash shot but should’ve finished it since I was set. If I hadn’t been out rashly, the game would’ve finished much earlier. You know spinners do well here in Sharjah, so as a bowling unit we wanted to keep it tight. (Nawaz-Shadab combo) To keep the run rate in check, you need to produce dot balls.
That makes batters play rash shots and you can take wickets. If I don’t give runs, then Nawaz will take the wickets. And vice-versa. (Flexible batting order) Nawaz and I try to bat according to the game’s situation. Because they have more spinners, I told Babar I should bat higher. Even Babar felt so since I play spinners well. Nawaz and I have been playing club cricket for years, I knew him first as a batter itself. (Naseem’s sixes) Those sixes will always be remembered. Our management has promoted our bowlers to bat a bit because you don’t know what situation will come in a game. Our bowlers also have calibers to finish games with the bat”
Catch of the Match
goes to Azmatullah Omarzai for his role in the dismissal of Shadab Khan.
Pakistan vs Afghanistan T20I Highlights today, Wednesday 7-9-2022. Super 4 (N), Asia Cup 2022 from Sharjah Cricket Stadium.