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Shoaib Akhtar 'shocked' at Pakistan's loss in second ODI

18 July, 2013

KARACHI: Former Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar said Wednesday he was amazed at Pakistan's disappointing performance in the second one-day international (ODI) against the West Indies in Georgetown, Guyana on Tuesday.

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“Pakistan team gave dead West Indies team a new lease of life with dismal show after a thrashing them by 126 runs in the first ODI,” he said after Misbah's team suffered a surprise 37-run loss. “What was the purpose of winning and allowing the West Indies to bat first on a good batting track,” he questioned Misbahul Haq's decision. “There was nothing in the pitch to put the West Indies to bat first. It was a big mistake by Misbah to chase instead of batting first himself,” he told a private TV channel.

“This West Indies side were at their lowest ebb after being bowled out for 98 in the first ODI. Misbah & co allowed the West Indies such a great comeback,” he lamented. He said there was no planning in batting and no batsmen was told its role. “We were badly lacking in batting plan. No batsman was given proper role which was evident throughout the match,” he said. “A team can only perform well when their top four batsmen carry them to 30-35 overs before going for attack in the last 10-15 overs,” he remarked.

Left handed opener Nasir Jamshed scored half century after getting five chances and over-rated Umer Akmal again miserably failed to finish the match despite chasing a modest 233 to win the match. Lanky off spinner Sunil Narine captured top 4 wickets for 26 runs as Pakistan crashed for 196 runs with 13 balls to spare. Shoaib said Pakistan batting can improve by giving them only net sessions. “The batsmen must be given targets to attuned with the match situation in practice and club matches to improve their skills,” he suggested.

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