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Afridi points to poor batting

Published: Thursday, October 28, 2010, 15:36 [IST]
 
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Afridi points to poor batting

Pakistan T20 captain Shahid Afridi has blasted his team's batsmen, himself included, after Pakistan's 0-2 drubbing in Twenty20 Series by South Africa in Abu Dhabi. Pakistan managed a mere 119 and 120 in their two innings, scores that were easily surpassed by their opponents. Afridi made 25 and 3 while most of the other batsmen including Imran Farhat, Shahzaib Hussein, Mohammad Hafeez and Umar Akmal fared poorly.

"Our batting was a major let down. None of them did well," Afridi said after the second game, which South Africa won by six wickets. "My performance was crucial for the team and I also failed to deliver.

However, Afridi looks forward to the ODI series with some positivity. "I am sure we can do far better in the ODIs, since I believe that we have players who have good temperament and can play the 50 overs comfortably."

The performance of the bowlers was encouraging with Afridi and Mohammed Hafeez conceding just 32 runs between them in eight overs in the second match. Meanwhile, offspinner Saeed Ajmal gave away just 18 runs in his four overs in the first game. "The conditions suited the batsmen, but despite that, our bowlers stuck to a good line and bowled brilliantly," Afridi said.

Pakistan cricket, emerging from a spot-fixing controversy, has fallen on hard times and Afridi stated there was pressure on players. "Yes, the players are under pressure, but we have to put that aside and concentrate and keep ourselves focused," he said.

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