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Afridi frustrated over performance

Published: Saturday, October 30, 2010, 11:46 [IST]
 
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Afridi frustrated over performance

Pakistan's ODI and Twenty20 captain Shahid Afridi was again left appalled at his team's dismal performances as they slipped to an eight-wicket defeat in the opening one-day match against South Africa in the UAE.

After winning the toss and electing to bat first, Pakistan crumbled from 140 for 1 to 203 all out in 49 overs, losing nine wickets for 63 runs in the process, the Daily Times reported.

Returning to the international side for the first time since he was banned after a controversial tour to Australia earlier this year, Younus Khan hit two boundaries during his 75-ball 54 runs stand, before he was dismissed leg before wicket by Botha, who also got rid of Mohammad Hafeez for 68 runs.

"He (Younis) and Hafeez did well with that partnership, but later on we did not do well." Afridi said. "The rest of the guys didn't stick to the plans. A few of the guys are going through a tough time at the moment, but hopefully we will bounce back in the coming games."

The skipper showed his disappointment with his side's batting performance, saying, "I am frustrated about the batting, which is struggling, but we will try to do some extra practice and try to improve.The bowling and fielding are perfect, we need to bat with better plans and last 50 overs."

Man-of-the-match Lonwabo Tsotsobe was the chief demolisher of the Pakistanis, snatching career-best figures of four for 27.

South Africa vice-captain Johan Botha showered praises on him along with the rest of the bowlers, saying, "We were always happy with restricting them to 203. Lonwabo did a good job and all the guys chipped in nicely."

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