‘Embarrassing, change your mentality’: Shoaib Akhtar hits out at Pakistan after Super Over defeat to Zimbabwe
Former fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar has once again come down hard at the Pakistan cricket team for its performance against Zimbabwe in the third ODI in Rawalpindi on Tuesday. Pakistan, who had already claimed the ODI series with wins in the first two matches, lost the dead rubber in a Super Over after the match ended in a tie with both teams scoring identical total of 278.
Akhtar expressed his disappointment via a tweet, calling the result ‘embarrassing’ and urging the Pakistan team to ‘change its mentality’. “Embarrassing. Losing to Zimbabwe is an issue. You lose some, you win some however you have to be progressive. We weren’t expressive. Change your mentality before you become history,” he tweeted.
For Zimbabwe, who were batting first, Sean Ervine scored a century and remained unbeaten on 118 to form the backbone of the team’s total of 278/6, supported by Brendan Taylor’s half-century and a vital 45 by Sikander Raza down the order. Fast bowler Mohammad Hasnain claimed a five-wicket haul, finishing with impressive figures of 5/26.
In reply, Pakistan’s chase was led by their captain Babar Azam, who notched up his 12th ODI century. While the rest of the Pakistan batsmen failed to offer much resistance, Azam stitched a 100-run partnership with Wahab Riaz, who scored a fifty of his own. Blessing Murazabani scalped a five-for which restricted Pakistan to 278/9.
In the Super Over, batting first, Pakistan scored just two runs with Iftikhar Ahmed Khushdil Shah getting out Muzarabani. With Shaheen Afridi bowling, Raza hit a boundary third ball to seal the win for Zimbabwe.
Enter your email to get our daily newsletter in your inbox
- Pant was selected for the 2019 Cricket World Cup due to his ability to win games single-handedly. But Pant did not enjoy a fruitful outing as he failed to perform at the level expected of him and soon his displays with the bat also started to diminish in coming matches.
- When the India wicket-keeper finally manage to spare some time for a chat – albeit with the permission from his daughter and wife, it didn’t take him much time to don the imaginary keeping gloves and gather the bouncer-like questions with utmost ease during.
- Former captain Ricky Ponting has pointed out at the lacklustre performance of Starc in the last two Test matches against India and has said that the left-arm paceman needs to swing the ball in every condition to retain his place in the team that will travel to take on South Africa soon.
- England resumed at 339-9 and added only five runs before being dismissed and handing Sri Lanka a 37-run first-innings lead.
- Bangladesh vs West Indies: The former captain became the first player in international cricket to reach this milestone in a single country.