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Sarfaraz stands by decision to bowl first against India

Sarfaraz Ahmed, in a post-match press conference following the team’s defeat to India, stood by his decision to bowl first but acknowledged that the Green Shirts have not been performing well in all three departments.

On Sunday, India secured a comfortable 89-run victory against Pakistan via the Duckworth-Lewis method in the tournament’s most anticipated group match.

Pakistan is yet to win a World Cup match against its cricketing rival, with yesterday’s loss being the seventh one.

When asked if, in hindsight, he believed his team should have opted to bat first, Sarfaraz said: “I think we won a good toss. I think we didn’t capitalise that [to the fullest] — when we saw the pitch, a little bit of moisture on the pitch, we used the conditions. I think we didn’t hit the right areas and created for the hitters while they played really well through that.”

Replying to a question about whether the responsibility for the loss lies on the senior players, the skipper said: “I think you need to talk about the whole team — I think whole team is not performing well in all three departments.”

“If you see today’s match, I think the batsmen made a good start. I think Babar and Fakhar played really well but unfortunately, we lost too many wickets and that was the turning point — that’s why we lost today,” Sarfaraz said, acknowledging that the team failed to capitalise on the opportunities that were presented to them throughout the match.

The skipper also defended his decision to drop a specialist batsman and bowler to make room for two all-rounders. “We were going with five bowlers and six batters. So I think our decision was right.”

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