This game can be cruel, says Ramiz Raja
Pakistan lost to India by 4 wickets on Sunday
Pakistan failed to defend 159 at the MCG
Pakistan have lost 2 out of 3 T20Is against India in 2022
By India Today Web Desk: Ramiz Raja, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief, lauded the Men in Green for their wholehearted efforts in the T20 World Cup 2022 Super 12 match. On Sunday, October 23, Pakistan lost to India by four wickets at the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground.
After Iftikhar Ahmed’s half-century helped Pakistan score 159, their bowlers pushed India on to the backfoot with some early wickets. However, Virat Kohli and Hardik Pandya took the match away from them with a 113-run stand for the fifth wicket.
Raza, in the meantime, accepted the fact that winning and losing are part and parcel of the game. The veteran reckoned that Babar Azam and Co. couldn’t have played any better than they did at the MCG.
Raja took to Twitter and wrote, “A classic! You win some, you lose some and, as we all know, this game can be cruel and unfair. Couldn’t have given more with bat and ball. Very proud of the effort!”
A classic! You win some you lose some and as we all know this game can be cruel and unfair .#TeamPakistan couldn’t have given more with bat and ball. Very proud of the effort! — Ramiz Raja (@iramizraja) October 23, 2022
With 16 runs to win off the last over, India got over the line off the last ball. Mohammad Nawaz couldn’t hold his nerve in the last over despite picking up the wickets of Hardik and Dinesh Karthik.
Later, Babar said that Pakistan held back Nawaz because they wanted to break Hardik and Kohli’s partnership desperately.
It was a tight match and the bowlers did well in the first 10 overs as it wasn’t easy. Credit goes to Hardik Pandya and Virat Kohli, for the way they shifted the momentum and finished the match,” Babar was quoted as saying in the post-match press conference.
Basically, the plan was to introduce our main bowlers because we needed wickets and build pressure as a partnership was building. But unfortunately, it didn’t happen. Virat Kohli showed his class and Nawaz also did well. It was a close match,” he added.