T20 World Cup: Pakistan ‘lost sleep’ over losses but bounced back, says Shan Masood | Cricket News


ADELAIDE: Pakistan batsman Shan Masood On Saturday praised his side’s character for fighting back to stay in the hunt for a semi-final spot after losing their first two matches at the Twenty20 World Cup.
Captain Babar AzamThe team need to win their final Super 12 game against Bangladesh in Adelaide on Sunday – and for other results to go their way – to clinch a place in the last four.
Pakistan suffered heartbreaking losses to arch-rivals India and Zimbabwe before finding form to beat South Africa in a dramatic, rain-hit Sydney match on Thursday.
“The timing of the losses was costly for us because we are still not in that top two position,” Masood told reporters.
“But we didn’t lose hope. Life teaches us hard lessons and this was one of them. The way it affected the boys, they lost sleep, their morale went down. And how we reacted after those setbacks our character showed up and it was a big deal.
“The best way to come out of failure is to learn from your mistakes. If we look at it from a balanced point of view, then we see the team has responded well since the defeat against Zimbabwe.”
Pakistan, currently third in the open Group 2 table, can advance if India lose to Zimbabwe in the final league match on Sunday. They are also in if South Africa lose their showdown against the Netherlands or the match is a washout.
Masood said the way Pakistan fought back to post 185-9 against South Africa after being 43-4 in trouble, and then won by 33 runs through the DLS method, boosted the morale of the team lifted.
“The mood is good. South Africa dominated the early stages of the game, but the way we came back and bowled well, even after the rain break, kept our momentum going,” says Masood.
“So we will focus on taking two points from the Bangladesh game and that is in our hands. Hope will always be there until the last ball is bowled in this group.”
Bangladesh, who have narrow victories over Netherlands and Zimbabwe, also have a slim chance of going through if they win against Pakistan at the Adelaide Oval.
The Tigers gave India a scare in their previous match – decidedly by the DLS method – and are level on four points with Pakistan, but with a much lower run rate.
But technical consultant Sridharan Sriram said he was proud of the performance his boys put up in this tournament.
“This is the best tournament that Bangladesh has ever played in a T20 World Cup,” Sriram told reporters.
“We’ve never won two games in Super 12s in the history of Bangladesh cricket, so we did that, so I think the boys should be proud of themselves.”


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