Mohammad Hafeez happy with Pakistan’s positive run-chase against India
Pakistan T20 captain Mohammad Hafeez has expressed satisfaction at the positive way his side went for run-chase against India in a crucial warm-up game on Monday.
Just a day before the start of the World T20, the arch-rivals met in a tense encounter. As expected, the Indian batting line-up got the better of Pakistan’s bowling attack.
After Virender Sehwag’s quick 26 runs, Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma took the responsibility, and hit boundaries with authority. The Green Shirts were completely helpless in front of their class.
Sharma finally lost his wicket in the 19th over after scoring 56 runs off 40 balls. Kohli, at the other end, continued his classy work, and returned unbeaten on 75. The right-hander, who narrowly escaped a swinging beamer from Mohammad Sami, smashed
seven boundaries and a couple of towering sixes.
He ensured a gigantic total of 185 runs, which looked impossible for the Cornered Tigers, considering the inconsistency they have in the batting department. But it was certainly Pakistan’s day.
Mohammad Hafeez clattered 38 runs to set a solid platform. Kamran Akmal emerged as star of the show, as he smashed an unbeaten innings of 92 runs. His innings includes five fours and six sixes. Shoaib Malik also played well, and added 37 runs to the total.
The Men in Green eventually overhauled the target in 19.1 overs.
Talking to Sanjay Manjrekar at end of the game, Hafeez said: "The way the boys approached the chase was very positive. We knew if India could post that total, we knew we could get it if we worked hard. Kamran Akmal was exceptional. The experience of Malik
was also the key. He supported Kamran really well. The bowlers tried hard, but things didn’t work out for them today."
MS Dhoni, the losing skipper, shared, "It was a good game. We gave a few too may runs with the new ball, but apart from that it was a good game for all of us. It’s a difficult choice [whether to pick an extra bowler]. I have part-timers who can be used,
and we are a side that is comfortable playing seven batsmen."