Shan Masood, a batsman for Pakistan, cautioned that his “demoralized” team must rapidly pick itself up. And maintain its faith if they are to save their waning Twenty20 World Cup hopes. Four days after agonizingly losing India in their tournament opener, Pakistan was shocked by Zimbabwe’s one run on Thursday in Perth.
One of the pre-tournament favourites, they must now win every game they have left, beginning on Sunday against the Netherlands, and pray that other outcomes go their way. Sikandar Raza, a Zimbabwean all-rounder born in Pakistan who took three crucial wickets in the space of nine balls, including Masood, caused Pakistan to wobble in their pursuit after their spinners had reduced Zimbabwe to 130-8. Pakistan came up barely short when the final was over, needing 11 runs.
“We have three games that are in our hands. Yes, we have to depend on few other results, but that’s the beauty of sport,” Masood. As he made 44 before Zimbabwe choked Pakistan to 129-8, told reporters in Perth.
“There are funny things that have happened in sport and we are going to believe and we are going to give it all in these three games.”
“There is a disappointment, no doubt. To lose two matches with fine margins is very demoralizing as we know the importance of every point in this group,” Masood said.
“But till the tournament doesn’t end, we can’t think ahead and can’t look ahead. What we can do now is to find our mistakes and to win the next three matches.”
He added: “To overcome this disappointment we have to come out on the ground and play well. It’s only a good performance on Sunday that will help us feel better.”
“Our combination works around them and they are the world’s best batsmen — world’s top-five T20 batsmen. Other than that it’s everyone’s responsibility. So, I don’t think anybody will hide from the fact they did not finish their job.”
“I think I was in a decent position to finish the game,” he said.
“And I will take it upon myself — these are the games you should win for your country, especially when you are the last leading batsman.
“I am very disappointed.”