Asia Cup 2018: Shahid Afridi shows his support to Pakistan after a thumping loss
Pakistan went down meekly against India.
Updated - Sep 24, 2018 1:23 pm
Pakistan looked out of confidence in the crucial Super Four clash against India on Sunday. They surrendered meekly while defending a below-par total of 237 runs and it was the opening duo of Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan who enjoyed their stay in the middle against them. While the Men in Green are being criticised for their performances, the former Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi has come out in their support and hopes that they will make a strong comeback in the tournament.
After winning the toss and opting to bat first, the openers looked under pressure due to which the run-rate was low from the word go. They took their time to settle but didn’t make up for it which cost the team. The middle-order led by Shoaib Malik did the repair work yet again. However, the run-scoring was an issue during the whole innings. Moreover, the likes of Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar didn’t give anything away at the death which meant that Pakistan couldn’t post a daunting total on the board.
In response, the Indian batsmen didn’t make any fuss about the total as their openers did the bulk of the scoring and won the game easily by nine wickets.
Afridi backs Sarfraz and Co
Shahid Afridi who had wished Pakistan team ahead of the game as well looked must’ve been disappointed with their lacklustre show. But he was confident of Sarfraz Ahmed’s troops and felt that they will make a stunning comeback in the tournament. “Well played India! Hope Sarfraz and boys will make a great comeback. This tournament is still alive for Pakistan. Let’s do it! We are all behind you guys,” he wrote in his tweet.
Meanwhile, with Bangladesh winning against Afghanistan last night, their game against Pakistan is now a virtual semi-final. The winner of the encounter will meet India in the title clash on Friday.
Here’s Afridi’s tweet:
Well player India! Hope Sarfraz and boys will make a great comeback. This tournament is still alive for Pakistan. Let's do it! 🇵🇰 We are all behind you guys.
— Shahid Afridi (@SAfridiOfficial) September 23, 2018