'India ne marwa diya humein'- Shoaib Akhtar disappointed after India's loss dented Pakistan's semi final hopes

India suffered a narrow defeat against the Proteas on Sunday in Perth.

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South Africa halted India's juggernaut after handing Rohit Sharma's side their first loss in the T20 World Cup. India's disappointing defeat leaves them needing two wins in their remaining matches against Bangladesh and Zimbabwe to seal their place in the semi-final. But their arch-rivals, who needed India to win against the Proteas, need favors from other teams. Former Pakistani speedster Shoaib Akhtar was left disappointed after India's loss.

Pakistan's fate in the tournament depends on the results of other teams, but India's defeat to South Africa have dented their hopes massively. Although the Men in Green got off their mark in the tournament after breezing past the Netherlands, their two losses against India and Zimbabwe in the opening two fixtures have slimmed their hopes of progressing through to the knock stages.

Former Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Akhtar, who is known for his outlandish remarks, expressed his disappointment on India's loss in his own unique tone. He initially blamed India for denting Pakistan's hopes in a cheeky statement before accepting Pakistan's poor performance in the opening two matches.

“India ne marwa diya humein (India just spoiled our chances). Actually, we hurt ourselves. It’s not India’s fault, we played so badly and left our fate to others. I was wishing India would come strong and hard. But I was wishing that somehow India come out victorious and we get a chance. But ab to ye lag raha hai South Africa humein bhi phenti lagane ko tayyar hoga (But now it seems that South Africa is ready to thrash us as well).

"Playing over these pitches isn’t easy, and India left us very disappointed. Had their batters been a bit more patient and not hurried, then 150 would have been a winning total. But South Africa used their experienced players very well. Miller the killer, bringing all his experience along with Markram was fantastic. Lungi Ngidi did wonders; not much pace, but he got wickets with short balls and seam as well,” Akhtar said in his latest YouTube video.