I have never seen a more off colour Pakistan team: Ramiz Raja
Following their defeat, Pakistan were also eliminated from the tournament.
Updated - Sep 27, 2018 12:13 pm
Pakistan’s campaign in the ongoing Asia Cup in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) ended yesterday with their defeat against Bangladesh by 37 runs in the final Super 4 match at Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi. After losing the toss, the Men in Green jolted their opponents with three early bowls courtesy of some fiery bowling from the likes of Junaid Khan and Shaheen Shah Afridi.
However, Mohammad Mithun and Mushfiqur Rahim put on 144 runs for the fourth wicket to bail the Tigers out of jail. The stand was broken by right-arm speedster Hasan Ali. Nevertheless, Bangladesh staved off the Pakistani attack and were eventually bowled out for 239 runs in 48.5 overs. Junaid, who played his first match of the event, picked up an impressive four-wicket haul.
Ramiz lashes out at Pakistan team
During the run-chase, Babar Azam, Fakhar Zaman and skipper Sarfraz Ahmed perished in quick succession. But Shoaib Malik and Imam-ul-Haq put their heads down to resurrect the innings, which they managed to some extent with a 67-run stand. Mashrafe Mortaza took a stupendous catch inside the circle to get rid of Malik and break the ominous-looking partnership.
Thereafter, Imam tried his heart out to keep Pakistan in the match and scored 83 runs, but following his dismissal, the writing was on the wall for the Men in Green. Following their defeat, they were also eliminated from the tournament. In the meantime, Ramiz Raja, the former Pakistani cricketer, reckons that he hasn’t seen a more lacklustre Pakistan team for a long time.
He took to Twitter and wrote, “I have never seen a more subdued and off colour Pakistan team in months.. Mistakes more mistakes and same mistakes!! if its mistake manual had gone for printing it would have been a read of thousand pages!!,”
Here is Ramiz Raja’s tweet
I have never seen a more subdued and off colour Pakistan team in months.. Mistakes more mistakes and same mistakes!! if its mistake manual had gone for printing it would have been a read of thousand pages!!
— Ramiz Raja (@iramizraja) September 26, 2018