Pakistan to bounce back from India loss, says Malik

Published: February 28, 2016


DHAKA: Pakistan miscalculated the pitch in the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka and will learn from their mistakes after a crushing five-wicket loss to bitter rivals India, batsman Shoaib Malik said Sunday.

Pakistan were bundled out for a paltry 83 in Saturday’s crucial T20 tie against M.S. Dhoni’s side. They must win against the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Monday to keep their Asia Cup hope alive.

The game has an added significance as it will make Pakistan the first team to play 100 Twenty20 internationals.

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“Playing against India, it’s a pressure game for both the teams,” Malik said after a training session in Dhaka.

“We made some mistakes, [but] we didn’t know what the conditions would be here. It was tough to bat yesterday. But we miscalculated somewhat, because we had no idea about the conditions [as it was our first match],” he said.

“Now we have played. Now we know how to deal with it. It’s going to be a great game against UAE. Obviously, you learn from your mistakes, and that’s why we are here doing practice,” Malik added.

India face Pakistan in crucial Asia Cup tie

When Pakistan defended their meagre total, Mohammad Amir generated pace and swing with pinpoint accuracy on a helpful track to leave India rattled at 8-3 inside three overs.

But Virat Kohli coolly negotiated Amir’s fiery spell to strike 49 off 51 balls and steer India home with 27 balls to spare.

Malik expressed full confidence in his bowlers and urged the batsmen to back them up.

“We know we have the best attack among all the teams. Batsmen have to take responsibility,” he said.

“Whoever gets in has to score 60-70, so your team ends up scoring 140-150, which the bowlers can defend.”

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  • Irshad wani
    Feb 28, 2016 - 7:26PM

    India has won the first match against Bangladesh although they also didn’t knew what kind of pitch that was……plz no excuses
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  • Moin Khan
    Feb 28, 2016 - 10:41PM

    Prior to the start of the match after the toss, Shahid Afridi said the team is relaxed going into the game. After yet another humiliating loss to India, Shoaib Malik is saying, they played under pressure. Conflicting statements, bitter loss, under performance, come on being professionals and saying these kind of statements won’t justify awful loss. Have some shame.Recommend

  • Imran
    Feb 28, 2016 - 10:44PM

    We do not mind your loosing or winning anymore. You lost to india. Full stop.Recommend

  • Maula
    Feb 28, 2016 - 10:54PM

    Excuses, for once step up and admit the team is clueless because they have a coach who is in it to make money and ride the wave as long as he can!
    It is the job of the coaches and the captain to asess the playing conditions and coach the team accordingly. Time up for Waqar and Afridi they cannot continue to World T20

    Hire Dean Jones as the coach. He will kick these lazy @$$ players into game shape!Recommend

  • Bilal
    Feb 29, 2016 - 4:40AM

    what lame excuses. Afridi and Malik have been playing international cricket for decades and they still dont have the brains to read the pitch and conditions? What good are such players?Recommend

  • Ih
    Feb 29, 2016 - 7:40AM

    Same tired old lines, same excuses. Somebody should have the courage to admit “we are not good enough to play top level cricket”Recommend

  • EmmEss
    Feb 29, 2016 - 9:29AM

    Malik is acting like as if it was the debut match of our players and team management. You guys are paid so much money and you come up with such silly excuses that you guys miscalculated the pitch. Even if you had got the pitch right the result would have been the same.Look at your performance you should just shut Up !!!! Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Feb 29, 2016 - 9:44AM

    To rectify the situation, you must retire and let the young people handle the situation.

    Atleast, it will not be embarrassing and humiliating.

    A Pakistani Recommend

  • Umair
    Feb 29, 2016 - 10:30AM

    Malik sounds stupid by saying that they were unaware of the condition, firstly, he and Shahid Afridi are their in the International Arena for more than 15 years and still they can not read a pitch simply by seeing it!! secondly, when an experience batsman sees their colleagues to be struggling with the seam movement, he should have slow out the pace of the game to settle things and see off the new ball, instead he exposed the lower order batsmen to the relatively new ball.

    So instead of making lame excuses, i request Malik to keep his mouth shut as these lame excuses feels as “Rubbing Salt in people’s wound”!!!Recommend

  • Feb 29, 2016 - 10:56AM

    NO EXCUSES, PLEASE! The players have enough experience of cricket and its conditions. The players get remunerative contracts and facilities and yet FAIL in their responsibility.
    Take a look at the spirited and energetic Bangladeshi team that defeated the SriLankans. Also, look at the maturity and sedateness of the Indian team. They played with a mission.
    The time has come for an organic change in cricket. Abolish the PCB and corporatise it on the Karachi Stock Exchange. There are many corporate, legal, and sports experts who will InshAllah, make it work. Ameen. Salams Recommend

  • Effy
    Feb 29, 2016 - 2:03PM

    Malik can not even play league cricket, look at his performance in PSL, but still he is in the team…this is PCB for you…hahahahRecommend

  • Tp
    Feb 29, 2016 - 4:25PM

    Sania Bhabi was most unhappy the way Shoaib batted. Instead of talking he should do some batting and bowling.Recommend

  • Ashraf P
    Feb 29, 2016 - 4:27PM

    There are too many oldies in the Pakistani team. They need young blood. Make Mohd. Amir the captain and give him a young, new team. Recommend

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