Shoiab Akhtar has slammed slammed Pakistan after their shocking Super Over loss against Zimbabwe and said that the team will have to be progressive if they want to avoid becoming history. Calling, the defeat “embarrassing”, the legendary speedster said Babar Azam’s team was not “expressive”.
“Embarrassing. Losing to Zimbabwe is an issue. You lose some, you win some however you have to be progressive. We weren’t expressive. Change your mentality before you become history ” the legendary bowler tweeted.
Zimbabwe rode on a magnificent century from Sean Williams and a splendid bowling performance by Blessing Muzarabani to win the third and final ODI in Rawalpindi. They, however, lost the ODI series 2-1.
The star performer of the day was their pacer Blessing Muzarabani who finished with five wickets in the game and took another two in the Super Over to lead the team to victory.
Zimbabwe won the toss and after being down at 22-3, they were brought back into the game thanks to a partnership between Seam Williams and Brendan Taylor, who stitched together a 84-run partnership. Taylor was dismissed by Hasnain after a 56 run innings in 68 balls.
Williams, however, continued and hit an unbeaten 118 of 135 balls to take his team to an above par score of 278-6 in 50 overs.
Pakistan pacer Mohammad Hasnain was splendid and finished with a five-wicket haul.
Chasing 279 for victory, Pakistan were down to 151-6 when the skipper Babar Azam held fort and stitched up a 100-run partnership with Wahab Riaz.
But the game changed in the 49th over, bowled by Muzarabani where Shaheen Afridi and Babar Azam were dismissed off successive balls, and Pakistan needed 13 off the last over.
With two boundaries in the 50th over, Mohammad Musa tied the game and took it to a Super Over.