Pakistan skipper Babar Azam expressed disappointment after his side lost against Australia in the first ODI of the three-match series. Travis Head’s century and two-wicket haul helped visitors register a comprehensive 88-run victory here at the Gadaffi stadium to take a 1-0 lead.
“We wanted to restrict them to under 300. But we didn’t start well in the first ten overs, but we restricted them well in the end. I thought we lost the grip when I got out. It wasn’t easy for the new batsmen, but unfortunately, I got out and they got the momentum,” said Babar Azam in a post-match presentation.
“When your main players aren’t available, you have to back the young players. The debutants did well though. We will discuss the mistakes we made and look to not repeat it in the next game,” he added.
Chasing a massive 314-run target, Pakistan needed a flying start like Australia but they lost the wicket of opener Fakhar Zaman to Sean Abbott as he was caught by Travis Head for 18.
Imam-ul-Haq and Babar Azam then struck a partnership to take the Pakistan team’s total beyond the 50-run mark in 9.5 overs. The duo also went on to add 50-runs for the second wicket.