Sarfraz blames batting for humiliation in New Zealand
WELLINGTON: Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed has said that below-par batting was the reason behind Pakistan’s 5-0 One-day International (ODI) series whitewash against New Zealand.
Despite a flurry of late-order runs in the fifth match in Wellington, Pakistan fell 15 runs short of the Black Caps’ 271 for 7. From among the top six, only Haris Sohail (63) offered resistance to New Zealand bowlers. Pakistan were 57 for 5 after 17 overs.
Sarfraz himself scored only three runs. “New Zealand are a very good team. They played well throughout the series. The main thing was batting. That’s why we lost the series,” said the wicket-keeper batsman.
“But there are some positive things. The lower order played very well today, Fahim, Aamer Yamin, Nawaz. The bowling unit did well. Sometimes we had opportunities but we didn’t grab them,” he added. The three-match T20I series between Pakistan and New Zealand begins on Monday.
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