Asia Cup 2022: We were short 20-25 runs in the end, which cost us the game, says Afghanistan captain Mohammad Nabi
Asia Cup 2022: Addressing at a press conference after his team’s loss to Sri Lanka on Saturday in Sharjah, Afghanistan captain Mohammad Nabi gave the reasons why his team lost.
The Afghan team’s captain explained why, despite their strong start, they were unable to score many goals. claiming that the squad was unable to finish strong as they had hoped.
He said, “The way we started the innings, we didn’t finish well in the end, that’s why we were short of 20-25 runs in the end.”
Speaking about the brilliant innings of Gurbaaz he said:
“He batted really well, gave us morale at the start but again we tried but could not end well in the later stage of the innings.”
Speaking about what was different in this match in comparison to the matches that the team won, the all-rounder said:
“The conditions are totally different in Sharjah and Dubai. Bowling and fielding were not good as in the previous match with Bangladesh. Specially bowlers didn’t bowl well. They missed and did not bowl in the right areas. Dropped catches also cost us which shifted the momentum away from us. And again the ending was not good. If we had scored the extra 25 runs, the situation would have been different.”
On asked about the bowling in the powerplay during this match, he said:
“We didn’t take wickets in the powerplay as we did in previous matches. That’s why Sri Lanka played well in the powerplay, scoring 60 in the powerplay which took the momentum away early.”
When asked if the circumstances for bowling changed for the second innings, the skipper emphasised the dew and humidity, which made it challenging to hold the ball.
He said, “Tough to bowl at the end as dew started, humidity and sweat were there which made it difficult to grip the ball.”
Talking about the dropped chance by Karim, he said it was crucial since two sixes were struck after the catch was missed.
Nabi said, “Karim’s dropped catch was crucial as two sixes were hit after that.”
Talking about his learnings from this game, he said:
“We learn from mistakes in this game and hopefully don’t repeat it in the next game.”
The Afghan side made a strong start to the game, but the death overs proved to be their undoing as they lost wickets quickly and only managed to score 37 runs in the final five overs.
Sri Lanka defeated Afghanistan by four wickets in the opening game of the Super Four phase of the ongoing Asia Cup 2022 on Saturday at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium thanks to a late blitz from left-hander Bhanuka Rajapaksa.
Rajapaksa scored a brazen 31 runs in just 14 balls, and Kusal Mendis amassed 36 runs during his innings. Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Naveen-ul-Haq each secured two wickets for Afghanistan.
The team’s final two games will now be against Asian giants Pakistan and India.