Afridi blames poor batting display for T20 series defeat

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Karachi, Jan.22 (ANI): Pakistan T20 skipper Shahid Afridi has admitted that poor display by top-order batsmen led to their humiliating 95-run defeat in the third and the final match against New Zealand at Westpac Stadium in Wellington on Friday.

The 35-year-old Afridi said that his side’s dip in T20 form was a serious concern ahead of the World T20, adding that there was an immediate need to take some important decisions for the team’s benefit.

Afridi said if his players keep continuing these minor mistakes, then they would stand nowhere in the coming future, the Dawn reported.

Opting to bat first, New Zealand posted an imposing 197 for Pakistan to chase, thanks to Anderson’s quick-fire knock of 82 not out. The swashbuckling southpaw smashed six boundaries and four sixes in his 42-ball innings.

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In reply, Pakistan lost wickets at regular junctures as they were bundled out for mere 101 runs despite some resistance by wicketkeeper-batsman Sarfraz Ahmed (41).

With the defeat, Pakistan have also lost the three-match series 1-2 against New Zealand. The two sides will now head into the three-match ODI series, starting from January 25 in Wellington. (ANI)

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