Opening player for Pakistan, Fakhar Zaman, stated he sacrificed his century to increase his team’s net run-rate in Tuesday’s crucial match against Bangladesh and had no regrets about losing out on a World Cup century. Pakistan started their campaign with back-to-back victories, but following four straight losses, their prospects of making the semi-finals were in jeopardy going into the Eden Gardens match.
They gained a significant boost to their net run-rate by defeating Bangladesh by seven wickets and reaching the victory target with 17.3 overs remaining. This might be useful in situations where teams are tied for points.
Fakhar admits he gave up century for team in World Cup 2023
Player of the match Fakhar led Pakistan’s pursuit with a free-flowing 81, but he missed a hundred in an attempt to end their chase early. The 33-year-old, who missed Pakistan’s first five matches due to a knee injury and poor form, told reporters, “We were looking to chase it in 28-29 overs.”
“I was just going (after the bowlers) for that reason.
“Apart from that, I had no trouble reaching the 100 after 50. However, we wanted to reach the mark in 29 or 30 overs. Regarding his injury, he stated that it was a wise choice to take a short rest even though he could have continued playing because it was not “too serious.”
Bangladesh became the first team to exit the competition, and Pakistan is now tied for fifth place in the standings with Afghanistan, despite having played one fewer game. Both teams have six points. If both Sri Lanka and the Netherlands win their upcoming games, they might also join them in a logjam at the middle of the table.
Despite the uncertainty surrounding the 1992 winners’ chances of qualifying for the last four of the marquee 50-overs tournament, Fakhar reported that there was a positive vibe in the dressing room.
“We were waiting for this triumph because every victory in the World Cup gives you confidence.
“Although we are currently in an if-and-buts situation, we will make an effort to win both of the remaining games with strong run rates.
“Our target is the semi-final and we will try for that.”
He claimed that although bowlers must bowl with accuracy, Indian surfaces are simple for batsmen.
After the defeat to India, the left-hander acknowledged that the team was under pressure. The batter went on, “The Pakistan vs. India match has an impact and also makes a difference on the performance.” In their remaining group games, Pakistan will play 2019 runners-up New Zealand and holders England.