India on Sunday beat Pakistan by 89 runs (DLS method) in their rain-interrupted 2019 ICC World Cup clash at Manchester’s Old Trafford stadium.
Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed won the toss and put India to bat first, a decision Rawalpindi Express Shoaib Akhtar heavily criticised.
In an 11-minute long video posted on YouTube, the legendary pace bowler slammed team’s captain Sarfaraz in his post-match review of the India Vs Pakistan World Cup 2019 encounter on his YouTube channel.
“I can’t understand how brainless can a captain be. How did Sarfaraz not realize that this team cannot chase?” Akhtar asked. He said that Sarfaraz committed the same mistake that Virat Kohli did after winning the toss in the Champions Trophy Final.
On Mohammad Amir, Akhtar said that despite taking three wickets in the game, the fast bowler was played easily by the Indian batsmen.
— Shoaib Akhtar (@shoaib100mph) June 16, 2019
The former top bowler went on to call the team management clueless. “Our management is absolutely clueless. And Sarfaraz Ahmed has become a mamu (puppet) in front of the management. He doesn’t know how to captain and take decisions,” said Akhtar.
Put to bat first after Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed won the toss, India, powered by Rohit Sharma’s 140 (113), set a target of 337. Pakistan, in reply, reached 166/6 in 35 overs before rain caused a temporary halt to the proceedings. On resumption, their revised target was 302 and they had to chase it down in 40 overs. Only managing to reach 212/6, they fell to their third defeat of the tournament.
This is India’s third win of the tournament and they jump to third on the table, behind second-placed New Zealand on the basis of net run rate. Pakistan, who sink to the ninth place, now need to win all of their remaining matches to make it to the knockouts. With this loss, Pakistan who are 9th in the World Cup points table will have to win all of their remaining games to have any hopes of making it to the final four.