Colombo: Mohammed Hafeez on Sunday blamed too few runs on the board for their loss to India in the Super Eights match.
“It’s difficult to pinpoint reasons for this defeat. India outplayed us… Virat Kohli was excellent. The boys worked hard but couldn’t set the total we had intended to.
“We wanted to play positive cricket. We wanted to put up a score around 160 and that would have defendable. But regular fall of wickets jeopardised our plans,” the Pakistan captain said.
Why the decision to promote Shahid Afridi to No.3? “We thought if he could put up a few runs quickly then we could put pressure on the Indians. But… He has a place in our combination. He is a match winner.
“He is not in good form but he can still excel in the remaining matches. It’s unfair to put the blame on him alone.”
Hafeez was all praise for Kohli. “Kohli is in great form. He’s doing well and the best thing is to carry it forward. Our strength lies in our bowling. But we didn’t have enough runs on the board. We had a poor total and Kohli made the contest one-sided."