Babar Azam was dismissed for 4 runs against Holland© AFP
Pakistan captain Babar Azam was relieved after their World T20 final win but said the batsmen could have done better as they chased a low total against the Netherlands in the World T20 on Sunday. Pakistan’s bowlers set the tone by dismissing the Netherlands for a modest 91 for 9, but their batting was anything but ordinary as they lost four wickets to reach the target in 13.5 overs. “I am very happy. The team did well with the ball and the bat. I think the length was the key. They had to bowl at a good length because the surface was bouncing. Everyone did well,” Azam said during the post-match . presentation.
“In my opinion, we could have chased better than that. But a win always gives you confidence. We carry the good things forward to the next game.” Although he was blown away by Pakistan’s bowlers, Dutch captain Scott Edwards justified his decision to bat first.
“It was still the right decision. We weren’t batting first all tournament, we just weren’t good enough on the day. We were at 30 or over and 15  after the powerplay. We couldn’t string the boundaries with the bat.
“The bowlers tried hard but 90 was never enough.” Shadab Khan, who was named man of the match for his three wickets, said the experience of playing against some Dutch players in county cricket helped.
“I think it’s a real pitch. I was just trying to bowl on the stumps. I bowled to those players in the last series as well as in county cricket,” said the 24-year-old, who played for Yorkshire this year.
“Our bowlers applied pressure in the powerplay and I could have batted and that’s what a team game is all about.
“It’s a terrible feeling to go out there with one run left. But we haven’t been able to finish games the last two games and today was about that.” PTI ATK BS BS
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