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Babar Azam not ‘too disappointed’ after loss against South Africa in second T20I

Babar made 50 and shared Pakistan’s only productive partnership, 58 off 49 balls for the third wicket with Mohammad Hafeez

Babar Azam not ‘too disappointed’ after loss against South Africa in second T20I PHOTO COURTESY: PCB

Pakistan captain Babar Azam is confident his team will bounce back after South Africa romped to a six-wicket win over the Men in Green in the second Twenty20 international (T20I) at the Wanderers on Monday.

“I am not too disappointed as we have been performing quite well on this tour. It was a bad day for us but we will come back from this,” said Babar in a post-match virtual press conference.

Babar made 50 and shared Pakistan’s only productive partnership, 58 off 49 balls for the third wicket, with Mohammad Hafeez (32).

"Aggression cost us the game," said Babar after five of his batsmen fell to catches when they mistimed big hits. “Our top-order collapsed and failed to utilize first six overs. Middle-order also lacked consistency as only my partnership with Hafeez Bhai clicked but we were not able to capitalise on it.”

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Babar also appreciated South Africa’s bowlers while ruing the fact that his bowlers were not able to strike in the powerplay like the opposition.

“South Africa bowled really well to make the most of picking early wickets. Our bowlers failed to carry the momentum and in T20Is if you don’t take wickets in the powerplay, things get out of control quickly,” he concluded.

The series moves to nearby Centurion for the final two matches, on Wednesday and Friday.