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Pakistan's lack of intent led to USA's historic T20 World Cup win, says Ali Khan

Khan stated that USA's belief was stronger and criticized Pakistan for lacking intent and playing cautiously, especially in the powerplay

Pakistan's lack of intent led to USA's historic T20 World Cup win, says Ali Khan PHOTO: AFP

USA pacer Ali Khan reflected on their historic T20 World Cup 2024 win against Pakistan, attributing it to Pakistan underestimating them. Pakistan posted a 160-run target in Dallas, which USA matched thanks to Aaron Jones' 14 runs off Haris Rauf in the last over. In the Super Over, USA scored 18-1, while Pakistan managed only 13-1, losing by five runs.

Khan stated that USA's belief was stronger and criticized Pakistan for lacking intent and playing cautiously, especially in the powerplay.

“Our belief was bigger than them. I think Pakistan took us lightly. It was their first game, and they hadn't played on that ground before while we've played there often,” Khan said while talking on a YouTube channel.

He mentioned that Pakistan was unfamiliar with the conditions, while USA was well-prepared.

“We were used to the conditions. When they started batting, we didn't see intent from them, and they batted very slowly in the powerplay. Yes, Rizwan got out early but we didn't see much intent after that. Fakhar Zaman hit a six and showed some intent but luckily I got him out. Pakistan didn't play attacking cricket there and went into their shell,” he added.

Pakistan lost their first two matches to the USA and India.These back-to-back losses diminished their chances of reaching the Super 8, leaving them reliant on the USA losing to Ireland. However, the USA-Ireland match was rained out, with both teams awarded a point, ending Pakistan’s World Cup run.