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T20 World Cup: Pakistan ‘didn’t slack’ on losses, but recovered, says Shan Masood | Cricket News

ADELAIDE: Pakistani batter Shan Masood on Saturday praised his team’s character in battling to stay in the fight for a spot in the semi-finals after losing their first two matches at the Twenty20 World Cup.
Captain Babar Azam‘s side must win their last Super 12 game against Bangladesh in Adelaide on Sunday – and for other results to go well – to secure a place in the last four.
Pakistan suffered heartbreaking losses to arch-rivals India and Zimbabwe before finding form and beating South Africa in a dramatic rain-stricken match in Sydney on Thursday.
“The timing of the losses proved costly to us as we are still not in the top two,” Masood told reporters.
“But we haven’t lost hope. Life teaches us hard lessons and this was one of them. The way it affected the boys, they lost sleep, their morale plummeted. And how we reacted after those setbacks showed our character and it was a big thing.
“The best thing to come out of failure is to learn from your mistakes. If we look at it from a balanced point of view, we see that the team has responded well since the loss to Zimbabwe.”
Pakistan, currently third in the wide-open Group 2 table, could advance if India lose in Zimbabwe’s final league game on Sunday. They also participate if South Africa loses the match against the Netherlands or if the match is a washout.
Masood said the way Pakistan fought back to post 185-9 against South Africa, after getting into trouble at 43-4, and then winning by 33 runs via the DLS method, had boosted the team’s morale .
“The mood is good. South Africa dominated the early stages of the match, but the way we came back and bowled well, even after the rain break, kept our momentum going,” said Masood.
“So we will focus on taking two points from the game in Bangladesh and that is in our hands. Hope will always be there until the last ball is thrown in this group.”
Bangladesh, which had narrow victories over the Netherlands and Zimbabwe, also has a slim chance of continuing if they beat Pakistan in the Adelaide Oval.
The Tigers gave India a scare in their previous game — decided by the DLS method — and are level with Pakistan on four points, but with a much worse run rate.
But technical advisor Sridharan Sriram said he is proud of the show his boys have put on in this tournament.
“This is the best tournament Bangladesh has ever had in a… World Cup T20Sriram told reporters.
“We’ve never won two games in Super 12s in the history of cricket in Bangladesh, so we did, so I think the boys should be proud of themselves.”

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