WATCH: Twitter react as Saqlain Mushtaq compares match result to ‘din-raat, sardi-garmi’
By SMCS - Sep 24, 2022 1:40 pm
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Pakistan faced a rather forgetful 63-run defeat to England in the third T20I of the seven-match series in Karachi on Friday. After being put into bat, England posted a huge score of 221/3 in 20 overs, thanks to brilliant knocks of Will Jacks (40 off 22 balls), Ben Duckett (70* off 42 balls) and Harry Brook (81 off 35 balls). In response, Pakistan could only reach 158/8, thanks to Shan Masood’s unbeaten 65 after their top-3 of Mohammad Rizwan, Babar Azam, and Haider Ali got out for single-digit scores.

Saqlain Mushtaq
Saqlain Mushtaq

Both, Babar and Rizwan, who had added an unbeaten 203-run stand in the second T20I to secure a 10-wicket win for Pakistan, could only manage 8 runs each before Wood sent the Pakistan skipper caught at third man in the third over, and Topley clean-bowled Rizwan with a brilliant slower ball as well. Pakistan slipped to 28-4 within the first six overs of the batting powerplay when Haider Ali was brilliantly snapped up by Adil Rashid and Sam Curran dismissed Iftikhar Ahmed with a short-pitched delivery. Left-hander Shan Masood, who made his T20 debut in the first game, top-scored with an unbeaten 65 off 40 balls but Pakistan was never in the game.

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Following the game, the Pakistan side’s head coach Saqlain Mushtaq attended the press conference, where he was asked about the side’s heavy loss. However, one of his answers left fans on Twitter baffled and the video clip went viral in no time as well. “Day and night, summer and winter, rains.. they are all natural. Just like that, sport is also the same. Win and loss will be there. We need to accept it, and we do. It’s natural, what can we do?” Mushtaq said.

“Yes, everyone wants to win. Fans want, you all want, all those who are from Pakistan want us to win. But again, day and night, life and death, it’s all natural. What we have is intent, rest we can only pray,” he further said.

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