Malik not aware of 'bowl out'
Pakistan skipper Shoaib Malik's has admitted he was not aware that their Group D match against India would be decided via 'bowl out' after it was tied and said he would not blame his team for the loss as it gave its 100 per cent.
Pakistan managed to tie the match in their stipulated 20 overs but lost 0-3 in the bowl out in their Group D World Championships match at Kingsmead Friday.
"When the match ended in a tie, only then we came to know that this (bowl out) would happen. I just told my bowlers not to take pressure and try and hit the wickets but they were not successful," Malik said.
"The match ended in a 'tie', so none of my players should be blamed (for losing)," said Malik.
"Any loss against India hurts, but we will take lessons from this game. My team gave 100 per cent. And we didn't lose it on the field, we lost it on 'bowl out'," he added.
Malik said his team had recovered well after initial hiccups in the match.
"We lost early wickets but we still recovered well and needed 1 off the last two balls with three wickets in hand."
Asked whether Shahid Afridi would have been more useful at the top of the order, Malik replied in the negative.
"We needed 1 off the last 2 balls. Anyway he's more useful to us after 12 overs," Malik said.
Mohammad Asif, who was adjudged 'Man of the Match' for his brilliant figures of 4 for 18, echoed his captain's sentiments.
"We are disappointed, but we don't believe that we lost the match. It was a 'tie'. The pitch was difficult for batting but we played well."
Asif also stressed what an India-Pak game means to the players.
"Whenever the two teams play in any part of the world, it's a different feeling. Both teams are aggressive and players are fired to give off their best!"