Pakistan batsman Shan Masood on Saturday praised the character of his team as they battled for a place in the semi-finals after losing their first two games in the Twenty20 World Cup. Captain Babar Azam’s side need to win their final Super 12 match against Bangladesh in Adelaide on Sunday, and allow the other results to run their course, to secure a place in the last four. Pakistan endured heartbreaking defeats at the hands of arch-rivals India and Zimbabwe before regaining form and defeating South Africa in a dramatic, rain-plagued match in Sydney on Thursday.
“The timing of the losses has been costly for us because we are not in that position of the top two yet,” Masood told reporters.
“But we have not lost hope. Life teaches us hard lessons and this was one of them. The way it affected the guys, they lost sleep, their morale dropped. And how we reacted after those setbacks showed our character and it was a big deal.
“The best thing you can do when you fail is learn from your mistakes. If we look at it from a balanced point of view, we can see that the team has reacted well since losing to Zimbabwe.”
Pakistan, currently third in the open Group 2 table, can advance if India lose to Zimbabwe in Sunday’s final league game. They are also there when South Africa loses their game against the Netherlands or the match is a failure.
Masood said the way Pakistan battled South Africa 185-9 after struggling 43-4 and then won by 33 runs through the DLS method boosted team morale.
“The mood is good. South Africa dominated the early stages of the game, but the way we came back and bowled well after the rain break, we kept our momentum going,” Masood said.
“So we are going to focus on getting two points from the game against Bangladesh and that is in our hands. The hope will always be there until the last ball is thrown in this group.”
Bangladesh, who narrowly beat the Netherlands and Zimbabwe, also have little chance of advancing if they beat Pakistan at the Adelaide Oval.
The Tigers scared India in their previous game, decided by the DLS method, and are four points tied with Pakistan but with a much lower run rate.
But technical adviser Sridharan Sriram said he was proud of the show his boys put on at the tournament.
“This is the best tournament Bangladesh has ever had in a T20 World Cup,” Sriram told reporters.
“We have never won two matches in Super 12 in the history of Bangladeshi cricket so we did it so I think the boys should be proud of themselves.”
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