Pakistan captain Hafeez blames poor batting for T20 loss against South Africa
South Africa outclassed Pakistan with a commanding nine wicket win in the first Twenty20 international in Dubai on Wednesday to go 1-0 up in the two-match series.
Dale Steyn took 3-15 in his four hostile overs as Pakistan were restricted to 98-9 — their lowest Twenty20 total against South Africa — after they won the toss and opted to bat.
South Africa easily reached the target in 14.3 overs with opener Quinton de Kock hitting a 38-ball 48 not out while skipper Faf du Plessis made an unbeaten 37 knocking off the runs without being troubled by Pakistan’s spin-packed attack.
Pakistan captain Mohammad Hafeez blamed poor batting. “I personally feel that we couldn’t set up the total we wanted to, the early wickets did the damage and the South Africa bowlers really bowled to their plans,” said Hafeez who failed to score.
“Our batsmen are not taking the responsibility which individuals have to in a team and that’s a concern.”