Friday, October 5, 2012

Defeated Hafeez proud of Pakistan

COLOMBO : Pakistan captain Mohammad Hafeez said he was pleased of his team's Humankind Twenty20 operation despite a semi-final conclusion to Sri Lanka, adding the hosts merited to be in the unalterable.

Left-arm spinster Rangana Herath tested Sri Lanka's main instrument with 3-25 after the bag view scored a unostentatious 139 in their 20 overs at Premadasa structure on Thursday.

The disappointment is the endorse successive outlet at the semi-final leg of the Humanity Twenty20 for Pakistan shadowing their decline to Australia at the very pioneer of the 2010 circumstance held in the Comedienne Indies.

Pakistan, among the pre-tournament favourites, concluded runners-up to Bharat in the initiation circumstance in 2007 in Southeastward Africa before success the denomination in England two years afterward.

"We played advantageous cricket and I am swaggering of my unit," Hafeez said. "Sri Lanka deserved to win and they are applaudable finalists on the component of what they know through in this contest."

But the skipper admitted the reference should love been intimately within his side's reach.

"The slant was motion and it was challenging to rancour runs and we ruined whatsoever wickets in the middle and couldn't travelling a comeback. We should acquire chased that plumage."

Hafeez, who opened the innings, top-scored with 42 before he was stumped off Herath as Pakistan slipped from 55-1 to 91-6, eventually motion 123-7 in their 20 overs.

The Pakistan pilot hardbound out-of-form all-rounder Shahid Afridi, fired basic shot by Herath. Afridi mustered conscionable 30 runs and took digit wickets in the tourney.

"There is no incertitude that he works is a match-winner," said Hafeez. "There is no incertitude around his abilities. He is achievement through very bad word at the present. He worked tumid to get out of it but unsuccessful."

And the skipper said Pakistan's impotence in chasing was a enterprise.

"I would not say that we are bad chasers but, yes, it is a concern and we make to category that out with some thinking because it has transmute a job."