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Abdullah Shafique on Australia’s victory against Pakistan

<p>Abdullah Shafique, Pakistan’s opener, lamented his team’s inability to overcome Australia on Friday by scoring 368 runs, a World Cup record.</p>
<p>Pakistan now has two losses in the competition, in addition to their two victories, after being trounced by 62 runs.</p>
<p>Particularly careless fielding led to the loss of David Warner on 10 in the fifth over of the game.<img decoding=”async” class=”alignnone wp-image-247416″ src=”” alt=” macron qatars role in securing the release of us hostages held by hamas was crucia” width=”1414″ height=”792″ srcset=” 300w,×84.jpg 150w” sizes=”(max-width: 1414px) 100vw, 1414px” title=”Abdullah Shafique on Australia's victory against Pakistan 3″></p>
<p>On his 32nd birthday, Mitchell Marsh scored 121 on a flat Chinnaswamy Stadium surface, joining Warner in amassing a whopping 163 runs.</p>
<p>Usama Mir dropping Warner, according to Shafique, was essential.</p>
<p>“Obviously, catches affect a game; you gain wickets and momentum. Every fielder tries their hardest, but sometimes you don’t get that value,” he remarked.</p>
<p>Before leg-spinner Adam Zampa went through the middle order with figures of 4-53, Shafique (64) and Imam-ul-Haq (70) put together a reliable opening partnership of 134.</p>
<p>“Australia played very well,” Shafique added. “Our batting was also good, but in the middle overs, we couldn’t finish well.”</p>
<p>In the last 10 overs, Australia was contained by Shafique’s bowlers, who claimed 6 wickets for only 70 runs.</p>
<p>Haris Rauf got 3-83 after giving up 24 in his opening over while Shaheen Shah Afridi ended with 5-54, his second five-wicket haul in one-day international cricket.</p>
<p>In the end, Shafique observed, “We bowled very well as a bowling unit.”</p>
<p>“Hopefully we can use this as a lesson and play better in the upcoming games.”</p>
<p>Pakistan will play Afghanistan the next day in Chennai.</p>

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