Champions Trophy 2013: Misbah rues Pakistan’s poor batting

Champions Trophy 2013: Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq rues his side's poor performance with the bat after losing to India

By Callum Orr

Misbah-ul-Haq was left to rue another poor performance with the bat after his side suffered an emphatic eight-wicket loss to India at Edgbaston.

Pakistan’s batsmen never really made it out of the starting blocks, losing Nasir Jamshed for just two runs inside the opening 10 minutes before Asad Shafiq looked to have dug his openers out of a deep hole with a much needed 41 runs off of 57 balls.

But a collapse in the tail-end confounded Pakistan’s misery, with the final four batsmen chalking up just five runs between them, and the captain expressed his disappointment at the team’s poor overall tournament performance.

“It was a disappointing performance again with the bat,” said Misbah. “I don’t know about our batting, the guys were in good form [before the tournament].

“They performed well in India and the practice game against South Africa. They were under pressure and never came out of that.

“In this sort of format you can’t have one bad day early on. It’s really important for the top three to perform otherwise it was always going to be a struggle.”

Pakistan’s captain added that he will not harbour fond memories of this year’s Champions Trophy, but looked forward to watching the rest of the tournament as a spectator.

“I’ve not enjoyed the tournament, but it will be a good tournament. All the games are all crucial. England can win it, but they need to push on.”

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