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Cricket World Cup 2019: Pakistan's Sarfaraz Ahmed blames entire team – not just seniors – for India defeat

Pakistan have now lost all seven World Cup matches South Asian neighbours have played against each other

Sarfaraz Ahmed refused to single out Pakistan’s senior players for criticism after the thrashing by India at the Cricket World Cup, saying his side were all at fault.

India won a rain-affected match by 89 runs at Old Trafford on Sunday, on the back of a sparkling 140 by opener Rohit Sharma.

It means they have now won all seven of the World Cup matches the South Asian neighbours have played against each other.

Although the reasons for the defeat were many, the lacklustre performances of veterans like Shoaib Malik and Mohammed Hafeez brought with it much criticism.

Malik was out first ball, following Hafeez, who made nine, straight back to the pavilion. It was his second consecutive duck in the competition, while he made just eight in his other appearance.

“[It is] not only the senior players, I think whole team is not performing well in all three departments,” Pakistan captain Sarfaraz said.

“I think we're not playing well in all the departments, not fielding, bowling, or batting. If you see today's match, I think batsmen made a good start.

“I think Babar [Azam, who made 48] and Fakhar [Zaman, who was the only Pakistan player to register a half-century], they played really well, but unfortunately, we lost too many wickets. That's why we lost today.”

Sarfaraz defended his decision to bowl first after winning the toss, suggesting his bowlers had failed to execute the gameplan.

“I think we won a good toss, but we didn't capitalise on that,” Sarfraz said. “When we saw the pitch, there was a little bit of moisture, and we wanted to use the conditions. I think we didn't hit the right areas.

Updated: June 17, 2019 12:25 PM

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