PERTH: Pakistan batsman Shan Masood warned that his "demoralised" side must pick themselves up quickly and keep believing if they are to salvage their fading Twenty20 World Cup dreams.

Pakistan suffered a shock one-run loss to Zimbabwe in Perth on Thursday, four days after they went down to arch-rivals India in their tournament opener in similarly agonising fashion.

One of the pre-tournament favourites, they now must win all their remaining games -- starting with the Netherlands on Sunday -- and hope other results go their way.

"We have three games that are in our hands, yes, we have to depend on few other results, but that's the beauty of sport," Masood, who made 44 before Zimbabwe choked Pakistan to 129-8, told reporters in Perth.

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"There are funny things that have happened in sport and we are going to believe and we are going to give it all in these three games."

Their bowlers kept Zimbabwe down to 130-8, but Pakistan faltered in their chase with Pakistan-born Zimbabwe all-rounder Sikandar Raza taking three key wickets, including Masood, in the space of nine balls.

With 11 needed off the final over, Pakistan fell just short to hand Zimbabwe a famous victory.

"There is disappointment, no doubt. To lose two matches with fine margins is very demoralising as we know the importance of every point in this group," Masood said.

"But till the tournament doesn't end, we can't think ahead and can't look ahead. What we can do now is to find our mistakes and to win the next three matches."

He added: "To overcome this disappointment we have to come out on the ground and play well. It's only a good performance on Sunday that will help us feel better."

Pakistan have largely depended on skipper Babar Azam and his opening partner Mohammad Rizwan to fire the team to victory.

Azam fell for four and Rizwan for 14 in the modest chase and the rest of the batting fell apart despite Masood's 38-ball knock.

Masood said everyone needed to contribute.

"Our combination works around them and they are the world's best batsmen -- world's top-five T20 batsmen. Other than that it's everyone's responsibilty and I don't think anybody will hide from the fact they did not finish their job."

Masood had looked like guiding Pakistan to victory but Raza, with his finger spin, fired one down the leg side of the left-handed batsman who fell off balance in an attempt to flick the ball and was stumped.

It was a turning point in the game.

"I think I was in a decent position to finish the game," he said.

"And I will take it upon myself -- these are the games that you should win for your country, especially when you are the last standing main batsman.

"I am very disappointed."

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MKA Oct 28, 2022 10:50am
Babar Azam has to stop wearing Misbah's cap and taking a nap in the field. For god's sake give all honors to Iftikhar and say goodbye to him.
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Shahrukh Oct 28, 2022 03:03pm
Cricketing style of most teams of the cricketing world has evolved with the advent of T20 format. However, Pakistan is still playing the 90s' era cricket, where the batsmen look to build an inning, by playing cautiously and wasting bowls with the intent to make up for it later. This method works, as long as the batsmen dont get out. However, if the batsmen get out after wasting bowls, it puts pressure on the next batsmen, with fewer balls left. Pakistan has been playing this style of cricket for a while now, and has won games as well. But this method/mindset can be used by a few players in the team. When top 3 batsmen of your team play this way, its hard to put up a decent total. The situation further exacerbates when you are playing on fast bouncy tracks if Australia. This weakness has been exposed during Asia Cup and England's series as well. But since, we didnt lose as badly as we have in this World Cup, it was swept under the carpet.
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IK_NOW Oct 28, 2022 05:06pm
Just analyse Babar's performance overseas. Should he be the captain? His own performance is declined exponentially.
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