ABU DHABI: Pakistan coach Waqar Younis last night said his players did not perform to their potential and that the batting was a complete let-down.
“It would have been good to win. We did not play to our potential and did not bat well either.
“We were another 30-35 runs short. In Twenty20 these runs can make a huge difference.
“I’m pleased with the bowling performance. They really struck in and gave the best shot.
“There were not enough runs on the board to defend.”
About Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi’s ‘erratic’ way of getting out at a very crucial juncture, especially as he had jusy lofted two consecutive sixes, Younis said: “Twenty20 is all about hitting big shots.
“I agree that after hitting two big sixes, Afridi could have taken it easy and probably scored a single and taken his time.
But that’s the way he plays and I’m sure he himself believes that he played a silly shot,” the former pace bowler said.
Younis disagreed with critics that that Pakistan’s batting in recent months had been a total failure.
“In England, we won two matches against Australia.
“We played and batted pretty well in the one-days there.
“It’s just that we did not develop a partnership in this game today. We still managed to get 119, and as I said earlier another 30-plus runs could have made the difference.
“We can make strategies and we did it for this match as well, but we really did not achieve it today,” he added.
Noting that Misbah did his part as a batsman, Younis said the dashing batsman who returned after a break would need some time to get into the groove.
“He has come back after a while. He took a little longer to get going. When he was batting the wickets were falling at the other end.
“It was very hard for him to gain the momentum which is very crucial in the Twenty20. He needs a little bit of time to get into the groove.”
The coach said a meeting would be held later in the night when asked about the team’s composition for the final game today.