DUBAI: Pakistan skipper Babar Azam on Thursday described Hasan Ali as “a fighter” who will bounce again from dropping a catch off Matthew Wade in a key second of the T20 World Cup semi-final which Australia gained by 5 wickets on Thursday.
Marcus Stoinis (40) and Wade (41) placed on an unbeaten stand of 81 to tug off the chase with a flurry of sixes to interrupt 1000’s of Pakistan hearts within the near-packed stadium.
The left-handed Wade smoked three straight sixes off Pakistan tempo ace Shaheen Shah Afridi to convey up victory within the 19th over after being dropped by Ali within the deep moments earlier.
“I don’t feel like that,” Babar stated on the defeat being blamed on Hasan’s dropped catch.
“He is my main bowler and he has won many matches for Pakistan. Players drop catches but he is a fighter and I will back him.
“Everybody does not carry out on a regular basis. There is a day when one performs, it was simply not his day. He is down and we are going to carry his temper. People will discuss however we hold enjoying.”
Ali was trolled on social media as fans blamed the spilled chance for their World Cup miss after coming into the semi-final unbeaten and favourites.
“Best ever crew efficiency from Pakistan cricket crew in world cup has simply been undone by Hasan Ali alone,” said a Twitter user.
But Wade refused to take the dropped chance as the turning point and insisted Australia had already got the momentum.
“I feel we wanted 12 or one thing, 14 perhaps at that stage. I felt like the sport was beginning to swing in our course at that stage anyway,” Wade said of the dropped catch.”
“I think by the time that the catch drop went down I was pretty confident we were in a really good position to get the runs.”
“If that had happened three or four overs before hand, that would dictate the outcome of the game a little bit more.”
Wade was on 21 when Ali, who went wicketless and gave away 44 runs in his 4 overs, dropped the catch at deep mid-wicket whereas working in direction of his left.
But Babar admitted that catches do form the result of a match, and stated: “If the catch was taken then the scenario would have been different but it is part of the game.”
Mohammad Rizwan and Fakhar Zaman helped Pakistan to 176-4, however the whole proved inadequate for an impressed Australian aspect who received a blazing begin courtesy David Warner’s 49.
Babar stated his crew will study and move ahead.
“It was a disappointing day,” Babar, who made 39 to steer the event’s batting chart with 303 runs, stated.
“We started off well with a good total but unfortunately the finish wasn’t good.
“The approach we performed the event and the best way the boys fought, I hold the assumption that we’ll proceed with this.”