Catches win matches: Shadab Khan takes responsibility for Pakistan’s Asia Cup final loss to Sri Lanka
Shadab Khan took responsibility for Pakistan’s defeat to hosts Sri Lanka in the final of Asia Cup. Shadab dropped two catches, including Bhanuka Rajapaksa. Sri Lanka defeated Pakistan by 23 runs.
Pakistan all-rounder Shadab Khan took responsibility for his team’s defeat to hosts Sri Lanka in the final of the Asia Cup on Sunday, September 11 in Dubai
The showdown in the continental tournament, which Sri Lanka won by 23 runs, turned into a nightmare for one of the best fielders of Pakistan. In spite of a brilliant start in the powerplay, the Babar Azam-led side could not hold on to the pressure as Sri Lanka fought back.
Shadab, who was hit on the head during Pakistan’s fielding innings, dropped two crucial catches, with one of it eventually going for a six in the death overs. In a tweet, he said: “Catches win matches. Sorry, I take responsibility for this loss. I let my team down.”
The Pakistan all-rounder heaped praise on the likes of Naseem Shah, Haris Rauf and Mohammad Nawaz for his brilliance in the Asia Cup. Shadab also highlighted the highest run-getter of the tournament, Mohammad Rizwan‘s valiant effort.
Positives for team, Naseem Shah, Haris Rauf, Muhammad Nawaz and the entire bowling attack was great. Mohammad Rizwan fought hard. The entire team tried their best. Congratulations to Sri Lanka,” he added.
During the Asia Cup final, Shadab slipped while trying to stop an overthrow. The Pakistan physio was called as Shadab was hit by the ball on the side of his head. The all-rounder seemed okay following the mandatory check for concussion and went on to bowl his full quota of overs.
However, just when Pakistan turned the table in their favour, Shadab, who took one wicket, dropped a crucial catch of Bhanuka Rajapaksa at long on. The Sri Lankan played a shot in the air but Shadab misjudged the trajectory of the ball and failed to hold on to the catch while back-peddling.
Shadab then collided with Asif Ali, which resulted in the dropping of a catch in the 19th over. On a Mohammad Hasnain ball, Rajapaksa swiped across and Shadab, who was at deep midwicket, ran to his right while Asif at long on ran to his left.
Shadab’s head crashed into Asif’s elbow before the ball popped out of Asif’s hand and went over the rope. Sri Lanka went onto post 170/6, with Rajapaksa scoring 71 not out off 45 balls. In reply, Pakistan collapsed and folded for 147 runs.