India booked a spot within the Asia Cup 2023 last by defeating Sri Lanka of their second Super 4 match, however it regarded just like the hosts would possibly simply scrape by means of and safe a win, contemplating the best way the primary innings went. Sri Lanka spinner Dunith Wellalage ran by means of India’s top-order, bagging 5 wickets. As India have been bowled out for 213 runs, many followers messaged former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar that India had ‘mounted the sport’ and have been attempting to lose the match intentionally. However, Akhtar hit again on the followers, calling out their nonsense.
“I don’t know what you guys are doing. I am getting memes and messages saying ‘India have fixed the game’, that they are losing deliberately in order to eliminate Pakistan. Are you alright? They (Sri Lanka) are bowling their heart out. Wellalalge and Asalanka bowled their heart out. You saw that 20-year-old kid? He scored 43 runs and took 5 wickets. I am getting phonecalls from India and other countries, saying India were losing deliberately,” Akhtar stated in a video on his YouTube channel, hitting out at followers whereas lauding the combat that Sri Lanka confirmed within the sport.
Akhtar even questioned followers why would India go on to lose the sport the place a victory would affirm their development to the ultimate. The Rawalpindi Express held particular reward for India spinner Kuldeep Yadav, who bagged 4 wickets within the sport to spin the match in his group’s favour.
“Why would they lose, tell me? They want to go through to the final. You end up making memes without any reason. It was a great fightback from India. The way Kuldeep played, it was massive. Look at Jasprit Bumrah, look at the fight while defending a small total,” Akhtar stated.
The Pakistan legend even criticised Babar Azam’s group for the ‘lack of combat’ they confirmed within the final match in opposition to India. He even questioned the health of pacers Haris Rauf, Naseem Shah and Shaheen Afridi.
“Wellalage, a 20-year-old kid, is showing fight. He is batting and bowling, doing all he can. Our players (Pakistan) couldn’t show this fight. Our fast bowlers don’t play. When was the last they played 25-30 ODIs at a stretch? Then we expect Shaheen Afridi, Haris Rauf and Naseem Shah to deliver 10 overs and not get injured. I want the fight back from Pakistan. This was humiliating,” Akhtar asserted.
With India already by means of to the ultimate, Pakistan would wish to beat Sri Lanka of their subsequent match if they’re to seal the second spot within the title-deciding contest.
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