Shoaib Akhtar’s epic post explodes after Pakistan’s T20 exit

Pakistan’s T20 World Cup journey ended in disappointment when they failed to qualify for the Super 8 stage.

| Updated: 15 June, 2024 2:17 pm IST
Shoaib Akhtar's epic post explodes after Pakistan's T20 exit
Shoaib Akhtar's epic post explodes after Pakistan's T20 exit

NEW DELHI: Pakistan’s T20 World Cup journey ended in disappointment when they failed to qualify for the Super 8 stage due to a washout in the USA-Ireland game. The USA’s one-point gain secured their Super 8 spot in their tournament debut. Former fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar expressed disappointment over Pakistan’s crushing elimination.

Pakistan needed Ireland to defeat the USA in their final group-stage match, but the draw left Ireland with only four points. Meanwhile, the USA finished with five points from four games, joining India in the next round from Group A.

In a close match against India in New York, Pakistan failed to chase 120 runs, followed by a crushing defeat against the USA in a Super over. These consecutive losses dashed Pakistan’s chances of reaching the Super 8, relying on other match outcomes to advance.

 

Akhtar’s one-liner: “Pakistan’s World Cup journey ends.”

 

Pakistan suffered a narrow loss to India in Dallas, New York, on Sunday, failing to chase a target of 120 runs. In their opening match in New York, they were defeated heavily by the USA in a Super Over. With these consecutive losses, Pakistan’s chances of advancing to the Super 8 were already dashed, making them reliant on other outcomes to progress.

However, Heavy rain and flooding in Fort Lauderdale further hindered Pakistan’s hopes of progress. Despite the USA’s strong start with wins over Canada and a competitive match against India, Pakistan’s shock loss marked a downturn. Their recent rise had started with a morale-boosting T20I series win against Bangladesh before the tournament.

This setback was significant for Pakistan, former finalists, and record-holders for most T20 World Cup semifinal appearances. Their failure to clear the group stage after a decade reflects a challenging period in their T20 World Cup history.

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