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Afridi owns responsibility for defeat

Lahore: Pakistan’s top all-rounder Shahid Afridi has accepted responsibility for the team’s defeat to South Africa in the final one-day international in Lahore and described his reckless dismissal as a nightmare.

“I couldn’t sleep for the whole night thinking about the stroke I had played. I kept on thinking if I had not played that stroke, we could have won the match and the series,” Afridi said.

Afridi was outstanding against South Africa in the one-day series after he opted to skip the two Tests for personal reasons.

Pakistan lost the final match by 14 runs after requiring 15 from 22 balls with four wickets in hand with Afridi succumbing for nine playing an irresponsible stroke when cool head and singles were required at that moment.

Lost opportunity

Pakistan’s coach Geoff Lawson has said his team, by losing the match to South Africa, had lost a big opportunity to go to India with their confidence on a high.

“I know if we had beaten South Africa it would have been a big boost for us before going to India. I can never forgive myself for the way I failed to take the team through to victory,” Afridi said.

Aims to make amends

The hard-hitting batsman, however, promised to make amends in India.

“I think as a team also, we need to learn from our mistakes and perform well in India. If we repeat the same mistakes against India I have a feeling a lot of people will pay the price for defeat,” he said. — PTI

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