Pakistan lost the plot after 15 overs, players under pressure: Kirsten

Perplexed by Pakistan’s sudden disintegration in the T20 World Cup match against India here, the team’s recently-appointed head coach Gary Kirsten said his batters “lost the plot” after 15 overs and are under pressure after failing to perform at their best.

Pakistan are on the verge of being eliminated from the tournament after consecutive losses to debutants USA and arch-foes India. The loss to Rohit Sharma’s on Sunday was a classic case of implosion with the side going from 80/4 in the 15th over to ending at 113/7 while chasing a modest 120.

Kirsten emphasised the significance of strike rotation, particularly on challenging surfaces like the one here. He said his team failed to follow the strategy.

“I think certainly on a pitch like that, it is really, really important to be able to rotate the strike. So, I agree with you that sometimes it’s fun to watch a game like this where it’s not only about hitting boundaries,” Kirsten said in the post-match press conference.

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