Pressure was on Pakistan, knew crowd support will backfire on them: USA skipper Patel

After scripting a win for the ages against Pakistan, USA captain Monank Patel said his team did not feel any pressure during the nerve-wracking Super Over as the crowd was mostly behind Babar Azam’s men, which ended up backfiring on the visiting side in their T20 World Cup clash here.

Patel made a composed 50 as co-hosts USA shocked 2009 champions Pakistan via Super Over here on Thursday.

“I thought we should have finished the game (in regular time) and we should have never gone to Super Over. I mean the way we kept our nerves…and in the Super Over particularly, scoring 18 runs gave us a big upper hand to defend the target,” Patel said in the post-match press conference.

So, what was the talk inside the team huddle at that crucial juncture? Were there any queasy stomachs?

“In the huddle we talked about – there’s no pressure for us. All the pressure is in front of Pakistan. We knew that we didn’t have enough support from the crowd. Pakistan had more support from the crowd.

“I thought it will backfire on them, and if we play good cricket, they’ll be more under pressure,” said Patel.

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