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'It hurts to drop 10 points in the Super League' - Babar Azam
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'It hurts to drop 10 points in the Super League' - Babar Azam

Pakistan skipper Babar Azam has voiced regret at his team's agonising Super Over defeat to Zimbabwe in the final match of the ODI series on Tuesday.

The narrow loss meant Pakistan were unable to sweep the series and could manage 20 points out of a possible 30 in their maiden assignment under the ODI World Cup Super League.

Pakistan are now placed second in the Super League table, 10 points behind 50-over world champions England.

"There are 24 matches in the Super League so it hurts to drop 10 points," Babar said reacting to his side's defeat to Chamu Chibhabha's men.

"Whenever the next series arrives, we will give our 100% because you know every defeat means you lose 10 points," he added.

Pakistan began the contest rather strongly with a devastating new-ball spell from Mohammad Hasnain. After being in tatters owing to a top-order wobble, Sean Williams delivered a standout performance and smashed a century to lift Zimbabwe to a competitive total.

En route his fine unbeaten 118, Williams was aided by a few fielding lapses from Pakistan as Babar rued the sloppy display from his players.

"You have to give credit to Zimbabwe, we kept pressure on them in the start but they recovered well. There were a few misfields and dropped catches that allowed Zimbabwe to post such a good total," Babar lamented.

"The bowling quality did dip from our side during the latter half of their innings but this can happen and they foiled our plans."

Meanwhile, Babar had a night to remember with the bat as he revived Pakistan from a precarious position to power them within touching distance of an elusive triumph.

The home team was troubled by paltry contributions from the top-order before Babar and Wahab Riaz starred with a breathtaking 100-run stand for the seventh wicket.

The elegant 26-year-old batsman battled Zimbabwe's disciplined bowling effort but departed in the penultimate over for an epic 125.

"We will try to learn from our mistakes and focus on where we are lagging behind. Our fielding and catching need to improve while the top-order struggled to put on partnerships," Babar noted.

"I am personally disappointed at not being able to finish the match after coming so close," he stated.

Babar also addressed the questionable decision to send Iftikhar Ahmed, Khushdil Shah and Fakhar Zaman out in the middle during the six-ball shootout instead of fronting the charge himself.

"The three players we sent [in the Super Over] are very capable of power-hitting as we have seen in T20 cricket. They are our finishers and utilise power-hitting abilities sufficiently," he elaborated.

"We sent Iftikhar and Khushdil to maintain the left-hand, right-hand combination but unfortunately, they could not succeed but this is not concerning," Babar argued.

"The mistakes I have done as a captain, I would make sure to not repeat them in the future. The intention is to learn something every time you step onto the field. You interact with coaches and they advise you how you can be better at your job."