Pakistan required an improbable task of completing a world record margin of victory of 316 runs against Bangladesh in their final game of the group phase to qualify for the semi-finals. Ultimately triumphing by 94 runs, Pakistan headed home by the end of the first round of the World Cup.
While the impossible ask of such a significant win margin was always too much for Pakistan, there was controversy stirred in the media after captain Sarfaraz Ahmed had allegedly claimed his team would aim to score 500 ahead of the game. His statement soon attracted the wrath of fans after the Pakistan batsmen showed a lack of intent for mounting a high total.
Reacting to the criticism, Sarfaraz later told the media that he was misinterpreted in the pre-match press briefing since he had merely outlined the possibilities at hand.
“I had never said that we will score 500. In fact, I had said that it would need a miracle for us to score 500 and get the other team out on 100. Someone in the ground told me ‘Come on, Sarfraz, we have to score 500’. And I said, ‘Well, okay’,” Sarfaraz clarified in the press conference in Karachi.