Former Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman Ramiz Raja bashes the Pakistan cricket team after they went down fighting against New Zealand in the Cricket World Cup 2023 warm-up match. The Babar Azam-led side scored 345 with the help of a century from Mohammed Rizwan and a brilliant 80-run inning from the skipper. However, New Zealand chased it down with 6.2 overs to spare. Raja said that Pakistan are getting a habit of losing.
"I know it was just a practice game, but a win is a win. And winning becomes a habit. But I feel Pakistan are now getting a habit of losing. First, they lost in the Asia Cup, and now here. Pakistan scored 345 and it was a great run-chase. If these are the pitches – and you will get such pitches in India – you will have to score 400 if your bowling keeps misfiring like this. You will have to change your tactics, and take risks. And we don't do that. We play defensively for first 10-15 overs and then shift gears," he said.
Rachin Ravindra & Kane Williamson played key innings as New Zealand chased down 345 to thrash Pakistan by five wickets in a Cricket World Cup 2023 warm-up match on Friday. Chasing 346 for victory, New Zealand lost an early wicket before Ravindra (97) and Williamson (54) put on a partnership of 137 runs and they achieved the target with 6.2 overs to spare in Hyderabad.
Earlier, Mohammed Rizwan smashed 103 and Babar Azam made 80 in Pakistan's 345-5 after deciding to bat first. The Kiwi batsmen made the total look easy. Williamson returned after a six-month lay-off due to his knee injury. He played the match only as a batsman and looked impressive in his 50-ball inning.