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No excuse for batting failure: misbah

Skipper Misbah-ul-Haq did not mince words to criticise his misfiring batsmen as Pakistan suffered their second successive defeat in the ICC Champions Trophy against South Africa, which has severely dented their chances of making the semifinals.

Having lost their tournament opener to the West Indies, Pakistan went down to South Africa by 67 runs in Birmingham last night. They now face arch-rivals India in the must-win game on Saturday. ‘I don’t know what is wrong but the batsmen are not justifying their places in the team and it is hard on the bowlers who have done a good job so far,’ Misbah said.

‘I was not expecting this sort of performance because the batsmen had done well in the warm-up games in the run up to the tournament but they have just not clicked. Not being able to score even 200 in both matches is terribly disappointing,’ he added. Misbah said there were no demons in the Edgbaston pitch and the batsmen needed to apply themselves patiently. ‘We just didn’t apply ourselves.’
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