Afridi blames top order for WT20 exit

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Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi was unimpressed with his team's exit from the World Twenty20 this week, saying the top order should have batted with more positive intent during the crunch match against the West Indies.

Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi was unimpressed with his team's exit from the World Twenty20 this week, saying the top order should have batted with more positive intent during the crunch match against the West Indies.

The bowlers were not much better, giving up a whopping 82 runs in the final five overs to leave Pakistan a chase of 167. They were then four down for 13, and ended up all out for 82, with Afridi contributing 18 runs.

Afridi said upon his arrival back in Pakistan: "It wasn't a big total which couldn't be achieved but the game slipped out of our hands in the first six overs of our batting.

"It was due to our negative approach in the first six overs, and that's the reason we lost the match. If you look at our bowling, we did well in the first 15 overs.

"Obviously it is T20 and bowlers do get hammered, but it was not such a total which couldn't be achieved. Your attack is your defense; you have to play an attacking game to achieve a positive result."

Afridi went on to defend the team's composition, but bemoaned their lack of consistency, saying: "The players of current team are top players in Pakistan and they are the best.

"What you need is to instill the fighting spirit in them. They performed outstandingly against Australia. Why didn't they continue the same performance?"

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