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India vs Pakistan: Painful to see Pakistan being thrashed by India, says Imran Khan

Subhasish Dutta New Delhi June 05, 2017 15:31 IST
Subhasish Dutta

Former Pakistan captains Imran Khan and Shahid Afridi minced no words to express their disappointment after Pakistan's humiliating 124-run defeat against old-foes India in the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 match in Birmingham on Sunday. India launched their Champions Trophy campaign with a resounding victory over Pakistan, extending their dominance over the arch-rivals in major ICC tournaments. Put in to bat, defending champions India notched up a competitive 319/3 after two rain interruptions reduced the match to 48 overs a side at the Edgbaston. 

Set a revised target of 324 in 48 overs at the start of their innings under the Duckworth/Lewis method, Pakistan were required to chase 289 in 41 overs when play resumed after the day's third rain interruption. The task proved too much for Pakistan, who were bowled out for 164 in 33.4 overs

Pakistan's legendary cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan lashed out at Sarfraz Ahmed's men for surrendering to India without putting up a fight.

The Pakistan cricket administrators also came under severe criticism from Imran, who led his country to the World Cup triumph in 1992.

Echoing with Imran, former flamboyant all-rounder Afridi also took a dig at the Pakistan players. Afridi, who has scored over 11,000 international career runs, was especially critical about Pakistan's poor strike rotation and ineffective death bowling.

Meanwhile, stung by the team's embarrassing defeat, Pakistan team supporters back home demolished Television sets in a mark of protest.