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Akhtar lashes out at 'brainless' Sarfaraz after loss to India

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After Pakistan suffered its seventh loss to India in World Cup competition by 89 runs in Manchester on Sunday, former Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar lashed out at captain Sarfaraz Ahmed's tactics and plans, calling him 'brainless'.
Pakistan won the toss and put India in to bat first, with the Men in Blue making a mammoth 336/5. In reply, Pakistan could only manage 212/6 in 40 overs, with India being declared winners by 89 runs by the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern method.
Speaking on his YouTube Channel, Akhtar said, "The mistakes committed by the Indian team during the Champions Trophy 2017 final were repeated by Pakistan yesterday. I can't understand how Sarfaraz can be so brainless. How could he forget that we don't chase very well?
"Knowing our strength, which is bowling, is important. The game was half-won by Pakistan when Sarfaraz won the toss, but he tried hard to lose the match. Toss was very crucial and even if Pakistan had made 260, with their bowling, they could have defended it. So I think it was just brainless captaincy.

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