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Thursday Jun 13 2019

Pakistan supporters heartbroken, but hope not out

Pakistan´s Mohammad Amir walks back to the pavilion after his dismissal during the 2019 Cricket World Cup group stage match between Australia and Pakistan at The County Ground in Taunton, southwest England, on June 12, 2019. — AFP

TAUNTON: Pakistan cricket team’s supporters were heartbroken by yet another defeat of the side in the ICC World Cup, but they’ve still not given up the hope.

Pakistan lost to Australia by 41 runs in their ICC World Cup match at Taunton on Wednesday as the former collapsed to 266 in reply to 307 by the defending champions.

The loss was disappointing for the fans who had travelled to Taunton, a small town in Somerset, from various parts of the world.

However, they still have the hope.

“I have come from California, I am disappointed the way they played today. I am heartbroken,” a fan told after the match.

“They played irresponsible shots and lost their wickets. Australia didn’t bowl too good but we played badly,” said another fan.

One fan blamed dropped catches for team’s defeat while another demanded dropping Shoaib Malik and bringing Shadab Khan back for the next game.

However, there’s still one thing common among all the fans spoke to and that’s the hope.

“I am still hopeful that team will bounce back, we did the same in 1992 and we’ll do it again,” commented a fan in Pakistan’s 1992 jersey.

“I am sure they’ll beat India, in sha Allah,” commented a fan as others standing around him supported his views with loud chants of “Pakistan Zindabad”.

While fans have still not given up the hope, one believes that Pakistan team will not let the huge fan base down when they take on India in their next game on Sunday in Manchester.