'Heartbroken' fans still hopeful Pakistan will bounce back

Sarfaraz Ahmed with Hasan Ali, Pakistan vs Australia in Taunton. Photo: AFP

TAUNTON: Pakistan cricket team’s supporters were left heartbroken by yet another defeat in the ICC World Cup 2019, but they’ve still not given up on hope.

Pakistan lost to Australia by 41 runs in their World Cup match at Taunton on Wednesday, as Pakistan 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 hope.

“I have come from California, I am disappointed the way we played today. I am heartbroken,” a fan told Geo after 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 the team’s defeat while another demanded to drop Shoaib Malik and bring back Shadab Khan for the next game.

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

“I am still hopeful that the 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, Insha'Allah,” said another, and his views were supported by others standing around with loud chants of “Pakistan Zindabad”.

Let's hope Pakistan team will not let the huge fan base down when they take on India in their next game on Sunday in Manchester.