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Sorry PM: Pakistan's World Cup losing run vs India hits 7

Prime Minister's advice

Prime Minister's advice

Imran Khan won a Cricket World Cup for Pakistan long before he won an election to be prime minister.

The PM had a few ideas on how Pakistan might end its run of six World Cup losses to archrival India, so he sent a few thoughts via social media for the team.

The main advice from the 1992 World Cup-winning captain ahead of Sunday's game: bat first if you win the toss; pick specialist batters and specialist bowlers.

What happened?

What happened?

Pakistan won the toss and sent India in to bat at Old Trafford. It wasn't an unreasonable decision considering the cool, overcast conditions, the fact it had rained heavily the previous day and the likelihood further bad weather would trigger the revised run-rate scenarios which tend to favor the chasing team.

Pakistan dropped a specialist batsman and a specialist bowler and recalled two all-rounders. The aim was to add depth to the spin attack on a wicket that takes turn.

The result?

The result?

``Today's match was a disaster for us, but I'm confident we can bounce back from this,'' Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed said, in comments translated from Urdu.

Pakistan has so far had matches in this tournament against all the other previous champions, losing to West Indies, Australia and India and having to share the points in a washout against Sri Lanka.

The one win to date was against top-ranked England, the pre-tournament favorite. The next game is South Africa, which also has three points. Lose that and there's no chance they can reach the semifinals.


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