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We played bad shots during today’s chase: Mahmood

Aces all-rounder says 141 was a par target

The Auckland Aces’ loss to the Perth Scorchers cost them an opportunity to make it to the CLT20 2012 semi-finals. Chasing a competitive score, the team from New Zealand lost 16 runs at the Supersport Park here. Azhar Mahmood, who has been playing a key role in the team’s fortunes, departed for 23 during their chase of 141. While speaking to clt20.com after the match, the all-rounder reflected on the game and the Aces CLT20 campaign. 

Excerpts from his brief interview:

On his team’s performance

It was a good experience for the boys coming from New Zealand. We had done really well but unfortunately we were on the losing side today. We tried our best to go to the semis but unfortunately this is cricket and anything can happen, and we are on the losing side and we can’t do much about that.

On what went wrong

We played bad shots; it’s as simple as that. The shot selection was not great. And I think the boys took a little bit of pressure.

On what they thought of the target

140 was a par score. If we can look back and see, we played some bad shots. We bowled really well as a unit, but we didn’t bat well.

On the Aces CLT20 2012 campaign

For the Aces, coming from New Zealand and participating in the CLT20 and playing with the top stars, it was good experience for all the boys. Hopefully, they can learn from playing here and they can improve their game.

On what they learnt during this tournament

A lot of things like playing on a different type of wicket and playing against different players. Though some have played for New Zealand, some of the players have come out and played for the first time on such a big stage. Overall, it was a good experience for them.

On his role as a senior and a mentor to young players in the side

That is my role. I play this role wherever I play. I just keep passing my experience to the players.

On his IPL and CLT20 experiences

Playing cricket in India is always amazing. I was part of the CLT20 for the first time and it was a good experience for me and I really enjoyed that. 

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