Pakistan, who had a dismal start to their ICC World Cup 2019 campaign will take on unbeaten New Zealand in a must-win clash on June 26 at Edgbaston. As Sarfaraz Ahmed & Co gear up for the clash, former cricketer Wasim Akram is hopeful that Pakistan can repeat their heroics from the 1992 World Cup against the Kiwis.
Pakistan will beat New Zealand: Akram
Pakistan are one of the most unpredictable teams in the tournament. They were superb in the game against South Africa, dominating them in all the departments. But they will have to keep up their fine work in the remaining matches. They have had a slow start, and the senior cricketers failed to raise their game, but things have finally started to fall in place, and Pakistan need to sustain the match-winning effort in the games to follow.
Wasim Akram while speaking to Geo TV, said that New Zealand were unbeaten in the 1992 World Cup as well. The team led by Imran Khan broke their winning streak and Akram is hopeful that the current side will hand the Kiwis their first defeat of the tournament. Moreover, the legendary pacer also said that there is no need to tinker with the winning combination.
“They were unbeaten in 1992 too before playing against us and we won the game, they’re unbeaten again and I hope we repeat the show, but boys will have to give their best,” Akram said. “There’s no need to change the winning combination,” he added.
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Pakistan has dropped as many as 14 catches in the six games they have played so far. Wasim Akram called for an improvement in Pakistan’s fielding especially their catching which will be detrimental going deep in the tournament.
We have dropped 14 catches in the tournament. We are top on the list of teams dropping most catches in the World Cup which isn’t a good sign,” Akram said. “This isn’t something new, but we need to overcome this problem,” he concluded.
Pakistan are currently at the seventh spot with only two wins from six matches. They will have to win all their remaining games to give themselves a chance of making it to the semifinals.
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