South Africa vs Pakistan 2019, Sarfraz Ahmed, Andile Phehlukwayo
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Last Update on: January 9th, 2019 at 11:13 pm

Recently updated on January 9th, 2019 at 11:13 pm

After enjoying for a fine time in playing their favourite format of the game, now, it’s time for them to feature in ODI games. They thumped Australia and New Zealand in the recently concluded series and are eagerly waiting to leave their ODI blues against Kiwis. Speaking of the same, Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed calls for an improvement.

Pakistan entered Asia Cup 2018 with a tag of being ”Favourites to Win the trophy”. However, that wasn’t the case, as they haven’t even entered the finals as well. Meanwhile, they want to start their World Cup preparation by keeping the past aside.

Pakistan vs New Zealand 2018, Sarfraz Ahmed
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Our Batting needs a fine-tuning – Sarfraz Ahmed

The skipper feels that the top-order vows have become the major concern for the team in the recent past. He added that the failure by the openers is putting pressure on the middle-order, eventually, making things tough.

”Most of the matches that we’ve lost were in New Zealand. We have been performing well in the bowling, but it is our batting department that needs some fine-tuning in ODIs. Especially, our top-order. Our struggle starts from there as we tend to lose early wickets and then fail to make a comeback in the match,” Sarfraz Ahmed quoted.

Fakhar Zaman needs to hit the form. PC: Getty Images

“Even if we do so, then we post 240-250, which is not good enough while playing against good sides. We have talked to our top-order batsmen regarding this that we need them to spend time on the wicket and set up a platform for the rest of the batting line-up.”

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He went on to add saying that they have taken special care on the batting aspect in order to take down Kiwis lethal fast bowlers. And also, Sarfraz Ahmed is pretty optimistic in turning the tables after the poor Asia Cup 2018.

Sarfraz Ahmed
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“It’s very important for us to turn the tide and improves our ODI team performances. Especially in this series, we should try to make the most of the momentum that we have got … of course, this series will be very important for the World Cup preparations. A win here, that we call our home, will give us confidence when we travel to South Africa. Our preparations have begun for the World Cup already. As it is approaching near, we are working more on it,” he inferred.

However, it seems like Pakistan is pretty much determined to make the things happen in 50-over format for the team. With only a few matches left for the upcoming ICC World Cup 2019, it is their best chance to figure out the flaws in the team.


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