Ahead of the marquee clash against arch-rivals India, Pakistan skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed has delivered a warning to his teammates. Pakistan, on Wednesday, suffered their second defeat of the World Cup with Australia beating them by 41 runs. Chasing 307 to register their second win in four games, the Men in Green were all out for 266 in the 46th over.
One of the reasons behind the dismal performance is their poor fielding. The Pakistan players dropped as many three catches. The other misfields and overthrows only made things worse. With Pakistan’s next opponent being India, their skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed knows the herculean task that lies ahead as he asked his players to improve.
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“We need to improve because if we want to beat bigger teams like Australia and India then all three aspects of the game are crucial,” said Sarfaraz Ahmed.
“Definitely I think the fielding needs improvement — the fielding is not up to the mark,” the wicket-keeper admitted. “We work together again, and work hard before the India match,” he added.
Pakistan could have taken the upper hand in the game after Sarfaraz won the toss and opted to field first. However, poor fielding cost them dear. Standing at first slip, Asif Ali dropped Aaron Finch off paceman Wahab Riaz when the Australian skipper was on 26 with the total at 67. Finch went on to score 82 and added 146 runs with David Warner for the first wicket.
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Australia were looking set to post around 350 but were all out for 307 thanks to a superb spell from Mohammad Amir. While his teammates struggled, Amir looked class apart and picked up 5 for just 30 runs.
Pakistan, meanwhile, have never beaten India in six World Cup matches dating back to 1992. With the way both the teams have performed in recent times, it looks highly unlikely that they would be able the break that winless run.