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Pakistan need World Cup miracle, admits Sarfaraz

SAMAA | - Posted: Jul 4, 2019 | Last Updated: 9 months ago
Posted: Jul 4, 2019 | Last Updated: 9 months ago
Pakistan need World Cup miracle, admits Sarfaraz

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Pakistan skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed admitted his team need a miracle to qualify for the World Cup semi-finals as they prepare for their final league game against Bangladesh at Lord’s on Friday.

Pakistan require an outlandishly big victory but if Bangladesh bat first, their chances of catching New Zealand will be gone.

“Obviously, we are here to win all the matches,” said Sarfaraz, whose team have lost their past four one-day internationals against a fast-improving Bangladesh.

“We will do our best to win the last game as well to end on a high and we will do our best to achieve that but we need to be realistic, but if Allah helps then miracles can happen,” he said.

“It’s like you score 600, 500, 400 on a pitch then you think you can get the other team out for 50 and then win by a 316-run margin. If you think realistically, then we can only try.

“But the first real thing will be to win the match.”

Pakistan’s highest total at the tournament is the 348-8 they made in their shock win over England. The host nation’s 397-6 against Afghanistan is the best of the World Cup so far.

Sarfaraz said it had been tough to post big totals on the pitches being used in the tournament.

“If you look at the tournament then, realistically, the tournament is of 280-300 totals,” said Sarfaraz.

“If you look at the pitches, they were not for free-scoring. They were tough for batting with spin and the ball was not coming onto the bat.”

Pakistan were shot out for a paltry 105 in their first match, with the West Indies winning in just 13.4 overs, meaning they took a huge hit on run rate.

They won just one of their first five matches, coming back strongly to beat South Africa, New Zealand and Afghanistan to sit fifth in the 10-team table.

But England’s victory against New Zealand on Wednesday left them with a virtually impossible task.

Those two teams plus Australia and India will almost certainly be the four semi-finalists.

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      Arbaaz  July 5, 2019 7:52 am/ Reply

    Oh Woe, Pakistan. Woe..

    What can the team do when the entire world is conspiring against it

    WI hatched the worst conspiracy when they crushed Pak at 105.. Not sure what happened to sportsmanship spirit.

    Rain conspired when Pak had to play within SL. Uppar wale, teri raza kyaa hai ..

    Aussies and India conspired when they trashed Pak in the respective matches. what’s wrong with these teams. Shouldn’t they have aligned with the will of God too?

    And now, when Pakis still had a chance to get in without any effort, both India and New Zealand lost with England respectively displaying the most unfortunate and unsportive attitudes they always harbour against Pak.

    Worst part is that it looks like Bangladesh is planning to lose the match with Pak and yet make sure that they do not enter the semis. After all can they not quietly lose with a 311 margin to Pak?

    The entire world is against the team.

    As per the latest on Pak plans for the next WC, they are completely ready..

    Next time they could start by blaming the officials and the umpires. They could jam the cameras, you see, and that would baffle all reviews and decisions. . Man you really have to work so hard these days to win a match series.

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