Pakistan win but fail to impress

1Karachi: Pakistan’s World Cup aspirations continue as they still remain in the hunt for a quarter-final spot, beating Zimbabwe by 20 runs in their Pool B match played in Brisbane.

It was not a walk in the park for struggling Pakistan as they won by the skin of their teeth, which has given them hope of qualifying for the knockout stages.

The men in green went into the game bottom of the table, knowing that a defeat could seal their fate, but important fifties from skipper Misbahul Haq and Wahab Riaz allowed them to post a decent total after a collapse early on.

Then, Muhammad Irfan and Wahab claimed four-wicket hauls to hand Pakistan a much-needed victory.

Former skipper Rashid Latif feels that it is a really important victory, not just for the team but for Pakistan cricket. “Above all it’s a victory which has kept us alive in the World Cup and that is the most important thing,” Rashid told The Express Tribune. “If we had lost this match, then it would have become a question of Pakistan cricket’s survival but now we have hope and it’s time to back the side.”

Latif is hopeful of Pakistan winning their upcoming matches now that they have the confidence of a win under their belt. “Pakistan can beat the UAE and South Africa in the upcoming matches because the players would have gained some much needed confidence.”

The former wicketkeeper added that Pakistan should bring in wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed in place of opener Nasir Jamshed while he would like the team management to persist with four pacers because it worked well.

Meanwhile, Basit Ali said that though Pakistan won the match, it was not a great performance from Pakistan.

In his view, the fans and team need to thank Wahab for scoring a quick-fire fifty which really turned the match around.

“It was a really poor batting effort from our players because they got out against some ordinary bowling,” said Basit. “Good teams look for such matches to get performances going and for regaining confidence but our batsmen wasted it.”

Basit feels the team should never have allowed Zimbabwe to get so close. “It was really painful to watch Pakistan fight so hard against a team like Zimbabwe,” he said. “Our calibre is much higher and we should play to our potential and not get bogged down due to the fear of failure.”

Shahid Ghuman
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