Must improve fielding ahead of India clash
Pakistan skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed has warned his teammates to raise their fielding standards ahead of the crucial World Cup game against India following the side’s sloppy display on the field against Australia.
Taunton (PTI): Pakistan skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed has warned his teammates to raise their fielding standards ahead of the crucial World Cup game against India following the side's sloppy display on the field against Australia.
Put in to bat, Australia set a target of 308 on the back of a 146-run opening partnership between David Warner (107) and captain Aaron Finch (82).
Chasing their second win of the tournament, Pakistan could only manage 266 falling to lose by 41 runs. "We made too many mistakes in all departments. I'm very disappointed with our fielding, it is not up to the mark or standard expected. We will have to work hard to improve on this before we play India, there can be no excuse," Sarfaraz said after the loss on Wednesday.
Pakistan had upset tournament favourites England last week largely because Eoin Morgan's side produced a poor display in the field. But roles were reversed against Australia,
as dropped catches, mis-fields and overthrows made a big difference in Pakistan's loss.
Asif Ali dropped opener Aaron Finch on 33 and then saw him go on to add another 49 runs to his score, in an ultimately decisive first wicket partnership with Warner.
Asif's day didn't get any better when he also dropped Warner later on. But there are some positives for Pakistan Sarfaraz to take into this weekend's clash with India.