Published: Tue, June 25, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Pakistan out to seize a World Cup lifeline against lowly South Africa

Pakistan out to seize a World Cup lifeline against lowly South Africa

'We've just not been as good as the opposition, ' he said.

Pakistan's next World Cup match will be against New Zealand at Edgbaston on Wednesday.

They did have their moments in the previous game against New Zealand but let the Kane Williamson-led side off the hook and paid the price for it. Along with India, they are the only team to not lose even a single match, thus far, in the tournament.

"I truly have no words to express my severe disappointment of our team's performance at the CWC". You lose a game; you lose another game; it's a World Cup; media scrutiny; public expectation, and then you nearly go into sort of survival mode. We will win our next three games and will qualify for the semifinals of the mega event.

Listening to the question, Arthur was quick to defend Sohail, who had scored 89 runs from 59 deliveries and played an important role to take Pakistan to a 300-plus score. "We are alive and kicking", said Arthur, whose team's only victory in the tournament before Sunday was a shock win against hosts England.

Praising Shadab, the skipper said, "Shadab once again proved why he is a champion bowler when he accounted for de Kock and Aiden Markram, before Amir returned to dismiss du Plessis and move to the top of the bowlers' chart with Jofra Archer and Mitchell Starc". If Sri Lanka win all their remaining three matches, they can finish with 12 points and overtake England.

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Arthur said his players came out fighting after their defeat to India in Manchester last week.

"The guys were incredibly hurt, by media, by public, by social media".

They are with six points from 6 games and are slated to face South Africa, West Indies and India. "Some will demand everything is changed but a total clean-out is just not the way ahead, we need to be more considered and thoughtful".

Back then and now, Pakistan lost to West Indies in the opening game on both occasions but bounced back in their second before their third was washed out.

It is debatable whether the 2017 Champions Trophy winners or Saturday's opponents South Africa have been more disappointing, but due to their game in hand it is the Pakistanis who have retained an outside chance of progressing. We are trying to make the good and the bad closer together, if you like.

"The closest we've got was when we beat England".

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