Wednesday, 21 August, 2019

Pakistan vs South Africa: Sarfaraz Ahmed wins toss, opts to bat first

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Cary Erickson | 23 June, 2019, 13:15

Pakistan fast bowler Wahab Riaz reckons that his side are favourites to win their Cricket World Cup clash with the Proteas at Lord's. It would also be interesting to see whether Pakistan persist Hasan Ali or bench him for this game.

Pakistan skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed was called as "brainless captain" by Shoaib Akhtar, and rumours of rift in the dressing room have started circulating.

However, the 32-year-old Pakistan captain feels it is foolish to read too much into those games which took place six months ago. Then after three days, we were practising hard. So the morale is very high for us.

Can't we give ourselves one more chance?

"Everything is fine after the India match", Sarfaraz told reporters.

In the points table, South Africa are eighth with Pakistan ninth with only net run rate separating the two teams. After just one win against minnows Afghanistan from six World Cup outings, the Proteas are nearly out of the race for semi-final qualification.

Pakistan won the toss and opted to bat against South Africa.

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Sarfaraz insisted that it was not the first time they had lost to India in the World Cup and hence "it's fine".

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Pakistan face South Africa at Lord's on Sunday. A bilateral series has a different type of pressure to a World Cup. We played good cricket but unfortunately we didn't win the series.

"Our focus is on beating South Africa, and we know we shouldn't get ahead or think about the future". But asked whether he and the team was under any kind of psychological pressure, Sarfaraz played it down. Everything is fine. We all are okay. "That's the way we've got to look at it", he added.

If Pakistan win they will go to five points with three games to play in the race to finish in the top four.

South Africa, unsurprisingly, remain unchanged. "So, we are all focusing [on] the whole team", Sarfraz was quoted as saying by PakPassion.

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