Vastavam web: Pakistan must improve their fielding if they are to beat India in their crunch World Cup match on Sunday, captain Sarfaraz Khan said after the team’s 41-run loss to Australia in Taunton. Pakistan conceded overthrows against Australia and were punished by Aaron Finch, who was dropped by Asif Ali at slip when he was on 33.
The Australian skipper went on to score 82 and built a 146-run opening stand with centurion David Warner to allow the champions to post a competitive total of 307.
“Our fielding is not up to the mark and we will work hard on that before the India match. India are a strong team and if you continue to make the same mistakes then you won’t get an opportunity to win the match.” “We made good starts but didn’t build partnerships,” Sarfaraz added. “The first few wickets were soft dismissals after the batsmen got set… We lost three wickets in 15 balls and that was the turning point in the match.”
Pakistan play arch-rivals India next at Old Trafford on Sunday in a fixture where tensions always run high. “It’s a huge pressure game. Pakistan and India, there’s a lot of mysteries behind that but we want to just focus on our cricket strengths and how we can get better.”