A thumping seven-wicket win over Bangladesh has definitely lifted the temper within the Pakistan camp and opener Fakhar Zaman on Tuesday mentioned they’re firmly targeted on making it to the semi-finals regardless of all of the ifs and buts. Pakistan pacer Shaheen Shah Afridi led the tempo assault brilliantly, beating Bangladesh for a paltry 204 earlier than galloping house in 32.3 overs to massively enhance their web run-rate.
“Each win on the World Cup provides you confidence. We have now been ready for this win too,” Zaman mentioned throughout the post-match media interplay.
“We have now now began to seek out our rhythm. In opposition to South Africa we made comebacks each in batting and bowling.
“We’re getting our mixtures proper. I have been a part of this dressing room for eight years now, it is going to get even higher,” he mentioned.
Fakhar made a comeback after 5 matches, hitting a 74-ball 81 and laying the muse with Abdullah Shafique (68) in a gap stand of 128 runs. It made it a simple chase for Pakistan as they appeared to be in a rush to seal the goal.
“The scenario we’re in in the meanwhile, we needed to chase that in 29-30 overs. There will likely be ‘ifs and buts’ however our goal is the semi-final and we’ll strive just for that,” he mentioned.
The win broke Pakistan’s four-match shedding streak and moved previous Afghanistan to fifth place on web run-rate with six factors.
They now have to beat New Zealand and England of their final two matches to get to 10 factors and hope that at the very least one New Zealander or Australia slips down the factors desk by shedding two or extra matches.
With a niggle, Zaman needed to sit out 5 video games after their World Cup opener in opposition to the Netherlands.
“The damage was not that critical and I needed to sit out as a precaution. If the workforce wanted me, I’d have performed. At this time I obtained an opportunity and I did my finest to win the workforce.” Zaman mentioned he was hungry for extra such blows.
“The way in which I play on the nets, I’ve a good suggestion of the ball arriving properly at bat. With Indian wickets, the secret’s to hold round for 3 to 4 overs after which it turns into simple to attain factors to attain. The boundaries are additionally brief. I wish to carry out the identical within the subsequent matches in order that we attain the semi-finals.” He additional mentioned that the bowlers have now accepted the situations in India.
“For those who spend time within the center you get an concept. Initially our pacers tried extra however the important thing right here is accuracy,” he mentioned.
Requested if Pakistan’s loss to India nonetheless hurts them, he mentioned, “In fact, a match between India and Pakistan is a really huge deal. If I say it makes no distinction, I’d be mistaken.
“However all of the gamers are skilled and have performed lots of cricket. Even in opposition to India, they’ve performed lots of video games. So you may’t say one thing like that.”
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