CWC 2019 India v Pakistan: Captain Sarfraz Ahmed demands big improvement in fielding

Waseem Ahmed 08:00 13/06/2019
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Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed is unhappy with the team's fielding.

Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed said his players need to improve their fielding ahead of the World Cup clash against arch-rivals India at Old Trafford on Sunday.

Pakistan were sloppy during their 41-run defeat to defending champions Australia at Taunton on Wednesday, dropping three catches while also conceding many overthrows.

“We need to improve because if we want to beat bigger teams like Australia and India then all three aspects of the game are crucial,” Sarfraz was quoted as saying by AFP.

“Definitely I think the fielding needs improvement – the fielding is not up to the mark,” the wicket-keeper said. “We work together again, and work hard before the India match.”

Asif Ali, at first slip, dropped Aaron Finch off fast bowler Wahab Riaz when the Aussie skipper was on 26. Finch (82) and David Warner (107) added 146 for the first wicket . Despite Mohammad Amir’s career best 5-30, Australia made a match-winning 307 in 49 overs.

“We committed more mistakes than Australia,” said the skipper . “We won a good toss but didn’t bowl well in the first 30 overs.”

Pakistan have never beaten India in six World Cup matches dating back to 1992.

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