Pakistan’s outing against UAE last evening got uncomfortably close as the Shahid Afridi led unit looked rusty in shades. Firstly, Pakistan allowed UAE to get to a competitive total of 129 after restricting them to 72-5. However, a top order collapse could have had disastrous consequences had Umar Akmal and Shoaib Malik not rescued Pakistan.
Coach Waqar Younis spoke about his side’s performance to the media and clearly said that he expected improvements from the side. “There are definitely problems. Top-order did not make runs again. Conditions are also such that it is diffcult to bat against the new ball. But credit must be given to UAE team. They fought hard. But then again, our experienced batsmen – Umar Akmal and Shoaib Malik – played matured innings and got us home,” Younis said.
Looking back at the game, Younis added, “We did have a poor middle session, middle overs. I think that’s also one thing we should talk about and we make sure we did not give any easy runs away, which I thought we did give away in the middle. In the end overs it is going to happen, you are going to go for runs. The ball is going to fly all over the place but especially in the middle, we have to be bit more thoughtful and try to get the best in the next few games,” he said.
Waqar however, admitted that his side had the potential to go the distance in the tournament. “I think we are really a force in the tournament. We have to play really well in the next two games. In T20, you are going to get into jail and you are going to get out of jail. That’s exactly what happened today. We were in a problem and then your matured players take you out of that. “We are getting better. Hopefully in the upcoming game, we will be even better than this,” he said.