ICC World Cup 2019: Azhar Mahmood Hopeful for Pakistan’s Good Start Against New Zealand
Pakistan bowling coach Azhar Mahmood has somewhat urged his wards to win early moments of the game against dominating New Zealand. Mahmood is further hopeful to see Pakistan accelerating at the start.
The former Pakistan all-rounder has a belief in Pakistan team which has recently thrashed South Africa at Lord’s by 49 runs.
Pertinently, the Black Caps are sitting on the top of the World Cup points table with 11 points in six matches. The Kane Williamson-led side is unbeaten at the quadrennial event by winning five games.
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With Pakistan keeping their World Cup hopes alive, Mahmood further warned the players to give their best if they want to stay in the mega ICC event. He reiterated the Black Caps has match-winners in its team.
“They are a very strong side and have won all their games. They’ve got match-winners in their side. So, it’s going to be crucial for us to take wickets with the new ball,” on the eve of Pakistan-New Zealand game, Mahmood revealed during a presser.
Besides, Pakistan is brimming with some confidence after a win over Proteas. The Men in Green would want to continue their show in a bid to aim for the knockout stage berth.
In the previous game, the left-handed batsman Haris Sohail has produced a classic knock with the bat, apart from spectacular bowling from Mohammad Amir, who has so far bagged 15 wickets to be third on the list of most wicket-takers at the ongoing World Cup.
The 44-year-old Rawalpindi-born Mahmood asserted Pakistan need to bat well. He also added if they would be able to click both with the bat and ball than they’re capable of beating any team on its day.
However, in the Proteas game, they’ve spilt as many as seven catches but were decent enough in ground fielding.
“And when we bat, we need to get runs up front. If we can get our discipline right like last game – in batting, bowling and fielding – then we can beat any side. If we do the basics right, it’s just about us, not them,” Mahmood added.
Mahmood has high hopes on Hasan Ali:
For Pakistan, Amir has risen to the occasions with Wahab Riaz equally finding the rhythm. Mahood believes Hasan Ali will make a comeback following a dismal show at the ongoing World Cup. He further elaborated that skiddy customer is a couple of wickets away to make his presence felt.
Mahmood added even the best in business go through a rough phase before registering a strong comeback. The veteran all-rounder also cited Amir’s example who has faced a heat-post the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy triumph.
“I think everyone in cricket, whether you’re a batsman or bowler, goes through a good and bad form. So he’s low on confidence. But he’s running in, and working hard on and off the field. You can all see that. It’s just a matter of getting wickets, and he’ll be back. The same thing happened with Amir, you know. After the Champions Trophy, he was struggling – but still bowling well,” Mahmood concluded.
Pakistan will take on New Zealand in their seventh match of the World Cup. Currently, they’re seventh on the World Cup points table. Sarfaraz Ahmed-led managed three wins in six games which include a washout fixture against Sri Lanka.
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