Pakistan Cricket team skipper Sarfraz Ahmed is hoping to end his side’s losing streak against New Zealand in the upcoming one-day internationals.
Meanwhile, the last time Pakistan won an ODI series against New Zealand was way back in 2011. Since then, the Kiwis have dominated – they beat Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates 3-2, and later, swept every bilateral series at home.
Speaking on the eve of the series, Sarfraz Ahmed pointed out that it is their batting which needs some fine-tuning. The top-order has failed significantly as Ahmed noted that they talked about this.
“Most of the matches that we’ve lost were in New Zealand,” Ahmed pointed out. “We have been performing well in the bowling, but it is our batting department that needs some fine-tuning in ODIs. Especially, our top-order. Our struggle starts from there as we tend to lose early wickets and then fail to make a comeback in the match.
“Even if we do so, then we post 240-250, which is not good enough while playing against good sides. We have talked to our top-order batsmen regarding this that we need them to spend time on the wicket and set up a platform for the rest of the batting line-up,” Sarfraz Ahmed said.
Hope to Continue the T20 momentum
Pakistan have time and again failed to convert their T20 form to the ODIs. They recently clean up Australia and New Zealand in the shortest format of the game. However, with the World Cup looming ahead, Sarfraz Ahmed hopes to continue the T20 momentum into the ODIs.
“It’s very important for us (to turn the tide) and improve our ODI team performances,” Sarfraz admitted. “We have to display good performances in the 18 matches ahead of the World Cup.
“Especially in this series, we should try to make the most of the momentum that we have got … of course, this series will be very important for the World Cup preparations. A win here, that we call our home, will give us confidence when we travel to South Africa. Our preparations have begun for the World Cup already. As it is approaching near, we are working more on it,” he concluded.
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