ICC Men's ODI World Cup 2019
Sarfaraz laments poor Pakistan fielding
The experienced wicketkeeper knows his side have plenty to improve on if they want to mix it with the best teams at the World Cup
13 June 2019, 07:54 AM AEST
Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed said his side must raise their fielding standards ahead of a crucial World Cup match against arch-rivals India at Old Trafford on Sunday.
Pakistan produced some sloppy cricket in a 41-run defeat by Australia at Taunton on Wednesday, dropping three catches amid other misfields.
"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," said Sarfaraz.
"Definitely I think the fielding needs improvement, the fielding is not up to the mark," the wicketkeeper admitted. "We work together again, and work hard before the India match."
Pakistan have never beaten India in six World Cup matches dating back to 1992.
Pakistan could have derailed Australia at the start, after Sarfaraz won the toss and opted to field first.
But first slip Asif Ali dropped Aaron Finch off paceman Wahab Riaz when the Australian skipper was on 26 with the total at 67.
Finch (82) and David Warner (107) took the opening stand to 146 before Mohammad Amir turned the match on its head with a career best 5-30 as Australia were bowled out for 307 in 49 overs.
Sarfaraz said Pakistan had made too many mistakes of their own in a match where they were dismissed for 266 in 45.4 overs.
They now have three points from four games, with two defeats, one win – a surprise success over tournament hosts and favourites England – and a no-result.
"We committed more mistakes than Australia," said Sarfaraz. "We won a good toss but didn't bowl well in the first 30 overs."
Sarfaraz added a rapid collapse that saw three wickets lost for 11 runs as Pakistan slumped to 5-147 had also proved costly.
"I think losing three wickets in the space of 15 balls was the turning point.
"Babar (Azam, who made 30 including seven fours) was playing well and his was a soft dismissal."
Mohammad Hafeez also fell when well set, for 46, when he hit a Finch full toss straight to deep square leg.
"The ball which Mohammad Hafeez got out to was a loose one -- it should have gone over the fence," said Sarfaraz.
"We have to overcome our mistakes because India are also a very strong team. We will assess our performance and then we will plan."
2019 World Cup
Australia's squad: Aaron Finch (c), Jason Behrendorff, Alex Carey (wk), Nathan Coulter-Nile, Pat Cummins, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Kane Richardson, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, David Warner, Adam Zampa
June 12: Australia beat Pakistan by 41 runs
June 15: Sri Lanka v Australia, The Oval
June 20: Australia v Bangladesh, Trent Bridge
June 25: England v Australia, Lord's
July 9: Semi-Final 1, Old Trafford
July 11: Semi-Final 2, Edgbaston
July 14: Final, Lord's
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