World Cup 2019: Not thinking about similarities to 1992, says Sarfaraz Ahmed after New Zealand win

first_imgPakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed said the team is not thinking about similarities to their title-winning campaign in 1992 at the World Cup 2019 after they handed New Zealand their first loss of the tournament on Wednesday in Birmingham. The former champions kept their chances of qualifying to the semi-finals alive with only their 3rd win of the ongoing World Cup.Pakistan’s campaign in World Cup 2019 has had a spooky similarity to the 1992 World Cup as history seems to have repeated itself so far. Just like 1992, Pakistan had 5 points from 7 matches before they faced an unbeaten New Zealand. Much like 1992, Pakistan completed a successful chase against the Black Caps in 49.1 overs at Edgbaston on Wednesday.New Zealand vs Pakistan, World Cup 2019: Highlights | Report”We are not thinking about the 1992 World Cup, we are taking game by game here. We are confident as a team and hopefully, we will do well,” Sarfaraz Ahmed said after Pakistan’s 6-wicket win over New Zealand.Right, NOW it’s getting spooky.#WeHaveWeWill pic.twitter.com/qdCjRwGAJjCricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) June 26, 2019Pakistan were a deflated unit after they lost to arch-rivals India by 89 runs (DLS) on June 16 on Manchester. Sarfaraz and his teammates faced severe criticism and even were at the receiving end of some nasty personal abuse. However, the former champions have fought back well with two wins on the trot (against South Africa and New Zealand).On Wednesday, Pakistan came out with a spring on their steps as Mohammad Amir and Shaheen Afridi ripped apart the New Zealand top-order. Shadab Khan got the prized wicket of Kane Williamson for 41 in the middle overs but New Zealand recovered well and posted 237 on a bowler-friendly wicket at Edgbaston after a fine unbeaten 97 from James Neesham.Pakistan lost their openers early but Mohammad Hafeez and Babar Azam combined to see off a stiff threat from left-arm spinner Mitchell Santner on a wicket that started to offer a lot of turn.advertisementPart-timer Kane Williamson broke a steady stand by removing Mohammad Hafeez but Babar Azam and Haris Sohail combined to stitch a match-winning stand of 126 runs for the 4th wicket.Babar Azam remained unbeaten on 101 after dominating the New Zealand bowling attack with his class and Haris Sohail played another fine knock of 68, days after his match-winning knock against South Africa.Heaping rich praise on Babar Azam, Sarfaraz Ahmed said he has not seen a better innnings in ODI cricket than Babar’s stoke-filled hundred vs New Zealand.”… The way Babar and Haris batted… To me, Babar played one of the best innings I have seen. It’s a tricky pitch, we wanted to bat fifty overs. Credit to Haris as well for the way he handled the pressure. It was not easy to face the off-spinner,” Sarfaraz Ahmed said.The Pakistan captain added: “Good to see the results today. Whenever Pakistan team is pushed to the corner, we do well. It’s a great team effort.”With 7 points from as many matches, Pakistan face Afghanistan next in Leeds on June 29 before taking on in-form Bangladesh on July 5 at Lord’s, London.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Memes go viral after Sarfaraz Ahmed’s diving effortAlso Read | Match against India, an opportunity to showcase our skills, says Jason HolderAlso Read | It is great: West Indies captain Jason Holder on Chris Gayle’s retirement backflipAlso See:last_img read more

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