PUBLISHED : March 6, 2015
De Villiers Form Wories Pakistan Captain
We can cover our batting deficiencies by putting a good show in the field. Our fielding need to support the bowling line-up that has been performing very well for us, Misbah-ul-Haq.
Pakistan are not the only team who have chased unsuccessfully in the competition so far. Neither are they the only outfit without a centurion, but something about their line-up just isn’t clicking. The opening pair lacks consistency, the middle-order is almost entirely dependent on Misbah, and the finishers don’t often have anything to finish off.
Although they have managed three totals over 300 in their last 10 ODIs, the rest makes for grim reading. In the other seven innings, they have only got over 250 once. But Pakistan are coming off the back of their highest score in eight innings and have “gained some confidence,” and by implication “determination,” which Dale Steyn has taken note of.
“They’ll come out guns blazing, I don’t mean guns blazing like swinging the bat, but they’ll come out looking to pull off a win,” Steyn said.
If Pakistan have any hope of overcoming South Africa, getting past the 250 mark is their first challenge. If they can achieve it,Misbah believes they have enough strenght to finish the match off. “We know that our bowling attack can defend a score of 250 plus,no team in the world could relax chasing that 250,” he said.
“AB, no doubt, at the moment you could he’s say the best batsman in the world in limited-over cricket. Obviously we’ve got some plans, and we have good bowlers who can really just put him under pressure but the only way of stopping AB is just try to get him out. If he’s there, it’s not easy to stop him. I think the only way is to get him out.”
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