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World Cup 2015: Pakistan eye an improved show against UAE

Napier: Squeezing out a narrow win against minnows Zimbabwe in their last game, Pakistan would now look to put up an improved batting display in order to raise their net run-rate when they take on

PTI [ Updated: March 04, 2015 6:18 IST ]
world cup 2015 pakistan eye an improved show against uae
world cup 2015 pakistan eye an improved show against uae

Napier: Squeezing out a narrow win against minnows Zimbabwe in their last game, Pakistan would now look to put up an improved batting display in order to raise their net run-rate when they take on another ICC's Associate nation, UAE in the World Cup Pool B match here on Wednesday.

Pakistan's batting woes continued even against Zimbabwe, before they managed to eke out a scrappy 20-run win in their last tie at Brisbane, to finally open their account in the World Cup.

The 1992 edition winners looked far from their once dominating self in the two earlier defeats against arch foes India and the West Indies.

Owing to their poor net run-rate, which stands at -1.37, Pakistan are placed second last in the Pool B table ahead  of their opponents United Arab Emirates.

Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq has warned that his team couldn't afford any more slip-ups.

"From now on we have to play every game as it is a knockout match," Misbah has said.

Pakistan had struggled to score 235 for seven against Zimbabwe with only Misbah contributing with the bat yet again.

It would be a great opportunity for the likes of Younis Khan, Umar Akmal, Shahid Afridi, Nasir Jamshed, Ahmed Shehzad to be back among runs against a lowly UAE.

In the bowling department, Pakistan are likely to play leggie Yasir Shah considering UAE's weakness against spin.

As far as UAE are concerned, they have lost all their three matches so far and are languishing at the bottom of table in the 14-nation quadrennial extravaganza.

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  • Teams Matches Wins Losses Points NRR
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