ICC World Cup Pakistan need World Cup miracle, admits Sarfaraz Ahmed

first_imgLondon: Pakistan skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed admitted his team need a miracle to qualify for the World Cup semi-finals as they prepare for their final league game against Bangladesh at Lord’s on Friday. Pakistan require an outlandishly big victory but if Bangladesh bat first, their chances of catching New Zealand will be gone.”Obviously, we are here to win all the matches,” said Sarfaraz, whose team have lost their past four one-day internationals against a fast-improving Bangladesh.”We will do our best to win the last game as well to end on a high and we will do our best to achieve that but we need to be realistic, but if Allah helps then miracles can happen. It’s like you score 600, 500, 400 on a pitch then you think you can get the other team out for 50 and then win by a 316-run margin. If you think realistically, then we can only try'” he said.”But the first real thing will be to win the match.”Pakistan’s highest total at the tournament is the 348-8 they made in their shock win over England. The host nation’s 397-6 against Afghanistan is the best of the World Cup so far.Sarfaraz said it had been tough to post big totals on the pitches being used in the tournament.”If you look at the tournament then, realistically, the tournament is of 280-300 totals,” said Sarfaraz.”If you look at the pitches, they were not for free-scoring. They were tough for batting with spin and the ball was not coming onto the bat.”Pakistan were shot out for a paltry 105 in their first match, with the West Indies winning in just 13.4 overs, meaning they took a huge hit on run rate.They won just one of their first five matches, coming back strongly to beat South Africa, New Zealand and Afghanistan to sit fifth in the 10-team table. But England’s victory against New Zealand on Wednesday left them with a virtually impossible task. Those two teams plus Australia and India will almost certainly be the four semi-finalists. For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Optimism with De Tomás: start training with the group

first_imgDe Tomás performed the first activation and warm-up exercise, while Abelardo Fernández himself shared a breastplate with other teammates to continue completing the training. After that, the session became behind closed doors. The presence of RdT, however, is contingent on completing this Friday’s training with good feelings and on Saturday, in a session that will take place at noon, do not have pain either.The player was injured last Saturday before Abelardo gave the list of summoned for the match against Sevilla. The Madrid noticed some discomfort in the right adductor that prevented him from going to Sánchez Pizjuán. The tests denied that there was a break, so everything depended on the sensations of the player. Until that meeting, De Tomás accumulated four goals in four LaLiga games. The bitter hangover of Wolverhampton had a main focus on the training of Espanyol in the Sports City. And it had more to do with Sunday’s LaLiga match against Valladolid than with the 4-0 consequences of the round of 16 of the Europa League. Raúl de Tomás has completed the first 15 minutes of training with the rest of his teammates, so tomorrow will pass the last test and there is optimism with his call to travel to the New Zorrilla.last_img read more