Sarfaraz Ahmed says ‘morale is still very high’ for embattled Pakistan

Ross Houston
June 23, 2019

Fantasy cricket predictions and tips for Pakistan vs South Africa World Cup match today at Lords, London on Sunday, June 23.

The Proteas have only a mathematical chance of making the semi-final but a win for Pakistan would get them back in the hunt.

Among many others, Pakistan pace legend Shoaib Akhtar was critical of Sarfaraz after his national team's drubbing against India at the World Cup 2019.

There are several potential match-winning in the South African squad but Sarfaraz made it clear that Pakistan weren't thinking about any of them.

This was Pakistan's seventh loss to the traditional rivals in the 50-over showpiece event.

Overall, Pakistan have had a awful outing at the World Cup this year.

"It was a great game of cricket, and it just proves that as soon as a team clicks on the day, any team at this World Cup can beat any other team", Markram said.

"Definitely it [was] a tough thing for us, but after the match, we [were] given two days rest", Sarfraz was quoted as saying by PakPassion. Then after three days, we were practising hard.

"But (for tomorrow's game) we are very hopeful against South Africa". The tournament is now open, so we have a chance.

"If you talk about the South Africa series, it's different", said Sarfaraz.

In reply, South Africa's effort with the bat was curtailed by economical bowling from the sub-continent outfit.

However, the 32-year-old Pakistan captain feels it is foolish to read too much into those games which took place six months ago. Pakistan have already lost one point, courtesy of rain against Sri Lanka while South Africa's match against West Indies was washed out.

This was all due to the drama that unfolded in Edgbaston mid-week when the Proteas hopes at this World Cup were virtually extinguished. Besides body shaming the captain of the team Sarfaraz Ahmed to dragging the family members of players who featured in the game to move the court seeking a ban on the team, there is no dearth of freakish reactions.

"We all know South Africa have good players in their team".

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