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Pakistan frustrated by downpour but pumped up for Lords


A no-result conclusion to the first One-day International (ODI) against England at the picturesque Sophia Gardens on Wednesday night has left the Pakistan team disappointed.

The tourists were well-placed to win the one-day after bowling out England for 202 but a heavy drizzle forced the match to be abandoned. “We were so near to winning this match,” the Pakistan team’s manager Zaheer Abbas told this correspondent. “It was pretty frustrating for us because we believe 10 or 12 more overs would have been enough for Pakistan to win this game,” he added.

Pakistan just needed 159 from 32 overs after the Duckworth Lewis method was used following a 95-minute interruption due to inclement weather. They were placed at 46-1 from seven overs when rain finally forced the match to be abandoned.

“It has happened to us for the second time on this tour that we have been unable to win a match from a winning position due to no fault of ours,” said Zaheer referring to the fourth Test at The Oval where the visitors were in a seemingly winning position when ball tampering accusations against them by umpire Darrell Hair led to the forfeiture of the match in England’s favour.

But Zaheer said that the team players were not disheartened over the missed opportunity saying that they would get plenty of chances in the five-match series. “We have four more matches to go and the boys are all pumped up to give their best for the team,” he said.

The Pakistani team reached London on Thursday afternoon from Cardiff. They are scheduled to have a training session today (Friday) afternoon at Lord’s in preparations for the second ODI tomorrow (Saturday). Pakistan are expected to field an unchanged line-up in the Lord’s game though comeback opener Shoaib Malik is under pressure to save his place in the playing line-up.

Shoaib, who missed the Test series because of an elbow problem, fell cheaply in his return to the Pakistani ranks. He was unable to stay on the wicket for long in a Twenty20 game at Bristol on Monday and fell for five in the first one-day at Sophia Gardens on Wednesday evening. In contrast, Mohammad Hafeez has been prolific in his role as an opener.

Pakistan have a back-up opening batsman in Imran Farhat and with Shoaib struggling to find his rhythm, they could opt for the left-hander at some stage in this series. Imran largely flopped in the Test series but ended it with a solid innings in the fourth Test at The Oval. However, the team management has a lot of faith in Shoaib Malik and is expected to give him at least one more chance by fielding him at Lord’s.
Source:The News

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