Sarfraz: ‘I am hopeful that we’ll bounce back against South Africa’

“I am confident going into the match against them”

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Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed is backing his side to put up a better performance when they take on South Africa in their second Champions Trophy group stage match on Wednesday.

Pakistan got their campaign off to a horrendous start as they were demolished by 124 runs via the Duckworth-Lewis method in their clash with arch-rivals India at Edgbaston on Sunday.

Even though the Proteas thrashed Sri Lanka by 96 runs in their first game, Sarfraz feels that Pakistan have what it takes to defeat the top-ranked ODI team in the world.

“South Africa is a really good team and we are working out plans for their team combination,” he said. “As a captain, I am confident going into the match against them. The players are motivated. We’ve told them to play without feeling any pressure.

“I am hopeful that we’ll bounce back against South Africa.”

Pakistan head coach Mickey Arthur was heavily criticised following the national team’s loss to India, and there were some who even called for him to be sacked.

However, when asked about the atmosphere in the dressing room, Sarfraz insisted that his side are eager to rebound and make their presence felt against South Africa and in their final group stage game against Sri Lanka on June 12.

“The mood in the camp is good. We briefly sat down together so that the players could improve their spirits and because the upcoming matches are important,” he said. “Hopefully, the team will perform better in the next two matches.”

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