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Pakistan left-arm seamer Wahab Riaz insists that his side are capable of playing short-pitched bowling, even though they struggled against it in their World Cup opener against the West Indies.
The West Indies’ pace attack made full use of short-pitched deliveries during the match on Friday and it proved to effective as they skittled Pakistan out for 105.
Fakhar Zaman and Babar Azam were the top scorers as they both made 22 runs, while Wahab Riaz chipped in with a quickfire 18 at the end.
Mohammad Hafeez was the only other batsman to reach double figures as he made 16.
Chasing just 106 to win, the West Indies won the match by seven wickets with 218 balls to spare.
While his side were troubled by the short-pitched deliveries the West Indian bowlers dished up, Wahab pointed out that they have scored a lot of runs against such bowling in the past.
“We didn’t play the short ball well but we’ve seen in past series that we can score runs against that sort of bowling,” he was quoted as saying by the Pakistan Cricket Board’s website. “If people want to bowl us bouncers, then we will have no problems with that.”
Pakistan’s next match will be against hosts England in Nottingham on Monday, while the West Indies will take on Australia at the same venue on Thursday.