Why was Akmal not impressed with Pakistan’s wins over New Zealand and Afghanistan?

Kamran Akmal believes Pakistan could have beaten New Zealand and Afghanistan with more balls to spare in order to increase their net run rate World Cup cricket

Kamran Akmal: “Pakistan missed it against [New Zealand], where they could have won at least five overs before, if not eight to 10 overs”

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Pakistan wicketkeeper-batsman Kamran Akmal has revealed that he was not impressed with the national team’s wins over New Zealand and Afghanistan as he felt they could have finished the games off a lot earlier.

Pakistan beat New Zealand by six wickets with five balls to spare at Edgbaston, while they narrowly defeated Afghanistan by three wickets with two balls to spare at Headingley on Saturday.

However, with the net run rate being so important in the World Cup right now as many teams are vying for a spot in the semi-finals, Akmal feels that Pakistan should have won their matches against New Zealand and Afghanistan in quicker time.

“Pakistan missed it against [New Zealand], where they could have won at least five overs before, if not eight to 10 overs, but some sloppy running between the wickets took the match into the last over, and same happened against Afghanistan,” Akmal told The Nation.

Pakistan now have to beat Bangladesh at Lord’s on Friday and hope that New Zealand beat England on Wednesday as that will secure them a spot in the last four.

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