A hopeful Misbah ul Haq wants the batsmen to carry along the confidence

A hopeful Misbah ul Haq wants the batsmen to carry along the confidence

A hopeful Misbah ul Haq wants the batsmen to carry along the confidence: Unconvincing victory of Pakistan against Zimbabwe on Sunday might have revived their faltering World Cup 2015 campaign but captain Misbah-ul-Haq warned his team that any more mistakes will lead them to a shameful exit from the tournament something similar to what happened with the team in 2007.

Defeated to the hands of India and West Indies, Pakistan registered a 20-run victory against Zimbabwe at Brisbane for the first time in three matches and Misbah admitted the crammed schedule posed a new challenge to the team.

Misbah on the eve of the match against United Arab Emirates (UAE) at Napier on Wednesday said, “[It’s] going to be really tough for us. That’s how it is,”

The only weapon left is Confidence and that is what he hopes for, on what promises to be a fine batting surface, that his batsmen finally find some fluency.

“We are looking forward to just giving them a lot of confidence, “And they are working hard in the nets. Let’s see this pitch; they might be feeling a little bit more confident in playing here. Said the under fire skipper.

Misbah further added, “If you see that the pitch is more suitable to batting, you need to have five bowlers, “I haven’t seen the pitch yet, but at least there is one thing that is working well in favour of us and we should stick to that strength: And that’s bowling.

“Irfan has bowled really well. But in the first two games, the opposition knew they just had to see him off. They knew that after 10 or 15 over’s, they wouldn’t see him again until the Powerplay.

“But in the last game it was different. We had four frontline fast bowlers and the opposition knew they had to score runs. Now he knows he has the back-up bowlers, so he just went all out. That really helped.”

Fans have urged the team to draw inspiration from Pakistan’s 1992 campaign when Imran Khan’s team overcame a poor start to eventually win their first and only 50-over World Cup.

“Obviously (we’ll) take some motivation from that situation, but what is important for us now — we just have to play well, and that’s the simple scenario for us,” Misbah said.

“We have to really perform even tomorrow and then against South Africa and then against Ireland. These are very important games for us. If we are unable to perform in one game, we could be out of this tournament”.