Cricket World Cup 2011

Pak seek Zim confidence boost

2011-03-14 07:56
Shahid Afridi will want more from his men. (AFP)

New Delhi - Smarting from their comprehensive drubbing by New Zealand, Pakistan will want to restore their self-confidence with a big win against Zimbabwe in Monday's World Cup Group A match in Kandy.

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Pakistan showed uncharacteristic consistency in the tournament, winning their first three matches, before Ross Taylor's sensational century snapped their winning streak.

Kamran Akmal's woeful form behind the wicket remains a major worry for the team, even though the management has backed the beleaguered 'keeper to come good.

Umar Akmal's finger injury is also a concern for the side, which otherwise could have asked him to keep wicket instead.

Zimbabwe, on the other hand, are wary of a Pakistan backlash and, while their spinners are capable of restricting most line-ups, their batsmen will face a tough task against a Pakistani attack that includes Shoaib Akhtar, Umar Gul and Shahid Afridi.

Both teams will also be concerned with the dark clouds that have hovered above the Pallekele ground all weekend, and with rain forecast for Monday, the players might not be able to play out 100 overs.


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