ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Gulbadin Naib says Afghanistan need one good match to turn their campaign around

Afghanistan, who lost their first two matches against Australia and Sri Lanka, succumbed to a seven-wicket defeat to New Zealand on Saturday.

Press Trust of India, Jun 09, 2019 16:00:15 IST

Taunton: Reposing immense faith in his teammates, Afghanistan skipper Gulbadin Naib says they need just one good win to bring their World Cup campaign back on track.

The team from the strife-torn nation has lost three matches in a row but Naib says those were not one-sided matches.

Afghanistan have lost all of the three matches they have played so far in World Cup. Reuters

Afghanistan have lost all of the three matches they have played so far in World Cup. Reuters

Afghanistan, who lost their first two matches against Australia and Sri Lanka, collapsed to 172 against the Black Caps on Saturday despite openers Noor Ali Zadran and Hazratullah Zazai setting an ideal platform with a 66-run opening stand.

"If you're losing matches, it can be difficult in the dressing room but I know my team-mates — we're not losing one-sided matches. We just need one good match," Naib was quoted as saying by the ICC website.

"I know how my boys are playing — we've played some good cricket over the last year, so we'll try our best again," he added

In the two matches in which Afghanistan batted first, they were bowled out in 38.2 and 41.1 overs, while they failed to chase down 187 against Sri Lanka.

However Naib put up a brave face.

"Teams don't go easy for Afghanistan. It's very hard. When we did well at the start of the innings, we then collapsed in the middle. Aftab Alam and Hamid Hassan did well.

"We have played three games and we're trying to put our best on the ground. Every player is trying to do his best but it's tough cricket, tough teams. You don't get many chances.

"Morale is still high for us. We just need one good match and hopefully we can do that," Naib said.

Against New Zealand, nine of the 10 wickets were out caught — often to careless shots - and Naib knows his team must be more disciplined with the bat and play full 50 overs.

"Our shot selection wasn't good. The wicket was really good for the seamers and there were some rain showers, so the ball was kicking. But we threw away some wickets with some bad shots. If we played our 50 overs, maybe the score would have been better," he rued.

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Updated Date: Jun 09, 2019 16:01:48 IST


World Cup 2019 Points Table

Team p w l nr pts
New Zealand 5 4 0 1 9
England 5 4 1 0 8
Australia 5 4 1 0 8
India 4 3 0 1 7
Bangladesh 5 2 2 1 5
Sri Lanka 5 1 2 2 4
West Indies 5 1 3 1 3
South Africa 6 1 4 1 3
Pakistan 5 1 3 1 3
Afghanistan 5 0 5 0 0





Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
6 Sri Lanka 3462 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5720 124
2 India 5990 122
3 New Zealand 4121 114
4 South Africa 4647 111
5 Australia 4805 109
6 Pakistan 4107 93
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
6 New Zealand 4056 254