ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur insists team can bounce back from 'shocking' start to tournament

Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur has insisted they can bounce back from a 'shocking' start to the World Cup.

Agence France-Presse, Jun 01, 2019 19:08:07 IST

Nottingham: Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur has insisted they can bounce back from a "shocking" start to the World Cup.

Hostile fast bowling by the West Indies saw Pakistan slump to just 105 — their second-lowest World Cup total — in a mere 21.4 overs at Trent Bridge on Friday.

Cricket - Pakistan Nets - Trent Bridge, Nottingham, Britain - May 16, 2019 Pakistan head coach Mickey Arthur during nets Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Boyers - RC11266063B0

Pakistan head coach Mickey Arthur during nets. Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Boyers

The West Indies, two-time former champions, then polished off the meagre target in 13.4 overs on the back of dashing opener Chris Gayle's 34-ball 50 which included six fours and three sixes.

Arthur did not hide from the scale of a seven-wicket defeat, saying it had gone against everything he had seen from his players in the build-up.

"Yes, it was a shocking start — the players did not take the preparations into the middle," Arthur told AFP. "But we will dust ourselves off and come back strong."

Pakistan's batsmen were undone by the short-pitched bowling of the West Indies pace trio.

Oshane Thomas led the way with four for 27, while captain Jason Holder (three for 42) and Andre Russell (two for four) also made telling contributions to a match that was all finished in under half of the scheduled 100 overs.

Opener Fakhar Zaman and number three Babar Azam scored 22 each while Wahab Riaz (18) and Mohammad Hafeez (16) were the only other Pakistan batsmen to reach the double figures.

Arthur said his team's batting performance was all the more disappointing as they had expected to face short-pitched bowling and prepared accordingly.

"We knew that we were going to get short-pitched bowling and had prepared very well for it, so was disappointing to see us play like that because we were prepared," the South African said.

Pakistan have now last their last 11 completed one-day internationals but Riaz insisted they did not have a mental block when it came to facing fast bowling.

"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," said Riaz. "If people want to bowl us bouncers, then we will have no problems with that.

"It's not a mental issue. We have been losing in the past, we need to find a way to get out of this pattern," he added.

Pakistan have a short turnaround in which to put their abject defeat behind them before they return to Trent Bridge for their second World Cup game against tournament hosts England on Monday.

England, the world's top-ranked ODI side, launched their World Cup campaign in style with a 104-run victory over South Africa at the Oval on Thursday.

They came into the World Cup on the back of 4-0 ODI series rout of Pakistan — which included a three-wicket win at Trent Bridge.

But Arthur said Pakistan would be a better side for that experience.

"Yes, we know how good England are but we know them and are battle-hardened against them."

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Updated Date: Jun 01, 2019 19:08:07 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