Pakistan vs Sri Lanka, ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: 'Unfortunate' washout notwithstanding, Sarfaraz Ahmed confident to carry winning momentum

"It is unfortunate that we were not able to play. We have great team spirit and our confidence is on a high after beating England. We would want to carry the momentum into the remaining games," Sarfaraz said.

Press Trust of India, Jun 08, 2019 11:55:26 IST

Bristol: The "unfortunate" washout against Sri Lanka will not disturb the momentum generated by their stunning win over tournament favourites England, Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed has said.

File image of Sarfaraz Ahmed. AP

File image of Sarfaraz Ahmed. AP

Sarfaraz said they will pick up next week from where they left against England.

Attempting to emulate their success under Imran Khan in 1992, Pakistan bounced back from defeat against West Indies in their opening fixture to triumph over England at Trent Bridge in the highest-scoring game of the current competition.

"As a team, we really wanted to play this match especially after gaining momentum with the win against England," Sarfaraz was quoted as saying by ICC media.

"It is unfortunate that we were not able to play. We have great team spirit and our confidence is on a high after beating England. We would want to carry the momentum into the remaining games. We won't relax in our remaining six matches."

Pakistan's next encounter is against five-time defending champions Australia at Taunton, a venue that has a reputation for high-scoring matches in the white-ball formats.

"Like other teams in the tournament, Australia are also a tough opponent," added Sarfaraz, who made his ODI debut as far back as 2007 and featured in the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand four years ago.

"They also have momentum as they have won their first two matches."

Before that, Australia face India at The Oval on Sunday, and Pakistan will hope that their own extra time to rest will work to their advantage.

"We have a few days now to prepare for the match and we will try to prepare at our best to enter the field as well as we can," he added.

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Updated Date: Jun 08, 2019 11:55:26 IST


World Cup 2019 Points Table

Team p w l nr pts
Australia 7 6 1 0 12
New Zealand 7 5 1 1 11
India 5 4 0 1 9
England 7 4 3 0 8
Bangladesh 7 3 3 1 7
Pakistan 7 3 3 1 7
Sri Lanka 6 2 2 2 6
West Indies 6 1 4 1 3
South Africa 7 1 5 1 3
Afghanistan 7 0 7 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 4674 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