SHARJAH: Pakistani skipper Azhar Ali says that Pakistan team has proved it can beat any international team with the tremendous team efforts.
“It was a wonderful team effort and the last few games have been good for us. We are trying to find the right combination and bat deep, which is very important in one-day cricket,” he said after Pakistan’s win against West Indies in the first match of One-Day International here on Friday.
Pakistan beat Windies by 111 runs. Babar Azam’s rapid-fire 139-ball 120 helped Pakistan post a challenging 284 for nine in a match reduced to 49 overs a side due to a 70-minute floodlight failure.
West Indies, set 287 to win (D/L), never got close and folded at 175 in 38.4 overs.
Azhar Ali, who made no score and returned to pavilion very early, said that Pakistan is beginning to click in every department and is on the path to reviving its fortunes in the game’s limited-overs format.
“Fitness levels are also going up, so we have started to tick the boxes,” he said.
Azhar’s side registered a victory under Duckworth-Lewis rules over the West Indies.
“Limited-overs cricket is always a young man’s game and it’s heartening to see younger players taking on the role of match-winners,” Azhar, who leads Pakistan in One-Day Internationals, said.
“We’re focusing on improving ourselves, playing good cricket. We know what areas we need to improve on, coaching staff is working on it.
“We can win more games if we keep improving and our ranking will also improve,” the 31-year-old Pakistan captain said in a post-match talk.
The second match will also be played in Sharjah, on Sunday, while the third will be in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday.