Hafeez urges side to cut to the chase
Tue, Sep 11, 2012 2:05 PM
Pakistan captain Mohammad Hafeez lifts the trophy after
the T20I series win over Australia © Getty Images
Pakistan captain Mohammad Hafeez has challenged his players to up their game in chasing targets following Monday’s heavy defeat in the final T20I against Australia.
Set 169 to win in Dubai, Hafeez’s men crumbled to 74 all out with no batsman passing 17.
The Pakistan skipper conceded there is room for improvement heading to Sri Lanka for the ICC World Twenty20.
"There is a concern in chasing a target but I am confident that we will improve and do well in the World Twenty20,” said Hafeez. “We must lift our energy levels while we chase."
Despite being dismissed for their lowest T20I score in the third encounter with Australia, Pakistan can still take heart from the three-match series having already taken the first two games.
After reaching the first two World Twenty20 finals and then only suffering a narrow loss in the semi-final of the 2010 tournament there are high hopes again for a good Pakistan showing in Sri Lanka.
"Our momentum is good and we want to carry over that winning momentum," Hafeez added. "Twenty20 cricket is all about doing the right things at the right time and I am sure the boys will do that."