By our correspondent
KARACHI: Pakistan’s head coach Misbah-ul-Haq on Tuesday said that they will make a strong comeback and win the third ODI against South Africa to win the series.
“I think the team is confident and we will make a strong comeback in the third ODI to win the series,” Misbah said.
“You know we have a young lot and for them every game which they win is important as it will build their confidence,” Misbah said.
He said that there are certain areas where they will have to improve.
“In the top order Fakhar did well in the last game and in the first Babar contributed but in the middle we lack and there we will need to improve,” the head coach said.
“Here both at Centurian and Wanderers the conditions are purely South African. There is bounce and movement and if in these conditions our top order clicks and any player hits century then it definitely sets an example for the rest of the batting line up and this thing instills a confidence in the batsmen,” Misbah said.
“Overall as a team there are a lot of positives. In Centurian, which is purely a 300 runs wicket, we restricted South Africa to 270 plus. At one stage it appeared that we will restrict them to 200 or around but a solid stand enabled them to score more. But the way our bowlers bowled in that game was quite good,” Misbah said.
“In Wanderers we did not get an early breakthrough and the credit there should go to South Africa and in the end two or three overs were not good which hurt us. But you cannot say that our bowling did not click or is not clicking. They have been doing well and are match winners and I am hopeful they will deliver,” Misbah said.
He said that winning series would help Pakistan in future.
“If we win the series it will help in future as well. It will build the confidence level of the team,” Misbah said.
About changes for the third ODI Misbah said the best playing XI will be picked.
“Obviously Shadab is injured and there will be his replacement. If we need to make any other changes we will open to them keeping in view the conditions and the pitch,” Misbah said. Pakistan will face South Africa in the third and final ODI at Centurian on Wednesday (tomorrow). The series is now levelled 1-1. Pakistan won the first ODI in Centurian by three wickets. South Africa then levelled the series with a hard-earned 17-run win at Wanderers.