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Shahid Afridi hails disciplined Pakistan

Posted by on April 27, 2011 0 Comment

Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi was full of praise for his team after they beat the West Indies by seven-wickets in St Lucia on Monday.

The visitors were in control for the majority of the match, restricting their hosts to a below-par total of 220 before embarking on a slow but successful run chase.

Afridi said that the performance was the result of the team showing discipline in sticking to the plans that had been put in place.

“We made a plan at our team meeting and our guys stuck to it and that was good,” said Afridi.

“I think our bowlers are doing a great job, and the fielding has improved because it is a very important area for us. Our batting has shown responsibility and we hope to maintain this discipline right throughout the series.”

The skipper reserved special praise for man of the match Ahmed Shehzad whose hundred was the foundation for the run chase.

“Shehzad is a very talented guy and he showed that he is capable of performing,” said the skipper.

“He took his time, but chasing a small total, he could afford to do that and we won the game.”

West Indies captain Darren Sammy was left ruing a few key moments that didn’t go his team’s way.

“We could have tried to squeeze their batsmen more and when we batted we got a good start, but did not capitalise on it,” said the all-rounder.

“We weren’t rolled over today. We kept ourselves in the match right to the finish.

There were moments when things could have gone either way, but we didn’t make it happen.

“We have to find a way to win those tight situations. We have to win in Barbados to stay alive in the series, so we have to grab our chances.”

The two teams head to Barbados for Thursday’s third ODI. Cricket365

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