Colombo, Sep. 28 (ANI): Pakistan cricket captain Mohammad Hafeez is a confident man ahead of the Super Eights clash against South Africa, maintaining that his team is ready and eager to take on the mighty in the ‘group of death’.
“We will go all-out. We’re not lacking in any department as we have a sound batting line-up that has shown its ability in chasing targets. Our seamers and spinners have always played a crucial role in helping us win,” The Express Tribune quoted Hafeez, as saying.
Pakistan is placed alongside Australia, South Africa and India in Group 2 of the Super Eights, termed as the tougher of the two. The four teams have emerged undefeated from the group stages but Hafeez was adamant that Pakistan had the potential to escape unhurt and be one of the two teams to qualify for the semi-finals.
Hafeez said his team was not even thinking about the game against India, the first Twenty20 international between the archrivals since the 2007 World Twenty20 final that takes place on Sunday.
“We take it match by match. Our immediate focus is on how we are going to tackle a strong side like South Africa. We will think about the others later,” he said.
Hafeez said Pakistan’s game plan revolved around spinners Shahid Afridi and Saeed Ajmal, saying the duo was capable of restricting the best batting line-ups.
One cause for concern for Hafeez would be the performance of the fast-bowlers and poor fielding.
“Umar Gul didn’t do well against Bangladesh but is an experienced, match-winning bowler. He can always change the fortune of the game. Catches can be dropped by any player on any day. But the players are giving their 100 per cent,” he said. (ANI)