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Sarfaraz insists World Cup dream not over for Pakistan
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Sarfaraz insists World Cup dream not over for Pakistan

Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed believes Pakistan can still revive their hopes of World Cup glory in spite of the "hurtful" defeat against arch-rivals India on Sunday at Old Trafford.

India heavily dominated the rain-curtailed encounter as the highly anticipated clash reached an anticlimactic end with Pakistan slumping to an 89-run loss by virtue of the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern method.

Pakistan's large margin of defeat leaves their chances of qualifying for the semi-finals hanging by a thread as they currently occupy the 9th position in the points table, just above Afghanistan.

A Rohit Sharma special led India's charge with the bat as his enterprising knock of 140 runs helped India post a towering total of 336-5 in their 50 overs.

Pakistan could manage only 212-6 in reply after being given a revised target of 302 in 40 overs.

"The defeat against India hurts," Sarfaraz said after India retained their unbeaten streak against Pakistan in World Cups.

"Naturally when you lose like this, your morale goes down but we have to lift ourselves because we are still not out of the World Cup and have to win all our four remaining matches."

Pakistan now have to play against South Africa, New Zealand, Afghanistan and Bangladesh in their remaining games.

Sarfaraz is hopeful of securing a semi-final berth and has declared that the team cannot afford to make any mistakes in the process.

"We know the task is tough and we have to win all our matches so we have no margin of error," said Sarfaraz.

Pakistan began their tournament campaign in dreadful fashion, receiving a seven-wicket drubbing from the West Indies before completing a shock win over World Cup hosts England.

Their match against Sri Lanka was unfortunately washed out due to relentless rain as they were deprived of a chance to gain a potential two points while they suffered defeat from world champions Australia at Taunton on Wednesday.

'India handled pressure well'

Sarfaraz acknowledged India's victory in the battle of nerves and praised their players for not faltering under pressure.

"It's correct that we're not winning the World Cup matches against India," he said.

"I think it's a special game and the team that handles the pressure well wins and India did that today and in previous World Cup matches as well."

Sarfaraz admitted Pakistan's troubles in the middle order as no batsman after Fakhar Zaman and Babar Azam's century stand stayed at the crease for long.

"I think Babar (Azam) and Fakhar (Zaman) played really well, but unfortunately we lost too many wickets and that became the turning point," said Sarfaraz.

Pakistan were rocked by a double strike from Kuldeep Yadav who removed both the set batsmen before Hardik Pandya contributed with two wickets in consecutive deliveries leaving the opposition rattled at 129-5 from 117-1.