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'We have to lift ourselves' – Wahab urges Pakistan to stick together
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'We have to lift ourselves' – Wahab urges Pakistan to stick together

Wahab Riaz has urged his side to stick together in the face of a struggling World Cup campaign as they head into the important clash against South Africa at Lord's on Sunday.

Pakistan have thus far mustered just three points from five games and now are under threat of elimination in the first round unless they win all their remaining games to give themselves a chance to secure a semi-final berth.

Left-arm paceman Wahab emphasized the need for his teammates to regroup and lift the morale of the side in order to beat Proteas in the upcoming game.

"We have to lift ourselves," Wahab told reporters. "We are each other's strength. We are all good friends and know that only 15 of us can lift the team which not even our family members can do."

Sarfaraz Ahmed's men have come under the wrath of fans back home in the aftermath of the humiliating defeat against arch-rivals India at Old Trafford.

Considering the toil and the pressure on the players following the 89-run loss, the team management decided to provide the squad a couple of days off to unwind.

Wahab insisted this break allowed the players to ponder upon the mistakes they committed in previous games as the team was refocused on improving their performances.

"Good teams are the ones who realize their mistakes, so we have discussed all those mistakes and a two day break has refreshed us," he said.

'Lack of wickets upfront hurting us'

But the 33-year-old, who played a key role in helping Pakistan achieve their solitary win in the tournament against England, admitted the pace attack needed to put in more effort to snap up more wickets with the new ball.

"As a bowling unit we are trying hard, We are all focused to do well in the South Africa match. You need wickets upfront in England but we were not getting that," Riaz said.

He also pinpointed Pakistan's middle-order collapses which have been a frequent occurrence in the tournament as experienced players failed to shoulder the responsibility of guiding Pakistan's chase against both Australia and India.

"We were going well in batting in both the games but lost crucial wickets and got derailed," said Wahab.

Pakistan suffered a slump from a relatively dominant position of 136-2 to 160-6 versus the defending champions while they lost 4 quick wickets in the space of 18 deliveries against India just when a top-order partnership was flourishing.