Recently Finished
Live Cricket
Upcoming Matches
View All Matches
'We are alive and kicking' – Arthur warns opponents of resurgent Pakistan
Pakistan News

'We are alive and kicking' – Arthur warns opponents of resurgent Pakistan

Pakistan's 49-run win over South Africa at Lord's has resuscitated their chances of securing a semi-final berth as coach Mickey Arthur has claimed his mercurial team is "alive and kicking" in the tournament once again.

Pakistan were on the verge of a first-round exit following three losses in five games and a washed out encounter against Sri Lanka.

But the victory over South Africa has provided Sarfaraz Ahmed's men the requisite confidence heading into their must-win games.

The prospect of Pakistan's advancement into the knockout stages relies on them winning their remaining matches and hoping other results go their way.

Still languishing at the seventh place in the points table, Pakistan's next clash is against table-toppers New Zealand.

Meanwhile, World Cup hosts England are in danger of not qualifying for the semi-finals if they lose their next three matches against the strong teams Australia, India and New Zealand.

Also Read: Sarfaraz lauds Haris for Buttler-esque knock

Arthur has signaled a warning to Pakistan's rivals after their brilliant show against South Africa.

"We are alive and kicking, without a doubt," said Arthur. "Yes, we are banking on other teams doing us a favour. It probably is -- but we've got to win three games."

Arthur said Pakistan were still firmly placed in the tournament and could beat any team if they played to their strengths.

"When we play our best game, we can beat anybody. Whether that's New Zealand, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, our remaining games, or England, we showed.

"We put our three disciplines together, we are as good as any team in this competition. We are very firmly in the World Cup. We win our next three games, we'll qualify."

'Boys were hurt incredibly after defeat to India'

Arthur expressed satisfaction at the way his side recovered their self-belief following the demeaning 89-run loss to India at Old Trafford last Sunday.

"Our boys hurt, all of us hurt, incredibly. Guys didn't sleep much, but they came to the training every day and put in (hard work) in order to try and turn it around, and we got some just reward against South Africa."

Pakistan still need heaps of improvement in their fielding after they spilled six catches against the Proteas while three of them were grassed by Mohammad Amir.

"Our problem is we haven't put three disciplines together yet in any game," said Arthur.

"We bowled well; we batted well; we didn't field well (against South Africa). So when we put three disciplines together, we'll be exceptional.

"The closest we've got was when we beat England."

He emphasized Pakistan's unpredictable nature as they achieved a surprising 14-run win over pre-tournament favourites England three days after being blown away for a pitiable total of 105 in their opening game versus the West Indies.