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‘Disappointed that India did not get up’ – Arthur on England’s win over India
ICC Cricket World Cup 2019

‘Disappointed that India did not get up’ – Arthur on England’s win over India

Pakistan Head coach Mickey Arthur said he was disappointed that India couldn’t manage a win against England as it would have opened the door for Pakistan to make it to the semi-finals.

Another win for England over New Zealand on Wednesday would effectively end Pakistan's chances of making it to the top-four.

"How they (India) played, again that's the issue which we can't control," said Arthur.

"Obviously, I was following the game intently and was disappointed that India did not get up because that would have opened the door for us.

"Now all we want is to get to Friday with a real opportunity and our destiny in our own hands."

Pakistan will be hoping that New Zealand can recover from two consecutive defeats to thump England at Durham, which would open the door for Pakistan to reach the semis.

"I just hope New Zealand get it done for us," said Arthur, whose team have nine points, one behind England and two behind New Zealand, with one match to come for each side.

"If New Zealand don't (win) then we hope England win by a big-enough margin and then we calculate what we have to do with our net run-rate, which I think is probably too much."

'West Indies defeat haunts me'

Pakistan had a poor start to their World Cup campaign when they were knocked out for a mere 105 against the West Indies, which was chased down in just 13.4 overs.

"I think when we look back in the tournament the thing that really haunts me is the defeat against the West Indies," said Arthur of the seven-wicket loss in Nottingham.

"That was the game, right at the start of the tournament. We should have fired right at the start but we didn't and it hurts now."

Pakistan then came back hard to edge England in their second game but Arthur said a washout against Sri Lanka in Bristol halted their momentum.

"We had the momentum straight after the England win and then to have a washed-out game meant we almost had to start all over again and train indoors, so it was disappointing."