Afridi asks players to improve run rate to challenge Australia

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KARACHI: Star all-rounder Shahid Afridi on Thursday advised players to improve their strike rate in order to challenge Australia in their home conditions.
Afridi took to Twitter shortly after Pakistan’s batting in the third one-day against Australia.
The all-rounder was of opinion that Pakistan failed to capitalize on a strong platform provided by the openers and middle-order.
Although Afridi wished the bowlers good luck, he maintained that players must improve their strike rate. “We didn’t make good use of last 10 overs, strike rates must improve, good luck to bowlers, Try hard,” he tweeted.
At once stage, Pakistan were well set to cross the 300-mark before a familiar collapse in the last 10 overs.
In response, Australia shot down the Pakistan’s target of 264 with 30 balls to spare and seven wickets intact.
Javed Miandad said that Pakistan were 30 to 40 runs short due to their mistakes.
“Its seems there was no game plane. If the players were finding it difficult to strike boundaries, they should have looked for single and doubles,” he said.


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