Afridi urges team to learn lessons from NZ match
Pallekele: Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi on Wednesday urged his team to learn a few lessons from their dismal show against New Zealand.
"There were quite a few lessons to be learned from the defeat, especially those chances we gave to Taylor and when you give such chances to a player like him he makes you pay," said Afridi.
Ross Taylor hit an unbeaten 131 to post a massive 302-7 before bowling out Pakistan for 192.
Wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal let off Taylor twice, allowing two straightforward chances to slip past him off Shoaib Akhtar. The batsman was yet to open his account on first instance, and was on eight the second time.
Afridi admitted that the bowlers were very expensive in the death overs when New Zealand plundered 114 runs off the last 6 overs.
"I think the way we started with the ball was good, but then the missed chances demoralised the bowlers and they were very poor in the end," said Afridi.
He also hoped his top-order batsmen will show improvement in the next game, against Zimbabwe.
"Our top order did not work well although we have given them the time to settle down and this was the first time we were chasing. We need to learn how to bat while chasing," said the Pakistan captain.
"Taylor took the game away from us although the bowlers had reverse swing. But the way he played was brilliant and he took the game away from us," he added.
Afridi, meanwhile, hinted that Kamran`s brother, Umar can don the wicketkeeper`s gloves, if needed.
"Keeping with Umar is very much an option and we might try it in the next game," said Afridi
However, he defended Kamran as well.
"If you see Kamran train, he puts in a lot of hard work. I don`t know why luck deserted him. He is also upset about his performance and he realises it too," said Afridi.