Younus - We won't panic
Pakistan batsman staying calm after ODI defeat to England
Last Updated: February 14, 2012 12:45pm
Younus Khan: Thinks Pakistan can bounce back in second ODI against England
Pakistan veteran Younus Khan says there is no reason for his side to panic despite their heavy defeat in the first one-day international against England.
After cruising to a 3-0 whitewash in the recent Test series between the two sides, Pakistan slumped to a 130-run loss in the opening 50-over contest at the Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi.
Pakistan would have likely backed themselves to chase down England's moderately challenging target of 261 but were instead bowled out for just 130 in 35 overs.
However, Younus is confident Pakistan can quickly put the poor display behind them and get back on form in the second one-dayer on Wednesday, also in Abu Dhabi.
"I hope there is no panic," the former captain said. "We should not panic because we have not batted badly in the last four five matches, so we need to try our best and put Monday's performance behind us."
The foundations for England's total were laid by skipper Alastair Cook and Ravi Bopara, who combined for a 131-run fourth-wicket stand.
"England had a very good partnership between Cook and (Ravi) Bopara and that helped them. It wasn't a difficult chase but we failed to put up a reasonable stand," Younus said.
He added: "When the captain of the team plays like this the whole team is inspired and Cook's knock lifted England so we have to match them in their body language and performance."