Pakistan aim to run Canada dry

Waqar promises no let-up against associate nation

Last Updated: 02/03/11 2:21pm

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Good times: Pakistan are on a World Cup roll

Good times: Pakistan are on a World Cup roll

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Pakistan coach Waqar Younis has warned his side not to take their foot off the pedal against Canada on Thursday.

After making an impressive start to their World Cup campaign with wins over Kenya and Sri Lanka, Pakistan already have one foot in the quarter-finals.

And another victory at the RPS in Colombo over Group A minnows Canada will move them two points clear at the top of the standings.

"Everyone knows the importance of the tournament, so I don't think there is any easy match or that any match will be taken lightly," said Waqar.

"We played very well against Sri Lanka but it's still early days. There are bigger teams ahead so we need to come out and importantly keep the momentum going."

Improvement

Waqar singled out fielding as an area in need of improvement.

"When you compare our fielding with other teams, say like South Africa, Australia and England, we have a long way to go but I think we are getting there," he added.

Pakistan are set to make at least two changes from the XI on duty during the 11-run success over co-hosts Sri Lanka last Saturday.

Left-arm spinner Abdur Rehman has been ruled out with a groin strain, opening the door for off-spinner Saeed Ajmal's first appearance of the tournament.

And vice-captain Misbah-ul-Haq is struggling with a hamstring injury, meaning Asad Shafiq should get a chance in the middle order.

They may also take the opportunity to rest veteran paceman Shoaib Akhtar, although Waqar is still mulling that decision.

Misfiring

Canada have struggled during the early stages of the tournament, suffering heavy defeats against Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe.

They were bowled out for totals of 123 and 122 respectively during those losses and skipper Ashish Bagai admits the misfiring top order, himself included, is an area of concern.

"We need to come back," said Bagai. "Somehow it's us as a batting unit that's failing, that's the most disappointing part. It's our own mistakes which are going on again and again so we have no choice other than to figure out what's going on.

"It may be a lack of belief at the top order, that's something for us to get sorted out very quickly otherwise we will be in trouble against Pakistan."

The sides have met once previously in a one-day international, Pakistan winning by eight wickets at Headingley in the 1979 World Cup.

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