Taunton: Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed shied away from going into details about their match against India when he was asked about the big-ticket match of World Cup 2019 after a 41-run loss to Australia in Taunton on Wednesday.
Sarfaraz Ahmed pointed out that India-Pakistan clashes are big occasions in ICC tournaments and maintained that Pakistan will give their best on Sunday in Manchester.
"India-Pakistan is a big match so we'll try our level best," Sarfaraz Ahmed said on Wednesday.
Pakistan have not beaten India in a World Cup encounter yet and if recent form is anything to go by, Sarfaraz Ahmed's men will have to step up to avoid another defeat to their arch-rivals.
Pakistan suffered their second defeat and slipped to 8th on the World Cup 2019 points table with just 3 points from 4 matches so far. Sarfaraz Ahmed's men slipped to a 41-run defeat after an ordinary effort in all 3 departments vs Australia in Taunton.
Mohammad Amir finished with his career-best figures of 5 for 30 and became only the 7th Pakistan bowler to pick up a World Cup five-wicket haul but it wasn't enough as Australia posted 307 before restricting Pakistan to 266 in 45.4 overs.
Sarfaraz Ahmed pointed out that Pakistan gave away 25 runs too many and the absence of a big knock from their batsmen cost them the match against Australia.
"Very disappointing. Lost three wickets in 15 balls from 140/3. To take positives, Hassan Ali batted well, Wahab batted well. Fought in the end but could not finish it off well. Except for Amir, others did not bowl well. For me, this was a 270-280 pitch. To win matches, top four has to perform," Sarfaraz said.