Smith wants South Africa to improve
Graeme Smith said his side must improve by 10 percent to 20 percent if it wants to keep its five-match ODI series alive against Pakistan.india Updated: Oct 09, 2003 22:59 IST
South African captain Graeme Smith said Thursday his side must improve by 10 percent to 20 percent if it wants to keep its five-match one-day international series alive against Pakistan.
South Africa, down 2-1, meets Pakistan in their fourth one-day international at Pindi Cricket Stadium Friday.
"The (South African) players are now adjusting to the conditions, they have adjusted to the heat. The energy in the squad was back in the third one-day international," said Smith, who beat Pakistan by 13 runs on the Duckworth/Lewis fomula at Faisalabad.
"If we increase our performance by 10 percent to 20 percent, that will be great for us and we will be a difficult side to beat. There will be no tomorrow after the fourth match," he said. South Africa lost the first two back-to-back day-night internationals at Lahore by eight and 42 runs respectively.
It recorded victory in the day game at Faisalabad when Pakistan failed to bowl the required quota of 50 overs in 3 1/2 hours and umpires stopped play due to bad light with South Africa 13 runs ahead under the Duckworth/Lewis formula after the 45 overs.
Match referee Clive Lloyd has fined both teams for slow over-rates while Shaun Pollock was fined his full match fee for showing dissent at Faisalabad on Tuesday.
"I think both teams need to be more mature about things at the moment on the field. Every little thing is taken too harsh. It comes to a little bit of a school game," Smith said about the fines.
"It is a big-pressure situation- you are playing for your country, and pride and passion are involved," he added. Smith was satisfied with the security arrangements in Pakistan, with more than 2,000 policemen and over 150 commandos being deployed in the first three internationals at Lahore.
"As far as security arrangements are concerned we are trying to concentrate on our cricket and there are other people to deal with security," he said.
Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq, who missed the Faisalabad game due to a hamstring injury, has not fully recovered. "I am not fully fit, but if I am 70 percent to 80 percent fit, I will play tomorrow," he said.
In Inzamam's absence, Yousuf Youhana led the side but the bowlers took lots of time in completing the overs, which cost Pakistan the match in the end. The slow over-rate "is one of our weak areas, we are working on it and hopefully we will improve on it in the remaining two games of the series," Inzamam said.
"If we had bowled our full overs (in Faisalabad) we would have probably wrapped up the series, but we will definitely try to overcome the problem of over-rate tomorrow."
Paceman Mohammad Sami has now regained fitness from the side strain which sidelined him from the third match and Inzamam said the paceman will likely take the field on Friday.
Pakistan (from): Mohammad Hafeez, Yasir Hameed, Yousuf Youhana, Inzamam-ul-Haq (captain), Younis Khan, Abdul Razzaq, Shoaib Malik, Rashid Latif (wicketkeeper), Mohammad Sami, Shoaib Akhtar, Umar Gul, Shabbir Ahmad, Saqlain Mushtaq, Danish Kaneria, Faisal Iqbal and Naved Latif.
South African (from): Graeme Smith (captain), Mark Boucher, Jacques Kallis, Shaun Pollock, Neil McKenzie, Jacques Rudolph, Robin Peterson, Andrew Hall, Alan Dawson, Makhaya Ntini, Charl Langeveldt, Andre Nel, Boeta Dippenaar, Herschelle Gibbs, Paul Adams, Morne van Wyk.
Umpires: Darrell Hair, Australia, Aleem Dar, Pakistan
TV umpire: Asad Rauf
Match referee: Clive, Lloyd, West Indies.
First Published: Oct 09, 2003 18:16 IST