Misbah eyes redemption

Misbah-ul-HaqPakistan skipper Misbah-ul Haq is looking for a confidence-boosting victory in Sunday’s final one-day international against Australia despite the series having already gone (Pakistan 2/1, Australia 4/11 – Match Prices).

The Asians are currently on a terrible run of results and have surrendered meekly to the Baggy Greens in both their 50-over fixtures.

Having been dismissed for just 162 in the series opener, the ‘hosts’ could only make 215 last time out in the UAE, with the Aussies reaching their target for the loss of five wickets and with plenty of overs in hand.

It was a similar story back in August as Sri Lanka secured a 2-1 series success over Misbah’s men, who were shot out for only 102 in the deciding contest.

Scoring runs has clearly become a problem for the 1992 World Cup winners, with poor shot selection and an unwillingness to graft thwarting their progress, and the captain knows they must address the issue with the biggest tournament of all on the horizon (Pakistan 10/1 – World Cup Outright).

“The batting has let us down and we need to put things right before the World Cup,” he said. “If we don’t, then it’s trouble.”

Australia are the 11/4 favourites to win next year’s World Cup and look a strong side with players such as David Warner, Aaron Finch and George Bailey ideally suited to the format.

And, with that in mind, the veteran captain is desperate to knock them off their perch with bigger things to follow.

“It’s an important game for us. We need to go into the Tests with a win and that will lift our confidence,” said Misbah.

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