We are alive and kicking - Arthur hails Pakistan's all-round show

Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur praised the team's performance against South Africa on Sunday after it kept its semifinal hopes alive with a 49-run win at Lord's.

Mickey Arthur said that the team's fielding will keep improving after its sloppy show against South Africa.   -  Getty Images

Pakistan coach, Mickey Arthur, is confident of making it to the World Cup 2019 semifinals, after his team defeated South Africa by 49 runs at Lord's on Sunday.

“We are very firmly in the World Cup. We win our next three games and we will qualify. So we know that,” Arthur said.

Arthur was pleased to see all the departments click against South Africa.

“Today, I thought we got our bowling and batting spot-on. Our problem is, we haven’t put three disciplines together yet, in any game. So, when we put three disciplining together, we’ll be exceptional,” he added.

Pakistan plays New Zealand at Edgbaston next week and Arthur is hopeful of maintaining the winning run.

“I know we can beat New Zealand. We are alive and kicking, without a doubt, and we play our best game, we beat anybody. Whether that’s New Zealand, Afghanistan, Bangladesh,” Arthur said.

Last week, the team came under fire following its defeat against India.

“It’s amazing what a difference a week makes. Our boys were hurt this week, all of us were hurt, incredibly. Guys didn't sleep much, but they came to the training every day. They tried to turn it around, and today we got some just reward,” the coach said.

Pakistan has been ordinary in the field as its players have spilled 13 catches in the tournament. When quizzed about the team’s sloppy show in the fielding department, Arthur said: “We train and we’ve put in massive amounts of work. That’s something we'll be exploring again in the next couple of days because we can't be dropping that many catches and expect to beat teams getting into almost a knockout phase.”