Canada aims to put CWC campaign on track

Wed, Mar 2, 2011 11:59 PM


Canada aims to put CWC campaign on track

Ashish Bagai has plenty to think about
Canada aim to bounce back from two heavy defeats, as they look to play spoil the Pakistan party who currently sit top of Group A in Colombo on Thursday.

Canada's two first games against Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe have not gone to the Associate member's plans only scoring 122 and 123 runs in each batting innings.

Canada captain, Ashish Bagai was extremely dissatisfied with the performances from the team in the two first games.

"Definitely we are very very disappointed. We had planned very well for the game against Zimbabwe but we were not up to It," said Bagai.

The Canadian team have produced some good cricket, but have failed to capitalise on some good spells especially whilst fielding, but the batting shortcomings have culminated to a 210-run loss against hosts Sri Lanka and a 175-run defeat against Zimbabwe.

Bagai is focusing on ways to improve on the current performances and ordinary cricket being shown from the Associate side.

"We need to comeback. 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," stated Bagai.

Canada's captain believes self belief in the batting line up could be the key and is targeting distinct improvement in Saturday's game against Pakistan.

"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," said Bagai.

The Pakistan team are not taking Canada lightly as the inconsistent team look to sidestep this potential banana skin.

Pakistan's captain Shahid Afridi knows of his team's unpredictability and is keen to keep winning a habit in the group stages.

"We have to take every match seriously, even more so against a team who we don't know," said Afridi.

Afridi's team have been thoroughly preparing for the weekend's match; as they look to build on a good early start to the tournament and take this through into the latter stages, but the Pakistan Captain is not taking anything for granted.

"We have tried to gather some video footage of their initial matches but we are not bothered about that. After this match, we have New Zealand so we must win this one and then think about future games."

Both teams have something to prove in Colombo and both captains are looking for great improvement within their teams.

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