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Cricket news - Getting runs while batting first key in South Africa - Sarfraz

Zaman is key to Pakistan's fortunes in the ODI format.

After he was comprehensively beaten in the Test series, Pakistan look for a turnaround when they meet South Africa in Port Elizabeth, where they sealed their first away-series victory over the hosts in 2013, for the first of the five ODIs on Saturday. Sarfraz Ahmed believes that they are batting first and posting hefty sums the key to success. As in the Tests, Pakistan also have a break in the 50-over format suffered batting in the recent past.

"It is necessary, during the execution with the batting in the first innings. If a touring team is in the position to do that, you win games," Sarfraz said on the eve of the first ODI. "Four of our five matches day/night. The teams prefer to bat for the first time here, such as India, have [last year], it will be difficult to bat under lights."

After a fall from the playing XI for the third Test due to his failure in the first two, Fakhar Zaman under the focus during the ODI series. Since his debut for Pakistan against South Africa in the group stage of the ICC Champions Trophy, Zaman was running from his side's top run-getter with its 1.275 at 59.95 runs per dismissal. Pakistan have struggled to find, a batsman can score at a brisk rate in 50-over cricket, have to rely on his firepower in the early stages of their innings to lay a profound platforms for the middle order batsman.

"Fakhar Zaman is a very important player for us and his goal is to play his natural game," Sarfraz commented, "this is all plays similar to David Warner, or like Virender Sehwag or Shahid Afridi played in the past. I told him that he needs to stay in the wicket more, because his presence scares the launcher."

Pakistan, like any other side, have their world Cup plans in mind, if you make a note of your game with the XI. After Shan Masood faced the South African pace attack in seaming conditions audaciously, he was in the ODI squad for this series. But, with Pakistan on the opening of Zaman and Imam-ul-Haq, the sovereign over 63 per dismissal, and with Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez and Shoaib Malik firmly placed in their seats, it remains to be seen whether Masood gets a match.

"We have our strengths before the world Cup, for which we try different combinations, the in this series and also against Australia."

Veteran batsman Malik feels that sticking with the current amount of players consistently in both the batting and bowling Department will be the key for Pakistan before the mega event. "I think the best thing is to find your product and stick with a selected number of players who have the confidence to play that you are going to the world Cup," said Malik, who enjoys, an average value of about 48 with the bat in 14 ODIs in South Africa. "We have a couple of good players that are good and as we reach the mega-event, be it cricket play more and gain experience, prove to be helpful.

"It's all about turning up on the day and the implementation of the run but as far as preparations, we are up to the series. Consistency is important, both batting and bowling and this is, once again, our goal for the upcoming series."

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