Pakistan head coach Waqar Younis warned his team needed to play out of their skins to take a lead over England when the two teams meet in the third one-day international in Sharjah on Tuesday. Pakistan went down by 95 runs in the second game in Abu Dhabi to give England a chance to level the four-match series at 1-1.
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Pakistan won the first match by six wickets, also in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday.Waqar said he was not expecting England to play the way they did in the second game on Friday.“We need to play well to make it 2-1,” said Waqar on Sunday.
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“England bounced back and bounced back well, we probably were not thinking that they are going to play that well so we have to play out of our skins to make it 2-1.”Waqar said Pakistan were poor on Friday, sliding to 188 all out in chase of a 284-run target. “Obviously we were expecting a fightback from England but we also played poor cricket in that game. We were not up to the mark in batting and at no time we were in the game and we must make sure it doesn’t happen next time.”
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England opener Alex Hales notched a maiden century to lift England to an impressive 283-5 in their 50 overs, batting which Waqar believed set up the win.“The way Hales made that hundred was great and when someone scores a hundred at the top of the order your chance of putting a 300 total gets more,” said Waqar of the England opener.