Not impossible for Zimbabwe to beat Pakistan and India: Alistair Campbell


Zimbabwe’s most capped former captain Alistair Campbell feels that Zimbabwe’s performance so far shows that it was quite possible for the side to beat Pakistan and India in Pool B matches in the ongoing World Cup.

“The match against Ireland is crucial to our chances of progressing, but we will have to beat Pakistan or India, too. It is not impossible – far from it. But we will have to find a way of limiting the damage in the final overs. The best way, of course, is to take more early wickets,” Alistair Campbell wrote in his column for ICC website.

Following a defeat in a high-scoring encounter with West Indies in which Chris Gayle scored first ever World Cup double, Campbell added, “but there has been some good as well as some bad for Zimbabwe in our first three games and we’re still alive with the possibility of a quarter-final place remaining a reality – not just statistically, but because we are playing well enough to produce an upset.”

Zimbabwe fought valiantly in their first World Cup match against African neighbors South Africa before going down by 62 runs after the Proteas put on board a mammoth 339 runs on board.

Zimbabwe defeated minnows UAE by four wickets before going down against West Indies by 73 runs.

Zimbabwe will face Pakistan on March 1. Pakistan has lost both of its first two matches comprehensively by India and West Indies by 76 and 150 runs respectively.

Zimbabwe, in each of the three previous outings managed 250 plus runs while Pakistan failed to cross 250 mark and once even failed to cross 200 mark with more than 300 runs to chase on both occasions.

Zimbabwe will be looking to beat Pakistan and associates Ireland to qualify for the quarterfinals. However, beating India would be a tough task, since the defending champions have found the form just at the right time beating Pakistan and South Africa so far in the World Cup.