"It is getting easier now because by winning every match, we make it easier to get to the quarter-finals," Younis said. "We want to keep playing like this and win every match. We all know that it's a big tournament, so senior or junior, the goal is that we give our best and contribute to every game."
On the other hand, Pakistan’s skipper Shahid Afridi said he wasn't an entirely happy man after orchestrating "a very big win" over Sri Lanka as the result was likely to have significant repercussions on Group A as the tournament progresses.
Afridi was at the centre of the triumph, picking up four key wickets as Pakistan overcame a late implosion in the field to sneak out with an 11-run win. The haul included his 300th ODI wicket, making him the third Pakistani to do so and only the second player after Sanath Jayasuriya to complete 300 wickets and 4,000 runs in the format. With nine wickets in two games, he is for now the leading wicket-taker in the tournament.
But Pakistan's inability to finish off games over the last year has worried coach Waqar Younis, and victory against Sri Lanka has not eased those concerns. Sri Lanka lost their top order with less than 100 on the board, so by the 22nd over of the chase, the game seemed done.
Pakistan relaxed and proceeded to spill three catches, fluff two stumpings and miss a host of run-out attempts over the next 20 overs, allowing Chamara Silva, Kumar Sangakkara and Angelo Mathews to fight back. Amid the bedlam, they swiftly wasted two referrals and totted up 29 extras, and, though Afridi felt that "80%" of the task was done by then, he warned that improvement was needed.
Abdur Rehman, the left-arm spinner, has been ruled out of Pakistan's next World Cup match against Canada after suffering a leg injury. Misbah-ul-Haq has also picked up a minor hamstring strain, but isn't too much of a concern.
Rehman took 1 for 63 in Pakistan's 11-run victory against Sri Lanka on Saturday, but now requires a five-day break. "Rehman sprained his leg while fielding in the match against Sri Lanka and had to put on a strapping in order to bowl. It's an adductor muscle rupture," Intikhab Alam, the Pakistan manager, said. "We don't want to risk Rehman and will wait for him to recover."
Rehman's absence is likely to mean a chance for offspinner Saeed Ajmal who has yet to play a match in the competition. The other bowlers in the squad who didn't play against Sri Lanka were the left-arm pace duo of Wabah Riaz and Junaid Khan.
Although Misbah's problem isn't considered a major worry, he may still be rested for the Canada game with the opposition unlikely to cause an in-form Pakistan too many problems. Misbah hit 83 off 91 balls against Sri Lanka to continue his strong start to the tournament after he made 65 against Kenya.
At last, many congratulations for Pakistan. The young boys have shown a lot of potential and talent, but Kamran Akmal must learn his lesson and should not repeat same mistakes. Coach and Captain must talk with him over this matter, otherwise he can single handedly sink the team in the depth of a defeat.
The golden rule in one day cricket is fight till the end of the match for the every opportunity and don’t lose hope.