'From the depths of victory, we managed to lose'

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Coach Dav Whatmore has implicitly recognised Paksitan's inability to cope with pressure recently, ahead of a testing limited-overs series against South Africa this month.

Coach Dav Whatmore has implicitly recognised Paksitan's inability to cope with pressure recently, ahead of a testing limited-overs series against South Africa this month.

Paksitan sunk to respective four-one and two-nil ODI and T20I series defeats against the same opposition in the United Arab Emirates in November, with characteristic batting inadequacies copping the bulk of the blame.

"From the depths of victory, we managed to lose games," said Whatmore. "We're painfully aware that we need to keep our heads a little longer and finish matches. They know the theory, we speak about that all the time. They need to understand to take it one ball at a time."

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The talented Sohaib Maqsood, who debuted against the Proteas and scored twin half-centuries in two ODIs, has been retained in a squad minus the services of the injured Mohammad Irfan and the dropped Wahab Riaz.

Uncapped all-rounder Bilawal Bhatti and right-arm seamer Anwar Ali, meanwhile, have been included. The former has been in particularly good form lately, including a five-for and half-century for Sui National Gas Pipelines Limited against United Bank in Faisalabad.

"Masqood is one of the best positives. We've all known that he is potentially a very good player. He has had some fitness issues, but anybody who drops 10 kilograms is showing everybody he wants to play. We're all very pleased for him," added Whatmore.

The Proteas and Pakistanis will meet for two T20Is and three ODIs. The first T20I will get underway at the Wanderers in Johannesburg on Wednesday.

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