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Karachi: Former Australian skipper Ian Chappell believes that Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi will find it difficult to display the same kind of batting performance against the better sides as he had produced against Bangladesh in their World T20 2016 campaign opener. Earlier, Afridi produced a scintillating all-round performance as he smashed quick-fire 49 off just 19 balls to help Pakistan cruise to a 55-run win over Bangladesh in their opening group match of the T20 format’s pinnacle event at Eden Gardens on Wednesday. Full Cricket Scorecard: Pakistan vs Bangladesh, 14th T20 Match, Super 10 Group 2, ICC T20 World Cup 2016

Chappell, who played 75 Tests and 16 ODIs for Australia, said that he was not sure if Afridi would be able to play up in the batting order against the better sides, the Dawn reported. According to Chappell, Afridi need to get flexible as a skipper and should give opportunity to the other players in the squad to bat at the top of the line-up. The 71-year-old, however, praised Afridi’s ‘calm and relax’ approach in the opening match, suggesting that the Pakistan all-rounder could replicate his tremendous performance if he remains little patient on the special occasions. Full Scorecard: India vs Pakistan, 19th T20 Match, Super 10 Group 2

Pakistan will play their next match against fierce-rivals and hosts India at Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Saturday. The ICC had earlier moved Pakistan’s group match against India to Kolkata due to security concerns in Dharamsala. Talking of Afridi, he is known to play brisk innings but he lacks consistency. Also he is yet to play a good knock against top quality bowling attacks like that of Australia and South Africa. He has hardly anything to show in his CV when it comes to playing in tough batting conditions and in pressure situations.