Pakistan’s lack of strategy has been noticeable in the first two one day internationals of five match series against New Zealand. Pakistan can’t win by playing mediocre Cricket against the Kiwis. They really need to re-evaluate their planning and senior players would have to come out and play some competitive Cricket to beat the side which is at its eve of record winning streak. The black caps have achieved nine consecutive victories in all formats of the game. Previously they had won ten successive matches twice and now they are on the verge of equaling it again at Dunedin on Saturday.
It’s very crucial and in favor of Pakistan to have four day gap between the second and third one day match that would allow the green shirts to regroup and gather their thoughts, reassess obvious shortcomings and get their act together and look for all chances to make an impressive turnaround for a possible come back in the series.
While reviewing Pakistan’s performance in the first two ODIs, the top and middle order batsmen stand as the main culprits. Instead, the lower order has resisted the New Zealand bowlers so far. Both Hassan Ali and Shadab have scored fifties. Senior batsmen like Shoaib, Hafeez and Azhar have to take the responsibility, stay at the wicket and accumulate runs in the upcoming crucial match that will decide the series on weekend.
Pakistan needs a good start in the third one day match and can’t afford batting collapses anymore. New Zealanders are beatable but it’s the matter of being resolute and staying focused for a win, equally aided by a collective effort by all team members. Sarfaraz should come up with an aggressive game plan and play attacking Cricket. Pakistan can bat all the way down to number nine, therefore some solid batting at the top and middle can change the headlines of Sunday newspapers.