As cricket fans churn more gossip about the similarities between Pakistan’s 1992 and 2019 World Cup campaigns, another resemblance just strikes the chord. Pakistan beats the unbeaten as they did back in 1992. In an interesting chain of events, Pakistan literally retakes the path of that glorious year now even noticed by the international media.
It all started well for Pakistan yesterday. A toss Pakistan lost turned out to be a hidden blessing. Shaheen Shah Afridi with his three early wickets rattled Kiwis in his first spell to leave them in panic. James Neesham and Colin de Grandhomme created a crucial partnership of 132 runs that enabled the Black Caps to put a decent total of 237 on the board.
Pakistan’s middle order has found its touch now. The duo, Babar Azam and Haris Sohail again anchored Pakistan’s chase and set sail for another outstanding win. They showed good temperament along with fine shot selection. Babar’s unbeaten 101 from 124 balls with 11 fours has been the backbone of Pakistan’s victory. On the other hand, Haris looked remarkably effortless and fluent. With two consecutive match winning performances like these, Haris is said to be the trump card revealed at this critical moment. He scored 68 of 76 balls. The professor also contributed 32 runs along with Babar. Pakistan is expected to win the two upcoming matches, hopefully. Despite 11 points on points table, Pakistan may still have to rely on other results to qualify in the semis.
As things are happening parallel, Pakistan has really started to play emphatically different since its defeat against India. Now Pakistan is in contention and in a serious disposition to secure a place in semifinals. It’s only a matter of time to find out whether Pakistan will be able to repeat the glorious feat of 1992 as weird connections keep unfolding for the men in green.