Pakistan barely learns from past mistakes. Yesterday’s match against the Aussies has been another let down by the green shirts, a complete annoying experience. Pakistan’s inconsistency made a clear mark in fielding and batting.
Though Pakistani bowlers were guilty of some short-pitched erratic bowling in the first powerplay but they came back impressively afterwards. Pakistan’s spin department proved very expensive. Hafeez and Shoaib gave over eighty runs in ten overs they bowled together.
It was a winnable match complemented by an outstanding performance by Muhammad Amir with 5 wickets in 10 overs and expending just thirty runs.
Things started to take bad shape when Asif Ali dropped a sitter in the slips. Finch, the Australian skipper was at 26 and he went on to score 82. Asif Ali’s butterfingers were in full action when he dropped Warner in the deep. Luckily the damage was minimum this time as Warner lost his wicket at 107 after scoring just three more runs.
Pakistan’s batting card was a mix of disappointment and encouragement. Two ducks there, first Fakhar caught by the third man and later went Shoaib Malik caught behind the wickets. Shoaib Malik is kind of a batsman you cannot be put at number six. He always takes his time and number six is a position where you don’t have many overs left to settle down first. Therefore, Pakistan’s management has to rethink as far as Shoaib’s inclusion at that particular position is concerned. Sarfaraz is playing well at number 5 and Hafeez at number 4 looks good too. So the dilemma continues where to put Shoaib where he could contribute effectively as a middle order batsman.
Since Pakistan has to face India on Sunday, green shirts would have to stifle their ordinary performance for sure if they are really in a mood to turn the tables in this World Cup. Average Cricket against India will be a terrible option for Pakistan as the whole world knows about zero tolerance policy by the people on both sides of the border in case of a defeat.