Finally we have some kind of cricket in CWC2019.
Unfortunately for Pakistan’s fans we couldn’t able to overcome Australia at Taunton Yesterday.
Pakistan made a fare call after winning the toss to bowl first. Because there was a chance of rain and D&L method could have come into play.
But Australia batted outstandingly well and their opener started to dominate the Pakistani bowling attack.
At one stage, it was looking like the target would go pass 350 mark easily.
But Pakistan came back well and they turned things into their favour.
Australia got bowl out on 307. David Warner scored a brilliant century; not as gast as he would like but a good innings indeed.
Star for Pakistan was Mohammad Aamir. He bowled really well at opening spell when Aussies were going really well.
His come back spell was also excellent when he took 4 more wickets to get fiver in the matc.
Imagine if he wasn’t selected for tournament, what could happened with Pakistani team.
Anyways, in reply Pakistan lost Fakhar early in a very soft dismissal.
Then Babar Azam and Imam went after the Australian bowling attack with some lovely strokes.
Babar Azam was just a treat to watch but when he was looking so good he threw his wicked away.
He was out on short pitch bowl which he shouldn’t hit like that.
Then Hafeez and Imam formed a great partnership and both batted very decently. Until Imam out by chasing wide delivery outside leg stump. He was overconfident and carelessly played that shot.
Aaron Finch took a surprise decision of introducing himself after the wicket. He got rewarded for that and Hafeez was a victim.
Hafeez didn’t able to hit a full toss inside the stands. He half hitter it and got caught in the deep.
Shoaib Malik looked psychologically unfit. His commitment wasn’t there. First he almost runout without facing a bowl and then he was caught behind.
Asif Ali was the third one to be out on short ball.
Then Hassan Ali came and he smashed 3 fours and 3 sixes within no time. He was out on short bowl too when he was looking good.
Sarfaraz should have told him to stay at the wicket.
After Hassan, Wahab Riaz came and he also batted really well and put Pakistan in a winning position.
Sarfaraz should faced Starc more at that time but he exposed Wahab to Starc and he edged it to the keeper. That was a close shout and umpire not have given that out. Finch reviewed after long thinking and got his man.
Aamir was bowled in the same over. Again Sarfaraz made a strange mistake by allowing Shaheen Afridi a single on last ball.
That cost Pakistan a match. Shaheen missed few deliveries and then by trying to take quick single Sarfaraz ran himself out.
Pakistan lost that match by 41 runs. Match was in our hand at one point of time but poor short selection suffered us a loss.
Shadab exclusion was a wrong decision. Shaheen should have come in place of Malik or Hassan but management thinked other way around.
Now next game is against India. We have to win that game to get things back on track for us.
We have to get team selection right. Malik is a big problem. He has some family problems but someone must talk to him to get out of that mental disstability.
Same it goes for Asif Ali. He suffered a big loss of his daughter. His fielding was also not upto the mark. In batting, he was also looking down and out.
Hassan Ali needs some tuning. He is not bowling well. He have to put up a performance. Management can also think to test Mohammad Hasnain but it could be a huge call to give him a go against India.
Team management have to do a lot of thinking and they must form a strategy to smash India.