Top order glitch, a real concern for Team Pakistan

Asif Iqbal
By Asif Iqbal February 12, 2015 10:31

Top order glitch, a real concern for Team Pakistan

Pakistan’s performance in the final warm up game against England which we won by four wickets with seven balls to spare, was heartening. England are a good side and although they are having a few problems with their batting, their seam attack is as good as anybody’s.

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Prior to this, although we had won the practice match against Bangladesh too, the close nature of the contest given the strength of the opposition was rather less than satisfying. In fact, Bangladesh, who at one stage were 184 for 2, should have got much more than the 246 they ended up with. Had they got another 15 or 20 runs, Pakistan might not have come out with the result that we did.

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Pakistan did excellently to restrict England to 250, thanks largely to Yasir Shah and Sohail Khan. With two top wickets in the space of four deliveries to reduce England from 135 for 2 to 135 for 4, Yasir changed the complexion of the game entirely. From then on the Pakistan bowlers retained control all through the England innings with some excellent death bowling by Sohail Khan. The batting, once again, owed its success in chasing down the target largely to the efforts of captain Misbah ul Haq and Umar Akmal. Both these players have performed consistently and one hopes that they carry their excellent form into the World Cup.

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Yet, encouraging as the result was, it would be wrong to think that Pakistan does not have serious problems and the most obvious is the one with the top order. For the fifth time in six matches, the top order failed and it was only a rearguard action that helped Pakistan to achieve victory. The openers are not performing and Younis is finding the going extremely difficult. I feel the tour officials have to come up with some out of the box thinking to solve this recurring problem because one cannot expect the lower middle order to deliver every time. Given the evidence available, it would appear to be hugely risky to be going into the game against India with Nasir Jamshed and Sohaib Maqsood may have to be pushed up the order to take up an opener’s role.

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Asif Iqbal, after learning cricket in Indian Hyderabad, moved to Pakistan and started his career as a bowler. But later he concentrated on batting that was known for impressive footwork and cavalier cover-driving. He also captained Pakistan cricket team in the first two World Cups.



Asif Iqbal
By Asif Iqbal February 12, 2015 10:31
  • A Parent

    Musharraf Sahab, its time to take back our home Pakistan from these corrupt politicians who are the biggest thieves, dacoits and terrorists that the nation has ever seen before. Please do something about it before its too late.

  • sense

    One wrong decision brought him on this stage , he should have got nawaz

  • Asaad Akbar Khan

    Dear Asif Iqbal sb
    I feel that your analysis of Pakistani team is very precise and articulately put together.What do you think can be done in the limited time period thats left to achieve the best out of our batting line up?

  • Saba Munir

    Pakistan needs to learn how to play under pressure, and this time i feel India will beat Pakistan comprehensively.

  • Aslam Khan

    Sir how much chances that Pak will beat India?? No matter we lost or win we have to beat India this time its too much of embarrassment now.


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