Bruised Pakistan face minnows UAE

Pakistan cricket captain Shahid Afridi walks off the field after being dismissed during the match between India and Pakistan at the Asia Cup T20 cricket tournament at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka on February 27, 2016. AFP PHOTO / STR / AFP / STR

The men in green will face the minnows in the shape of United Arab Emirates as their next opponent in the all important Asia Cup match on Monday. After suffering defeat at the hands of arch rivals India the Pakistan side will look to register their first win of the tournament against UAE.

Batsmen need to buckle up

Pakistan’s batting lineup fell like nine pins against India which saw the team being dismissed for a meagre score of 83 runs. Although the pitch was not conducive for batting but such a pathetic display is not accepted at all. Most of the batsmen threw away their wicket and the seeing the way they ran between the wicket was a sorry sight. Pakistan need to rectify their mistakes in the batting department and improve their coordination when they step onto the field against UAE tonight.

Skipper Shahid Afridi needs to marshal his troops in a better fashion and lead from the front with both bat and ball. His lacklustre display in the field affects the team and it’s morale in a drastic fashion.

Dhaka : Pakistan’s Shoaib Malik, left, walks back to the pavilion after his dismissal by India’s Hardik Pandya, second right, during the Asia Cup Twenty20 international cricket match between them in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016. AP/PTI(AP2_27_2016_000170B)

Amir in red hot form 

Although Pakistan won’t be too worried about their bowling aspect but they would be worried to see the lack of rhythm from Wahab Riaz as he looked out of shape during his bowling stint. Mohammad Amir rattled the Indian batting upfront and Pakistan would love to see him to do the same to the lesser experienced UAE batting lineup.


Team changes 

As far as team changes are concerned it’s unlikely that many changes will be made in the team. If the pitch is on the slower side for today’s match Pakistan might bring in youngster Mohammad Nawaz, who has impressed the selectors through consistent performances in the recently concluded PSL  and with the A team, in place of Wahab Riaz or they might also go for the all rounder Anwar Ali but it all depends on how the pitch is prepared.


Match: Pakistan v United Arab Emirates
Venue: Shere Bangla National Stadium