Pakistan suffered a humiliating defeat against India in their opening game of Champions Trophy 2017 by 124 runs with D/L method. India did not play up to their full potential, it was Pakistan’s poor cricket that cost them dearly. Pakistan made some major mistakes that knocked them out of the contest.
Here are five major mistakes that hurt Pakistan against India.
Playing Wahab Riaz
Playing Wahab Riaz instead of Junaid Khan was a huge mistake. In the recent times, Wahab has been vulnerable with his line and length. He has been very expansive in his recent games. Whereas, Junaid Khan would have been a much better option to play against India, especially keeping his performances in view in the past against the arch-rivals. Wahab conceded 87 runs in 8.5 overs before limping off the field.
Attacking with Imad Wasim
Choosing to bowl first in a match that was expected to be interrupted by rain, was a right decision. But, there was no logical reason to open the bowling with Imad Wasim. The left-arm slow bowler did not leak runs, but he never looked like threatening the batsmen, moreover, he also released the pressure created by Mohammad Amir from the other end, which eventually proved to be destructive for Pakistan.
Not to bowl with Mohammad Hafeez
When Pakistani bowlers were struggling to get a breakthrough, Mohammad Hafeez could have been a handy option for the team. But, Sarfraz Ahmed did not bowl him at any point in the game. He has always been a useful bowler for Pakistan, he has maintained his place in the team due to his ability of bowling off-spin, but it was ignored by Pakistan in the crunch game.
It is nothing new for Pakistan. India were given easy singles, comfortable doubles that eased the pressure on their batting. Moreover, there were some really expansive dropped catches. Yuvraj Singh and Virat Kohli both were dropped early in the inning and they ripped apart Pakistani bowling line at the death overs of the inning.
Below par batting
The revised target for Pakistan was 289 runs in 41 overs, but there was never any intention from Pakistani batsmen to chase down this total. Ahmed Shehzad and Mohammad Hafeez had a clueless stay at the crease, it seemed like they do not know what they have to do. Only Azhar Ali and Shoaib Malik seemed to bat with a purpose, but they also failed to create any significant impact on the contest. Babar Azam fell cheaply while playing a cut, Imad Wasim had a golden duck, while Sarfraz Ahmed also failed to put up any fight. In a nutshell, it was an embarrassing display from Pakistan’s batting line.