Pakistan was comprehensively beaten by former two time champions West Indies in their World Cup match at Christchurch in the ‘game of unpredictables’. Misbah-ul-Haq, the captain of the green-shirts, said that his side failed in all the departments of the game today.
The five things which went wrong for the side in the crucial match:
1 – Five drop catches
It is said that catches win matches but the green shirts were adamant on proving today that dropping them makes teams lose matches. The side dropped five in the match thus continuing their dismal fielding show.
Nasir Jamshed, Umar Akmal, Shahid Afridi and Mohammad Irfan all put at least one catch down in the match.
2 – Collapse of top order
Pakistan lost four of its top order batsmen on the score of just one run on the scoreboard. Three out of the four batsmen were back in the pavilion with a duck to their name.
In fact, the green shirts set the record for the worst start in a one day international. It was previously held by Canada who were 4-4 against Zimbabwe in 2006.
3 – Openers fail again
It is the task of the openers to give the team a flying start in the match.
Keeping that in mind, the selectors brought in regular opener Nasir Jamshed in the match and demoted Younus Khan to one-down, who had failed to perform against India in the same position.
Nasir Jamshed and Ahmed Shehzad both went back into the pavilion with a duck and a one to their names respectively.
Younus Khan continuing his poor form with the bat was out first ball.
4 – Conceding runs in death overs
The West Indies piled up 79 runs to take the score from 245/4 to 310/7 in their last five overs. Andre Russell scored a blistering 42 runs which turned the course of the match in favor of the Caribbean side.
5 – Poor fielding
The poor fielding also cost Pakistan two points in the game as the side kept falling all over the ground and drop key catches. If a team has to win matches then the chances have to be taken, otherwise it’s of no use.