In Christchurch, New Zealand on 21st February Pakistan faced West Indies, both teams had a point to prove as they lost their opening games to India and Ireland respectively. Misbah won the toss and put the West Indies into bat. Opener Nasir Jamshed replaced spinner Yasir Shah in the line up.
West Indies slumped to 28/2. However they went onto solidly build their innings well finishing with a total of 310/6. Bravo retired hurt on 49, Ramdin and Simmons made fifties, Russell bashed 42 off only 13 balls. In the last 5 overs 79 runs were plundered. Pakistan’s fielding was poor with at least five dropped catches. To make matters worse Jamshed injured his hand in the attempt. Mohammad Irfan and Afridi finished with reasonable bowling figures the others were expensive.
Pakistan’s greatest batting collapse.
What happened next was the worst Pakistan batting horror show ever seen. I am unable to ever recall a poorer start to any one day international for any team.
0-1 Nasir Jamshed out 2nd ball for 0, mistimed pull off Taylor.
1-2 Younis Khan poor shot , edged out for 0.
3-1 Haris Sohail caught at point for 0, off Taylor.
4-1 Ahmed Shehzed scooped a poor shot to gully, off Holder.
The upper order looked like rabbits caught in the headlights. The game was effectively lost at that point. After a positive 50 from Sohaib Maqsood and 59 from Umar Akmal, Pakistan limped to 160 all out. Losing to West Indies by a record 150 runs. Taylor finished with 3/15 and Russell 3/33. Russell won man of the match. West Indies had outplayed Pakistan in every department.
Pakistan fielded and bowled poorly. However their batting was a joke. I have never witnessed such an embarrassing and humiliating start to a Pakistan one day innings. This is the worst ever start to a World Cup tournament for Pakistan. To be demolished by a struggling West Indies team, who were recently beaten by Ireland is unbelievable. Pakistan have indeed fallen to a new low. Losing is not the problem here, it is the manner of the defeats that hurts.
I just wonder what is going on behind the scenes with the team. With all the unrest and disciplinary issues it shows an unsettled team with a multitude of issues. Several commentators have felt this is the weakest ever World Cup Pakistan team.
Misbah blamed a lack of confidence and a swinging, seaming new ball on the New Zealand pitches.
The quarter finals look a long way off, but there is still hope.
Next Pakistan match is on Sunday 1st March versus Zimbabwe, in Brisbane Australia.