What we learned from second Indo-Pak clash of Asia Cup

What we learned from second Indo-Pak clash of Asia Cup

India dominated Pakistan in the second face-off of Asia Cup on Sunday as former won the contest convincingly by 9 wickets at Dubai. Pakistan looked completely out of groove as they could not test India in any aspect of the game. Pakistan could only manage 237 runs in their quota of 50 overs, which India comfortably chased down with the courtesy of centuries by openers, Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma.

Here is what we learned from the one-sided game between Pakistan and India.

Lack of rotation of strike can haunt Pakistan

As Indian bowlers restricted Pakistani batsmen from scoring freely in the early overs of the inning, they seemed clueless. Pakistan lost three early wickets, which resulted in 63 dot balls in the first sixteen overs of the inning, which dented the scoring rate in the worst possible manner. Pakistan’s batsmen were unable to hit boundaries, but lack of singles were more daunting for them.

No power-hitters down the order

As Sarfraz Ahmed and Shoaib Malik lost their wickets in small intervals, the hopes of getting to 250 runs almost died. Only Asif Ali has got the ability to play big shots in the lower middle-order. Whereas, Mohammad Nawaz and Shadab Khan cannot be seen as finishers as they lack the power required for it.

Poor catching haunts Pakistan again

Pakistan were defending a small total, the two Indian openers, Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma were in prime form, at that situation Shaheen Shah Afridi was able to outfox Sharma with a slower one, but Imam Ul Haq dropped a dolly at short cover. Sharma is too good a player to be given a chance, hence he struck a century. Though the fitness and fielding experience have improved, Pakistan have been poor in the outfield in this series and their performance is reflecting it.

Weak bowling attack

Mohammad Amir has looked completely out of form, he has been unable to make the ball talk. As their ace pacer is not at the top of their game, the whole bowling attack is suffering. Indian batting line faced absolutely no problem while facing Pakistani bowlers, they always looked at their ease. The Men in Green would probably want Junaid Khan’s services as he is an intelligent campaigner and knows the conditions well.