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Pakistan cricket team and England cricket team met for a three-match ODI series. Considering England’s new team, everyone expected the boys in green to overpower the boys in blue. However, this was not the case as the series was lost 3-0. Wonder if it was an upset, but it did upset a lot of Pakistan fans. Let’s find out why.
Pakistan versus England: First ODI
The first game started with England winning the toss and choosing to field first. To everyone’s surprise, England’s bowlers didn’t disappoint. They did the opposite of disappointing. Pakistan cricket team’s batsmen, including Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam, and Mohammad Rizwan, looked clueless in front of English bowlers, Saqib Mehmood’s four wickets, Craig Overton, and Matthew Parkinson’s two wickets -each restricted Pakistan to a total of only 141 runs. They were all out even before the 50 overs were completed. Next up, the England cricket team comfortably chased down the target in 21.5 overs with the loss of only one wicket.
Pakistan versus England: Second ODI
The Pakistan cricket team decided to field first. The bowling attack was quite impressive. In the middle overs, it looked like England wouldn’t be able to cross 200, but they recovered well and put up a total of 247 runs on the board. It wasn’t a hefty total to chase, but unfortunately, the batsmen failed once again, and the team was all out on 195. Both; the game and the series were lost.
Pakistan versus England: Third ODI
England welcomed Pakistan to bat first. The team started their innings with a slow approach. The run rate and the strike rate of the batters weren’t one of the top ones. Imam ul Haq and Babar Azam built the innings eventually. The opener made a half-century while the captain accomplished a milestone of 150 runs. Rizwan’s 74 runs were added to the overall target of 331 runs. The middle and lower order disappointed for the third time in a row and threw their wickets away. 331 runs seemed like a decent total to defend, and enthusiasts wanted Pakistan to win at least the last match as it would save them from getting whitewashed. Untactful bowling and sloppy fielding couldn’t let Pakistan save the match, letting the England team achieve the target in 48 overs with the loss of seven wickets.
Positives from the Series:
Every cloud has a silver lining, so does this series loss. Hassan Ali continuing his recently gained form, Saud Shakeel scoring a 50 on his first international series, Babar reaching his new career-best figures, and Imam becoming the 5th quickest batsman to reach 2000 runs contributed to the bright side in an otherwise appalling situation.
The team was whitewashed, and the golden chance to become No.1 in the ODI Super League was long forgotten as well.
Negatives from the Series:
To say there were more negatives wouldn’t be wrong. The batting attack looks oblivious if Babar Azam didn’t perform; the middle and lower order did not play modern cricket but instead recklessly gave away their wickets. The power hitters did not “power hit.” Coming to the bowling attack, we have seen bowlers not maintaining the accurate line and length, not bowling intelligently, which led to expensive overs. The fielding hadn’t been excellent either; dropped catches have become a common practice now.
Opinions on Pakistan Cricket Team:
Most views differ from person to person. Some want Imam out of the team even after seeing his 50 plus average, and some want Rizwan to open. Some want Amir and Wahab back in the team, and some want changes in the management level and demand Misbah ul Haq and Waqar Younis to bid adieu to their coaching duties.
The team now would be facing the ‘stronger’ England side. The real question is whether fans would witness a more dismaying performance or the cornered tigers will make a comeback. Only time will tell.