Pakistan lost the 4th match of the ODI series against Australia as well and the green shirts are now on the verge of another white-wash at the hands of the Kangaroos.
The Aussies have picked up an amazing form just before the mega event in England whilst Pakistan’s management is still trying to try everything and everyone on their bench.
Abid Ali and Saad Ali, the two stalwarts of domestic cricket made their debuts against Australia in the last match and it went quite well for the opening batsman Abid Ali.
Abid scored his maiden ODI ton in his very first match and became only the 3rd Pakistani batsman to do so on ODI debut. However, it could have been a better debut for Saad Ali as well only if he could have batted up the order.
At 218-2, Abid and Rizwan were looking good enough to take Pakistan home when the required rate was just under 7.
After the wicket of Abid Ali, Umar Akmal was sent in who played the same way he used to play 10 years ago. When things were under control Umar Akmal went for a wild slog over mid-wicket which took the inside edge of his bat, disturbing the timber.
Saad Ali should have been preferred over Umar Akmal as Saad Ali is not a big striker of the ball and he could have managed 6 runs per over easily along with Rizwan. 66 were required off 60 balls when the management decided to send Umar Akmal, though it was a favorable situation for Saad Ali.
After Saad Ali got out, Pakistan required 36 off 24 and this is where Umar Akmal should have been batting. Once again, the hard work of the top order went in vain as the lack of finishers in the team truly indicated the gravity of Pakistan’s batting issues.