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Pakistan: The slow starters of ODI cricket
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Pakistan: The slow starters of ODI cricket

Since the ICC World Cup 2015, we have witnessed a change in batting approaches of different teams as they are usually seen making good use of the first powerplay which consists of 10 overs. ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 being played in England is expected to offer flat tracks which would aid the aggressive mode of batting – a method key to England’s success in 50-over cricket.

However, the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 winners Pakistan aren’t doing well as their run-rate in the initial 10 overs of the innings is only 4.29. 

Employing the old-fashioned method, the green shirts usually look cautious which seriously dents their ability to score totals in excess of 300.

England, as expected, sits on the top of the list with a run-rate of 6.24. South Africa takes the second spot with Sri Lanka residing on the third position. 

Even in the first ODI of the ongoing series against England, Pakistan produced a lifeless display in the first power-play. With the mega-event to be played on true batting surfaces, the boys in green will have to revisit their strategy of playing the 50-over format.