The fourth ODI between Pakistan and England saw the visiting side once again rock up a giant total on the board, which ultimately proved too little for the bowlers to defend. While Pakistan has generally batted in an emphatic manner in all the games on-tour thus far, they have failed to finish off innings on a good note becoming victim to a paucity of boundaries in the final few overs.
The culprit this time was pointed out as Pakistan skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed, whose inability to hit the big shots once again brings into perspective his batting slot in the team. According to statistics, Sarfaraz has failed to clear the boundary for a six in his last 16 ODI innings, delineating his struggles with the bat.
This clearly does not bode well for someone who has adopted the finisher’s role. Since the Champions Trophy, only Shadab Khan and Mohammad Amir in the Pakistan lineup have a poorer boundary percentage than Sarfaraz. The wicketkeeper-batsman hits only 5.86% of his deliveries to the fence, clearly indicating an inefficiency.