Pakistan opening batsman Imam-ul-Haq showcased great composure against a potent Australian pace attack to bring up yet another half-century of his flourishing career.
However, just when it looked like Imam had settled into his groove and was ready to anchor Pakistan’s chase to victory, he perished to a strangle down to the leg-side off the bowling of Pat Cummins.
His final contribution read a modest 53 off 75 deliveries, as he took his time to get going playing out a lot of dot balls in the start of his innings.
Imam’s slow strike rate of 70.66 in the grander scheme of things when Pakistan required more than 6 runs per over to win, became the subject of criticism from various individuals.
Former speedster Shoaib Akhtar was also of the opinion that the lack of intent shown by Imam during his patient knock actually ate up crucial scoring opportunities and burdened Pakistan’s chase. He felt Imam created pressure on the coming batsmen in terms of the rising asking rate.