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Pakistan's Powerplay woes persist

Pakistan limped to 34/3 by the end of the Powerplay in the third T20I against Australia before scrambling to 106/8 in 20 overs. Their abysmal batting display in the first 6 overs of the fielding restrictions was caused by a brilliant spell of pace bowling from Mitchell Starc, who knocked out Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan on consecutive balls.

Pakistan’s struggles in the Powerplay is a constant feature of their woeful batting performances in the format. Despite being ranked No. 1 in the ICC standings for teams, Pakistan possesses the second-worst run-rate in Powerplay overs among Test-playing nations since the World T20 in 2016.

Zimbabwe’s 7.36 while Ireland and Australia top this specific list with 8.83 and 8.60 respectively. Pakistan’s recent string of defeats thus can be explained by their consistent pattern of troubles in the Powerplay. Pakistan have a run rate of 7.37 during this stage of the innings in the last three years, just ahead of