Pakistan’s team, which won five consecutive matches, came to the end of the second semi-final of the T20 World Cup and lost the match to Australia. Pakistan has never been able to beat Australia in the knockout of the ICC tournament. This is Pakistan’s fifth such defeat against Australia.
From the beginning, Pakistan seemed like such a team that it cannot be defeated but the semi-final is a knock out match. Past performance on that day doesn’t matter.
This defeat for Pakistan is also going to sting because the reason why Australia captain won the toss and bowled first was missing in the second innings.
There was no dew during Pakistan’s bowling. No player was using a towel to dry the ball with him. One of the major factors which later became a headache for the fielding captains was that yesterday was not there, yet Pakistan failed to win the match.
There seem to be three main reasons for this defeat.
1) Pakistani batsmen could not convert a good start into a very big score
Pakistan’s batsmen scored 49 runs in 6 overs. But after that, as soon as Adam Zampa came, the run rate slowed down. In an attempt to attack him, captain Babar Azam lost his wicket.
Pakistan did make a big score but this score could have reached from 185 to 195. The captain did change the batting order but it was too late.
If Babar had sent Asif after his own dismissal, this score could have been bigger. When Asif came on the field, only 2 overs were left. Asif, who was Pakistan’s best finisher till now, was dismissed for a golden duck after playing an aerial shot.
2) No change in bowling order
It seemed that Pakistan had come down to play according to a fixed formula. During the powerplay in front of left-handed batsman David Warner, he handed the ball to Imad Wasim. In which he proved to be very expensive.
Apart from this, there was also a reason that the Pakistan captain played the entire tournament with the same team. Hasan Ali conceded 44 runs in his 4 overs. In his place, no bowler was given a chance against a smaller team. Had he given, he could have played a better bowler in the semi-finals.
3) Poor fielding became the main reason for the defeat
Fielding has been Pakistan’s biggest weakness. But in this tournament, Pakistan fielded brilliantly. But yesterday again Pakistan’s fielding was seen on the old pattern.
There were some boundaries that could have been prevented. Not even a direct hit. Marcus Stoinis’s Shaheen Afridi, Faker Zaman’s David Warner’s Direct Hit Miss. But the most run out was of Miss Akhara Shadab Khan who missed the chance to go to the pavilion to Matthew Wade. Had Shadab taken a little more time in this throw, Wade would have been out and the result of the match would have been different as Wade had lost the bat.
After this, the catch drop of Hasan Ali in the nineteenth over proved to be very decisive. After this catch, Matthew Wade ended the match by hitting 3 sixes off 3 balls from Shaheen Afridi. (webdunia desk)