Today we are going to talk on the Pakistan v Australia 2nd T20 match which was played in Manuka Oval, Australia. Currently, Pakistan is the NO.1 T20 side but due to the changes made by PCB in the whole team affected Pakistan team performance. They have changed chief selector, head coach, captain, and other staff. Misbah was a good player at his time but everyone cannot do coaching. Lets move forward and talk how Pakistan lost the 2nd T20 in detail.
Pakistan won the toss and elected to bat first. Captain Babar Azam and Fakhar Zaman came to open the innings. The most overrated batsman Fakhar again failed to deliver for Pakistan he just scored 2 runs and departed, such a poor batsman. Middle-order batsman Haris Sohail scored 6 runs and got out by K Richardson. In just 5 overs Pakistan lost their two batsmen and the score was just 29. That was a very bad situation for the captain as he has to build a partnership to get back to the game.
Vice-Captain Muhammad Rizwan came at no.4 but only managed to score 14 runs. I think Rizwan is not a T20 player. He should be only available for ODI & Test matches, we should give chances to youngsters rather than relying on old batsmen. When the score increased from 29 to 70 runs Pak lost another batsman Asif Ali (So-called hard hitter). For me Asif Ali is not a batsman. Don’t forget to comment your thoughts about Asif Ali in the comment section.
Pakistan have started very badly, their run rate, score everything was not good. They were looking for a batsman who can hit boundaries. So Iftikhar Ahmed came and led his team from the front. He scored 62 in 34 balls which helped Pakistan to score 150 total runs (which is not a good winning total but a good fighting total). Babar scored 50 in 38 balls and Imad Wasim managed to get 11 runs.
Richardson & Cummins took one wickets respectively. Agar got two wickets, while Starc was failed to get any wicket but he bowled really well especially the last over of the inning. That’s all from the Pakistan batting side.
We all know how good the batsmen Australia team has. They have power hitters, they have good batsmen who can build partnerships, they are not like Pakistani batsmen.
The first wicket of Australia fall at 30 runs (Amir bowled David Warner). The second wicket fall at 48 runs, Muhammad Irfan got that wicket but after that Australian batsmen play exceptionally well. Smith and Ben built a great partnership which helped Australia to defeat Pakistan. At 106 runs Ben was got out by Imad Wasim after this wicket Pakistan did not get any other wicket. Amir, Irfan, and Imad took one wicket respectively. Smith played superbly he scored 80 runs in 51 balls, his batting was a great treat for cricket fans. I personally think he is one of the great batsman in the history of Australia Cricket. At last yes Australia won by 7 wickets with 9 balls left.
Pakistan could win that match if Babar had hitted more boundaries, if Asif Ali knows to bat,if Fakhar tried to bat. Anyways we were 20-30 runs short. We hope Pakistan will play better cricket in the next match. The only thing we want in our t20 team is power hitter batsman. We should give chances to Kamran Akmal, Anwar Ali which are good batsmen. In the bowling side, we need Rumman Raees, Hafeez as a spinner, Shadab.
I don’t know the exact problem with Pakistan performance but making a test captain a t20 coach indeed can give you result like this. You can watch Pak v Aus 2nd T20 Match Highlights here : Highlight Pak v Aus 2nd T20
The 3rd and last T20 match will be played on Friday,8th November 2019 at 1:30 PM (PKT).Comments your thoughts about this match. What changes should Pakistan need in next match. I will come back again with a new article till then goodbye and enjoy.