Brainless is probably the only word which comes to mind in order to describe Pakistan’s performance against Bangladesh in the Asia Cup.
By the virtue of a statement making win, the Bangladeshis have made their way into the final of the Asia Cup and are now poised to take on a rampaging Indian side for the title.
Things initially went as per the plans of Shahid Afridi’s unit, as Pakistan won the toss and opted to bat first on another lively track at Mirpur. However, the positivity for Pakistan ended at that very moment, as the Bangladeshi bowlers rubbed the noses of the Pakistani bowlers in the mud within the first few overs.
Things looked utterly dark for Pakistan when Umar Akmal was the fourth batsman to be dismissed with the score just reading 28 in the ninth over. Shoaib Malik and Sarfaraz Ahmad were exceptional in getting Pakistan to a score of 129.
Bangladesh got off to a solid start but soon Mohammad Irfan and Aamir came to the party to derail their chase. Soumya Sarkar kept the scoreboard ticking and despite not being at his best, he was effective and ensured that the hosts remained in the hunt. A dismal over from Mohammad Sami, which included two no balls in the 19th over all but sealed the game in Bangladesh’s favor and the formalities were done with five balls to spare.
For Pakistan, some serious issues need to be addressed and at the earliest. This is a team, which reflects no confidence what so ever, barring the exception of a couple of individuals. Their T20 skipper looks clueless with his field placements and is often dumbfounded with the proceedings. It wouldn’t be wrong to state that at this moment, Pakistan are playing worse than an associate nation. The Pakistanis are committing blunders, which probably even school teams wouldn’t.
Below, are the statistical highlights for the game between Bangladesh and Pakistan.
- 5-0. Bangladesh have won the last five limited overs encounters between the two sides.
- 0. Bangladesh did not concede even a single extra with the ball.
- 129. This was Pakistan’s lowest total against Bangladesh in T20I’s.
- 34. Pakistan scored just 34 runs in the powerplay, which was their lowest powerplay score in T20I’s.
- 14.16. Pakistan’s average opening stand in T20I’s this year stands at a sorry figure of 14.16.