ICC World Cup 2019: Shoaib Akhtar Rues Pakistan’s Loss; Kevin Pietersen Reminds him of Poor Fielding and Bowling
After former Pakistan speedster, Shoaib Akhtar has blamed young opener Imam-ul-Haq’s slow innings for being the main reason to Men in Green’s loss against Australia at the County Cricket Ground in Taunton. However, veteran English batsman Kevin Pietersen reminds the Rawalpindi Express that they struggled to field and bowl well against Australia.
Except for Mohammad Amir, Pakistan bowlers have had received a beating on a used surface as they failed to make most of the opportunity early on owing to overcast conditions. Pertinently, Sarfraz Ahmed-led Pakistan faltered in the field and couldn’t do much with the ball too.
Pakistan’s only highlight came in the form of Amir, who has bagged his first five-wicket haul in the ODI format. Amir has conceded just 30 runs in his quota of 10 overs. For most of the time, Amir had bowled with precision. The left-arm pacer stemmed the run flow when Australian batters were going at a great pace.
On the other side, the other bowlers were erratic, which allowed Aussies openers to post 146 runs for the opening stand.
However, they made a strong comeback to restrict Australia at 307 runs in 49 overs.
In response, Pakistan batsmen struggled in the middle overs. Thus, Aussies bowlers bowled out Pakistan at 266 in 45.4 overs. At one stage Pakistan were 136 for two in 25 overs before the collapse handed them a 41-run loss in their fourth World Cup match.
The star bowler Akhtar took to his Twitter handle while questioning left-handed batsman Imam over his scoring rate.
— Shoaib Akhtar (@shoaib100mph) June 12, 2019
Imam consumed 75 deliveries for his 53 runs which, according to Akhtar, has mounted pressure on the team.
“I have always raised concerns over Imam’s strike rate. Scored 53 off 75 balls, put the whole team under pressure. Hence, the crumbling. Sigh,” Akhtar wrote.
Pietersen took no time in questioning Pakistan’s fielding and bowling.
Or your catching?
Or your bowling?
— Kevin Pietersen🦏 (@KP24) June 12, 2019
While talking about Pakistan’s poor show, a couple of drop catches from Asif Ali has added to miseries of Pakistan which eventually summed up their lousy day as overthrows further added to the frustration.
The Men in Green are at the bottom half of the table. They’ve lost two matches in four so far.
In their fifth match, Pakistan will take on arch-rivals India at the Old Trafford in Manchester on June 16. So, it remains to be seen how the team would learn from their past mistakes.
Tahir Ibn Manzoor
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