Even Sarfraz's century cant save Pakistan

Discussion in 'Cricket Talk' started by Mercenary, Aug 28, 2016.

Even Sarfraz's century cant save Pakistan

Discussion in 'Cricket Talk' started by Mercenary, Aug 28, 2016.

by Abdul Habib
Aug 28, 2016 at 11:56 AM
  1. Mercenary

    Mercenary The Lone Wolf

    Dec 17, 2009

    After a rain marred first ODI, Pakistan were looking to change their ODI fortunes with a much needed win. They made 3 changes Hafeez out for Sami, Gul out for Hasan and Nawaz out for Shah. Other than the Hafeez change, the other two didn't make much sense.

    Amir looks tired and has played every game on the tour, Gul has been taking wickets. Why not rest Amir and play Hasan? Why bring Gul back if you're not going to give him a chance to prove himself?

    The move to bring Yasir in for Nawaz also made little sense. Nawaz is a solid lower order batsman and a dangerous bowler too. Shah's ODI record isn't stellar. It would have made more sense to keep the hard hitting lower order combination of Nawaz and Imad for a couple more games. I think these two together can give Pakistan that boost they need in the lower order.

    Pakistan started the match with Sharjeel and Sami whilst batting Azhar at number 3. The same Azhar who was moved back to opening from number 3 in Test matches because he kills the momentum of an innings. If Azhar has to play then he needs to bat as an opener. He is not a number 3, never will be.

    The top 3 were sent back with just 2 runs on the board which meant that with Pakistan's long tail they would be lucky to make any notable score. That's when Sarfraz stepped up to show why he is by far the best batsman in this team. He scored a fluid and easy seeming century. His easy scoring style helped his partners Babar and Imad to bat more freely too.

    Sarfraz scored his second ODI century and showed why he is batting far too low in this order. Sarfraz should be batting at number 3 or maybe number 4. That's where you put your best batsman so he can have time to build an innings. You dont have him languishing with the tail where he is having to farm the strike and try to stop the innings from ending before he has even settled into his own innings.

    Considering the shaky start, Pakistan ended up with a decent total of 251 but it was never going to be enough against an England batting lineup that bats this deep and hits as hard as they can do. Hasan bowled well, showing pace. But he also has a habit of giving away a boundary ball every over. He needs to tighten up on that and he will be a good prospect for the future.

    Amir and Wahab bowled a tight line but the spin duo of Imad and Yasir took a real beating. It's hard to blame them when defending such a low total. Yasir's ODi average is 40, he's no Saqlain, Mushy or Ajmal with the white ball. I'd rather have Nawaz or Gohar playing in his place.

    Pakistan look unlikely to win a single game on the limited overs part of this tour. Small changes do nothing, it's time for a complete overhaul.
Habib conducts player interviews and writes articles for Cricistan.
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