ICC CRICKET WORLD CUP PAKISTAN PERFORMANCE
The Pakistani is one of the top cricketing nations in the current era of cricket. Pakistan takes part in ICC CRICKET WORLD CUP every after four years but the Pakistan Cricket in control by the Pakistan Cricket Board have their location at Qaddafi Stadium, Lahore. Pakistani Team has produced the players like Imran Khan, Javed Miandad, Waqar Younis and the king of swing the almighty Wasim Akram. If we talk about the batting department Ijaz Ahmad and Saeed Anwar the top opening batsmen for Pakistan of their own time.
Many of these players are still serving the Pakistani cricket team. Pakistani players used to get their training at National Cricket Academy, Lahore before going on a foreign tour. The nursery of future players for Pakistan is also preparing here. Big names like Younis Khan, Misbah ul Haq Waqar Younis and Wasim Akram provide their services to the younger players as effective coaching.
Game 1: Pakistan VS West Indies:
Pakistan played its opening game against West Indies at Trent Bridge, Nottingham in the event ICC Cricket World Cup and in this game, West Indies won the toss and decided to bowl first. Being the opening game, Pakistan had the pressure of the game early.
Pakistani openers could not provide the solid start to the team because of Pakistan loose Fakhar Zaman very early. Then Imam ul Haq played a rash shot against short pitch delivery and give his wicket away.
After losing both the openers, there was a sudden pressure on the middle order. West Indian bowlers use the short pitch deliveries very wisely and they took the wicket at regular intervals and they did not give any time to batsmen to settle their game.
At the end of Pakistan innings, Pakistan manages to score 112 runs against the West Indies. Being a very manageable total, West Indies chase the total in just 13 overs. And created a big setback for Pakistan. As the net run of Pakistan goes into the minus figure. And this figure of net run rate was not recoverable.
GAME 2: PAKISTAN VS ENGLAND
Pakistan played its 2nd game against England in the same stadium as they face West Indies in Trent Bridge, Nottingham. It was a very crucial game for Pakistan. Because if Pakistan loses this game, the chances for qualifying for the Semis are very low. So a very positive, planned and executive was required from the Pakistani Cricket Team.
Pakistan won the toss the decision to bat first against the England side in ICC cricket world cup 2019. It would be pertinent to mention here that the England Cricket Team had played perfect quality white ball 50 over cricket because It was not that easy to win the match against in-form England. The special task was given to the openers to play a positive cricket on the pitch.
And provide a positive start to Pakistan. A solid opening stand of 82 runs was provided by the openers. Babar Azam made a very healthy partnership with M. Hafeez and created the pressure on England. England was hopeful to castle the wickets through the serious pace of Mr. Jofra Archer.
The extreme fast bowler has the tendency to bowl at a speed of 150 km/h. But he did not concede any wicket and gone for over 70 runs during his whole spell of bowling. It was Sarfaraz Ahmad who created the partnership M. Hafeez and took the score over 200 runs.
And with the help of middle order, Mr. Sarfaraz kept on stealing the runs from England bowlers. The captain of Pakistan cricket team manages to score another one day international fifty on just 44 balls and created the real pressure on England as Pakistan closes its innings on 348 runs after facing 50 overs.
Now, it was the responsibility of the bowlers to restrict England less than 348 runs during the course of 50 overs because Pakistan had the good start in the opening bowling against England. Shadab Khan was playing his first international game after the closure of Pakistan Super League 2019 season 4.
IN ICC CRICKET WORLD CUP PAKISTAN CRICKET TEAM BOWLING
Sarfaraz Ahmad is one of the tops and successful captain of Pakistan all time and he always read the wicket very well and decided to open the bowling the leg spin. The inform England openers had given an impact of good opening partnerships against Pakistan bowlers. Before the start of the world cup, Pakistan had a 5-Match ODI series with England as a preparation for world cup But unfortunately, Pakistan loses the series by 4-0.
Sarfaraz Ahmad opens the bowling with Muhammad Aamer and Shadab Khan. In the first over of Shadab Khan, Jason Roy had struck 2 fours. But in the next over, Shadab Khan was very tricky, he cast Jason by over pitch delivery. Jason has gone for sweep the ball to the leg side. But he misses the ball and the ball hit his front pads.
And the umpire has given him as out. After discussion with Johnny Bairstow, he decided to take the review for his leg before wicket. After checking the actual ball and trajectory of the ball, 3rd umpire given the decision as out. On the field, the umpire was directed to stay with his original decision and Jason Roy was out early in the innings because n the start of 2nd innings, England was under pressure early in the game.
Then a 50 runs partnership between Joe Root and Johny Bairstow took England to 62 runs. Then, Pakistani extreme pace bowler, Wahab Riaz got the wicket of Johny Bairstow behind the wicket with Sarfaraz. Pakistan bowling attack kept on taking the wickets at regular intervals. England batting was not getting set on the pitch to chase the monstrous total of 348 runs from 50 overs.
There was a twist in the match when a solid partnership between Joe Root and Jos Buttler has gone high. The chances of winning the game for Pakistan start diminishing. Joe Root and Jos Buttler had scored their centuries in the game they could not finish the game in favor of England.
Shadab Khan gets the wicket of mighty Joe Root and the complexion of the game was changed. It was Jos Buttler to finish the game now for England But he loses his wicket as got out bycatch behind the stumps by Sarfaraz. Then Wahab Riaz took 2 wickets on 2 balls and England was out of the game. It was very easy for Pakistan to win the match by 21 runs against the mighty and in form side England.