ICC WORLD CUP LEAGUE MATCH GAME 3: PAKISTAN VS SRI LANKA
Pakistan played its 3rd World Cup League match against Sri Lanka at Bristol County Ground, Bristol on Friday 7th, June 2019. Pakistan was looking very forward to gain the 2 important points against Sri Lanka and to secure the position at top 4 places.
Pakistani team had gained the momentum by winning the match from England. It was a big and remarkable performance from Pakistan. According to the facts and figures, Pakistan could give a hard time to England but cannot win the game. But Pakistan had to win this game to stay in the tournament.
ICC match officials try their level best to have some play on the day. But the rain made it impossible. Towards the end of the day, the rain was stopped and if the match officials of ICC would want the want to be played. There could be a match of 20 overs per side. But with the mutual discussion with captains of both the teams the match was abandoned.
Team Pakistan was also facing the net run rate issue after losing the match from West Indies. So, Pakistan was trying very hard to improve its net run rate against the lower sides. But the rain made the play impossible and the match was abandoned by the ICC panel umpires without making the toss. Both the teams were given a point each as a result of no play on the day.
GAME 4: PAKISTAN VS AUSTRALIA
Pakistan played their 4th World cup league match of ICC Cricket World Cup against Australia at County Ground, Taunton. But this match was the first game for Australia in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. Again, it was a very crucial game for Pakistan. Because Pakistan had to win this game to win the important 2 points of the game.
In this league, It was good for Pakistan to win the toss. There were clouds in the sky in Taunton. The rain was observed early in the day. So the Pakistan management decided not to bat first at Taunton rather they should go for the bowling first to utilize the weather conditions. Team Management was targeting the top order of the Australian lineup.
Australia was very careful early in the innings regarding not lose any wicket. David Warner who join the team after a complete year. He has to face the ban from Cricket Australia Board to miss conducting with the play. He struggled a bit in the early inning but he had a solid defense.
According to the plan, Pakistan had to get the top order of Australian batting line up inside 10 overs. Pakistani bowlers were right on the spot, and bowl very good deliveries in the opening spell of the bowling. There were few missed chances by the fielders in the field. But Pakistan could not secure even a single wicket during the initial powerplay.
It was a good time for Australia that they were playing their 1st game against Pakistan. Australia was up to a good start in the match. Australia does not lose any wicket. Both the batsmen played very responsible shots and avoid any rash shot which may cause the loss of any wicket.
Discussion about Good Performance
Both the openers watch the ball very closely and they played every delivery on merit. This was the reason that their scoring rate at the start of innings was low. But having a comparatively good start and with no wicket lose, they gain the confidence of the game.
Every bad delivery was getting the treatment. Fielding of Pakistani was not up to the mark. There were miss fields on the ground. Pakistan was under pressure of picking the wickets early. The scoring rate of Australian batsmen become higher as their innings progresses.
Pakistani fielding was very rough during the whole game. Due to the big opening stand, Australia capitalizes on the partnership scenario. Pakistani bowlers were on the back foot as defending the match. But at the end of the Australian innings, Australia manages to score 307 runs on the board. Still, it was a very competitive score for Pakistan.
Pakistan batsmen were in form. And they had the tendency to chase big overall world cup league match. There was nothing in the pitch for bowlers in the first innings. And the bowlers did not expect anything during the course of 2nd the innings. Again, Pakistan loses their openers early in the innings.
The was on the middle order to chase the total. Due to the pressure of 307 runs, Pakistan kept on losing wickets one after another. The only requisition from Pakistan was to build a reasonable partnership to chase this total.
Overall it was not a big total for in-form batting line up for Pakistan. It has become difficult to produce a partnership to cross the winning line. Pakistan was restricted by Australia to 264 runs at the end of the Pakistan innings. And Australia wins the game quite easily which definitely boosted the confidence of Australia to fight for victory against other teams.