Downward spiral

September 24, 2018

Pakistan have faced another humiliating defeat against India in a crucial match of Asia Cup. India have steamrolled Pakistan in the dust of Dubai on Sunday. They achieved target of 238 with the loss of just one wicket and with more than ten overs to spare.

Prior to Asia Cup, cricket fans in the country were very optimistic that their national team will do better considering the fact that Pakistan are the winners of Champions Trophy. But performance of Pakistan is dismal up to that extent that people have started saying that Champions Trophy victory against India was probably a fluke.

When two teams clash it is understood that one will emerge victorious, but the way Pakistan have lost the two matches from India in the ongoing tournament, it was embarrassing. In the first match Pakistan could manage just to score 162 and India achieved the target with ease. It was being said that any team can have a bad day and Pakistan will do better in the next match against arch rivals. But Indian team showed their supremacy in the very crucial match of super four stage. Their openers hammers centuries and Pakistani bowlers were clueless what to do to get a wicket. Pathetic fielding also helped India as Pakistani players dropped crucial catches.

Team management, coaching staff and selection committee should be made answerable to explain the pathetic show in Asia cup. Still, they have time to work on their mistakes and bring a better show in the next matches. Now Pakistan’s next match, that is against Bangladesh, has become a semi final as the winner of that match will play against India in the all important final of the tournament.

Bangladesh is a promising team and it would not be a surprise if they beat any team of the world on a given day. Pakistan should try to put away their dismal performance against India and must plan a comprehensive strategy to counter Bangladesh. Experts are not brushing aside chances of Pakistan in the Asia cup, but to qualify for the final players have to put up their best show. At the moment there is no second opinion that team has underperformed and has disappointed their fans. Team management and coaching staff have couple of days’ time to find out the weak links in the team and bring forward a match winning combination.


Dismal performance of Pakistan in Asia cup has disappointed their fans. 

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