Once again poor performance of Pakistan team in 3rd One Day International against England at Trent Bridge showed that they are lingering on 9th spot in ODI rankings for a reason. The country which has produced world class bowlers, seemed so average on Tuesday that England set the highest ever target in the history of ODI cricket, they smashed mammoth 444-run.
In response Pakistan only could manage 275, courtesy to Muhammad Amir, while batting at number eleven he scored 22-ball fifty which is also a world record, at a point Pakistan were so close to face its heaviest defeat in ODI but Amir’s heroic saved the team from further humiliation. Sharjeel Khan also showed some resistance at the start of the innings and smacked 12 fours and a six, he scored a 30-ball 58. But no other batsman could manage to face English bowlers with confidence. Wahab Riaz was so vulnerable that he became the first ever Pakistani bowler to concede over hundred runs in ten overs, he gave away 110.
It was a historic day for England, Alex Hales became the highest runs scorer for England in an innings, during his display of furious hitting he smashed 22 boundaries and four maximum on his way to score 171. England captain Eoin Morgan and Jos Buttler capitalized the massive start and went on to make history.
It is understood that England are on 5th spot in ODI rankings but it was not being expected that Pakistan would perform so miserably. Considering the recent performances, it seems Pakistan would not be able to avoid embarrassment of playing qualifying round for the next World Cup. Still two more matches remain in the series; coach and team management should give confidence to the players to perform better and somehow manage to win a match which seems so unlikely at the moment.
Humiliating performance in third match against England showed that Pakistan are at No.9 in ODI rankings for a reason.