After memorable performances in the Champions Trophy, tour of New Zealand was the first tough series for team Pakistan. Considering the very dominating recent performances of New Zeeland, it was expected that Pakistan would face hard time in the land of kiwis. But it was not hoped that Pakistan would put very dismal show. So far three matches have been played and hosts have won the five-match series already.
It could be debated that in the first two games constant rain interruptions turned the fortunes in the favours of Kiwis to win the matches. But in the third match, hosts brushes aside such illusions as they bowled out visitors for just 74 runs.
At one point, Pakistan came perilously close to posting the lowest ODI score; it was very much on the cards when they reeled at 32 for 8.
Courtesy to the number ten and eleven batsmen score reached to 74, still home side rubberstamped their superiority winning by a mammoth 183 runs. It was more worrying sign that Dunedin pitch was suiting Pakistan as it was a slow wicket on which bounce was difficult to extract.
But still Trent Boult managed to make mockery of Pakistan top order batsmen as he took 5 for 17. Despite slowness of the pitch New Zealand’s batsmen showed patience and temperament, stringing together several excellent partnerships to put up 257.
This is extremely embarrassing performance by a team that has won Champions Trophy not that long before. Continued miserable performances should be enough for management of team to come out from hangover of Champions Trophy.
Management and coaching staff along with players have a lot to ponder to find winning track in remaining two matches of the series. They still have chance to perform well and escape from further humiliation.
Considering the energy and performances of youngsters, it would be best to find young exciting talent and get rid of the senior players that have become almost a liability.
Considering that fact that Next World Cup would be played next year, coaching staff and team management are not left with a lot of time to find right balance of the team.
We hope Pakistan would overcome the mistakes in remaining two matches of the series and would go with positive intent in upcoming three match T20 series.
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