PAK vs ENG: Former Cricketer, Inzamam Ul Haq Criticizes Pakistan’s Middle Order After the Defeat
Pakistan scored 158 runs for the loss of seven wickets in the 20 over game play. Defeating the hosts, England reached the goal in just 19.2 overs
The much anticipated seven-match T20 series between Pakistan and England started on September 20, Tuesday in Karachi. England managed to defeat Pakistan in their homeland by six wickets. England gracefully marked their return to Pakistan after a wait of 17 long years with a smashing victory.
The remarkable win in the 1st T20 international series gave England a lead of 1-0 in the seven-match series. Pakistan scored 158 runs for the loss of seven wickets in the 20 over game play. Defeating the hosts, England reached the goal in just 19.2 overs.
England’s opening batsman Alex Hales marked his return to the game after being banned in April 2019 after a failed recreational drug test. Alex Hales made a smashing comeback to the side, scoring 53 off 40 deliveries.
The T20 series being played in Karachi marked an end to Alex’s exile. After escorting England to a convincing win, Hales mentioned, “Three years felt like forever. To go out and score fifty on my return, in a winning team, is the stuff dreams are made of.”
Reacting to the dreadful defeat of Babar Azam’s led Pakistan cricket team in the first match of the T20 series on Tuesday, Inzamam Ul Haq, a former Pakistan batsman, criticised the middle order of the Pakistan cricket team. The former batsman also joined that the boys of the team start realising that the problems lie in the middle order.
“Pakistan’s performance in the last match was not up to the mark. As usual, the boys repeated the same mistakes. They should have gone for more goals. The top order of our cricket team has done phenomenally well. The problem lies in the middle order of the team. We also saw it happen in the Asia Cup,” Inzamam mentioned.
Further taking a dig at the performance of the middle order, the former cricketer mentioned that it’s not about England playing well, Pakistan could have easily won the match if the batters coming on the 5th, 6th and 7th numbers could hit the 150-strike rate. Inzamam Ul Haq stated that the situation could have been a dominating one if Pakistan managed to have 175 plus on board.
The legendary cricketer of Pakistan also mentioned that Shaheen Shah Afridi was completely felt in the bowling department of the team. The former cricketer applauded the performance of bowlers Mohommed Nawaz and Haris Rauf. He said, “these players have learned a lot, others in the team should learn from them.”
The first gameplay of the seven-match series in Karachi was quite distinctive. The players of Pakistan wore a special jersey on which the names and numbers of the players were seen submerged in water. The step was taken to showcase the team’s solidarity with victims of the disastrous floods that created havoc in Pakistan.
On the other hand, the players of the England team wore black armbands as a memorable tribute to Queen Elizabeth II, who passed away earlier this month on 8th September 2022.
The upcoming matches in the England tour of Pakistan, T20 series 2022 will be held on September 22, Thursday – September 23, Friday – September 25, Sunday – September 28, Wednesday – September 30, Friday – October 2, Sunday.