After the defeat in the third Test and the series, it was hoped that the weak Australian squad in the ODIs would be easily subdued by Pakistan, but the Kangaroos, deprived of star cricketers, chewed the green shirts with their injuries.
No one expected that Australia would not only score more than 300 runs in foreign Asian conditions but also limit the hosts to less than 250.
What is even more surprising is that Pakistan’s 8 wickets were taken by spinners, PS. At L7, the hosts, who delivered sixes to the bowlers at Gaddafi Stadium, revealed weaknesses in the batting of the hosts.
The second ODI from Australia will be played today at Gaddafi Stadium. The Green Shirts will take to the field to worry about losing the series.
Imam-ul-Haq did score a century but slowed down the batting on several occasions. Travis Head’s strike rate in the three-figure innings was over 140. Fakhrzaman can play this role for Pakistan.
Afterward, the host team has no better batsman than Mohammad Rizwan whose performance is consistent enough to get the required run rate.
Shaheen Shah Afridi’s return could put life in the pace battery, Hassan Ali is constantly out of form, Wasim Jr.’s line and length are also in question, Harris Rauf has become accustomed to blowing wickets of tail-enders One of Hassan Ali and Wasim Jr. will have to sit out. S
pinner Zahid Mahmood made 2 catches on debut but like Iftikhar Ahmed and Khushdal Shah, they also proved to be expensive.
On the other hand, after a memorable comeback in ODI cricket, Travis Head has become the center of hopes of the visiting team.
Fifty has also boosted the confidence of Ben McDermott. Captain Aaron Finch will also try to play big innings. ۔
The talents of Marin Luboshen, Mark Stevens, and Alex Carey cannot be underestimated. Spinners Adam Zampa, Mitchell Swapson, and Travis Head have proved that they do not lack variety to win on Asian pitches.
Green will test the experience of Test matches in Pakistan in their pace bowling. Contrary to expectations, Sean Abbott and Nathan Ellis did not prove to be the best for the host batsmen. Tough competition is expected in the match.