Sanjay Bangar, a former batting coach for India, believes that Pakistan will need to take a hard look at their current Men’s T20 World Cup scenario, particularly in light of their shocking one-run defeat to Zimbabwe on Thursday in Perth during a Super 12 game. Pakistan has failed to score in Group 2 and is now in fifth position after losing two straight games to India and Zimbabwe, leaving their chances of making it to the semifinals dangling by a thread.
The 2009 T20 World Cup winners would need to win at least one of their last three games against Netherlands, Bangladesh, and South Africa in addition to winning their remaining matches against those teams.
“Well, Pakistan will have to face reality head-on from this point on. What happens in the end? Yes, a lot of outcomes must favor them. They may be saved by a few rain-affected games, but they have kind of let things go out of their hands since the game against Zimbabwe was well within their reach,”
Shan Masood and Shadab Khan put up a 52-run partnership for the fourth wicket during Pakistan’s 131-run chase against Zimbabwe before a dramatic collapse left them at 129/8 after 20 overs.
“There were a lot of times when they could have simply glided to the objective. In light of the manner in which Wasim and Nawaz were playing at that time, dismissals of Shan Masood or Shadab Khan were both made. Because he had invested a lot of time up to that point and could have completed the game, Nawaz’s hesitation at times was problematic, according to Bangar.
Pakistan’s excessive reliance on the opening combination of Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan to produce runs has been evident in both of their defeats, as the pair did not get off to the anticipated starts. Masood and Iftikhar Ahmed both scored fifty in the game against India, but other middle order batsman are yet to produce regularly, particularly under duress.
“Having followed them since the Asia Cup, we are all aware of Pakistan’s batting lineup’s over reliance on Babar and Rizwan. The second these two guys leave, the locker room and dugout tremble, and that’s never a good sign. All praise goes to Iftikhar and Shan because, despite losing their primary hitters cheaply in the first game against India, they managed to kind of keep their innings together and keep Pakistan in the game.
The middle order, which hasn’t been firing for them, has to do the bulk of the work, and it is never an ideal situation for any team when the middle order is so freckle that they cannot handle the pressure so quickly, said Bangar. “I feel, at times, having not to play together during practice matches, dismissed in the first game and again in the second game, means that the middle order, which hasn’t been firing for them, has to do the bulk of the work,”