How can the Pakistan team reach the final?
With Pakistan’s defeat by India by 228 runs in the Asia Cup, the chances of the green shirts reaching the final have also decreased. The Pakistan team, which has secured the first position in the ODI rankings, will have to wait for the results of the other teams to reach the title match on September 17.
With India’s win in the two-day match in Colombo, the points table situation has become quite interesting. At present, India and defending champion Sri Lanka have two points each after one match each, while the Pakistan team, which has played two matches, also has two points.
In terms of net run rate, India is at the forefront, having secured the first position in the points table due to the net run rate of 4.56. Sri Lanka is second with zero point four two while green shirts are in third position with minus one point eight nine two.
To make it to the finals of the event, Pakistan will not only have to win their next match against Sri Lanka on September 14, but also win by a big margin to improve their net run rate.
Sri Lanka also have two chances at this point. On Tuesday, the defending champion team will face India after which the position of the points table will be clear. The winning team will take the top position with four points after which the remaining two matches will take a do and die situation.
What mistakes will Pakistan have to learn from to make it to the finals?
The country’s team has already been eliminated from the event after losing two matches and it is impossible for them to reach the final. Which team’s journey with him will end before the finals? It will be decided on September 14 when the Pakistan team will face Sri Lanka.
Before this match, if Sri Lanka beat India, they will only have to beat Pakistan to reach the final as their run rate will be better. However, if Pakistan beat Sri Lanka by a big margin, the decision will be based on net run rate.
However, the way Pakistan team played against India made everyone unhappy. If the Green Shirts do not perform well in the next match, they will become the second team to be eliminated from the Asia Cup, which will affect the morale of the players and will also affect the preparations for the upcoming World Cup.
During the match with India, Pakistan suffered several losses. Salman Ali Agha was injured by a ball while batting while Naseem Shah and Haris Raouf were injured while bowling.
Shaheen Shah Afridi was also injured while fielding on the first day of the match but on the second day he completed his overs and hit the only six of Pakistan’s innings while batting.
Unlike other teams, Pakistan team in recent times has mostly depended on the same players who play the first match of the series. Due to minor changes in the final XI, the chances of the players getting fit are high and if two of the three pacers are injured in the match against Sri Lanka, it may affect Pakistan’s performance in the World Cup.
According to the latest reports, Pakistan Cricket Board has invited Zaman Khan and Shahnawaz Dahani to Sri Lanka as replacements for the injured fast bowlers. One or both of them can be fed if needed in the match against Sri Lanka.
If we talk about the match, the observers as well as the fans also raised questions on the performance of the green shirts.
Former captain Shahid Afridi said in his tweet that losing and winning are part of the game but the way Pakistan lost this match is unfortunate.
Appreciating the performance of the Indian team, he called them the better team in all three fields. At the same time, he also praised the batting of Virat Kohli and KL Rahul.
Former fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar also praised Indian fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah on social media and congratulated India for this success.
In his video message, he said that neither of the two teams can be written off on the performance of one match. However, in the Super Four match, India came with full preparation and beat Pakistan on all fours.
Indian journalist Vikrant Gupta called the Green Shirts flat.
According to Aamir Mumtaz, if the Pakistan team had played well and lost the match, no one would have regretted it.
Zubair Ali Khan feels that Pakistan should rest Faheem Ashraf and Fakhar Zaman in the next match and include Mohammad Wasim Jr and Saud Shakeel in the final XI, and use Mohammad Rizwan as an opener.
On the one hand, the criticism of the Pakistan cricket team continues, on the other hand, the teammate Hasan Ali came forward in support of the captain Babar Azam. In his opinion, Pakistan team will make a great comeback in the next match and win the Asia Cup title