Cricket fans around the world were in for a stunning showdown on Thursday when England beat Pakistan in the first T20I held in Manchester. The match s
Cricket fans around the world were in for a stunning showdown on Thursday when England beat Pakistan in the first T20I held in Manchester. The match saw a nail-biting finish, as Pakistan needed just two runs from the last three balls but managed to score only one, losing the match by three wickets.
After the match, former New Zealand captain and current England batting coach Stephen Fleming had some harsh words for the Pakistan Cricket Board. According to the cricketer, Pakistan was well on its way to winning the match but made a “massive mistake” in the death overs, giving away their winning advantage.
“This has been a common problem for Pakistan since I can remember,” said Fleming. “But it was a massive mistake to not go for the big shots in the last over. They could have easily won the match had they just taken a few risks.”
Fleming’s statement certainly carries some weight, as back in the 2019 World Cup, an uncalculated batting effort from the Pakistani team cost them their semifinal match against the eventual champions, England.
The thoughts of Pakistan’s ever-vocal cricket fans were echoed when former cricketer Ramiz Raja weighed in on the topic. “Consistency has always been an issue for Pakistan cricket,” he said. “We often tend to lack strategies and urgency when needed.”
It remains to be seen whether this defeat will spur Pakistan to make a way through their tournament, as the team is full of potential and talented players.
At the same time, the team must learn the lesson of being consistent and taking the right strategic decisions at the most important junctures.
Pakistan Made a “Massive Mistake” in The Death Overs – Stephen Fleming
Former New Zealand cricket captain, Steven Fleming, recently voiced his criticism on Pakistan’s performance in the recent T20 match against Afghanistan. According to Fleming, the team made a “massive mistake” in their poor defense of the death overs, resulting in their final defeat.
Pakistan failed to protect its slim lead of 14 runs heading into the 20th over, as Afghanistan romped home to a five-wicket victory as they chased 141 with five balls left in the match.
Following the match, Fleming spoke out about Pakistan’s poor performance. He believes that their defensive tactic in the later stages of the match was what cost them the victory. To create a play at which the opposition was most uncomfortable with, Fleming believes that Pakistan should have changed their tempo from their earlier aggressive performance to a more defensive one.
Tactical Flaws in Defensive Play
Fleming also highlighted other tactical flaws that could have been avoided. These included:
- Not changing the pace of the bowling: This he believes, would have induced an error from the opposition.
- Not using slower bowlers: Slower bowlers would have restricted the batsman’s run rate, allowing Pakistan to retain the lead.
- Not using yorkers: This would have nullified the opposition’s opportunity to score boundaries.
Fleming touched upon Pakistan’s inadequate defensive play, which ultimately cost them the match. He believes that the team need to find their balance between aggressive and defensive play in order to gain complete control of any match situation. Therefore, it’s clear that this key mistake made by Pakistan quite possibly ruined their chances of victory.