- Team India’s victory is confirmed!
- This big weakness of Pakistan exposed
- The match is to be held on 23 October
T20 World Cup 2022: The Indian cricket team is going to face Pakistan for the second time in their first match of the T20 World Cup. The last time these two teams came face to face, Pakistan won by 10 wickets. But this time the Indian team would like to take full revenge of the previous defeat. But before this match it is also very important to know the weakness and strength of Pakistan.
Pakistan is the contender for the World Cup
Pakistan is one of the strongest contenders to win the T20 World Cup to be played in Australia due to the strong opening pair of captain Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan and the superb fast bowling. The team became the champions of the tournament’s second season in 2009 after finishing runners-up in 2007. Pakistan has since reached the semi-finals of the World Cup three times in the shortest international format of the game, including the last tournament played in the UAE. Pakistan will face India, South Africa, Bangladesh and two qualifier teams in the opening leg of the tournament.
The team ended the losing streak against India in the World Cup of any format in the last T20 World Cup. In this match, the pair of Babar and Rizwan gave Pakistan a 10-wicket victory. In this World Cup, Pakistan qualified for the semi-finals by winning all five matches in their group but lost to Australia here.
strength of pakistan team
Babar and Rizwan have scored a lot of runs in the last one year in T20 cricket. In the recent 7-match home series against England, both have improved their strike rate significantly. Babar was not in rhythm in the Asia Cup played in UAE. He scored just 68 runs in 6 matches of this tournament. He then regained momentum in the home series against England and scored a century in Karachi. He also played a powerful innings of 87 runs in Lahore. He is only the sixth batsman in the world to cross 3,000 international runs in the T20 format.
Rizwan was named the ‘ICC Player of the Month’ last month after scoring seven half-centuries in 10 T20Is. He is the top batsman in the T20 rankings while Babar is at the third position. Good batting from Shadab Khan and Mohammad Nawaz in the last few matches has given Pakistan more depth in the middle order. It is expected that fast bowler Shaheen Shah Afridi will recover from a knee injury before the World Cup. With this, the firepower of Pakistan’s fast bowling will increase further. Fast bowler Harish Rauf has experience of playing in T20 Big Bash League in Australia. Anyway, fast bowling has always been the strong side of Pakistan.
This is Pakistan’s weakness
Due to the long innings of Babar and Rizwan in the top order, the middle order batsmen do not get much opportunities. Shan Masood has consistently failed to do well at the third order and Fakhar Zaman has not fully recovered from the injury. There has also been a lack of consistency in the performances of Iftikhar Ahmed, Haider Ali and Asif Ali.
Babar Azam (Captain), Shadab Khan, Asif Ali, Haider Ali, Haris Rauf, Iftikhar Ahmed, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammad Wasim Jr., Naseem Shah, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Shan Masood, Usman Qadir.
Reserve players: Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Haris, Shahnawaz Dahani.