As the media/social media portrayed Pakistan’s poor ODI redemption against Australia, in another diary; the performance was decent; hence there were a lot of bizzare’s in the field, un-doubtfully Pakistan gave a convincing fight against Australia at their home, where they are so good at.
In the past, Pakistan has had a poor record in Australia, but this time they came up with something more convincing in the ODI’s. The last time Pakistan played a series against Australia before this tour, they were not successful even to win a single game.
This time around, Pakistan showed their capability and sheer unpredictability that they can defeat any team at any soil. Pakistan lost the series 4-1, the only game they won came at the MCG, where the bowlers showed great resilience and responsibility, and so Australia were restricted to 220 in Melbourne. Eventually, Pakistan chased it down with about 20 balls to spare. Courtesy a well-made 72 and 42 from Mohammad Hafeez and Shoaib Malik.
The negative aspect of this series for Pakistan was their fielding, they seemed to be all over the place; fitness was another big issue, and when your fitness is not up to the mark, you best believe your fielding will earn you a lot of bad remarks.
In the 4th and 5th ODI, Pakistan’s fielding was all over the place, from a knowledgeable cricket followers prospect; one would always believe that in the 4th ODI, the bowlers did well but it was the fielding that made constant blunders and that shortly gave Australia a lot of confidence to go on and score totals that were 350 and above.
Sharjeel Khan who was known to be poor against spin, highly improved against them and was hitting the twickers all over the park.
Azhar Ali, after the first ODI was ruled out of the 2nd and 3rd due to a torn hamstring. This injury bit Pakistan heavily since Azhar Ali’s temperament and solidarity matters a lot when he is on the crease, that solidarity brings balance to the Pakistan side.
Although Azhar was back for the 4th and 5th ODI, he was looking rather uncomfortable while batting. It seemed as if the hamstring issue was still disturbing him time and time again. With all due to these sayings; Azhar only managed 6 and 7 in the last two ODI’s.
Babar Azam was another positive out of the lot, being inconsistent and ineffective during the Tests, Babar really stepped over in the ODI’s and showed what he was capable off. An 84 and 100 to top his ODI series.
In the ODI series, Babar also completed his 1000 runs mark that was joint fasted with Sir Vivian Richards in ODI’s and many other big cricketing names.
Pakistani pacer Hasan Ali topped the bowling chart in the series with 12 wickets, although he went for 100 in 9 overs in the last ODI, in the previous ODI before the last; Hasan Ali named a five-for to himself.
Sharjeel Khan showed improvement along the whole ODI tourney. His ODI batting figures in all the five meetings went like: 18, 29, 50, 74, 79. Over the time which had shown a great deal of improvement from his dark past in ODI’s.
At a stage in the first ODI, Australia were 5-78; Matthew Wade picked them up from there and Australia eventually went on to score 268. Which later Pakistan were unsuccessful to chase off on.
Babar Azam, Hasan Ali, Sharjeel Khan and many more exciting prospects of this series; yes, Pakistan missed the absence of Sarfaraz badly since he motorizes the middle order by staying busy on the crease and not always looking to play block cricket.
Pakistan had given impressive fights throughout the series, but without any luck; victory is not possible. The upcoming Pakistan Super League will prove out to be vital for Pakistan as they require a middle-lower order batsman who has the fierce ability of hitting the ball a long way. With many silly mistakes and fielding blunders being done in the Australian redemption for Pakistan, the green shirts will be determined to do better in their next outing which will be against West Indies in march.