Pakistan’s Defeat By India Limits Their Final Four Chances
The game between the Pakistan cricket team and India at Old Trafford on June 16 was one of the most anticipated games of the 2019 ICC World Cup. India and Pakistan have stopped playing each other in all formats of the game, due to political tensions between the two countries. There were even talks earlier this year of India forfeiting their match due to the 14 February Pulwama terror attack that killed 40 soldiers.
India’s Odds Improve After Convincing Win
Betrally’s odds on India winning the World Cup was at 3.25. After India defeated the Pakistan cricket team by 89 runs (D/L) method, though, those World Cup odds went to 2.85. Pakistan, on the other hand, will find it difficult to make it into the top four. They now have long odds of 51.
Pakistan won the toss and elected to bowl first as the weather conditions looked overcast. However, the Indian openers played cautiously at the start and put on a century partnership. KL Rahul then scored 57 and R Sharma made a brilliant 140. That earned Sharma the man of the match.
Captain Virat Kohli made an impressive 77. Bizarrely, he also gave his wicket away by walking off, even though the umpire did not give him out, nor did replays show that Kohli had knicked the ball. Ultimately, Team India put up an impressive total of 336, which was always going to be tough for Pakistan.
Pakistan Prime Minister’s Advice In Vain
Pakistan won the 1992 ICC World Cup under the leadership of Imran Khan, who is now the Prime Minister of Pakistan. Before the recent match, the Pakistani PM subsequently took to Twitter to offer advice to captain Sarfaraz Ahmed and the rest of the team on how to win. That advice did not work out very well.
The Pakistani PM sent out a total of 5 tweets offering his advice. One of them said: “In order to have a winning offensive strategy, Sarfaraz must go in with specialist batsmen and bowlers because “Raillu Kattas” rarely perform under pressure – especially the intense kind that will be generated today. 2. Unless pitch is damp, Sarfaraz must win the toss & bat”
The Pakistani captain won the toss, but he did not bat first. His captaincy was also tested and found wanting when it mattered the most.
Pakistan Cricket Team Batting Collapses
When the Pakistan cricket team saw one of India’s main strike bowlers, B Kumar, hobble off the field after bowling just 2.4 overs, they should have taken advantage of the situation. However, they lost Imam-ul-Haq to the very next ball sent down by V Shankar, who had to complete B Kumar’s over.
B Azam (48) and F Zaman (62) put on a century stand and both looked threatening. Nevertheless, V Kohli gave K Yadav an extended spell of bowling. He subsequently delivered, picking up both their wickets in quick succession. Pakistan were unable to score quickly and the loss of wickets put them at a disadvantage. That’s because they were behind on the D/L scoring system and rains looked inevitable.
H Pandya struck in succession taking the wickets of M Hafeez and the experienced S Malik. That basically took the game away from Pakistan. V Shankar picked up captain Sarfaraz, after which it was too late for Pakistan to make any type of comeback. Rains interrupted and when the calculations were done, Pakistan lost by 89 runs.
Pakistan will have to win their next four matches convincingly in order for them to have any chance of making it to the final four. They will have some time to regroup and plan, though. After all, their next match is against South Africa on June 23.
Meanwhile, India has confirmed that B Kumar will have to miss the next couple of games to recover from a strained hamstring. Their next game is against Afghanistan on June 22.