Analysis | CWC 22 | M#6 - AUS v PAK
Written By: Jeet Vachharajani
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TOP-ORDER WOES CONTINUE FOR PAKISTAN
Coming into this tournament, the top-order woes were already known. It isn’t a new issue that has been discovered in this tournament. Pakistan have had quite a few games in order to fix this issue, but they haven’t backed 3 players to do that role irrespective of how many times they fail.
They have kept trying different players, and it hasn’t helped their cause. Since 2021, they have had 7 players play in the top-order and the best player (Muneeba Ali) out of all 7 was benched for the first two games. It has just looked as if Pakistan plays to compete, but never to win. If you play out the 50 overs and finish with 190, then something has to wrong with the intent. It comes as no surprise that Pakistan have had the lowest first innings average when batting first. Coincidentally, their average score is the same score that they hit today against Australia. West Indies are just above them and these two teams have had a common problem of batting very slowly. If West Indies perform the way they did in their first game, then we could be in for some fun.
BISMAH LEADS FROM THE FRONT
Bismah has been out of action for a while as she was on maternity leave. In her 2nd game after a comeback, she scored 78* to take her team to a respectable total. In the end, it wasn’t enough. But, had she failed, then Pakistan were never surviving the 50 overs.
However, she took 122 balls for her 78* and the rebuilding after the loss of 4 quick wickets resulted in plenty of dots and no risks. Pakistan barely showed any intent to go over the top, while Australians led the charge and showed the right way to approach the spin.
ALIYA RIAZ PUTS HER HAND UP AGAIN
It was not the first time that Aliya Riaz had to play the rescue act for Pakistan. She has to do play the same role quite often in recent times. The best part is that she has rarely disappointed. She took 109 balls for her 53 but was able to play a massive part in rebuilding.
AUSTRALIA CAPITALIZE ON EXTRA LIVES
The pitch was assisting the spinners and Anam Amin was always going to take the new ball. She started off well, but rarely bowled the arm-ball which has always been a massive weapon for her. When she finally did, Aliya Riaz put down the opportunity at short midwicket to dismiss Healy, who then went on to contribute the most for Australia.
Nida Dar also came in early as Rachael Haynes was in the middle. Dar was the stand-in captain with Bismah not on the field. Guess what? She dropped Haynes off her own bowling. The match-ups were set, the traps were laid, the execution was good, but the chances were not taken!
Dar continues to struggle despite being the most experienced spinner in the team. Her numbers have been pretty average when she plays in/at New Zealand and Australia.
HEALY DELIVERS ON WOMEN’S DAY AGAIN
Don’t know how to celebrate International Women’s Day? Ask Alyssa Healy! She was on song yet again just like she was back on the same day in 2020 during the T20 World Cup Final. She gave one chance and looked scratchy for the most part. But, the intent won! She used her feet well and was proactive with her running to make it another memorable day for herself.
AUSTRALIA MAKE IT 13 FROM 13
Australia have a habit of building winning streaks and they continued to do so against Pakistan. This was their 13th win in 13 ODIs against them. The issue for Pakistan continues as they have a similar record against India who also extended their lead.
A TRAIN WITH 11 ENGINES
How do you stop Australia, and who will stop Australia? They are a train with 11 engines! Australia has always been a champion team because they have had a solid structural base. They train like champions, place emphasis on every minute aspect of the game, are incredibly backed by the management, and are taken good care of by Cricket Australia. These are the very reasons why we see better tactics, better athleticism, batters with solid technique, and incredibly good leaders. They have a system in place, and it works beautifully! Cricket Australia deserves a lot of credit for what they have been doing.