First #PakvsAfg ODI was played yesterday during which the green shirts emerged victorious by 142 runs. And so, here is a look at 3 things that you probably didn’t think about while watching the one-sided encounter.
First #PakvsAfg ODI: Both Sides Looked Rusty
Both sides were playing in the ODI format after a while and so, it’s just natural that they clearly looked rusty. Afghanistan’s batting line owing to a lack of exposure and experience couldn’t adjust to the format at all. Nevertheless, expect them to improve towards the end of this series. So, it is imperative that the green shirts don’t put their guard down.
Pakistan Must Play Saud Shakeel
Saud Shakeel is among the best batters in the country when it comes to negotiating quality spin bowlers. Conditions during the world cup are expected to be similar to what they are in Sri Lanka i.e. where the ongoing series is taking place. The country’s middle-order to has this tendency of not being consistent enough. Therefore, it is absolutely important that Pakistan test Saud Shakeel during the series to see whether or not he is ready to deliver in the ODI format.
Imad Wasim Or Nawaz Still A Better Option Than Usama Mir
Both Imad and Nawaz apart from being decent all-rounders are also pretty capable of delivering for #BabarAzam even with the new ball. Usama Mir on the other hand is still not as a good an impact player as the other two. Hence, there is no harm in allowing either Nawaz or Imad an extended opportunity till the world cup.