#PakvsAus: What Went Wrong During The T20I In Lahore

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#PakvsAus series yesterday ended in Lahore after Pakistan lost by three wickets the only T20I and so, here is a look at what went wrong for the green shirts.

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#PakvsAus: A Case Of Wrong Team Selection

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An out of form Hasan Ali came out to bat at the number seven position while an inexperienced Mohd. Waseem followed him on number eight. Usually its Shadab Khan who bats at number seven but he wasn’t fit to play. At number eight its generally Mohd. Nawaz or Imad Wasim. While Nawaz too wasn’t available for the game owing to reasons relating to his fitness; its just strange why the Pakistani selectors decided to omit Imad Wasim for the series especially, when two of their top spin bowling all-rounders weren’t available.

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Were A Spinner Short

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Usman Qadir bowled brilliantly to pick two crucial Australian wickets. Babar tried Khushdil Shah for an over but Shah being a part timer couldn’t quite match Usman’s class. Again Pakistan missed the services of Shadab Khan and Mohd. Nawaz. Still, the selectors should have picked Imad Wasim for the series who on the Lahore wicket could definitely have produced the sort of bowling spell the skipper needed.

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The Middle-order Problem

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Pakistan’s middle-order once again failed to deliver. This has been a problem for the green shirts in the limited overs format for a while now. While the likes of Khushdil Shah and Asif Ali have performed every once in a while, they are in need of a couple of batters who are a little more consistent and who can provide stability to the batting order once Babar Azam and Rizwan are gone.