Pakistan after beating Bangladesh reached the semi-final stage of the #T20Iworldcup2022 yesterday and so, here is a look at why the green shirts are the favorites to win the ICC event now and why they are not!
Why Pakistan Are The Favorites To Win The #T20Iworldcup2022
There are a number of reasons why Pakistan should now be considered favorites to win the #T20Iworldcup2022. They play the semi-final against New Zealand at Sydney, the conditions of which should suit the green caps more than the Kiwis. Moreover, conditions in Melbourne too where the final is supposed to be played should suit the playing style of the national side. Their middle-order on the other hand is in good form and the majority of bowlers are also doing well. Finally, there is no pressure now because nobody expected them to come this far. They’ve already exceeded expectations and hence, you can expect them to come out with all weapons blowing when they meet the black caps this Wednesday.
Why They Aren’t Not The Favorites
Pakistan are easily the weakest of the four sides that have reached the semis. They still play old fashioned cricket and their openers and trump cards i.e. Mohd. Rizwan and Babar Azam in particular, have been in pretty ordinary form for most part of the tournament. Their middle-order despite doing well is still unpredictable. Apparently, their best chance of winning the tournament is if they are able to restrict oppositions to totals that aren’t over 160 runs. To be honest, there is every chance of Pakistan losing the moment their bowlers fail to deliver.
Additionally, even during their game against a comparatively weak opposition like Bangladesh, the body language of most cricketers on the field suggested that they were struggling to manage the pressure of a big game. Teams like New Zealand, England and India would have seen that.
Pakistan in recent past has lost knock out matches and therefore, something similar cannot be ruled out during their semi-final match and the finale of the event i.e. if they get that far.