Pakistan leads the #NZTriSeries after the completion of the first round. The green shirts have four points after winning both their games while New Zealand hold the second position with one victory from their two matches. Bangladesh is yet to register a victory and so, they are at the bottom of the table for now.
The series for sure has provided a little more clarity to the Pakistani dressing room and hence, here is a look at what we have learnt from the national side’s performance so far.
Shadab Khan Can Bat In The Middle-order
Shadab Khan scored 34 of 22 balls while batting at the number 4 position during the match against New Zealand last Saturday. Pakistan’s middle-order which includes the likes of Iftikhar Ahmed, Khushdil Shah, Asif Ali and Haider Ali has been under fire since long because of repeated failures and owing to their inability to provide potence to the batting line. So, Shadab’s knock is certainly a sigh of relief for the Babar Azam led unit. Still, it remains to be seen if the batting all-rounder can keep going strong.
Dahani Beginning To Settle Down
Shahnawaz Dahani had a torrid time during the recently concluded home series against England. Nevertheless, the pacer has returned with good figures during the tri series so far and therefore, we remain hopeful that after a couple of decent PSL seasons, he is finally beginning to settle at the international level.
Nawaz Not There Yet
Mohd. Nawaz played a brilliant match winning knock against India during the Asia Cup earlier in the year. Nevertheless, his performance with the bat ever since hasn’t been much to talk home about. There remains a huge question mark over his ability to hit the ball big consistently. The fact was once again evident during the ongoing series and so, more hard work is required for sure. For now it is just safe to say that Nawaz is more of a bowling all-rounder on whose batting Pakistan can’t rely too much during the upcoming T20 world cup.