Former Pakistani bowler Shoaib Akhtar has chastised Babar Azam’s Pakistani cricket team for their average performance with the bat that gave them league losses against England on Saturday. Akhtar also predicted that Pakistan will be laundered by England in the final game.
That Ben Stokes-leading inexperienced English team outclassed Pakistan’s full strength squad with a thumping 52-run victory in the second ODI, which was reduced to 47 overs after a rain interruption, to take an unmanageable 2-0 lead on Lord’s Saturday.
Despite an excellent performance with the ball from Hasan Ali, who starred with numbers of 5/51, which helped bowl England out in 247, Pakistan did not manage to chase the goal thanks to another sad batting performance, outside the goal with 52 runs .
Former Pakistani speedster Shoaib Akhtar expressed his disappointment with the men in Green’s league loss and called their performance ‘average’. Akhtar also predicted that England would come to third ODI.
“It simply came to our notice then. It will be 3-0. Pakistan worked hard to ensure that they give an average performance. Pakistan’s batting has always failed us, and the same trend is now continuing, “Akhtar told Boss News, the Hindustan Times reported.
“Even if it was just run-a-ball and what was there in that bowling so you had so much difficulty. The ball sips a little bit around, it’s a lot for you. A very, very average performance,” he added.
English bowlers Lewis Gregory (3/44), Saqib Mahmood (2/21) and Craig Overton (2/39) tore Pakistan’s top order and brought them down to 87/5 in the late 20th over. Akhtar commented that Pakistan are good at scoring on flat wickets in 20-over cricket but lose the plot while being asked to pace their innings in 50-over cricket.
“What was there in the hallway, tell me first. Pakistan is only a T20 team. They play like T20 and come out like that. They lose five wickets in twenty overs. Also in the T20s they score 150-175 and exactly the same in ODIs, ”Akhtar said.
Pakistan play England in the third and final ODI of the series on July 13 on Tuesday at Edgbaston in Birmingham.