On This Day: Pakistan complete a stunning turnaround
Match 1, versus India, lost by 124 runs (D/L)
In a match where they picked 3 wickets in 48 overs and were carted for 319 runs, as effortless as you like, all over the perimeters of Edgbaston, it seemed like as if their performance was a harbinger of the things to follow for them in the tournament. Wahab Riaz went for 87 off 8.4 overs and had to be relieved via an unfortunate injury.
Their batting was even more befuddling, set 289 in 41 overs after a rain intervention, they never showed the intent to chase it down or get even close to it. Barring Shoaib Malik's miniature cameo of 15 runs off 9 balls, nobody even scored as quickly as to breach the run-a-ball mark and struggled against seam and spin alike. In the end, they crawled to 164 all out in 33.4 overs.
It was a performance where nobody could point to what exactly went wrong. They never bowled with sustained pressure, fielded like the Pakistan of the nineties and batted like the Pakistan of the eighties. It all looked to go pear-shaped for them from here.Published 18 Jun 2018, 23:30 IST