June 15, 2012

Pakistan cricket

Pakistan's chasing woes

Kanishkaa Balachandran

An area of decline in Pakistan's recent ODI history is in chasing targets of over 250. Statistics show that they were considerably better prior to Inzamam-ul-Haq's retirement. In the post-Inzamam era, their win-loss ratio has declined in matches where they were set 230 or more. Mazher Arshad does the math, in Dawn.

For more than a decade and half now, Pakistan have been struggling to establish a solid opening pair. Perhaps, it has rubbed off on their middle-order too. The middle-order’s shortcomings of the last few years are evident from the table below where they stand at number seven in terms of average, only ahead of West Indies and New Zealand. Their strike rate (72.87) is the worst among all.

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Kanishkaa Balachandran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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