Pakistan has, once again, proved to be so easily dominated in the ground in all fields as they have shown enough examples in today’s match.
The top and middle order completed collapsed after losing the toss to England even though this was a good batting track, with patchy clouds and mild breeze. Every Pakistani batsman played irresponsible shots without caring for the team to put a good total on the board to fight comfortably but, due to their impatience and lack of concentration, they managed to stretch the score to a total of 147 which is just not enough for a strong side such as England who have plenty of potential batting. Had there not been some wides, no balls and flukes strokes by the last men, Pakistan’s overall total could not have exceeded 115-120.
They also drastically failed in the field which Saeed Ajmal missing two easy catches of Kieswetter in the first 5 overs of the game with another semi hard catch, which fell on the ground, touching Ajmal’s hands. These catches proved lethal for Pakistan as Kieswetter gathered his courage and confidence to provide good partnership as well as making an individual score of 27 before being sent back to the pavilion. Until then, Pietersen has consolidated his feet in the ground who remained unbeaten with a score of 70 of 52 balls, contributing towards victory of England.
Shahid Afridi, again, proved to be immature with his captaincy with clearly showed his qualities of leadership as he, seemed quite bewildered at times, to set bring more field’s men in 20 yard circle or place them outside it.
Above all, a welcome win for England in their first match which will boost up their confidence in their forthcoming scheduled matches in this round and with a bit of hard work, they will be through to final as they are already secured 2 comfortable points on the table.
Pakistan, on the other hand, will have to work harder to win the remaining two matches to keep spectators hope alive of getting some consideration of going into the semis.
The next match is going to be a tough one, being played between New Zealand and South Africa in half hour.