About the Match
Pakistan is yet to win a match and is sitting at the last position in group B; they will go up against Zimbabwe, which has 2 points from 3 matches and placed 5th, on 1st March at the Gabba Stadium, Brisbane. After two successive defeats Pakistan has created a must-win-situation for itself and they need a win to bolster their chances of reaching the quarter-finals. Zimbabwe on the other hand lost 2 matches but managed to win one against UAE; they will definitely aim to put up a better show against Pakistan. The team that can keep a cool head above its shoulders should be able to execute the plan against the opponent and emerge victorious on Sunday.
After the humiliating loss to India, Pakistan lost its second match against West Indies by a huge margin of 150 runs; the batsmen had the work cut out for them as they had to chase 311 runs but the whole team was bowled out for 160. The top four batsmen, Jamshed, Shehzad, Younis and Harris Sohail registered scores of 0, 1, 0, and 0 respectively; Maqsood and Umar Akmal counter attacked and played some delightful shots but both fell soon after they reached their respective fifties. Afridi batted sensibly for his 28 but failed to read a wide one. On the bowling front, Harris Sohail took 2-62 while Mohammad Irfan, Sohail Khan and Wahab Riaz took 1 wicket each but they failed to control the Windies who broke all record in setting up partnerships and individual scores. Pakistan batting entirely depends upon Misbah-Ul-Haq as the middle order continues to bat without much application. Misbah was the lone warrior against India as he scored 76; his 51 against West Indies gave hope and Shahid Afridi showed some restraint but the creeping run-rate got the better of them. They do have the talent and strength to bounce back against Zimbabwe in the upcoming match provided they stay focused and come out all guns blazing on Sunday.
Zimbabwe suffered defeat against West Indies by 73 runs as they chased down the revised target of 363 but could only manage 289 with 33 balls to spare. Zimbabwe lost Hamilton Masakzada and Sikandar Raza in a space of 3 overs but Brendon Taylor and Sean Williams combined beautifully to put up 80 runs for the fourth wicket. After Taylor’s dismissal at 37, Williams continued with the good work and brought up his 19th ODI fifty but perished at 76. Craig Ervine scored 52 off 41 but couldn’t rescue the team. Bowling is a major worry for Zimbabwe, having conceded 339, 285 and 371 in their first 3 matches; however, the team has the ability to bounce back against Pakistan in the upcoming match with players like Sean Williams, Brendon Taylor and Craig Ervine, who are capable of turning the game towards them. But they need to improve in their bowling attack to win over big teams; they must use the resources at hand cleverly to gain advantage over the opponent.
Both teams are struggling here and they must win the match to move ahead and keep their chances for quarter-final alive. Pakistan has lost both matches and they surely seem like wounded and hungry lions going into the next match; though Pakistan will come around with a better performance, we are more likely to see Zimbabwe as the winner at the end of the day.
Zimbabwe, 4.00 @ Bet365