Pakistan vs Zimbabwe: Match Preview –
After their stunning loss against New Zealand by a huge margin of 110 runs, Pakistan will today face Zimbabwe at Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Kandy in Sri Lanka.
Pakistan team had a sensational start of the tournament with three wins in a row, until they lost the match against New Zealand. Kamran Akmal lazy work behind the stump was the main reason for their failure. Pakistan team are known for their unpredictable performances and they often make come back with great performances which can be dangerous for all the teams.
Looking at the Pakistan team, they are facing a huge problem with their opener batsmen Mohammed Hafees and Ahmed Shehzad have failed to provide the Pakistan team a better start. While most of the time runs flowed from the brilliance of their Middle order batsmen Misbah ul Haq and Younis Khan and also by the Akmal brothers. As far as bowling is concerned Pakistani skipper Shahid Afridi has been in an outstanding performance, who played a major role in all the three victories of the team. Though Shahid Afridi has not scored many runs with the bat, but he is the top wicket-taker in the tournament with 15 wickets in four matches. He played an stunning role in their last win against Canada, where he took 5 wickets to win the match and also restricted a low score of 184 runs. Pacers Shoaib Akhtar, Umar Gul and Abdul Razzaq who looked marvelous in all the early three matches, but could not do the same against New Zealand’s batsmen, specially Ross Taylor, who did not allow any Pakistani bowler to settle down and hit them out of the park. But the Pakistani Team is hopeful to make a come back to register their spot in the Quarterfinals.
While the Zimbabwean had been struggling for win against all the big team in the tournament so far. However, they won the game against the Canadian with a huge margin. The Zimbabweans can be a dangerous for the Pakistani side as they have good batting line-up with Brendon Taylor, Charles Coventry, Tatenda Taibu, Craig Ervine .Also they have a great support from lower order batsmen like skipper Elton Chigumbura and Prosper Utseya, who are capable of taking the game away from the opposition with there all-round performances. Ray Price the most attacking Zimbabwean bowler can be dangerous for the Struggling Pakistani batsmen. Still the Zimbabwean’s have a tougher task against the Pakistan