MELBOURNE – Pakistan after losing first ODI in Brisbane made an outstanding comeback in the second game, rolling up Australia’s batting line-up for just 220 runs at Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), pakistantribe.com reported.
Unpredictable Pakistan side flexed their muscles to prove that they can give tough time to World No.1 ODI team in its den, despite being 9th in the ranking.
The bowling performance from Green Shirts gave the nation a sense of victory, and if happened it will be the first win for visiting eleven during current Austalia tour.
During 30overs game of the first inning, PakistanTribe (PT) sports desk collected some interesting facts from the ground which show that green shirts seem more keen to win this game. You can check it below:
1. Improved Fielding
Pakistani side showed a lot of improvement in its weakest area, yes, you are right, its fielding. They way Pakistani players managed to resist is far batter than what they show during past games.
2. Maintained Good Line and Length
Pakistani pacers, including Mohammad Amir, Junaid Khan and Hassan Ali maintained a good line and length while restricting hosts to collect good runs. Three of Australia’s early wickets went down on balls landed to the almost same spot.
3. Early Breakthrough
Australian skipper won the toss and chose to bat but Pakistani seamers challenged the decision with their well-calculated bowling, Fielders backed them with good response and in the result. Kangroos lost three wickets againt the skipper plan.
4. Team Effort
The body language of Pakistani players at MSG seems more confident and collaborative as cheerful faces and energetic moves make it build enough pressure on the Australian side.
5. Impressive Captaincy
Mohammad Hafeez was very aggressive and energetic in the field. He gave both Junaid and Amir an extended opening spell. Junaid only bowled in the high 120s for the most part but got the ball to swing prodigiously early. Once early wickets fell, it set up the platform for the spinners to come in and stifle the middle order. Australia’s batsmen struggled for the most part against the spinners, some of them playing all around some of the deliveries.
Once early wickets fell, it set up the platform for the spinners to come in and stifle the middle order. Australia’s batsmen struggled for the most part against the spinners, some of them playing all around some of the deliveries.