Reasons behind Pakistan’s defeat against India in the 3rd ODI

Pakistan ended their successful tour to India with a 2-1 series victory in the One Day Internationals, but their fans back home were disappointed by the fact that they did not complete a whitewash after being in a strong position.

Earlier, the arch rivals battled in a two-match Twenty20 series, which ended up as a draw. Both teams managed to win one game each, with the tourists opening their account first and the hosts having to bounce back later.

However, things seemed to be one-sided in the ODIs, as Pakistan ended up being the superior team. They managed to win the first two games convincingly, gaining an unassailable lead of 2-0.

After such a strong display in all three departments of the game, Pakistan were expected to nail the series 3-0. They came in a very good position in the final encounter, as the home team was bowled out cheaply for 167 runs, after their skipper MS Dhoni
had opted to bat first on a slow pitch.

Everyone back in Pakistan sensed a whitewash and celebrations had already begun after the first half. However, things did not turn out to be the way as everyone expected in the country.

The Men in Green once again proved their vulnerability in the batting department, as the team was bowled out for just 157 runs, losing by 10 runs eventually.

Although they managed to claim the series, people back home wonder what went wrong with a strong looking batting unit in the third ODI.

The first thing is that Mohammad Hafeez had hurt his left hand while bowling, so he did not come out to open the innings and Kamran Akmal was sent in instead.

The wicketkeeper batsman might have improved his glove work, but his batting form has faded away. As a result, there was immense pressure on him, which had the better of him in the end. He was dismissed for a duck and veteran Younis Khan was exposed to the
swinging new cherry.

Although he looked good at the start, he failed to hang in for long. Talented opener Nasir Jamshed did not play his natural game either and gave his wicket away to a rash stroke.

Another thing which went wrong was that Misbah-ul-Haq and Umar Akmal failed to rotate the strike and got out after getting starts. They were followed by Shoaib Malik and all of a sudden, the tail was exposed.

With the exclusion of all-rounder Abdul Razzaq, Pakistan do not bat deep down any longer. So this was also one factor behind the team’s defeat.

 Finally, Hafeez took the game to the final moments and did not charge when needed. All these things resulted in Pakistan’s defeat, but the fans should cheer up, as their team ended up being the winner of the series.

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