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World Cup 2022 final: Biggest mistake Pakistan made

World Cup 2022 final: Biggest mistake Pakistan made

ICC T20 World Cup 2022 final: Pakistan were an inch closer to victory, but a few mishaps, probably called mistakes, cost them the final showdown against England.

The thrilling fielding and bowling to save an underdog target of 138 seemed unrealistic to many. The fanatics and the experts are still trying to digest how came Pakistan lost the close encounter.

Let’s eye on some mistakes that cost Pakistan in the Pak vs Eng World Cup 2022 final.

Not playing Mohammad Nawaz:

Nawaz, who had been termed match-winner by the Babar Azam in the dressing room, was not given an over to the bowl. The experts analyze that it was because there were two left-handed batters on the crease, and introducing an off-spinner would have turned out costly.

However, rotating bowlers to fix Nawaz would have been an ideal option. He has been proving himself as a vital cog in both departs. Also, sending him in place of Shadab Khan to bat would have been elemental for the green’s batting line-up.

On multiple occasions, Nawaz has proved his worth at the top order. Had he been there in the all-important clash, the score might have reached 160s. Notably, Pakistani batters could only amass 137 from 120 balls. The experts and the fans say if the target was a bit more, it could have been hard for England to chase.

It is pertinent to mention here that England won by five wickets and spared an over. At a point, it was becoming hard for them to chase. However, some misfields in the dead overs allowing the ball to cross boundaries certainly became the reason why Pakistan failed to lift the trophy.

Expensive powerplay:

Although Babar Azam’s bowlers managed three crucial wickets in the powerplay, they could not stop the run flow. England were already 49 dispute the fact that green bowlers tricked their batters. With not so many runs left to chase, they comfortably reached the feat, obviously, with obstacles.

A defending team is not only required to pluck wickets but also stop the flow of runs. Moreover, Pakistan could pick only two more wickets in the remaining overs after the powerplay. Letting Ben Stokes do his duty freely was another mishap that happened to them.

Shaheen Shah Afridi’s injury:

After key pacer Shaheen Shah Afridi got injured whilst delivering the first ball of his third over, it turned out to be the match-changing moment. He was continuing the rhythm, but the over was handed over to Iftikhar Ahmed with five leftover balls.

The experts including God of Cricket Sachin Tendulkar believes Shaheen’s injury was the match-turning point for Pakistan.

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