Ancient Pakistan skipper Inzamam-ul-Haq called on the middle and lower order of the national team to improve their strike rate. The former national head coach felt a goal of 175 would have made it difficult for England in the first T20I in Karachi.
England chased down 159 with relative ease, winning by six wickets on Tuesday September 20 to take a 1-0 lead in the seven-game series. It should be noted that only Iftikhar Ahmed reached the double between batters four through seven in Game 1.
Speaking on his YouTube channel, Inzamam lamented the repetition of old mistakes resurfacing and wants the lower order to take more responsibility. He said:
“Pakistan’s performance was not up to par. They should have scored more and, as usual, they repeated the same mistakes. as well.”
The Men in Green started their innings well after losing the coin toss. Mohammad Rizwan and Babar Azam added 85 runs in 9.3 overs, the former best with 68. However, the team fell apart towards the end of the innings.
“Things would have been different if Pakistan had more than 175 people on board” – Inzamam-ul-Haq
The 52-year-old claimed England didn’t do anything monumental in the first T20I but Pakistan dropped a few more points than they should have on the pitch. Inza added:
“The batters arriving at the 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th numbers should reach the strike rate of 150. Only then can we hit the target. It’s not that England played well, but they were missing 15 to 20 points to Pakistan. Things would have been different if Pakistan had more than 175 people on board.”
Although England also struggled on the box, fly-half Alex Hales held his sleeves together. Hales marked a measured half-century while Harry Brook, Ben Duckett and Dawid Malan made vital contributions.
The second T20I will take place at the same location on Thursday 22 September.