Former New Zealand captain Stephen Fleming was highly critical of Pakistan’s batting in the death overs, saying that they missed a trick and a score of 165 was easily possible on the track in Melbourne. Pakistan ended up making just 137 runs in 20 overs
Pakistani batters struggled in the death overs on Sunday (Courtesy: AP)
By India Today Web Desk: Former cricketer Stephen Fleming feels that Pakistan made a massive mistake in the last four overs of their innings of the T20 World Cup final against England.
Having been put into bat by Jos Buttler, Pakistan could only make 137 runs in their 20 overs. Babar Azam and his men were 121 runs for four in 16 overs and could only make 16 runs in the last four as the English bowlers applied the pressure.
Talking on Cricinfo’s T20 Time: Out, Fleming was critical of the Pakistani batting performance and said that a score of 165 could have been a really good challenge.
The former New Zealand captain went on to say that Pakistan missed a massive trick with their batting at the death and it could prove to be costly at the end.
“Rashid bowled pretty well. I’m concentrating more on the fact that he played a part, but 121 for four in 16 overs is enough on that wicket to suggest that a 165 score is going to be a really good challenge. There was inconsistent bounce, there was a little bit of movement on offer and it was turning. That was the thing about Rashid that it was turning. He found the pace. So, as a unit we should be saying hey we got some artillery here. We know that if we get a score on the board here, we will be competitive. The fact that the last four overs went for 16 runs. I think that is a massive mistake. Four down, 121 runs. Even at ten, you get to 161, and, one good over, you’re up to 165, which I think is more than competitive from what we have seen, especially given the turn, which was unexpected and a little bit that is on offer for a quicker and more skillful pace attack. So yeah, there was a lot going on up to that point, but I think Pakistan has missed a massive trick here. Teams often go to the MSG and they think the traditional method will be to get to 16 overs and then we will whack ourselves 15 runs per over and we get a great score. The MCG is not that ground. If any research should be done, it is on how to finish off an innings. The ones and twos that were so good all the way through the innings disappeared and all of a sudden it was trying to hit out of the ground and over 85-meter boundaries and that just doesn’t work. Livingstone is just there to pick it off. So I reckon it wasn’t smart the last four overs and it could cost them. A score of 165 was easily there,” said Fleming.