Do-or-die for Pakistan against Canada
June 11, 2024  19:21

Welcome to the coverage of the T20 World Cup match between Pakistan and Canada in New York on Tuesday.

Shocked by the United States and scarred by India, Pakistan have little to play for and everything to lose when they meet Canada in their penultimate group league encounter.

If the Super Over loss against co-hosts USA in their opening Group A match was not enough, Pakistan slumped to six-run loss at the hands of arch-rivals India in a low-scoring match on Sunday.

Pakistan's Super 8 qualification chance hinges on winning big in their last two games against Canada and Ireland, besides hoping that USA lose to India and Ireland by big margins.

Even in that scenario, both the teams will end on four points each and it will boil down to which team has a better net run rate (NRR). Hence Pakistan can only pray for divine intervention in best case scenario.

USA, after two wins, enjoy a healthy run-rate of +0.626 and just a victory against Ireland would suffice, while Pakistan with a dismal NRR of -0.150 would not only need to win but also by comprehensive margins. 

Not a single department clicked for Pakistan in the two matches so far and they will need a more cohesive effort against Canada to give themselves an outside chance.

Pakistan's major concern going forward is the underwhelming performance of their batters as the likes of Fakhar Zaman, Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan and Iftikhar Ahmed played loose shots to
make life difficult for them against India.

The only bright sport for Pakistan on Sunday was the performance of their bowlers with Naseem Shah (3/21) and Mohammad Amir (2/23) leading from the front.

But premier fast bowler Afridi needs to take more responsibility upfront in the remaining two games to give Pakistan an outside chance. He has hardly been able to get swing in conducive conditions.

Going forward Pakistan will have to do some soul searching if they want to revive their faltering campaign.

Canada, on the other hand, are placed third in Group A with one win out of two games. After the seven-wicket loss to USA, Canada bounced back in style to beat Ireland by 12 runs in their next match.

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