Once again, after losing the series, Pakistan won the last match and just won the heart, because winning the series does not seem to be Pakistan’s business, at least the story of 2 years.
In the third T20 match played in Napier, the winning game was about to get out of the hands of Pakistan when Iftikhar Ahmed decided the match with a sharp six off the fourth ball of the last over.
Although Pakistan needed only 33 runs off the last 23 balls and had 8 wickets left, the match went to the end, it would be better to say that the victory had to be snatched from the jaws of the opponent.
— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) December 22, 2020
With Khushdil Shah, Fahim Ashraf and Shadab Khan backing out in the last few overs and Rizwan’s innings ending in the last over, Pakistan’s story was almost over.
It is a matter of pride to show ‘a a blacksmith’ as opposed to ‘hundred goldsmiths’, and thus New Zealand’s winning streak of 11 consecutive international matches at home came to an end.
Success in the last T20 must have boosted Pakistan’s morale. Especially at the individual level where Mohammad Rizwan and Faheem Ashraf have proved their worth and ability and Mohammad Hafeez has silenced many critics.
Critics don’t seem to care about ‘statistics’. For Hafeez, 2020 has been a wonderful year, in which he has scored more runs than any other batsman in the world.
See for yourself, 415 runs in 10 matches with an incredible average of 83 and an astonishing strike rate of over 152.
Babar Azam, the number one T20 batsman for most of the year, has just 276 runs in eight matches, also at an average of 55 and a strike rate of 144.
Hafeez has had some masterpiece innings in almost every series in the past, such as his 86 and 69 in England and 67 against Bangladesh before the 41 and 99 innings on this tour of New Zealand, although in 2019 Hafeez Not a single T20 was played.
But God forbid, this result does not beautify Pakistan. A team that has been the world champion of T20 for the longest time and has never had more success in T20 Internationals, its recent performance is not disappointing but terrible.
Especially in the last 2 years, Pakistan has not won against any notable team and has won only 2 out of 8 series, against Bangladesh and Zimbabwe and that too at home.
Wherever the rest went, the story of defeat was left. From South Africa to New Zealand.
The T20 series in England tour this year was also tied due to rain, otherwise, the outcome would not have been known.
Last year in T20, Pakistan started the series against South Africa in the same way as it has lost to New Zealand.
That is, defeat in the first two matches and then unsuccessful victory in the last match.
Then on the tour of England lost the only T20 and then the most disappointing defeat. At home, lost to Sri Lanka in 3 historic matches played in Lahore.
What happens to Pakistan in Australia tour? Everyone knows this, here too they lost 0-2. Bangladesh’s tour of Pakistan and a 0-2 victory here is probably Pakistan’s only ‘remarkable’ achievement in two years.
The failure of the tour of England was avenged at home by poor Zimbabwe, who lost all three matches but the pool of successes has opened up in New Zealand.
In other words, we can say that Pakistan’s decline in T20 has not started, but it has begun. Although we are not justifying the performance against New Zealand because New Zealand is still a great power at home and the way this tour of Pakistan started, there were not many expectations after that. ۔
But the performance over the years is proving that Pakistan has to miraculously improve its performance in the T20 format, otherwise the future results will be heartbreaking.
In short version cricket, the difference between the rival teams is reduced.
It is not Test cricket that everyone knows in advance about the Test between Australia and Bangladesh who will win and this opinion will be 99% correct.
Rather, it is T20 cricket, where only one overmatch can turn the tide. There is a maximum difference of 70:30 between big and small teams.
This can be gauged from the Pak-Lanka series where Pakistan was defeated by Whitewash at home.
Upon arrival, several members of the squad tested positive for corona.
As a result of the negligence of some of the players, the New Zealand Department of Health issued a ‘final warning’ to Pakistan that if any precautionary measures were taken, the tour would be canceled and all the players would be sent back to Pakistan.
Then the Pakistani players spent more than 2 weeks at their residence, they were not even allowed to train.
What was left was the injury of captain Babar Azam and opener Imam-ul-Haq.
Pakistan has stopped New Zealand’s T20 victories, but will it be able to do so in the Tests? New Zealand has not lost any of the last 15 Tests at home.
The last time South Africa beat New Zealand was in March 2017, and none of the West Indies, England, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and India have beaten it in a single match.
In other words, Pakistan’s test will be much bigger and in the absence of Babar Azam and Imam-ul-Haq in the first match, it will be even bigger.
However, the test record is with Pakistan. Before losing the Test series in 2016, New Zealand has beaten Pakistan at home only once in its history.
In 1985, otherwise, Pakistan would have won from the 90s to the last tour, or the series would have been drawn. Let’s see what happens in the ‘Boxing Day’ test starting from December 26.