Today, Pakistan and Afghanistan will play an important World Cup match in Chennai.
After losing to India and then Australia, Pakistan’s cricket team is under a lot of pressure.
Afghanistan, on the other hand, had already caused a major upset in the competition by defeating the current champion, England.
Nonetheless, the Afghanistan team remains at the bottom of the points table.
When it comes to Pakistan, the country has won two of four matches.
However, he has suffered defeats in the last two matches.
After losing to India, Pakistan’s team was heavily criticized, and in the very next match, Australia also humiliated Pakistan.
Former Pakistani cricketers and experts are slamming the team from every angle.
Former Pakistani cricketers have slammed their team for its players’ inability to perform on the spot, fast bowlers’ inability to make an impact, and spinners’ problems.
In terms of statistics, Pakistan appears to have an advantage in the match against Afghanistan.
The Chennai pitch, on the other hand, could cause problems for Pakistan.
What happened during India’s match against Afghanistan?
In fact, the match between Pakistan and Afghanistan will take place on the same field in Chennai where India played its first match against Australia.
This was India’s first World Cup match.
Australia won the toss in this match in Chennai and chose to bat first.
However, his wickets continued to fall, and the Australian team was dismissed after scoring 199 runs.
Kuldeep Yadav, Ravindra Jadeja, and R Ashwin all dismissed six Australian batsmen.
Kuldeep Yadav took two wickets, while Jadeja took three. Ashwin took one wicket.
On the spinning wicket, Jasprit Bumrah also took two wickets.
India achieved their target of 200 runs. This appeared to be a simple task for India.
However, India had lost three wickets for only two runs.
Captain Rohit Sharma, Ishan Kishan, and Shreyas Iyer had all returned to the pavilion empty-handed.
However, Virat Kohli and KL Rahul put on a 165-run partnership to propel India to victory.
India easily won this match in the end. India achieved this target with only four wickets lost.
KL Rahul Dravid scored 97 runs, while Virat Kohli scored 85.
What is Pakistan concerned about?
This match between Pakistan and Afghanistan will now be played on the same pitch as the match between India and Australia.
On a Sunday TV show, Aakash Chopra asked former Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Akhtar what would happen on Chennai’s rotating pitch.
As a result, Shoaib admitted that the spinning pitch could cause problems for Pakistan.
On the one hand, Pakistan lacks quality spinners, while Afghanistan has a large number of good spinners on its team.
Mujib-ur-Rehman, in addition to Rashid Khan, is serving with Afghanistan.
Both players have the potential to be lethal on spin-friendly wickets.
During the TV show, Shoaib Akhtar joked that you were deliberately playing Pakistan on this field.
Mohammad Hafeez, a former Pakistani cricketer, has also raised concerns about the Chennai pitch.
During a television interview, he stated that the pitch used in the first match between Australia and India is no longer in use. As a result, it is being saved for future use.
He stated that when Pakistan’s match arrives, you will know which pitch it will be played on.
Mohammad Hafeez also used gestures to question the ICC and BCCI about the pitch.
Rameez Raja, a former Pakistani cricketer, even stated that Afghanistan has the upper hand in this match.
According to him, Afghanistan has three excellent spinners, whereas Pakistan struggles to play against spin.
On Sunday, Shadab Khan was seen sweating profusely during net practice in Chennai.
Given the nature of the Chennai wicket, Pakistan is expected to give three spinners a chance.
Pakistan’s journey so far in this World Cup
In the first match, Pakistan defeated Netherlands by 81 runs.
(Pakistan- 286, Netherlands- 205)
Pakistan defeated Sri Lanka by six wickets in the second match
(Sri Lanka- 344/9, Pakistan- 345/4)
India defeated Pakistan by seven wickets in the third match.
(Pakistan- 191, India- 192/3)
Pakistan lost to Australia by 62 runs in the fourth match
(Australia- 367/9, Pakistan- 365)
Afghanistan’s journey so far in this World Cup
Bangladesh defeated Afghanistan by six wickets in the first match.
(Afghanistan- 156, Bangladesh- 158/4)
Afghanistan lost to India by eight wickets in the second match.
(Afghanistan- 272/8, India- 273/2)
Afghanistan defeated England by 69 runs in the third match.
(Afghanistan- 284, England- 215)
New Zealand defeated Afghanistan by 149 runs in the fourth match.
(New Zealand- 288/6, Afghanistan- 139)