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England vs Pakistan: Shadab Khan admits to visitors’ shambolic bowling in the ODI series

Pakistan is left with only two ODIs before the World Cup.

Shadab Khan
Shadab Khan. (Photo: Surjeet Yadav/IANS)

The ongoing ODI series between England and Pakistan has been a witness to runs getting scored at a haemorrhaging rate. Bowlers of both teams have leaked runs, but it’s the Three Lions that are leading the five-match affair 2-0 with two matches left. Pakistan have scored in excess of 350 on both the instances, but their bowlers weren’t able to restrict the rampaging English bowlers.

The likes of Imam-ul-Haq and Fakhar Zaman scored centuries, but the bowlers couldn’t back their stupendous shows. After the first three matches, no Pakistan bowler has been able to get more than one wicket. Haris Sohail has been their most economical bowler with an economy of seven. In fact, four of their bowlers average over 100 and the numbers are shambolic.

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They are actually not in the rhythm, reckons Shadab

The Sarfaraz Ahmed-led unit will play the penultimate match of the series on Friday at the Trent Bridge in Nottingham and it has to win the game in order to evade a series defeat. Meanwhile, Shadab Khan, who has recently been declared fit for the upcoming World Cup, admitted that Pakistan has been straining with the leather and the bowlers are terribly out of rhythm.

“Yes, we have been struggling with the ball in middle over but the way batting is performing it’s a good sign. Bowlers are not doing well, they are actually not in the rhythm required but once they start clicking we will start winning the games,” Shadab was quoted as saying by Cricbuzz.

The leggie also mentioned that Pakistan isn’t playing with their full-strength bowling attack. Furthermore, he highlighted the difference between playing a bilateral series and a World Cup. “When you missing out your four key players, it becomes increasingly tough. But there is a difference between pressure for a (normal bilateral) series and a World Cup,” he added.

Pakistan is left with only a couple of ODIs before they embark on their journey in the World Cup. Sarfaraz’s men will start their campaign with the match against the Windies on May 31 at the Trent Bridge in Nottingham.

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