In the ongoing match against the Netherlands at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad, Pakistan’s opening batsman, Fakhar Zaman, continued his poor run of form. He was dismissed after scoring just 12 runs from 15 deliveries. Fakhar, who had narrowly retained his spot in the team over Abdullah Shafique for the opening match, faced a challenging start as he encountered Aryan Dutt’s off-spin in the very first over after the Netherlands decided to bowl first after winning the toss.
In the second over, Fakhar managed to find some rhythm with two consecutive boundaries off Logan van Beek. However, his progress was short-lived as van Beek struck in the very next over. Van Beek’s three dot balls at the start of the fourth over created pressure on Fakhar, leading him to attempt a drive that resulted in a straightforward return catch for the bowler.
The opening partnership has been a significant concern for the Pakistani team as they prepare for the 2023 ODI World Cup. Fakhar Zaman had initially been dropped from the lineup for the Super Four encounter against Sri Lanka in the 2023 Asia Cup. However, he returned to the playing XI after Imam-ul-Haq suffered an injury during the warm-up.
Fakhar Zaman’s Stats In The Last Few Matches
Despite his recent struggles, Pakistan has shown patience with Fakhar Zaman in the hope that he will regain his form. Although he had scored three consecutive ODI centuries in 2023, he has since failed to reach the 50-run mark in any match. Over his last ten innings in ODI cricket, Fakhar has managed to accumulate only 190 runs, with his highest score being 33.
This poor form also extended to the Asia Cup, where he scored just 22 runs in Pakistan’s 2023 ODI World Cup warm-up match against Australia, further adding to his disappointing performance.
Following Fakhar’s early dismissal, Pakistan is currently in the process of rebuilding their innings, with Imam-ul-Haq and Babar Azam at the crease. At the time of writing, Pakistan’s score stands at 34-1 after eight overs.