Pakistan simply too good

HARARE - It was another woeful performance by Zimbabwe on another very slow and low pitch at Harare Sports Club here yesterday.

Once again, a pitch was prepared to suit the visitors instead of the home side, and one wonders how much longer it will take, and how much more indignation the fans must suffer before the think tank realises that spinning wickets really aren't the way to go.

It is possible that they are of the opinion that Zimbabwe may be able to spin the team to victory, but these conditions are taylor made for teams from the sub continent.

Imad Wasim ruled the roost in the Twenty20 matches, while Yasir Shah the leg spinner took control of matters in the first ODI.

The worrying factor is that despite the amount of cricket Zimbabwe have played, they seen to be declining instead of improving, and it seems as if their constant drubbings they have been given have seriously affected the confidence of the team.

The bowlers were on song yet again with the new ball, as we have seen on so many previous occasions, but then let it slip yet again as Pakistan recovered from 35-3 to 259-6.

Another worrying observation was that it appeared as if there was no real emotions throughout the day.

When catches are dropped, you would normally see some sign of disappointment by the team, but when Sean Williams, a normally reliable fielder dropped a catch, it was as if the players had already accepted the inevitable and had waved the proverbial white flag.

Once again, Pakistan never allowed Zimbabwe's batsmen to gain any form of momentum, and boundaries were as scarce as Zesa or municipal water.

The innings went to sleep, and never woke up as batsman after batsman soaked up massive amounts of balls, but had nothing to show for it.

Although the pitch undoubtedly had a part to play in the 131 run loss, it was sad to see that the top order in particular opted to play many of the balls bowled with a dead bat, and at no point did they try to improvise or innervate.

Comments (1)

How much is actually put in the preparation of the pitch, do they go for a particular pitch por they just go out to do their job. How much supervision is given to our groundsmen to ensure that they not only prepare the grounds well but to also suit our style of play?

Perkins-Tino Bare - 2 October 2015

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