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Middle order of Pakistan ‘out of order’ ahead of T20 World Cup

Fans say they saw a repeat of what happened in the Asia Cup and T20I series against England-collapse of the middle order. Haider Ali, Asif Ali, Khushdil Shah, and Iftikhar Ahmed are repeatedly coming under intense criticism.

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Fans have expressed concerns about the failing middle order of the Pakistan Cricket Team despite Pakistan registering its first win over Bangladesh in the ongoing Tri-Nation series.

Pakistan is playing the T20I Tri-Nation series with New Zealand and Bangladesh in New Zealand. Pakistan batting first, had set a target of 167 runs. Muhammad Rizwan was once again the top scorer in the Pakistani batting line-up.

Fans say they saw a repeat of what happened in the Asia Cup and T20I series against England-collapse of the middle order. Haider Ali, Asif Ali, Khushdil Shah, and Iftikhar Ahmed are repeatedly coming under intense criticism on social media for their consecutive failures. Earlier, Fakhar Zaman was criticized for failing to strengthen the middle-order batting line of Pakistan.

Fans think Haider Ali is running out of time. He is losing wickets in the same fashion in every match. Some say Ali lacks the approach and skills to lay the right shot. Others say he will be dropped soon from the team; he fails to deliver despite being given continuous opportunities to perform. They believe Fakhar Zaman will be called back into the team to replace Haider Ali again. Fans believe the continuous trend is not a good omen for Pakistan Cricket Team that will be playing in the T20 World Cup later this month.

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Meanwhile, Mohammad Rizwan underlined why he will be a key weapon for Pakistan at the Twenty20 World Cup, top-scoring in a 21-run win over Bangladesh in Christchurch on Friday.

Rizwan maintained his rich vein of form with an unbeaten 78 as Pakistan posted 167-5, before restricting their opponents to 146-8.

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It was the opening match of a week-long tournament, which also includes hosts New Zealand. All three teams are using it to prepare for the T20 World Cup in Australia.

The world’s top-ranked T20 batsman, Rizwan, batted through the innings in cold conditions at Hagley Oval, tallying seven fours and two sixes in a chanceless 50-ball knock.

It was the 30-year-old’s 21st half-century in the format, continuing his form from last month’s T20 series against England when he compiled a series-leading 316 runs.