I mentioned in yesterday’s post that Ireland had to bat until lunch. If they did that then they may have had a chance to draw the match. I assumed that Pakistan would be able to score at about 4 runs an over. Both Imam-Ul-Huq and Babar Azam scored at a rate less than that. I knew that Ireland had lost the match when they were bowled out 40 minutes into the day. I was slightly critical of cricviz and Cric Prof. yesterday with their figures but today it was even more absurd when they posted the stat below.
I would love to hear better comparisons but the only example I can think of right now is Bill Ackman’s tussle with Herbal Life. Ireland took three wickets in five overs. So what? They had Pakistan closer to the ropes in the first innings when Asad Shafiq, Faheem Ashraf and Shadab Khan bailed them out. Keep in mind that this was Faheem’s debut test. Today Ireland was not playing against Pakistan. They were playing against time and they lost. On the positive Kevin O’Brien got a well deserved Man of the Match. If not for him and the rain the match never would have gone into the fifth day. My detailed analysis should be out by tomorrow evening along with details of why I created my index. I also hope to analyse the English squad for the test match.
One thing I have to mention. Questions are being rightly asked as to why Ireland is not playing in the world cup and why is it only 10 teams. I believe that these questions are answered properly. Simon Hughes made a slight mistake by asking his followers on Twitter on what questions he should put forward to ICC Chief Executive Dave Richardson. The answer was expected. The first was about Ireland’s exclusion from the World Cup. The second was that the World Cup was less inclusive and finally it was about T100. I am curious if he will ask any of those questions and how they will be answered. That is assuming that they will be answered of course.