Zimbabweâ€™s 10 wicket loss to Pakistan in the 2nd One Day International cricket match at Harare Sports Club on Sunday has been attributed to some psychological problems stemming from captain Brendan Taylorâ€™s error at the toss.After giving the Pakistanis a good run for their money in a nail biting 1st ODI at Queens on Thursday last week, Zimbabwe were expected to provide an even tougher challenge at Harare Sports Club, given the venue is their favourite hunting ground.
The hosts were however found wanting in a contest that made the Asians look very superior and colossal.
With some observers expressing concern over the teamsâ€™ lack of consistency in the first match of the series, cricket analyst Dean Du Plessis attributed Zimbabweâ€™s loss to psychological deficiency.
â€œI think Zimbabweâ€™s problems were psychological since Brendan Taylor made a call after winning the toss that they wanted to bat. After realising that he meant to say they wanted to bowl, he was told the decision was irreversible and they had to bat. This affected the team because they knew the pitch would be good for batting in the afternoon. Even when the team came in to field you could tell by the players body language that they lacked enthusiasm,â€ said Du Plessis.
Zimbabwe will be hoping to put the 10 wicket defeat to Pakistan in the penultimate ODI behind them and find some form of redemption when the two teams contest the 3rd and final match at Harare Sports Club on Wednesday.