Highest Impact Player of the match

Shoaib Malik (8.62)

Highest Impact Batsman

Shoaib Malik (9.16)

Highest Impact Bowler

Mohammad Amir (4.99)

Highest Impact Player (UAE)

Amjad Javed (6.39)

Highest Economy Impact (Bowler)

Mohammad Amir (2.23)

Highest Strike Rate Impact (Batsman)

Shoaib Malik (0.77)

Having reduced Pakistan to 17 for 3 in the fourth over of the chase, UAE failed to make further inroads and slid to a 7-wicket defeat in Mirpur on Monday (29 Feb).

Shoaib Malik and Umar Akmal proved why they are Pakistan’s two best batsmen under pressure and as it turns out, they have, respectively, the highest and second-highest Pressure Impact for Pakistan in T20I cricket (min. 40 matches).

Malik finished as the highest impact batsman, and player, of the match for his unbeaten 49-ball-63 (which was 48% of their target). ​It was the highest impact batting performance of his T20I career. ​He shared impact with Akmal, and the pair methodically went about the chase – putting on 114 runs in a 15.3 overs. Both their innings commenced under immense pressure. That they successfully saw the chase through gave them high Chasing Impact . Malik was also adjudged ‘Player of the Match’.

Mohammad Amir’s two top/middle order wickets over the course of an extremely frugal spell made him the highest impact bowler of the match. His second dismissal broke a partnership (Partnership Breaking Impact) and his overall effort put the minnows under more pressure.

UAE skipper Amjad Javed was his team’s highest impact player. Scoring under pressure, his unbeaten 18-ball-27 pushed UAE to a total they may have fancied defending – courtesy a 46-run partnership for the sixth wicket (Partnership Building Impact). He returned to torment Pakistan in their chase too, as he scalped three top/middle order wickets to put them under pressure. Had it not been for Malik and Akmal, Amjad may have helped script a memorable win but it wasn’t to be.

Seven players from Pakistan registered an impact of at least one. UAE had five such players – which is to say, more than half of their team failed.


Karthik Swaminathan