Its well known that Team Pakistan fails to chase. Failure has been predective when Pakistan is chasing any total. No matter how big or low is the target. Batting line has never been consistent. Mostly, there is issue with opening batsman. After Saeed Anwar and Aamir Sohail in early 90s, there has been no fixed opening pair with the team. continuous shuffeling is in progress.
Earlier, middle order batsmen have played vital role in many wins. Javed Miandad, Inzamam-ul-Haq and Muhammad Yousaf and to some extent Younis Khan have been key players to build collapse innings from very early overs. Misbahul Haq can also be counted for short term.
Recently Pakistan has lost from South Africa by 4-1. And one match Pakistan won was where they had to secure a total. While lost matches were a failure to chase.
Last time pakistan had chased 250+ was on Februaty 1, 2011 (approx. 2 and half years ago) against New Zealand in Napier.
As a matter of fact, Pakistan has opted to bat first when they win the toss and they are forced for chasing when they lose the toss.
If we compare Pakistan’s wins and loses Batting first and batting second, more of the matches are won while batting first.
Pakistan has chased a total for more than 300 for four times. And we can see from stats that winning rate of Pakistan chasing 250-300 total is quite higher than lower totals.
During 90′s and 2000′s, Pakistan had awesome bowling attack. Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, Saqlain Mushtaq, Shoaib Akhtar, Abdul Razaq and some others performed very well contributing towards Pakistan victory. And it is clear from below graph that more number of matches are won when Pakistan bat first.
From Statistical data, its evident that bowling has always been Pakistan’s power and have mostly struggled with batting.