This is now quite obvious. This Pakistan team is wrapped in multiple layers of rust. Despite two weeks in England and four games including the warm-up matches prior to this one, this Pakistan team has singularly been unable to shake off that rust - at least not entirely. And this is reflective in only beating the Netherlands out of five games for their only win so far. Two years ago, Pakistan would have won such an encounter at a canter after restricting a frontline team like Sri Lankan to 150 despite some pretty pedestrian bowling by one of its leading lights in the pace attack, Sohail Tanvir. The skipper was the last man on the proverbial burning deck but when he holed out following a meltdown in the middle, that saw Miabahul Haq and Shahid Afridi getting out on successive deliveries by Muttiah Muralitharan to efforts that were pretty ordinary, Pakistans cause had already been lost. Despite its many strengths, and their spin trio plus Omar Guls peneteating pace are big pluses, the Pakistan think tank has to sort out a few grey areas. And the primary one crying for attention is our openers not delivering in consonance. The inactivity that has brought about this rust is so obvious in regression in three of Pakistans key performers - Misbahul Haq, Shahid Afridi and Sohail Tanvir. Had Pakistan won this encounter, it would almost have qualified for the semi-finals. It might still do so, for you can never write off a Pakistani side, even as rusty as this one. Especially when the next two matches are against New Zealand today followed by Ireland day after tomorrow. Pakistan lost against Sri Lanka, and before this against England, because it lacked intensity, application and method. Against Sri Lanka on Friday Pakistan had no method to run in its chase. So the Pakistan coach and the captain have to get back to theor drawing board and think hard who could be their best openers. May be Salman Butt, despite his experience, was a wrong one to keep faith with. Young Ahmed Shahzad at least has an exuberance of youth and a decent array of shots, and unlike Butt one would not have needed to hide him in the field. May bee Abdul Razzaqs inclusion would also strenghthen Pakistan but the basic areas that Pakistan need to brush up are intensity, method and better use of available resources. All is not lost yet, Pakistan could still make a big come back but it would depend on the imagination from the Pakistan think tank and the inspiration that skipper Younus provides on the field.