February 19, 2006

Blame-storming

So, the last match of the Hutch Cup ended today and Pakistan lost it by 8 wickets, loosing the series 4-1. Pakistan got a reasonable start today and it seemed that 300 runs could be piled on board but the middle order fumbled and inspite of good knocks of 67 by Yousuf and 74 by Younis, Pakistan made 287 only, an achievable total at National Stadium, Karachi. Inzamam, Kamran Akmal, Shoaib Malik, Razzak all failed to stand on the wicket. Inzamam, the senior most player in the team, got out repeatedly playing in cross.

Pakistan seeks consolation win

Osman Samiuddin writes on the atmosphere before the final one day international and the pressure felt by Pakistan team in general and Inzamam in particular.

Much of the pressure, for Inzamam at least, has come from the electronic media with a plethora of ex-players and coaches questioning, in particular, the Pakistan batting order. Three top-order collapses in Rawalpindi (68 for four), Lahore (82 for four) and Multan (29 for four) have effectively sealed the home side’s fate. The criticism has centred on using Kamran Akmal as opener and Shoaib Malik at one-down and pushing the established trinity of Inzamam, Mohammad Yousuf and Younis Khan, lower down. As nonchalantly as he does to some bowlers, Inzamam swatted this away.


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