If you are a pessimist, you wouldn’t give much credit to the Pakistan’s effort to win the 2nd ODI of Warid Cricket Series, and would point out to the fact that the pitch was dead flat and Srilankan team was missing almost all the major players except the skipper. But if you are an objective observer, you would applaud the Pakistan’s renewed fighting spirit and trademark aggressive approach.
In the heat of desert, Srilankan bowlers received the beating of their lives, both from the sun and the sons of Pakistan. The opening pair took the attack to Lankan bowlers. Imran Nazir bludgeoned four boundaries, but wasn’t able to control his sprite, and gave away his wicket to Fernando after making 17 runs. Salman Butt, snatched back his form and stood their solidly. His partnership with Yasir Hameed was a treat to watch. Together, they posted 98 quality runs. Their timings, stroke play, foot work, ball-selection and the gap-picking was as paragon as anything. They beauty of their batting was that along with following every advice in the book, they maintained the runrate to run a ball pattern.
This enabled both Salman Butt and Yasir Hameed to get their much-needed half-centuries. Butt even managed to reach 74, but Hameed was sent back by Bandara on 50. Butt’s fine-touched innings included 11 boundaries all around the ground. When he hit, it stayed hit. He was also fell victim to Bandara. Mohammad Yousaf again failed to live up to his class and after a nice short run-span of 37 runs was dismissed in a usual run out.
Skipper Shoaib Malik looked in a rush, as he had to catch a train (or camel for that matter) and came and went in a jiffy after hitting a six, which enabled him to reach to a quick 27. Kamran Akmal, again showed his commitment to wash away the dark and dirty spots over his career, and made useful 38 runs. Shahid Afridi remained switched off in batting and scored 1 run, while Abdul Razzaq was in awful form and he stood there scratching and flailing. When Pakistan was through with it, Srilanka was looking apprehensively at the daunting target of 314 runs.
Srilankan opening stand was also a spectacular one, and Uppal Thranaga tried to make up for the absence of Jayasuriya. His 48 runs stunt included 9 blistering fours, while his partner Kapugedera played a agile knock of 20 runs on 16 balls. Shahid picked Tharanga while Kapugedera fell prey to Sami’s beautiful delivery. Debutant Warnapura didnt last for any significant time, while Mahela Jayawardene showed his mettle and played a captain’s innings. His 61 runs were not only the highest from the Lankan side, but also were full of quality and determination. His included 1 grand sixer and 6 master boundaries.
Rest of the Srilankan bowling just couldn’t take it, and Silva, Dilshan, Maharoof tried to put up a fight but the pressure, heat, target, and fatigue was too much. Srilanka succumbed to it, while 10.1 overs and some 99 runs were still there. Shahid Afridi picked three wickets, while Mohammad Asif, Mohammad Sami and Umar Gul got couple of wickets each.
By winning this second one day international played at at Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi , Pakistan also won the Warid Cricket Series.More on:Abu Dhabi, jayawardena, Pakistan, razzaq, Salman Butt, Shahid Afridi, srilanka, tharanga, yasir hamid, yousaf
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