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Shoaib Malik won the game of nerves as Pakistan went for a draw

Written by Kashif Aziz on March 31st, 2006   (702 views)

The first test between [tag]Pakistan[/tag] and [tag]Sri Lanka[/tag] is ended in a draw but there are couple of winners, players who were outstanding in the game, who tried their ultimate best, but their teams were unable to sieze the opportunity.

First it was [tag]Kumar Sangakkara[/tag], wicket-keeper batsman of Sri Lanka, who played 326 balls for his 185 and took Sri Lanka to 448 for 5, a total that was more than enough to get aggressive and put pressure on the opposition.

Then, it was [tag]Shoaib Malik[/tag] from Pakistan. An all-rounder who can play, and perform, on any number in the batting order, whether it’s a test match or one-dayer. Shoaib faced 369 balls to score 148 runs and carried the bat as well. Although, Sangakkara got the man-of-the-match award, it is felt that Shoaib was more ideal for it because he played in lot more pressure than Sangakkara and faced Muralitharan, Maharoof and others with confidence and determination.

Inzamam and Woolmer, on the other hand, are criticized for their defensive approach. It was clear at lunch that Pakistan can draw the match so general opinion was that Inzamam would try to go for a win. Instead, he kept his defensive stance, something he is also accused of during the recent indian tour of Pakistan.

Inzamam also failed to score positively in the match. With 31 in first innings and 48 in second (including a chance when he was on 0), his batting clearly lacks the touch and grace he is renowned for. Maybe it’s due to the pressure of captaincy or fitness that is eating up his batting abilities.

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