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Twenty20 World Cup; Pak vs SCO Match Review

Written by F Mirza on September 14th, 2007   (319 views)

Though Pakistan reached home victoriously with plenty left in its tank while competing with minnows Scotland, many gaping voids and ugly questions marks popped up all over the Kingsmead, Durban, on 12 September 2007. In the group D match Pakistan made 171 runs in their 20 overs, while Scotland just managed 120 runs and were all out in 19.5 overs.

Pakistan was asked to bat first after Sottish captain Watson won the toss. Pakistani start was traditional, that is it was bad again. Imran Nazir went to back to his seat in the very first over, when he slogged a ball with out a clue into the hands of Hamilton. A blunder at this juncture was to not to send Shahid Afridi, who is the most electrified player in the team right now. and sending him in the tail just doesn’t make sense, as there already very little room for the players to freeze a durable impression.

Salman Butt(13) and Mohammad Hafeez(18) also didn’t put up any spectacular show and were out cheaply. Salman hit couple of fours, while Hafeez managed three boundaries. Younis Khan opened up his wings and smashed 2 casual sixes and three boundaries, which enabled him to reach 41, which was the highest score by any player in the Pakistani team. New skipper Shoaib Malik was also a disappointment. He played lazily, and then cheaply went out after scoring just 11 runs on 13 balls.

Then came so-called Boom Boom Afridi and played a blasting blistering innings, and quickly scored 22 runs with the help of 2 dazzling sixers and 1 four. Then he succumbed to a sweep shot and got out. Misbah-ul-Haq was the next man, who scored 23 runs and showed some promise. Misbah managed to craft four brilliant boundaries in the back drop of blaring music and swishing dancers. Kamran Akmal and Yasir Arafat also contributed some petty change to the total of Pakistan.

Pakistan bowled and fielded without any vigour and hardwork, which resulted in many dropped chances and lazy fielding. Bowling attack also looked pretty much fragile, and it is alarming for Pakistanis, because they would have to work extra hard against the better teams.

With 1 no ball, 2 wides, 4 wickets, 6.25 economy, Umar Gul was the pick of the bowlers. Shahid Afridi was little better in terms of economy, and also took 4 prize wickets. Mohammad Asif and Yasir Arafat were pathetic. Afridi had the wickets of Gavin Hamilton ,Neil McCallum, Dougie Brown and Colin Smith and that ended the Scottish affair. Only Watts made a brilliant 46 from just 35 balls.

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