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Twenty20 World Cup : Pakistan vs India Match Review

Written by Commoner on September 15th, 2007   (906 views)

Lots have changed since these two arch rivals last locked horns. India has gained a lot, while Pakistan is on continuous decline. Influx of new talent who delivers is turning Indian team into a formidable young outfit, whereas Pakistani affairs are stagnant, when it comes to the inflow of new talented players. To add insult to injury, Pakistan is under the shades of every kind of bad news from match fixing to doping to team fights.

Shoaib Malik, the young Pakistan skipper won the toss and hastily went to grap the white ball at Kingsmead, Durban. The decision was obvious and logical, as the rain-soaked wicket was seemingly ideal for the pacers. Indians showed little brilliance in their batting, and Mohammad Asif took full advantage of the conditions. He bowled wicket to wicket, and was the pick of the bowlers. He snatched away 4 initial wickets in his four overs by giving out 18 runs.

Gautam Gambhir and Veru Sehwag proved hopeless in front of Asif’s majestic ball hurling and went out cheaply. Robin Uthappa made thrilling 50 runs on 39 balls with two flat sixers and 4 well-timed boundaries on 39 balls. He was the highest scorer from Indian side. Yuvraj spooned-up a simple catch to Mohammad Asif after making a single. Asif was looking like Glenn McGrath re-incarnated. He meant business that day. Only after the completion of his spell, things started to look somewhat hopeful for Indians.

Karthik also didnt sell anything worthwhile, and after hitting two stylish boundaries succumbed to Asif. MS Dhoni played with aggressive calculation, and scored 33 on 31 balls with 1 grand six and 3 fours. Irfan Pathan also contributed his 20 runs, which included 2 sixers. When India was through, Pakistan was looking at the not-so-hard target of 142, but you know Pakis are unpredictable.

Salman Butt again failed miserably. Though he stroked one or shots quite impressively, but all in all he struggled. His opening partner was just pathetic, and instead of playing any cricket, he stood there swinging his bat, wildly. Indians played a little with him, and then got rid of him in disgust. Salman Butt was playing like a low-scoring ODI, and made 16 runs on 25 balls, while Imran Nazir managed to beg 7 runs. Younis Khan would never learn, no sir, its sure. First he contributed in the runout of Kamran Akmal, who was looking better as the time was passing, then he himself gloved the ball to his stumps. It’s amazing that he everytime finds a more humiliating way to get out of the ground.

Shoaib Malik was as callous as ever. He came, practised a litte, managed to score 20 runs, felt that enough is enough, so he lofted a simple catch to Pathan. Shahid Afridi’s slogging once again failed royally. Misbah-ul-Haq, the old man, ignited the hopes of Pakistan with his blistering innings of 53, but it would always remain a mystery that why did he didn’t open his wings earlier on. When on the last two balls, Pakistan required only 1 run to win, he missed a ball, and then on the second got run out. Match was a tie, but India took it based on over all performance.

If Pakistan really wants to stay in this short and agile world cup, it has to play with more passion, seriousness and do the hard work.

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    • 1
      Kashif Aziz
      September 16th, 2007 00:42 GMT

      Salman Butt and Youins Khan are big disappointments. Only reason for having Butt in the team (and appointing him as Vice Captain) is his ability to converse in English so that he talks with the press and give interviews in place of his captain. He has not changed a bit in his batting techniques and is quite predictable for the bowlers.

      Younis Khan is also a shame. A guy with so many matches under his belt, he is still uncertain on the crease as if playing his first match. His running between the wickets is not something to write back home.

      I wonder why they have included Sohail Tanveer in the side and that in place of Shoaib Akhtar. The guy has a suspect bowling action and may get banned soon.

      Twenty20 is all about taking risks, calculated or otherwise. Its a game of nerves and as we have seen, Shoaib Malik XI was destructed by Dhoni and his men.

      According to Shoaib Malik, they were unaware of the bowl-out rule. This shows the incompetency of the highly paid management and imported coach.

    • 2
      Fahd Mirza
      September 16th, 2007 16:52 GMT

      @ Kashif: I concur with your observations about Salman Butt and Younis Khan. But who is to be played as an opener, if not Salman Butt? We have seen the incompetency of Hafeez, Imran Farhat and host of others. We have been through the vicious cycle of repeating the same group of openers, and yes Salman Butt is one of them.

      Now we also got another dumb slogging clown like Imran Nazir.

      It’s happen when the board is in the hands of people, who have not been professional cricketers. It’s like Wapda and other institutes in the hands of army. PCB thinks that team would be doomed, if there would be no Younis or Afridi or any other clown. Pick there track record and see what have they done in their 300+ matches?

      The reality is that due to Inzi’s stubborness, we dont have any bench strength. Due to the board’s short-sightedness, we are being blackmailed by the likes of Younis and Afridi, and we have to bear species like Shoaib Akhtar.

      Time for some massive painful changes.

    • 3
      Kashif Aziz
      September 16th, 2007 17:38 GMT

      Actually PCB is more to blame than the captain. What’s the use of having an A team when we can’t pick up people from it at time of need? The way things are going, we would be counted as Cricket Minnows in days to come.

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