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Uganda’s Nightmare

Written by Commoner on September 2nd, 2007   (240 views)

Shahid Afridi may be a sheep in front of Australia, or a lamb before Kiwis, or a sparrow against Windies, or a dove vs Srilanka, or a goose in the face of England, or a goat when in contact with South Africa, but he is a redoubtable hawk, when he has to deal with Uganda like outfits.

In a recent warm-up encounter with Uganda in the wake of twenty20 world cup soon to be held in South Africa, in the second week of this September, Shahid Khan Afridi bludgeoned an invincible 57 agile runs. In his lightning innings, he sent the white leather out of the ground without letting it touch the ground three times, and seven times he let the ball touch the field with in the boundary rope, before it went beyond it.

Pakistani batsmen relished the special bonus in a grand style. Salman Butt, Younis Khan and Shahid Afridi just beat the hell of the very limited overs. Pakistan cruised with the speed of thought to the terrific target of 227 in no time. After winning the toss, Pakistani young captain, Shoaib Malik opted to bat first. Imran Nazir and Salman Butt opened the innings with leery designs, but Imran Nazir succumbed to his own adrenaline and gone out in the very first over.

Then Kamran Akmal and Salman Butt made 70 precious runs in the partnership. Then Kamran went outside after making 31 runs, and Younis Khan came onto the crease with a chewing gum in his left jaw, and a bat in his right hand, with lots of bonus ideas in his mind. There was no pressure around, so he did some fine stroke practice and scored a half century against funny bowlers of opposition.

Shahid Afridi was the center of attraction for the spectators, whereas the origin of hellish notion for the opposition. He made 57 on just 15 balls. Salman Butt made 74 on 55 balls with the help of 9 fours and 1 grand sixer. When Uganda started the chase, darker shades soon engulfed their aleady low hopes. Their only three batsmen managed to reach double figures, and they can only boast one thing, that they didnt let Pakistan finish the game before 20 overs. They scored 78 runs in 20 overs at the loss of seven wickets. From Pakistani side, Umer Gul and Shoaib Malik couple of wickets and Mohammad Asif, Iftikhar Anjum, and Yasir Arafat managed one each.

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