After push-ups, England push back Pakistan to equalise series

Discussion in 'Cricket Talk' started by Munna, Jul 25, 2016.

After push-ups, England push back Pakistan to equalise series

Discussion in 'Cricket Talk' started by Munna, Jul 25, 2016.

by Munna
Jul 25, 2016 at 5:51 PM
  1. Munna

    Munna Moderator-e-Aala

    Oct 4, 2014
    This test was never going to last 5 days and it was known before the game. But no being thought it was going to be one-sided affair of this sort.


    4 days of continue ambush on Pakistan ended tonight with the visitors falling short of the target by 330 runs. England have bounced back big time and not only equalized the series 1-1 but have posed serious questions for Pakistanis to answer and answer them very quickly.

    After the last night’s debate about whether Cook should declare innings overnight or continue batting in the morning session, the later option turned out to be the plan. They wanted runs and they got them at quite a healthy rate of almost 7rpo. Both Cook and Root reached their half centuries early and then punished every bowler that came on before finally deciding setting a fancied target of 565 runs.

    With 5 and half sessions to survive, Pakistan started their innings with a customary loss of Shan Masood to James Anderson edging one to 1st slip. Its now 6 times in 6 innings and it is becoming a matter of sympathy towards Shan.

    Azhar Ali also continued his struggle on this tour and got trapped at the crease by Anderson again to give him his second wicket. Just because he has scored few extra runs than Shan doesn’t mean he has been any less of a failure so far in 4 innings.

    Younis Khan has been attracting many eyes in these two tests but for his dance steps rather than his stroke play. He continued his shuffling and twerking for sometime but started to look better as his partnership grew with Hafeez. Things started looking merrier, arguably for the first time in this test for Pakistan with a 50+ runs scored freely by those two but Moeen Ali lured Hafeez into edging one onto his pads and getting caught at short leg. Hafeez needs to get out of his mode of getting dismissed either cheaply or in his pretty looking 40s if he wants to make some name of himself in overseas conditions.

    Just a few overs later, Younis could not control his nerves and slogged one to long on for a very soft dismissal to give Moeen Ali another wicket. First his newly developed habit of making too many moves at the crease and now this loss of patience clearly suggests that a world class batsman with a batting average of 53 is clearly out of sorts and needs some quick adjustment before the 3rd test starts.

    In the meantime, England had lost a bowling option in Stokes when he damaged his calf muscles while running onto bowl.

    Another 40 odd run partnership between Misbah and Asad showed that this pitch isn’t the most daemonic ones if the batsmen apply themselves and play with confidence. But chasing 565 and so many sessions to survive took its toll on Misbah who attempted a lackluster and unsure shot to drag Woakes outside off pitched yorker back onto his stumps.

    After tea break, Sarfaraz could not put away one aimed at his ribs and gloved it to the keeper. Next over, Anderson deceived Shafiq and trapped him LBW and Pakistan had lost 7 wickets already at 167.

    From thereon, it was just formalities to be completed with tailenders wagging around and trying to hang in for as long as possible eventually bundling out for 235.

    Experts showed it during the broadcast how some England players have been making amendments to their bowling, batting and fielding techniques during this test and trying to improve their game despite playing in familiar home conditions. On the other hand, the visitors continue to make the same mistakes over and over again and there’s no urgency to make adjustments.


    These are certainly not traits of one of the highest ranked test teams taking on a formidable side in their own backyard.
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Discussion in 'Cricket Talk' started by Munna, Jul 25, 2016.

    1. Markhor

      Markhor Talented

      May 9, 2010
      I don't believe this is an accurate reflection of our side's abilities. We're a lot better than this and think we were ultimately undone by a) losing the toss on a belter and b) a phenomenal innings by a world-class batsman. We succumbed to scoreboard pressure.

      Nonetheless, we are carrying a number of players at the moment, namely Hafeez, Masood, Azhar who looks susceptible to full, inswinging deliveries, a 38 year old Younis Khan whose reflexes have slowed, and two sprayguns in Rahat and Wahab. You cannot win Test matches overseas when so many players are out of nick. I also worry about the fact our two best batsmen - Misbah and Shafiq - are batting at 5 and 6. This makes the batting order too lopsided and makes these two come into a crisis every time. They can't keep bailing us out from 60-4.

      Azhar should open as his tuk tukking will be more appropriate when blunting the new ball, Shafiq to 3, and Babar Azam should be called up from the A squad to bat at 6, with Shan Masood being dropped.
    2. baqir

      baqir Cornered Tiger

      Sep 17, 2012

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    3. Passionate Pakistani

      Passionate Pakistani The Don

      Jun 10, 2011
      This is a big mental blow. It will need some effort to recover from this. They have literally crushed us despite the fact that they have also 3/4 passengers in their team and lost a bowler in second inning as well.
    4. Fireworks11

      Fireworks11 Kaptaan

      Sep 22, 2012
      Pathetic gutless performance. Thankfully there is a gap between the next test.
    5. Munna

      Munna Moderator-e-Aala

      Oct 4, 2014
      I really doubt the technical nuances of our coaching staff who can't come up with any plan at all to tackle or counter attack the opposition. England looked so much prepared in this test and nullified the Yasir factor so effortlessly and also had plans against all seamers. Even in the first test they knew what they needed to do against all our batsmen even including the tailenders.

      On the other hand, we come up with plan A for the likes of Cook and Root, and when it fails (well because our fielders drop catches), we don't have a plan B.

      Our batsmen's customary plan is just to become a sitting duck and not adjust their footwork or bat angles. Have to give credit to Younis Khan to have come up with an absolute mind boggling batting strategy which experts as well as he himself doesn't seem to know wth he's trying to do.
    6. Passionate Pakistani

      Passionate Pakistani The Don

      Jun 10, 2011
      Our batsmen are using uae strategy by blocking blocking blocking pacers and think thy will score all runs of spinners.
      They forget that broad will be replaced by stokes and andereson by woakes and they wont get spinners anytime soon. There is just no intent to score runs of pacers or counter attack them.. just block block block and then edge one to slip.

      Funny thing is that we havent see Andereson or Broad special yet and we are still struggling.
    7. chandtara

      chandtara Mr Cricistan

      Jun 18, 2011
      Credit to England for bouncing back from the defeat in the 1st test. They completely outplayed us from start to finish in this game. The manner of the defeat will be tough to recover from. This was a big blow to the confidence of the team. It will take a lot mentally to pick themselves up from this. A very one sided affair which could have been worse had Cook enforced the follow on.

      Senior players need to have a look at themselves and put on a proper graft in the next game. They knew England would come at them hard in this game. They just couldn't handle them. Seeing the pitch on the first day I thought we would be able to bat England out of the game once we got the chance. But once again, the scoreboard pressure led to our downfall.

      They have a week to regroup before the next test. Big test of character coming up for this team. They showed they can go toe to toe in the first game. Need more of that fight now the series is level.
    8. Rhythm

      Rhythm Cornered Tiger

      Nov 27, 2014
      Great title Munna.

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