Akmal leads Pakistan to consolation win.

Discussion in 'Cricket Talk' started by Ahson8, Mar 4, 2016.

Akmal leads Pakistan to consolation win.

Discussion in 'Cricket Talk' started by Ahson8, Mar 4, 2016.

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Mar 4, 2016 at 8:00 PM
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    Two years ago, these two teams met in the Asia Cup Final. This time around it was just a dead rubber. Nonetheless, with the WT20 in sight, both teams were hoping for a victory, just to gather some confidence and momentum going into the big event.

    Pakistan won the toss and elected to bowl first. Iftikhar Ahmed, Mohammad Nawaz and Wahab Riaz came in for Khurram Manzoor, Anwar Ali and Mohammad Sami. For Sri Lanka, Niroshan Dickwella replaced the injured Angelo Mathews.

    Sri Lanka got off to a good start, with Dilshan and stand-in captain Chandimal putting up a 110 run opening partnership; the highest of the Asia Cup. Irfan and Amir troubled the openers, but failed to make a breakthrough. Afridi should have had Dilshan in the 5th over had Irfan not shelled a simple chance. To add salt to the wounds, Dilshan plundered Nawaz for 18 runs off the 6th over, hitting 4,6,4 off the first three deliveries. The Pakistan bowlers pulled things back before Wahab Riaz was targeted for 15 runs off the 10th over and Nawaz for 13 off the 14th over.

    Just as Sri Lanka threatened to run away with the game, Wahab struck by removing Chandimal off the first delivery of the 15th over as he hit a short delivery straight to Sharjeel at midwicket. Shoaib Malik then removed Shehan Jayasuriya before Irfan removed Kapugedera and Shanka in an excellent 18th over, conceeding only 2 runs. Sri Lanka couldn't score much off the last two overs and ended up with 150 in their 20 overs.

    Chasing 151 to win, Pakistan openers Hafeez & Sharjeel started positively, before Hafeez chipped a return catch to Shehan Jayasuriya. Sharjeel continued to attack, the highlight of his innings being hitting Chameera for four consecutive boundaries in the 6th over, before he fell to Dilshan off the first ball of the 7th over. Sarfraz took over from there, as he rotated the strike regularly before targeting Herath and Perera for boundaries. He fell leg before wicket to Siriwardina trying to sweep in the 13th over. However, Akmal brought back the momentum back in Pakistan's favour hitting Siriwardina for 6,4,4 off the last 3 balls of the 15th over. From there it was an easy path to victory for Pakistan as they managed to score the remaining 32 off 30 without too many major hiccups although Akmal was dismissed with 1 remaining to win, as Perera took a brilliant tumbling catch.

    Umar Akmal was announced the man of the match for his 48 off 37 deliveries.
     
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    1. Rhythm
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      Sharjeel provided the start we needed.
       
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      Yes. Sharjeel & Sarfraz set it up for Akmal. Have been saying it for some time that Sarfraz should bat at 3 & Akmal at 4 as far as T20's are concerned. Looks like team management is finally getting the combination right. Need Sharjeel to do this again in more pressure games.
       
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      It's great to see Umar Akmal doing well. Quite a talented lad and he is just getting the reward for his work. I hope he performs well in the T20 World Cup aswell.

      We need a consistent, quality batsmen in LOI's and the way Umar Akmal is going, he could be the player we need. Just needs to mature up more and the apples will be juicy.
       
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      Sarfaraz isn't a number 3, keep him at 4-5. He won't be able to replicate this against quality attacks.

      Umar is your best player of pace, so play him at 3. It's quite simple.
       
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      It's the subcontinent and spinners will be introduced early. Obviously if we lose a wicket in the very first over, we can reshuffle the lineup, but I prefer Sarfraz at 3 & Akmal at 4.
       
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      Okayish performance against the second worst team in the tournament. Nothing to brag about. Sadly. The standards have really dropped.

      Sarfraz and Chota akmal didnt look comfortable but held on thankfully.
       
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      Confidence boosting win going in to the World T20 even if it was a dead rubber. In recent times we have normally crumbled when chasing and coming in off that loss v Bangladesh it was a decent reaction.

      Didn't follow the game until the last 10 overs of the chase but both Sarfraz and Umar looked good batting in the middle
       
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      Sharjeel to fail again. Even this performance is nothing to write home about. Scored majority of his runs in one over and rest of the time played dot balls. His hacks and slashes to the leg side wont work against good sides just like we saw against bangladesh and india.
       
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      Without Sharjeels contribution we would have lost todays game as well. simple as that.
       
    10. Alchemy
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      That is true. But today's loss would have meant zilch in terms of anything. We were already out of the tournament thanks to sharjeel, hafeez and manzoor's 'valiant efforts'. Sitting ducks when it mattered.
       
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      I dont understand one thing. Sharjeel has poor dot ball percentage. Why isnt everyone up in their arms about it? Just because he is fat and looks too old for his age; are we supposed to be nice? Arent pakistani posters the one who whine about dot ball per centages all the time?
       
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      He has an ability to make it up pretty quickly unlike our openers from 2015 who couldn't hit nor rotate strike for their life.
       
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      Where has he shown this ability? Hahaha. Even today's performance. The SR wasnt gate crashing. Anyway, i dont really care though. I know what he is going to do in future. Hack's gonna hack.
       
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      Yes he is a hack but so is Chrish Gayle. Again not comparing him with Gayle but the point is that this form of cricket doesn't require proper cricket. Hand eye coordination and power to clear the fence is more important when batting in the power play. What he can and cannot do will be seen. I feel he has a role in this pakistani T20 team i.e to provide a quick 25 -30 runs so that the likes of Sarfraz, Akmal and Malik can built on it during the middle overs.
       
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      Its utter BS that t20 doesnt requires technique. Brother, i request you to take a look at the top 5 t20 batsman. And you will see all of the good players with technique. Its an utter trash myth that has been peddled for some strange reason. If you dont have technique you are bound to fail. Nothing can save you. T20 is at its core is still cricket. I dont know why people forget that.
       
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      Yes T20 batsman do require technique but not every batsman in the team has to be technically sound and correct. You also need couple of hacks who can consistently smack it out of the park and the role for the hacks is to provide quick 25 -30 runs so that the proper batsman can built on top of it and then in the end have some hacks like Afridi, Wahab and Anwar to do the the final assault.
       
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      Couldn't have put it better. In T20 you can afford to have one hack in the hope that he can tee off and get us to a blazing start.

      Disagree about Anwar though, he is poor all around. It's important to have a proper hitter at the end. Anwar has a very high tendency to swing and miss.
       

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