Akmal, Malik help Pakistan survive UAE scare.

Discussion in 'Cricket Talk' started by Ahson8, Feb 29, 2016.

Akmal, Malik help Pakistan survive UAE scare.

Discussion in 'Cricket Talk' started by Ahson8, Feb 29, 2016.

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Feb 29, 2016 at 7:41 PM
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    After a disappointing loss in their first game against India, Pakistan got two points on the board after a win in their second game against the UAE. It wasn't smooth sailing though. Pakistan did get off to a good start, with pacers Amir, Sami and Irfan making use of the conditions to leave UAE reeling at 12/3. A 29 run partnership between Shaiman Anwar and Usman Mushtaq helped UAE recover, however. Mushtaq was dismissed trying to scoop Afridi, but Anwar brought UAE back into the contest as he targeted the spinners. Nawaz was hit for a six and then a four in the 12th over, before Afridi was hit for three consecutive boundaries in the 13th.

    Irfan dismissed Anwar the next over, but UAE continued to punish the Pakistan bowlers, as Javed got off the mark, edging Irfan for four, before Mohammad Usman broke loose against Malik, hitting him for a four and then a six in the 15th over of the innings. Javed continued to target Sami and Irfan, but Amir proved tougher to get away, conceeding only 2/6 in his 4 overs, the most economical figures by a Pakistani in T20Is.

    Chasing 131 to win, Pakistan got off to a rocky start. Sharjeel was unlucky to be given leg before, but Manzoor edged his second delivery to the keeper, and Hafeez played a shot straight to cover. Amjad Javed picked up all three wickets. Malik and Akmal started sedately, but once they had settled in, the runs began to flow, as both batsmen picked up fifties. Amjad Javed may have created trouble for Pakistan earlier on, but went for 23 runs in his fourth over. There had been some luck earlier for Pakistan when Mushtaq put down Malik in the 16th over, but Pakistan made sure there were no hiccups after, completing the chase in 18.4 overs.

    Shoaib Malik was announced as the man of the match for his 63 off 49 deliveries.
     
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    1. Fireworks11
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      Really good partnership by Malik and Umar. We were nearly gone.
       
    2. iho
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      I keep saying that 2 wickets down under 20 is not a good position for Akmal to bat. Its just too much of pressure for him to take yet today he played an excellent knock and did not throw away his wicket like he normally does. I'm not sure if Akmal can escape this kind of pressure under tougher opponents. Ideally Akmal should be batting at number 3 in T20s where he can continue to play his game without cutailing his natural aggressive instincts. Top teams in the world play their best batsman at the top yet Pakistan has a legacy of sending its top batsman at number 4 or 5 to extinguish fire when the side is already in trouble.
       
    3. Passionate Pakistani
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      Passionate Pakistani The Don

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      Good to see some application from our batsmen. I think on these pitches all you need is to see off the first six overs.. then you can even score at 10 rpo for remaining 14 overs if you have all wickets in hand.


      While Pakistan performance was criticised, credit must be given to UAE as well. They have been quite competitive in this tournament, at least with ball.
       
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      chandtara Mr Cricistan

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      Well played UAE. Came back strong with the bat and then put us under pressure with the ball. Really gave us a bit of a scare yesterday.
       
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      chandtara Mr Cricistan

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      WAQAR: EXPERIENCE THE KEY FOR PAKISTAN SUCCESS

      Waqar Younis praised the experienced duo of Shoaib Malik and Umar Akmal for getting Pakistan their opening win of the Asia Cup on Monday.

      After losing three early wickets against United Arab Emirates, Pakistan found themselves in trouble at 17-3 in the fourth over, chasing 130 to win.

      However, there was no repeat of their collapse against India as Shoaib (63 not out) and Umar (50no) put on an unbeaten 114-run partnership to complete a seven-wicket victory.

      Waqar was delighted to see the pair turn their fortunes around and believes Pakistan are contenders to lift the trophy on Sunday.

      "They took their time, when you lose wickets like this in a cluster in the first few overs, it always creates pressure and I think they absorbed the pressure very well," said the Pakistan coach.

      "Although the run rate went up we always knew they were capable of getting when the time would come. Yes it was a little scary in the beginning but they both played really well."

      He added: "We are a force in this tournament, we've got to really play in the next two games, in T20 you are going to get into jail and out of jail at times and that is exactly what happened today. We were in problems, but your mature players take you out of that.

      "The other day [against India] we batted really poorly but we are getting better and hopefully in the upcoming games we will be even better than this."

      http://www.beinsports.com/en/cricket/news/waqar-experience-the-key-for-pakistan-succe-1/208679
       
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      So my point was again proved today. It was just one off that Akmal survived the brain fart against UAE to see us home but against any other opponent he does not have the mental strength to take us from 20/3 kind of situations. For God sake put him up front.
       

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