An Azhar Ali century takes KRL to their second win

Discussion in 'Cricket Talk' started by Mercenary, Feb 14, 2010.

An Azhar Ali century takes KRL to their second win

Discussion in 'Cricket Talk' started by Mercenary, Feb 14, 2010.

by Abdul Habib
Feb 14, 2010 at 3:59 PM
  1. Mercenary
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    Mercenary The Lone Wolf

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    KRL captain Shoaib Akhtar lost the toos to Sui Southern captain (and keeper) Ahmed Zeeshan. It had been raining heavily for the last few days and there was a threat of the rain spoiling today's game as well so Sui Southern put KRL in to bat first. Sui were hoping their pace attack could use the conditions to their benefit and skittle KRL out for a below par score.

    However KRL (and Pakistan A) opener Azhar Ali had other ideas and stuck to the wicket weathering the early onslught to keep his team in the game. Azhar told cricistan.com that "The pitch was sluggish and slow, it was a pitch where a batsman would have to be patient and run lots of singles because it was difficult to get the ball away to the boundary." At the fall of the second wicket Azhar was joined by Bazid Khan (94) and together they put on a partnership of 138 runs which lifted the KRL total to 291 runs.

    291 runs would be difficult without any complications but with the weather worsening, the total had to be recalculated under the Duckworth-Lewis system. Sui Southern needed 233 runs in 42 overs and ended up falling 68 runs short.

    Mohammad Irfan bowled really well taking 2/38 in 9 overs. He was ably assisted by the spinners Nauman Ali and Saeed Anwar Jr who took a combined 2/67 in their 20 overs strangling the fight out of Sui Southern's chase.

    Shoaib Akhtar pulled up injured two balls into his 4th over, he had pulled his calf and was unable to bowl any more overs in the game. Still his team won the match and KRL are off to a great start winning the first two games they've played.
     
Habib conducts player interviews and writes articles for Cricistan.
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Discussion in 'Cricket Talk' started by Mercenary, Feb 14, 2010.

    1. Omar
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      Omar Cricistan Moderator

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      Why doesn't this paragraph surprise me? All this time we kept hearing that he's working out regularly keeping fit to make a comeback and all that and just bowls 20 balls before he pulls out with an injury once again and too after a good gap of playing cricket after some 7-8 months probably?!
       
    2. Mercenary
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      Mercenary The Lone Wolf

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      Not to forget he was bowling with a hamstring niggle in the last game too!!
       
    3. Mercenary
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      Just got an update on the Akhtar injury, Ifran said Akhtar thinks he'll be fit for the next game and it's not serious.
       
    4. Disco Lemonade
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      lol to break down again in few overs?

      seriously, this man has become a joke.
       
    5. Nadeem
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      Nadeem Emerging Player

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      We shouldn't let the injury to Shoaib over shadow the performance of Azher Ali and more importantly Irfan's.
       
    6. Mercenary
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      Mercenary The Lone Wolf

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      You're right Nadeem, Azhar scored 85 runs in 83 balls today. Add the century from the last match and the fact that both games were in overcast conditions with lots of rain about and it shows that he has a lot of stickability.

      Like Shoaib Malik and Majid Khan, he started out more as a bowling all-rounder and worked hard on his batting. Azhar is now one of the most respected batsmen in Pakistan's domestic. That takes a lot of work and dedication, hopefully he gets his chance in the senior team because he's got to be better than Butt or Farhat.
       

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