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Fantastic Fakhar takes Pakistan to victory in tri-series final

Discussion in 'Cricket Talk' started by Ahson8, Jul 8, 2018.

Fantastic Fakhar takes Pakistan to victory in tri-series final

Discussion in 'Cricket Talk' started by Ahson8, Jul 8, 2018.

by Ahson Afzal
Jul 8, 2018 at 1:01 PM
  1. Ahson8

    Ahson8 Fantasy Draft Wins: 1

    Jun 9, 2012

    It's been a curious week to schedule a T20I tri-series. What with the Wimbledon Championships kicking off and the World Cup approaching its enthralling climax, this T20 tri-series in Harare (which, as far as we can tell, doesn't really have a name) was never destined to be the highlight of July's sporting calendar. Having said that, it would have been hard to pick a week all calendar year where this particular series would take centrestage.

    But the series did provide something some of the world's biggest competitions fail to do. It provided a final to grace the occasion. With the host nation knocked out and a small crowd watching on, Pakistan clinched their ninth successive T20I series win with a flawed, yet dogged performance. Both sides produced more mistakes than moments of genuine quality, Australia had it in the bag and blew it, and Fakhar Zaman, a year on from his Champions Trophy final-winning knock, smashed 91 off 46 balls to help Pakistan complete their highest successful T20I chase.

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Discussion in 'Cricket Talk' started by Ahson8, Jul 8, 2018.

    1. chandtara

      chandtara Mr Cricistan

      Jun 18, 2011
      Zaman's big game prowess pleases Sarfraz

      When Pakistan were set a daunting 184-run target in the final of the tri-nation series to win their ninth consecutive series, it was certain that one of their top-order batsmen had to lay solid foundations for the run chase. After all, there is a reason a great emphasis is laid on taking wickets in the powerplay overs. Quick wickets early on translate into humongous pressure on the middle-order which lead often lead to collapses of epic proportions.

      Pakistan found themselves in such a quagmire when Glenn Maxwell picked two wickets in the first over to remove debutant Sahibzada Farhan and Hussain Talat. But, Fakhar Zaman launched a counter-attack with his captain Sarfraz Ahmed in the next Maxwell over, in which they struck three fours and a six, to bring Pakistan back into the contest.

      As Sarfraz started to look good, finding the gaps and hitting boundaries at will, he was run out in the last powerplay over while attempting to pick up a third run. But, Zaman remained unfazed and launched another counter-attack an over later as he struck a six and a four on the first two balls of Marcus Stoinis' first over. From that point, he decimated the Aussie bowling lineup as he moved prodigiously in the crease to alter the line and length to his liking and pick up the boundaries all around the dial that perfectly underscored his dominance over the opposition bowlers.

      "Nowadays he is in the best form of his life," Sarfraz said of Zaman, who helped Pakistan register their highest successful T20I run chase with his 46-ball 91. "The way he batted in the tournament it was good for us and it is good for his career. If he continues to play like this then he will definitely go up and up."

      Zaman entered in the contest at the back of his then career-best 73 against the same opposition. It may have gone down as a dress-rehearsal for the triangular series final, but for Pakistan, the contest was more than just a dead-rubber as Sarfraz's men put in their efforts to ensure they retain the number one spot in the ICC T20I rankings.

      "He [Zaman] looks like a big game player and he is getting better day by day," Sarfraz said as he continued to praise the 28-year-old who hit three fifties in five matches, scoring 278 runs, a record for the most runs in a series for Pakistan, at an average of 55.60. "He is performing on consistent basis. He is performing in the big games. He performed in the ICC Champions Trophy final and scored hundred. When we played against New Zealand, he scored a 50-odd at Wellington [Auckland]. He then again scored 40 something [in the third T20I]."

      Pakistan veered from one extreme to another against Australia over the past week as they were on the receiving end of a heavy drubbing on Monday and then outclassed Aaron Finch's men two days later. Sarfraz made sure to praise his side for staging a remarkable comeback in the series. "It is not easy to win against Australia. They know how to play T20 cricket. It is not easy to chase 184 runs against an Australian bowling lineup. They have a very good pace attack. The credit goes to my boys, they played really well."

      Sarfraz had been vocal in the criticism of his bowlers, especially after they conceded 162 against Zimbabwe. But, today, he cut them some slack, despite not getting a wicket till the penultimate ball of the 10th over. Australia, by then, cruised at 95-0. But, Pakistan made a strong comeback to restrict Australia under 200 and picked up six wickets for 46 runs in the last five overs.

      "If you see we bowled really well in the first six overs," Sarfraz said. "There were a couple of top-edges which went for third-man boundaries. There was some bad bowling, but we bowled okay. If you see our death bowling, we finished very well."

      Pakistan will stay in Zimbabwe for a five-match ODI series against the hosts at Bulawayo, which begins from July 13. Even though Zimbabwe failed to qualify for the ICC World Cup next year and their top players will continue to be away from the squad, there's no room for complacency in a dressing room with Sarfraz as captain. "One-day series is very important. It is not easy to play Zimbabwe in their home conditions. The toss will be important due to early start and the weather is more cold in Bulawayo. It is not going to be an easy series."

    2. chandtara

      chandtara Mr Cricistan

      Jun 18, 2011
      Sarfraz hails teamwork after T20I Tri-Series win

      KARACHI : Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed was delighted to see his team perform as a well-knit unit in the T20I Tri-Series final against Australia in Harare.

      Speaking after the match, Sarfraz said that the victory was due to the teamwork of the side and the team lived up to the tag of being the best T20I side in the world.

      “A great team effort,” he said. “If you are the No.1 side you have to stand up. It’s not easy to play five matches in eight days and I must credit the boys for the way they played.”

      Sarfraz heaped praise on his batsmen — especially Fakhar Zaman and Shoaib Malik — while also giving due credit to the bowlers for finishing the innings on a high.

      Pakistan bowlers made a decent comeback during the first innings to restrict Australia to a manageable total, after initially being taken for a lot of runs by the Australia openers.

      On the other hand, Zaman stitched a match winning 107-run partnership with Malik to steer Pakistan to the title.

      “Credit to the bowlers, they finished the innings well,” he said. “Malik and Zaman then did the job for us with the bat. Our fielding was not very good, we dropped some catches but we took the momentum in the second innings. If we talk about 180 chasing in the final match is not easy. Zaman played very well all through the innings.”

      After their triumphant campaign in the triangular series, Pakistan will now face hosts Zimbabwe in a five-match ODI series starting from July 13

    3. chandtara

      chandtara Mr Cricistan

      Jun 18, 2011
      Zaheer praises Pak team’s performance

      LAHORE: Former Pakistan cricket captain, Zaheer Abbas has praised the title winning performance of Pakistan team in the Tri-nation T20 series in Zimbabwe and termed it “an outstanding show” which also helped the country to retain its number status in T20 cricket.

      “Our team has once again proved its supremacy in the T20 cricket by winning a tournament outclassing mighty opponent Australia in the ultimate showdown,” he told APP here on Monday.

      Zaheer a former stylish batsman known as a run making machine said the experience gelled with youth in Pak T20 in a most professional way and it performed to a high level to outshine Australia in the final. “It was a wonderful show on part of Sarfraz led Pak team which was united and forced in all manners and brought glory for the country,” he added.

      The former batting great greeted the team on its title winning performance and maintained its top ranking in the T20 cricket. “All the team member deserve praise ,specially batsman Fakhar Zaman who led from front and veteran all rounder Shoaib Malik also supported the side,” said Zaheer.

      He urged the team members to maintain consistency by demonstrating combined efforts in coming T20 events to bring good name for the country. The former Pak captain said Pak team needs to work on improving its fielding as lapses in this important department of the game can hamper team’s performance in most important matches. “Being on top of T20 is a challenging task and our team needs to be perfect in all departments of the game which is only possible by putting in extra hard work and commitment,” he said.

      Zaheer said due to growing competition in T20 cricket, the shortest version of the game is becoming more difficult and challenging with each passing day and credit of taking Pakistan T20 to top most slot goes to the young talent of the team who is contributing in the rise of the team. “Our team is well on path to remain number one team in T20 as it has quality batsmen, all-rounders and fearsome pace battery which is shaping up the team in a winning combination,” said the former Pak captain and also the President of International Cricket Council. He hoped that Pak team will repeat its sterling performance in the one-day series against Zimbabwe to win it for a double crown in Zimbabwe.

    4. chandtara

      chandtara Mr Cricistan

      Jun 18, 2011
      Tri-series win boosts Pakistan morale: Latif

      ISLAMABAD - Former Pakistan captain and chief selector Rashid Latif lauded Pakistan cricket team’s performance in the Tri-nation series in Zimbabwe and hoped that this victory will boost Pakistan morale ahead of Zimbabwe ODIs and 2019 World Cup.

      Talking to The Nation, Latif congratulated Sarfraz Ahmed and PCB for winning the tri-series and especially defeating cricket powerhouse Australia twice on way to winning the finals. “It is true that Australia is struggling at the moment, but the green caps inflicted more miseries on them. Australians had kept in mind the next year’s Cricket World Cup and that’s why they gave chances to few fresh faces. The likes of Warner, Smith, Starc and Josh Hazlewood will stage comeback, so they have liberty of almost completing the final pick for the 2019 World Cup.

      “But what about Pakistan, we have had almost same team, which is going to play the next year’s world cup. We have space vacant at the opening department and the question is who is going to fill that void? Babar Azam will return after injury and Azhar Ali is also set to be picked for the World Cup while the remaining places are bound to be occupied by same players, who are involved in ODIs and T20 Internationals,” he added.

      Latif said that the credit goes to Sarfraz for his superb captaincy, as he rotated his options well and led from the front. “Sarfraz’ captaincy and decision making against Australia was outstanding. When Pakistan was simply outclassed by the Kangaroos in the first pool match, many pundits had already written off Pakistan’s chances, but Sarfraz XI staged tremendous comeback and proved their critics wrong. Fakhar Zaman must be given 50 percent credit for helping green caps lift the tri-series, especially he played extremely well against Australia and put their bowlers under tremendous pressure and helped his team win the tri-series trophy.

      “Another youngster Shahdab Khan was simply world class, as he showed fighting skills and never looked shy of experiments, which resulted in boosting his confidence. It was a lesson for coming players that they should never show emotions and try to give their best. The Aussies are well-known for attacking the opposition bowlers, but Shahdab, despite being hit for few runs, staged sensational comeback and provided key breakthroughs,” he added.

      Latif said besides Fakhar and Shahdab, Faheem and Aamir also bowled superbly and Shoaib Malik once again showed why he is important in the middle. “The question here arises that whether we are ready for the World Cup. Aussies have 6 top class players to stage comeback, who will sneak in the green caps final world cup squad, Shan Maqsood or Rumman Raees? Are we in our full strength? I am not criticising, but we have to keep a close eye on who is going to make it to the final world cup squad.

      “It is very long season ahead for Pakistan cricket team. We have to learn and ensure gradual improvements. We need to bring in a few changes in the One-Day series against Zimbabwe. Pakistan team can afford experiments at this stage and I am sure coach and team management must have kept these things in mind and will enter the ODI series with different game plan.

      “I wish good luck to team Pakistan and hope they will come up with same performances in the ODIs. The signs are positive and team is prevailing and gelling well, while Sarfraz is utilising his options quite well. I am sure green caps will win the ODI series comfortably and then prepare for next assignments well,” Latif concluded.


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