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Pakistan overcome Mire heroics to set up final against Australia

Discussion in 'Cricket Talk' started by Ahson8, Jul 4, 2018.

Pakistan overcome Mire heroics to set up final against Australia

Discussion in 'Cricket Talk' started by Ahson8, Jul 4, 2018.

by Ahson Afzal
Jul 4, 2018 at 2:28 PM
  1. Ahson8

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    Jun 9, 2012
    On Tuesday, Solomon Mire was most vocal about the pain of seeing Zimbabwe fans turn against their own side and cheer for Australia in their 100-run hammering. On Wednesday, he came up with a heroic batting performance to woo them back, smashing 94 off 63 balls - Zimbabwe's highest individual T20I score - to lift their hopes and morale, but it wasn't enough to see his side to victory. This meant Zimbabwe were also knocked out of the tri-series with one game to play.

    As it so often happens, Sarfraz Ahmed, the Pakistan captain, kept his composure to make an unbeaten 38 as Pakistan walked what seemed a potentially difficult chase at one point, with five balls to spare and seven wickets in hand. Sarfraz put together 43 with Hussain Talat, who made 44 from No. 3, to do a bulk of the work as the No. 1 side set up a finale with Australia.

    The talk around the Zimbabwe camp leading into the game was the inclusion of the big-hitting Cephas Zhuwao in a must-win game. Although he was good for a few slogs in the Powerplay, he soon ran out of steam, eventually exposing his one-dimensional approach. He was put out of his misery by Faheem Ashraf, who sent his leg stump cartwheeling for 24 in the eighth over.

    However, Mire stayed almost till the end, the high notes coming against legspinner Shadab Khan, who was smashed for 16 in an over. He built a decent stand with Tarisai Musakanda, who made a breezy 22-ball 33 to set the platform for a strong finish. The confidence with which he pulled Mohammad Amir over deep square for a six lifted the crowd of a few hundreds to their feet. But for all the brilliance of Mire, there remained a sense Zimbabwe hadn't quite managed to free themselves of the shackles enough to be able to set a target that would seriously worry Pakistan.

    Mire overtook Hamilton Masakadza's 93 to become Zimbabwe's highest scorer in a T20I, and a record century loomed, but he fell in the penultimate over to Talat's medium pace, dragging a pull to deep midwicket. When the teams walked off at half-time, the satisfaction Zimbabwe felt was arguably more for an improved performance than a belief they could keep Pakistan from winning the game.
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Discussion in 'Cricket Talk' started by Ahson8, Jul 4, 2018.

    1. chandtara

      chandtara Mr Cricistan

      Jun 18, 2011
      This is how we should always play: Yasir Hameed on Zimbabwe win

      KARACHI : Pakistan secured their place in the final of the T20I Tri-Series on Wednesday courtesy a thumping seven-wicket win over Zimbabwe.

      The win secures Pakistan’s passage to the final where Australia await as Zimbabwe are mathematically out of the equation of making the final.

      Pakistan’s batting saw a drastic improvement from their dismal display against Australia — which they lost by nine wickets — and saw Fakhar Zaman, Haris Sohail, Hussain Talat and captain Sarfraz Ahmed all contribute with the bat to see off Zimbabwe.

      And former batsman Yasir Hameed believes that this is the kind of performance that Pakistan should try to put up more often.

      “Today [Wednesday] the players showed the perfect approach they need in a T20I. Right from the onset till the match was brought to an end, Pakistan displayed the maturity needed to withstand Zimbabwe’s attack. Everything was just perfect and this is exactly how we should play,” he said.

      Hameed went on to praise the batsmen for their aggressive, yet composed, display and had special praise for openers Fakhar Zaman and Haris Sohail who formed a 58-run opening partnership to help Pakistan set up a strong foundation for the match.

      “Fakhar [Zaman] is an amazing batsman and he was his natural aggressive self. Haris [Sohail] helped him and stood at the crease to ensure Pakistan don’t lose any early wickets. We need our youngsters to play exactly like and I am sure this win will give them confidence moving forward,” he added.

      Hameed also said that the effects of a strong opening partnership could be seen in the entire team.

      “When a team opens well, it gives the other players coming down the order confidence. Talat’s batting is the perfect example of this as he came in to bat quite relaxed and went on with doing his job. I am really glad that he did it perfectly,” he said.


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