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Pakistan win cliffhanger to sweep the series 2-0 #CricketComesHome

Discussion in 'Cricket Talk' started by Wistful Reminisces, May 24, 2015.

Pakistan win cliffhanger to sweep the series 2-0 #CricketComesHome

Discussion in 'Cricket Talk' started by Wistful Reminisces, May 24, 2015.

by Abdul Basit Iqbal
May 24, 2015 at 7:00 PM
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    Pakistan 176/8 (19.4/20 ov) beat Zimbabwe (175/3) by 2 wickets

    The series was won the way only Pakistan can win it, with two absolute cliffhangers, both finishing with a boundary, both after having the game virtually won long before. Pakistan, at their mercurial best, not only celebrated cricket's return to Pakistan, but also a series win, as the Gaddafi stadium after the game.

    Zimbabwe had earlier racked up a strong total, due to a strong showing by all their batsman, and a listless display by Pakistan's bowling for the second game in a row. Sibanda and Masakadza had thrashed Bhatti and the debutant Wasim all around the park before Pakistan hit back with Malik as he picked up the wicket of Sibanda.

    The runs though continued to flow from the other end, and after Afridi got the other opener, things exploded with Chigumbura playing a magical knock.

    It started innocuously with Sami bowling a well disguised slower delivery and beating the batsman. He went for the yorker next and missed it, Chigumbura didn't though, and hit a towering six over cover. The next bowl, he missed again, this time it was a half volley and thrashed over cover for another six. The next one, a length bowl but the result was no different as it went over long on for another massive six. It was pure brilliance and highlighted Pakistan's poor performance with the ball, with zero discipline and a terrible line and length. Sami came back to end his innings, but by then the damage was done. Only Malik emerged with any semblance of dignity from the carnage.

    However, none of this dampened by the crowd, as every four, six or wicket was cheered on. The cricket mad crowd showed how much it had missed in the last few years.

    Pakistan's openers came out to their second huge target in as many games. Once again, Mukhtar Ahmed showed that aggression and spark missing from recent Pakistan teams. He bludgeoned every delivery as hard as he could. While he may not be the most talented player in Pakistan, he is definitely one to watch out for, as his fearlessness more than makes up for it. His shots were an absolute delight to watch, and he did his chances for the WT20 no disservice whatsoever.

    On the other end though, Shehzad, Nauman and Malik could not do much. After Mukhtar departed to an ill-judged shot, Boom Boom Afridi came to the crease. He hit one six and not much else before departing to another ill judged shot. This left Pakistan at 131/5, having previously been coasting at 81/1.

    Umar Akmal nearly joined him the next ball, but added a few more runs before finally fulfilling his death wish and getting out, after having had two chances previously, this time out missing a straight ball and getting out LBW. It was another innings that showcased both his talent and his immaturity, bringing the age old question with it, is he worth keeping in the team?

    It meant Rizwan and the tail had to take Pakistan home. Rizwan departed playing a hoick across the line and finding the fielding

    Enter Bilawal Bhatti. Twelve needed off the final over, two wickets in hand, Vittori steaming in. No problem for Bilawal, smashed over long on for six. A yorker next ball was missed, before Bilawal top edged one for couple. It ended with a serene drive that sparked off celebrations as Pakistan won their first series at home for over 6 years. It was fitting that Bhatti redeemed himself, after a terrible showing with the ball in both games.

    The carnival goes on, and the celebrations will last long into the night, not only for a series win, but also a job well done. Cricket is back in Pakistan, and the Pakistan crowd is showing once again what cricket has been missing out on.
     
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Abdul Basit is an aspiring writer , a patriotic Pakistani, and a huge cricket fan. He is also a massive football fan, and has a keen interest in regional geopolitics

He is currently doing his B.E at NUST.
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