Discussion in 'Cricket Talk' started by Ahson8, Dec 21, 2015.
No congrats for another open supporter.
We don't always play to win but when we do, we make it to the playoffs without winning
dont know whether to be happy we made the playoffs or sad considering shoaib malik will play the same parchi team again
Haha that is true. Both have been pathetic and Karachi got lucky.
Congrats & comisserations to you
Sharam tumko magar nahi aati
Chalo congrats tu mila.
Better hope malik wakes up and gets his act together along with the other shehzaday who love to play at a strike rate of 100
Altaf be feeling the love for Islamabad atm
as usual mukmuka between mqm and govt
Karachi have the team to win it all. May peak at the right time.
PSL: Bopara says Karachi Kings did not deserve to advance into play-offs as Lahore Qalandars miss out
DUBAI // What more could a small league of five teams want than for the last day of group games to open with two teams still in contention for one slot in the play-offs?
And moreover for those two teams to be the spikiest, longest-running city rivalry in Pakistan? Battling not only for the right to progress but also to avoid the ignominy of the wooden spoon?
That was the fate that awaited Lahore Qalandars and Karachi Kings when yesterday dawned on the Pakistan Super League (PSL), in Dubai for the last of the regular round of games; one the cultural capital of the country, the other the economic engine, both constantly tussling for the title of the country’s most happening city.
By yesterday evening both had lost their last games but because Karachi had done the double over Lahore, so to speak, in their two round games, the port city it was that went through.
Not that they deserved it, as Ravi Bopara admitted after a five-wicket loss to Peshawar Zalmi. It was their sixth loss in eight games and followed the pattern of the others: an underwhelming performance with the bat, from an uncertain, constantly shuffled order.
Good as their bowling can be, defending 152 was never going to be easy. They got close yesterday until the veteran Brad Hodge intervened. He hit a powerful, accomplished 45-ball 85, turning the game on its head in the 16th over, when he took 23 runs off Usama Mir. “We’re obviously not satisfied,” said Bopara, who has pretty much carried the side by himself through the tournament.
“We’ve played poorly, I don’t think we deserved to go through the way we’ve played if I’m being brutally honest.
“But this league, four teams go through no matter what and you don’t know what can happen in the play-offs. It’s a lot of pressure, the knockout stage. We’ll see what happens under pressure.”
Lucky for them, Lahore have been poorer.
As was again highlighted in the evening defeat to Islamabad United, their bowling attack is all but non-existent.
On Tuesday night they had failed to defend 202 against Quetta Gladiators.
They have just one bowler in the top 10 wicket-takers and of their front line bowlers, only one, Ajantha Mendis, has gone for less than eight runs an over.
They have at least possessed a grand consolation in Umar Akmal, who ended this stage of the tournament as its leading scorer.
He was unbeaten on 72 against Islamabad, a third successive fifty and all three without being dismissed, a run of 179 runs undefeated in all.
Had it not been for him, Lahore would have crumpled. They were six for three, before the must-win game had even begun. But Sohaib Maqsood and Akmal came together in an eminently sensible and stylish 97-run stand that took them to safety.
Akmal ended the innings with a six, the kind only he can play in all of Pakistan, a full-length ball angling away outside off was hoicked into the deep midwicket stands. That got them to a nice, round 150.
Islamabad conspired to make it a trickier chase than it was, but it was never in real doubt. They got home with six balls and five wickets to spare.
If only, remains the thought, Karachi could have Lahore’s batting, or Lahore Karachi’s bowling. Combined that would be a decent side.
Karachi dressing room must be a real fun place to be right now.
Bhai got his passport back. He is back to cheer.
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Next season InshaAllah
What a horrific season no doubt about it.. Need to really clean up the act to come back stronger next year. The only team we won against was lahore and that to twice which constitutes our entire wins..
It was never the less fun guys.
Knowing ARY they will try to recruit some seriously big names next year. If ABD and McCullum decide to play PSL then it is a dead cert one of either Lahore or Karachi will pick them. They also need to play some local guys who actually care about their city and will put in that little bit more effort. We are all very nationalistic people and I think they missed a clue not playing Fawad, these types of pitches suit him and players like Younis Khan who are very good against spin. They should consider making Younis Khan their captain. Is a much better captain than Malik, Misbah,Azhar and Afridi and will play out these spinners with consummate ease
Were Karachi one of the fav's? The team seems to be in disarray and lacking unity.
what a joke, I voted for Quetta. knew they were a very good side
You know why I do not believe that? Because you were the 2nd person to reply on the thread here saying lol only 2 replies
Good thing the Rangers have done their thing in Karachi...otherwise there would have been mass forced hartaal/shutter-downs, mass firings all over Karachi from *ahem* na-maalom afraad throughout the tourney
@Red Devil see how dm got caught lmaoo
Come on Karachi, we kept it warm for you.
Karachi actually had a decent bowling attack, but they can't exactly save you when you're barely scoring 150+.
The batting was disastourous, only Bopara was contributing, Malik, Lendl etc were complete and utter let downs for Karachi, RTD came into the squad too late to do anything lol.
Not to mention the selection was so silly and strange, Karachi clearly lacked a game plan, for example why was Hamza Mir playing all the time and barely bowling 2 overs a match? How can you justify his selection when he isn't fulfilling his role?
Though the fact that Imad Wasim looks out of sort, doesn't bode well for the WT20 squad, alongside Malik. Karachi's performance raises a lot of questions about some players in the national team.
Ramiz Raja trolls Kings with a minute of silence
LAHORE:- Former Pakistan captain, and star commentator, Ramiz Raja on Saturday joined the Lahore-Karachi cricket wars that are going on these days when he observed a minute of silence for Karachi instead of commenting on the game that they lost against Islamabad United. Kings were bashed by the analysts and fans alike for having failed to impress the masses with their cricket despite being the most expensive team of the PSL. Trolling them for their performance, Ramiz observed a moment of silence for Kings after their game against Islamabad United.
Karachi Kings coach blames ‘batting failure’
Dubai: Karachi Kings coach Mickey Arthur blamed a “terrible batting performance” for their humiliating defeat at the hands of Islamabad United and exit from the Pakistan Super League (PSL) on Saturday night.
Put into bat by Islamabad, Karachi could muster only 111 for 9 in 20 overs. Islamabad won the match with 34 balls to spare through unbeaten half centuries from Dwayne Smith and Brad Haddin.
Arthur had to candidly admit: “Terrible batting performance again and that sums up our tournament. We haven’t batted well through the tournament and it is very frustrating and disappointing.”
The team kept trying different combinations and found none of them clicking. “We were looking for the right combination throughout the competition. We looked for somebody to try and kick-start our innings. We haven’t had finishes either. It has been really tough trying to get the right combination. We tried guys upfront to give it a go and we even tried Sohaib Malek upfront to give us some stability. It’s been a continuous frustration trying to get that batting order right.”
If not for skipper Ravi Bopara’s 37, Karachi may not have even reached the 100-run mark. Arthur then promised that his team will try and learn from the mistakes and come back stronger next year.
“We know our shortcomings, we know where this franchise is going. We have got fantastic owners who are very ambitious as well like us. We are all very disappointed. Getting to finals and winning trophies will ultimately be our aim. We will go back to the drawing board and will be working hard to come back next year to what we think is the team that is going to really make a mark in this tournament,” said Arthur, who went on to admit everything about the team was disjointed this year.
“I think everything happened and everything was so rushed this year. I was signed the day before the draft. It was a little bit disjointed in terms of planning and the guys who were involved did the best they possible could. We certainly had a lot of conversation around the brand of cricket we wanted to play, where we want to take this franchise over the last week. We are very clear that we see this as a massive brand. We certainly see that Karachi is the biggest city in Pakistan and we want to be the biggest franchise. We are really disappointed as to how we performed this year and we certainly want to be very well-prepared for the draft next year.”
@Ahson8 must be over the moon at having Babar Azam with the Karachi Kings this season.
Yep definitely. Sanga & Babar will be the mainstays of the middle order, and Bopara & Malik will be pretty handy too. Hopefully the openers can do better this time, and McLaren (or Pollard - although he is very hit & miss and a rubbish bowler to boot with) can hit out at the end
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