Sami kickstarts Pakistan's stalled batting

Discussion in 'Cricket Talk' started by Mercenary, Aug 4, 2016.

Sami kickstarts Pakistan's stalled batting

Discussion in 'Cricket Talk' started by Mercenary, Aug 4, 2016.

by Abdul Habib
Aug 4, 2016 at 7:13 PM
  1. Mercenary

    Mercenary The Lone Wolf

    Dec 17, 2009

    The Pakistani bowlers did their job on Day 1. It could be argued that after taking early wickets they gave away 50 or 60 runs too many but Pakistan would have always taken England all out on Day 1 for under 300.

    Day 2 was going to be a big test of the Pakistani batting line-up. Had they recovered from their Old Trafford hiccup? Could they show some of their form from the Lords test or would this be another easy win for England?

    Shan Masood had been dropped for Sami Aslam but Pakistan decided to stick with the more experienced Hafeez. Could Hafeez build a partnership with the inexperienced Sami and help him face unfamiliar conditions? We’ll never know because Hafeez didn’t hang around for long, dismissed on the 4th ball of the day.

    Azhar Ali came out to join Sami and both of them spent the rest of the day playing confidently (if slowly) as they built a total to challenge Englands. They put on a 180 run partnership between the two of them before a mixup deprived Sami of what would have been a well deserved century.

    Sami showed that he has the application to grind out an innings but also keep the score ticking along. His presence at the crease seemed to help Azhar score a few runs too. Usually Azhar tends to block without scoring in the early part of his innings but he was different today.

    Following Sami's dismissal the rest of the day belonged to Azhar Ali. He outscored Younis who seemed to get stuck at the crease despite both being the senior batsman and having a reputation as a more free flowing batsman. Azhar score over 2/3rds of the runs in their partnership and at nearly double the speed.

    This tour hasn’t shown Younis at his best. If he cant bring it round in the last 3 innings and what’s left of this innings tomorrow then maybe it’s time for him to take his leave and let someone younger have a go.

    Azhar got out on the last ball of the day to Pakistan’s bogeyman Woakes. But Day 2 (like Day 1) goes down as a win for Pakistan. If they can win Day 3 then England will be looking at losing any chance of winning this series.
Habib conducts player interviews and writes articles for Cricistan.
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Discussion in 'Cricket Talk' started by Mercenary, Aug 4, 2016.

    1. Prince Pathan

      Prince Pathan Sultan of Swing

      Aug 31, 2011
      But Azhar Ali deserves the most credit. Also YK has had 2 failed innings after a long time of smashing 100 and winning Pakistan Test matches. That 28 off 90 something balls and 50 partnership with Asad was a defining moment because it kept the ship steady.

      Amir has been rubbish for 4 innings and people still want to give him benefit of doubt? But your match winner for over 10 years in test matches should suddenly retire after 4 not so good showings :p OKAY
    2. Disco Lemonade

      Disco Lemonade Design Artist

      Dec 17, 2009
      honestly I thought Pakistan would get bundled out for around 250. The middle order now need to play well as well as the tail. 400 would make this match interesting and 500 from Pakistan would mean game would be in our bag almost. Yasir shah and Co would be deadly on day 4 and 5.
    3. Disco Lemonade

      Disco Lemonade Design Artist

      Dec 17, 2009
      amir will come good when required, like 2nd innings in the first match.
    4. chandtara

      chandtara Mr Cricistan

      Jun 18, 2011
      After yesterday's play many were saying that England had posted a competitive score. I heard a few pundits saying that Pakistan would be bundled out for under 250.

      When Hafeez went for a 4 ball duck many Pakistani fans thought here we go again! England were supposed to pick up from where they left at Old Trafford. Sami and Azhar had other ideas.

      Sami Aslam was under tremendous pressure being brought in to the squad and that too without playing any first class cricket since December.

      Azhar Ali was another one under great pressure coming in to the game under some really bad form. Both saw off the new ball attack and then what followed too.

      They both totally frustrated the English bowlers and really got under the skin of Anderson. Was such a shame seeing Sami getting run out, he deserved the ton. Thankfully Azhar did go on to score big but again a shame he went to the final ball of the day.

      Before that wicket fell the English bowlers had just taken the one wicket between them of Hafeez. That wicket will certainly give the bowlers a boost.

      Big session coming up in the morning. The two veterans will need to see us through the first hour. If we can somehow get a handy lead we might not need to bat again!
    5. SwingNSeam

      SwingNSeam Boom Boom

      Sep 12, 2010

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