Yasir spins Pakistan to sensational Lords' Test victory

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Yasir spins Pakistan to sensational Lords' Test victory

Discussion in 'Cricket Talk' started by Ahson8, Jul 17, 2016.

by Ahson Afzal
Jul 17, 2016 at 11:34 PM
  1. Ahson8

    Ahson8 Sultan of Swing

    Jun 9, 2012

    Report of Day 4 of the first test match between Pakistan & England:

    Coming into the day, Pakistan, leading by 281 with 2 wickets in hand, had their sights clear on a Test victory on English soil after 20 years. The plan would have been to stretch that lead to 300, but those plans were quickly cut short as Yasir was caught behind off Broad in the first over the day, and Amir soon followed him back to the pavilion, giving England a target of 283 to secure a 1-0 lead.

    England started their innings with a flurry of boundaries, but Rahat Ali got Cook to edge one to Sarfraz. Soon after, Rahat also dismissed Hales who edged to Hafeez at slip, as a cut shot went awry. Root also fell to Rahat as he miscued one to Yasir in the deep. Rahat could instead have had Vince out too had Younis held on to a tough chance.

    Instead Vince unleashed a flurry of boundaries and stitched a useful partnership with Ballance to get England to 90/3 at Lunch. Vince eventually fell to Wahab after lunch as he edged a delivery, once again to Younis in the slips, who, this time made no mistake, while Ballance was dismissed to a lovely Yasir delivery that spun around his legs. Moeen Ali was then bowled, while attempting an ugly hoick off Yasir. It left England teetering at 139/6.

    Bairstow and Woakes put up a resistant partnership to bring England right back into the game, but Bairstow after having scored a laborious 48 off 147 finally succumbed to Yasir. Amir then bowled Broad with a yorker and Yasir struck again to remove the stubborn Woakes.

    Almost fittingly it was Amir who took the final wicket to set off a remarkable victory for Pakistan. In their last Lords' test match the Pakistan players were left with their heads bowed down. This time they could hold their heads held well high.
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    1. chandtara

      chandtara Mr Cricistan

      Jun 18, 2011
      Zaheer relishes the tense moments of memorable Lord’s Test

      ISLAMABAD - Former International Cricket Council President Zaheer Abbas lauded Pakistan victory at Lords and termed it was highly memorable one for him as well as he was present at the venue.

      Former Pakistan cricket team skipper and Asian Bradman Zaheer talking exclusively to The Nation from England on Monday said it was a treat to watch green caps played like a unit after a long time and put extra efforts as every player was working so hard for just one cause and that was to achieve victory for country after a long and hard wait of around two decades.

      He said although it was not a huge total to defend but each and every bowler bowled out of their skins and ensured a huge and resounding victory.

      “Yasir Shah bowled exceptionally and remained instrumental in helping green caps achieve morale-boosting victory, but once again I would give credit to all including skipper Misbahul Haq.
      The way Pakistani bowlers just outsmarted English batsmen was amazing.
      They had no answers to the breath-taking deliveries of Pakistani bowling attack.”

      Zaheer said Pakistani batting was just ok and not exceptional.
      “I must say defending modest 284 runs target was not big enough at Lords as it is known for batting paradise.
      But bowlers did a fantastic job.
      Believe me I was feeling lot of pressure, as being present at the venue.
      It was amazing feeling hard to describe in words as I was feeling like fully physically involved in the match.”

      When asked about the turning point of the match, Zaheer replied the wicket of Bairstow was the turning point that changed the entire complexion of the match.

      “The way Bairstow and Woakes were betting it was very irritating for Pakistani crowd.
      They both had steadied the English ship and having played Yasir so well and scoring 56 runs partnership.

      The match was slipping out of the hands of Pakistan, but I feel it was not a bad shot selection from Bairstow rather it was persistent pressure build by Yasir, which finally paid off and Aamir also bowled terrifically specially as he removed Broad and also almost took the wicket of Finn, who was given out by the field umpire, but review saved his skin.”

      Zaheer said Pakistani batsmen had to be more careful in the next Test and they had to bat with more maturity and must try to spend as much time as they can on the crease to frustrate English bowlers.

      “They must understand the importance of leaving the wayward deliveries, rather than chasing them.
      Fielding standard needs further improvement.
      Pakistan can’t afford to drop dolly catches.
      Now first task of winning the Lords Test has been achieved and Pakistan is known for complacency.

      They must start it all over again in the second Test.

      Winning the first Test means Pakistan had taken upper hand in the four-match Test series and doesn’t mean they had won the series yet.
      England would bounce back in the second Test and they would likely have the services of James Anderson as well.

      Pakistan had the ability and guts to maintain winning streak but for that they had to continue from where they left in the first Test.”

      He said team showed fighting spirit and shut critics mouths up with clinical performance in the Lord’s Test.
      Although there were few minnow mistakes, which I am sure coach and management would have taken notice and Pakistan team would not repeat same mistakes in the next Test.

      “My well wishes and prayers like always are with the team and I hope this victory would take Pakistan cricket to new heights and they would achieve the task of claiming number 1 Test playing nation in ICC rankings and I have no doubt about their abilities,” Zaheer concluded.

    2. Fireworks11

      Fireworks11 Kaptaan

      Sep 22, 2012
      Nicely written. One of Pakistans memorable wins.
    3. chandtara

      chandtara Mr Cricistan

      Jun 18, 2011
      There was no other word for it, except heartwarming. Even Piers Morgan, rarely associated with either heart or warmth, was moved to call it “the best victory celebration in cricket history.”

      The men in green, throwing themselves at the Lord’s Pavilion and giving drill sergeant Younis Khan twenty (or five), is the kind of happy ending we could only hope for.

      Because not too long ago, hope was nowhere in sight. Lord’s, far from our moment of truth, was the scene of the crime: a sad story of spot fixing, sting busts, and jail terms. From the world’s cornered tigers toThe News of the World’s convicted cheats, Pakistan’s return to respectability seemed a long way off.

      But, like the saying goes, only when you’ve been in the deepest valley, can you know how magnificent it is to be on the highest mountain. Sunday’s test finale against England spelt redemption in a way not even Hollywood could have scripted.


      After all, has Hollywood any leading man like Misbahul Haq? At 42 years young, Misbah has blazed his way into the all-time greats: sober, sardonic, and utterly unflappable. In a team of drama queens, his hand stays steady.

      And among the visuals that will live on in the sport’s history — Javed Miandad’s manic mock jumps; Shahid Afridi chomping on cricket balls — we now get to add Misbah saluting Tommy Lord’s 200-year-old stadium, and dropping down for pushups.

      Credit, we were told, to the team’s army trainers in Kakul. But the gratitude was reciprocated: soon after victory, the army chief put in a call to the captain. Social media feeds went wild: it would seem Misbah doesn’t thank Raheel Sharif. Raheel Sharif thanks Misbah.

      Yes, Misbah is a man of crisis: the last man standing when Pakistan was lost at sea in 2010. By choosing to focus on substance over style, the captain is worlds apart from serial intriguer Salman Butt, the man he inherited an ash heap from. He focuses on the basics: discipline, fitness, and morale.

      Not that other contenders weren’t making themselves heard. Far removed from the action in St John’s Wood, Shahid Afridi was hamming it up, the king across the sea. Lala was this series’s Shoaib Akhtar — a handsome spoiler saying outrageous things.

      “People talk this and that; that there’s so much talent in this country,” Afridi told BBC Urdu. “Sorry, [there’s] no talent!” He then giggled he was “a much better player than any of these players.”

      Boom Boom was slammed soon after, but what he said was helpful. Lurking in Lala’s words is all the dysfunction that’s plagued Pakistani cricket: passion over professionalism, individuals over institutions. With PCB chiefs so often mud-wrestling one another, the system seldom expects different from their players. There’s not a soul talented enough to replace Afridi, says Boom Boom, so why bother looking?

      Compare this to the interview Yasir Shah gave Cricbuzz’s Hassan Cheema from last October. Saying Misbah had always supported him, Yasir went on, “See the thing with Misbah bhai is that he’s been with me for so long and he’s been in and around cricket for so long that he understands situations really well. He is always calm and cool, but thinking about scenarios all the time. I don’t have any issues with him because I respect and understand him.”

      And it was that understanding, and Yasir Shah’s rampage through the wickets, that won us the series.

      Yet, the reason our hearts nearly gave way by the end was the sheer turnaround — the agony of 2010 and the joy of 2016: Jonny Bairstow’s lonely last stand at the crease, Amir snatching up the last wicket for glorious victory.

      Many weren’t ready to offer him that chance. Writing in The Sun before the match, England ex-spinner Graeme Swann called for a life ban. “Amir will walk out on the green and glorious turf at Lord’s on Thursday,” Swann sulked, “and it will make me feel sick.”

      Swanny is welcome to his opinion, as well as his Swann Sickness — a rare condition that only acts up when brown men are involved.

      During England’s warm up win against Sri Lanka in 2012, batsman Dilruwan Perera refused to walk after sending a catch Strauss’s way. Swann was in a rage: “I wanted to kill the batsman because he was cheating. He was stood right next to me with a smug look on his face!”

      Yet, Swann was sweetness and light when England’s Broad pulled the same stunt a year later against Australia. “I think it is very harsh to shine the light just on Broady,” said Swann, about a man that had been clearly caught at first slip. “In a high-stakes game like an Ashes Test, it is human nature that people are going to stand their ground and use the argument that umpires are there to make decisions.”

      By the same logic, it is a judge that’s there to make decisions, and a judge that gets to decide the quantum of sentence: Amir has paid his dues — let his bowling speak for him now.

      Indeed, Swanny would have been better served heeding his countryman Mark Nicholas, “The day ended with Amir sprinting in from the pavilion end. No one was saying “that’s the spot-fixer who did time”. Rather, we were saying “this is one of the Pakistan bowlers who is giving England one hell of a fright”. The reintegration of Mohammed Amir is complete.’

      Mr Nicholas’s eyes also drifted forward, “As for the narrative that began on this ground six years ago, we can all move on. Test match cricket needs Pakistan every bit as much as Pakistan needs Test match cricket.”

      Thank you Misbahul Haq, for making us believe again.

      Published in The Express Tribune, July 19th, 2016.

    4. chandtara

      chandtara Mr Cricistan

      Jun 18, 2011
      Malik Riaz announces £50,000 reward for Pakistan team

      ISLAMABAD: Chairman of Bahria Town Malik Riaz has announced a reward of £50,000 for Pakistan team for winning the first test match against England at iconic Lord’s cricket stadium, ARY News reported.

      According to details, Bahria Town chairman has said that the win will promote cricket in Pakistan.

      Malik had earlier said that a reward of £50,000 will be given to Pakistan cricket team if they manage to win the first test at the historic venue. He was also watching the match sitting in the stands at the ground.

      The chairman of Bahria Town has so far given away Rs. 7 million in rewards to the Pakistani team over winning different matches and series.

      Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif and many political figures, celebrities and cricketers have congratulated the Pakistani side over the historic win.

      Pakistan defeated England by 75 runs to win the first test match of the series on the fourth day of the game. They lead the four-match series 1-0.

    5. chandtara

      chandtara Mr Cricistan

      Jun 18, 2011
      Teamwork, confidence were key to Pakistan’s success at Lord’s: Sallu

      KARACHI: Former Test cricketer and chief selector Salahuddin Ahmed Sallu on Tuesday congratulated the Pakistan team for its wonderful victory against England in the first Test at Lord’s and emphasized that Misbah-ul-Haq’s men must keep up the fighting spirit and high performance level in the entire series to do the country proud.

      “It was thrilling to see the Pakistan team perform the way they did at Lord’s and outplay England in all departments of the game,” said Sallu while speaking to media here. “The credit for this goes to everyone, but few always stand out in such wins and without taking anything away from anyone, the three I would like to name here are skipper Misbah, Yasir Shah and Asad Shafiq for their brilliant show at Lord’s.”

      Sallu credited Misbah and Asad for providing a decent score of 339 to the team in the first innings which really made the diffrence in the end. “Misbah’s magnificent hundred and Asad’s fluent 73 were the key. Of course, thanks to Yasir’s incisive bowling, the first innings lead that we got made all the difference in the end,” observed Sallu.

      He strongly recommended that Pakstan should go with the winning combination for the second Test but advised the Pakistan openers Mohammad Hafeez and Shan Masood to work more on their techniques to serve the team better.

      “For both the openers especially, I would like to say that they must be aware of where the off stump is in order to handle the bowling better.”

      Sallu also warned Pakistan not to get complacent for the Old Trafford game. “England will come back hard by fielding a stronger side which could have their best bowler Jimmy Anderson and spinner Adil Rashid,” he said. “Anderson has this special ability to move the ball in the air as well as off the seam and has a decent pace, qualities which both Stuart Broad and Chris Woakes lack though I really admired the way Woakes bowled in the test. He was simply outstanding with 11 wickets.”

      Sallu said he was delighted with the positive approach of the team for which the credit must go to the Pakistan Cricket Board chief Shaharyar Khan and executive committee Najam Sethi who brought effective changes in the team management and selection committee that clicked in a big way. “The induction of Mickey Arthur as coach, Inzamam-ul-Haq as chief selector and elevating Sarfraz Ahmed to T20 skipper are all great moves which have infused a renewed confidence in the team,” he said.

      “Also, special mention must be made of the Boot Camp at the Kakul Academy which has proved to be such a fantastic success with the players. A lot of time and money was invested in the camp and it was surely worth it. PCB also was wise in sending the team much ahead of the series which helped the players acclimatize wonderfully in the England conditions,” he said.

      In the end Sallu said Yasir Shah, with his vast repertoire of deliveries remains the biggest threat to the England team, and although the hosts are contemplating playing two spinners in Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid at Nottingham, Pakistanis are better players of spin and should do well against the duo.

      Published in Dawn, July 20th, 2016


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