Younis & Shafiq hit centuries as Pakistan take the lead

Discussion in 'Cricket Talk' started by Munna, Aug 12, 2016.

Younis & Shafiq hit centuries as Pakistan take the lead

Discussion in 'Cricket Talk' started by Munna, Aug 12, 2016.

by Munna
Aug 12, 2016 at 10:43 PM
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    DAY 2 at The Oval saw a rare and resolute display by Pakistani batting unit.

    Having lost Sami last night, Pakistan began the day with nightwatchman Yasir Shah and Azhar Ali seeing off the new ball comfortably. They had put on a 49 run stand between them before Yasir was caught in slips, the only wicket to go down in the morning session.

    After lunch, Azhar and Asad Shafiq marched on and scored freely. Azhar eventually was given out just 1 run short of what could have been a deserving half century. From that point, it was a Shafiq show with Younis providing him good support on the other hand.

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    Shafiq was ruthless that was pitched anything outside off at length and played lovely cuts and drives finding gaps regularly. Younis at the other end looked like a 'more down to earth' batsman this time without his disco moves at crease for the first time in series.

    150 run partnership between the duo ensured Pakistan will eventually take a lead. It was Younis who reached his maiden 50 of the series followed by Shafiq scoring his 100th run soon after. Though, we did see a customary little collapse in the last session from Pakistan's middle order with fall of Shafiq on 109 runs as Misbah and debutante Iftikhar Ahmed not adding much to the score with scores of 15 and 4 respectively.

    Younis reached his 32nd century off 139 balls that showed many glimpses of a classical champion that we have seen many times in the past. Sarfaraz Ahmed remains not out on 17 at the other end and with Younis on 101, both batsmen will be looking to take the slender lead of 12 runs to much more that will be difficult for England to remove this time around.

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    From England's perspective, they should be looking to wash off the butter off their fingers tonight after having dropped a few catches throughout the day. That wasn't enough to add to their frustration that they even went ahead to challenge an umpire's LBW decision of not out that was actually quite middled off the bat. It marked an ordinary day for them and they will be looking to bounce back in the game again taking inspiration from their feats of Edgebaston.

    Lets see if Pakistan will continue to be resolute tomorrow and not repeat any mistakes that they committed previously in the last 2 tests that they lost.
     
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Discussion in 'Cricket Talk' started by Munna, Aug 12, 2016.

    1. Bilal123
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      Bilal123 Tracer Bullet

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      Massive day coming up tomorrow.
      If these two can put up a hundred run partnership then this game is practically won by Pakistan however I doubt it. I don't see this lead going above 60.
      YK is becoming bad recently at adding to his over night scores and Sarfraz's batting nowadays is like lottery. He's become another solid 30 run score batsman.
      Nevertheless Pakistan are is a good position and if they don't take advantage from here then I don't think team deserves to draw the series.
       
    2. baqir
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      baqir Cornered Tiger

      Sep 17, 2012
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      Pakistan on top, excellent performance. Should lead by 100+ will put them in a match winning position. iA
       

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