Monday, 5 July 2010

A Refreshing Outcome

English soil helped Pakistan to return to winning ways
A magical moment

Shahid Afridi’s men began their extended summer of cricket on a winning note following a registered 23 run victory over Australia on a scorching evening in Birmingham under a packed and electrifying atmosphere which was largely populated by the “home” team’s supporters. Not only was this needed for the sake of confidence going into events to come, but it was a highly refreshing sight to see Pakistan win a match against Australia after a miserable and what seemed an endless and continuous losing streak against the mighty rated World Champions.


Shahzaib Hassan Khan, the aggressive Karachi dynamite disappointed with a golden duck as did Shoaib Akhtar who plundered hopelessly. If Pakistani tendency is anything to go by, these two player's positions come under scrutiny for the next match.

On the promising side of things, Umar Akmal impressed once more and played exceptionally well under pressure to rescue Pakistan from 47/4 after blasting a 31 ball 64 which included 9 boundaries. The young tiger once more played a champion knock and really showcased his sheer God gifted talent. He played expressively and was a treat to witness from the naked eye.

With the ball Aamer got the breakthrough's at crucial stages and Umar Gul returned with a bang and revived his pace, consistency and firepower as a yorker expert. That sight of a Mike Hussey leg stump going cartwheeling was an incredible one for any Pakistani considering what the man had done to shatter our dreams on the 14th of May. It was sweet revenge to put it in simple terms. Ajmal also demonstrated his class and claimed 3 wickets as Australia were demolished for 144 all out in the 19th over when clueless Shaun Tait was stumped to an Ajmal doosra.

Pakistan now have an opportunity to win the T20 MCC Spirit Of Cricket Series today when they take on the Aussies once more in the 2nd and last T20 at Edgbaston. Go Greens!

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