Pakistan won the toss and decided to bawl first in the first ODI against New Zealand. They constrained all the New Zealand players under 30 with just one exception. many of them got out in even under 20. But there was one name LRPL Taylor who scored 105 on 135 bawls he played with the help of Nine Fours and One Six run hit. So finally New Zealand given Pakistan Target of 247 runs with 7 wickets down.
Pakistan started too slow and bad. Muhammad Hafeez in his slow style scored only six runs of 17 balls he played and got out early. After him Pakistan loss few more wickets and Pakistan was just 85 with the loss of five wickets. Match seem over in favor of New Zealand. But than Haris Sohail was able to score 85 runs on 109 balls and Shahid Afridi scored 61 runs on just 51 runs.
Haris Sohail and Afridi brought back hopes of Pakistan side. Haris Sohail remained not out till the end. Pakistan was able to achieve the target. Pakistan’s score was 250 with four on last ball. Pakistan won the match with 3 wickets remaining and 3 balls remaining.
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New Zealand while batting first given 137 runs target to Pakistan in first Twenty20 match of the series. Normally its hard for Pakistan to play second and chase big scores. But today it was made possible by Sarfraz Ahmad, who scored his all time best 76 runs of Twenty20 Cricket. Those 76 runs were scored on just 64 runs with the strike rate of about 120%.
New Zealand on other hand were playing without their regular captain Brendon McCullum and few other senior players who were sent back home after the test series they just finished playing against Pakistan. The top scorer in New Zealand side was Corey Anderson who scored just 37 runs on 48 deliveries he played.
So overall Sarfraz Ahmed was the hero of today’s match. Without his 76 runs Pakistani side may have been gone in trouble. Kamran Akmal finished the chase with a six. Pakistan is scheduled to play next Twenty20 match today on Friday, 5th of December, 2014. Best of Luck to Team Pakistan.
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After loosing the first match of its group against India, Pakistan had managed to pull two well deserved victories against both Australia and Bangladesh. Today Pakistan and West Indies had Do or Die match. This means the team winning the match will go through to Semi-finals of Twenty 20 World Cup and looser will be out of Tournament.
After West Indies won the toss and decided to bat first, while Bowling Pakistanis did well and even got some early wickets and restricted West Indies to lower score but then some hitting came forward and they scored 166, which is not unbeatable but a good score. Pakistan did scored well about 190 in matches with Australia and Bangladesh. So there was good chance that Pakistan will achieve this score easily.
In Pakistan innings on first ball they lost first wicket of very important scorer Ahmad Shahzar. But whatever happened later on is sad and amusing on same time. That is our Captain of team Muhammad Hafeez started to play on strike rate too low which is only and only suitable for test cricket. Not even ODI and never in Twenty 20, this strike rate is just not acceptable. Slow run scoring from Hafeez put pressure on other batsmen. The remaining deliveries were quickly decreasing and score on the board was moving up like an ill lazy turtle. As Hafeez was stopping almost every ball, in pressure of climbing run rate three of Pakistan batsmen lost their wicket by getting stumped behind the wicket while trying to play desperate shot by moving outside of crease.
Muhammad Hafeez who according to majority of Pakistan cricket fans must not even be in Pakistan team, is the skipper (captain) of the team. Today by scoring 19 runs on 32 balls he have played huge role in escorting Pakistan cricket team out of Twenty World Cup 2014 before even we made it to finals. The stats show that in Twenty twenty matches when Hafeez gets out early on few balls Pakistan mostly win those matches.
The soul purpose of discussing the Hafeez’s story of utter disappointment for Pakistani people, was to put light on fact that Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is not being run the way its supposed to be. Selectors and coach despite the poor performance of players like Hafeez, have not done anything to get rid of such players and give chance to fresh blood. Hafeez’s and Misbah’s styles suit test cricket, so they must be in that team not in ODI or specially Twenty 20. When an unworthy soul (in this field) Najam Sethi, the chairman of PCB, such things are due to happen. I guess one of former legend players must be given such positions so they can lead the board to right direction in light of their experience.
Whatever, we do or say now, the fact is we are out of Twenty 20 world cup tournament 2014. If we ever going to do good in Cricket, some changes in Pakistan Cricket team and management of PCB are very well due.
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Pakistan have won the Asia Cup final match against Bangladesh which was played in Mirpur a city of Bangladesh itself. The teams of Pakistan and Bangladesh had reached to the final of Asia Cup Cricket tournament after knocking the India and Sri Lanka out of tournament in qualifying rounds.
Final match was as interesting and nerve breaking as it could get. Game remained alive till the last ball of the match, as even on last ball of the match it was not clear who will be the winner. Both teams performed very well and played their role to make the match most interesting. Pakistan playing first given the target of 237 runs to the Bangladesh’s Cricket team. While putting 236 runs total on score board Pakistan had loss 9 wickets. Top scorers in Pakistan team were Muhammad Hafeez (40 runs) and Sarfraz Ahmed (46 runs – not out). Umer Akmal (30 runs), Hammad Azam (30 runs) and Shahid Afridi (32 runs) also contributed to the total with their totals. Overall Bangladesh bowling was good as they had took 9 wickets and contained the Pakistani batsmen to the total of 236.
While chasing the target Bangladesh did very well but they couldn’t finish it off. They scored 234 runs, so Pakistan beat them by 2 runs. In Bangladesh batting lineup Tamim Iqbal (60) and Shakib-al-Hassan (68) were the top scorers and no one else was able to breach the 20 runs limit. Umer Gul (2), Saeed ajmal (2), Shahid Afridi (1) and Aizaz Cheema(3) collectively took 8 wickets.
In all bigger cities of country many people watched the match together on the bigger screens mounted in Cinemas, Markets and Public places.
After Pakistan’s victory, people of Pakistan have celebrated the victory warmly, people hit the roads and youngsters seem dancing the in markets and public places all over the country. There was one incident though where few policemen beaten the gathered younsters, also beaten a Dunya News cameraman who was taking the footage of incident. However, overall situation kept pleasant and under control. Also the official involved in beating camera man was suspended.
None the less Pakistan by winning this match won the Asia cup cricket trophy and they new champs of Asia, which means they are the best in Asia at the moment.
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The sports news of year or even beyond is that India have done it once again. They already had one world cup trophy with them which they won in 1983. Now again after 28 years India not only made it to the finals but also won the ICC world cup finals. They were one of three hosts of this world cup and won the final match against Sri Lanka on their home ground in city of Mumbai. Also with this India became the first nation which was the host of a world cup tournament and in same tournament it won the World Cup.
One Day International (ODI) World Cup is the biggest battle or tournament of em all in cricket and played after every 4 years. World Cup Cricket 2011 was to be held in Pakistan but due to some local security situation in Pakistan the three nations including Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and India hosted the tournament. India qualified to the World Cup final match after winning the semi-final from Pakistan in mohali, it was also a good battle and finally India was able to pull it off and made it into the finals.
Now again coming back to the final between Sri Lanka and India, it was again a very good battle but finally things gone in favor of Indians making them the two times worlds champs when it comes to the cricket.
While batting first Sri Lanka put good 274 runs on the scoreboard. The M Jayawardene (103) and K Sangakkara (48) were the best scorers from Sri Lankan side. Indian also done a good job in containing the Sri Lankans to the achievable 274 score.
While chasing the target of 275 it was good show with the bat as well from Indian. Gautam Gambhir (97) and MS Dhoni (91) were the best scorers from the Indian side. India was able to achieve the target in just 48.2 runs with the average to 5.73 runs per over.