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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Today Muhammad Hafeez have announced that he is resigning from the T20 captaincy and other managerial positions he hold at PCB. So Hafeez who was Captain of Pakistan Twenty 20, vice captain of ODI and Test Matches, have resigned from all three positions. Decision is came in acknowledgement of his own real bad performance as captain and as individual player in result of which Pakistan was knocked out of Twenty 20 World Cup cricket tournament 2014.
In the prize distribution ceremony of the “Do or Die” match against West Indies, which Pakistan lost due to Hafeez’s just 19 runs on 37 balls played, Hafeez seem to apologizing from Public from Pakistan team’s side not his own. Similarly later on after arriving at Pakistani Airport, talking to media he had told that he is holding the captaincy Twenty 20 and vice captaincy of other formats. But later on as he attended the meetings with PCB top management, he realized that he is anyway being fired from captaincy, he have opted the approach of resigning before being fired officially to save himself from any further embarrassment.
Despite resigning from the captaincy, Hafeez have told the media that he will still keep playing from Pakistani side in all formats of cricket as long as he is given the place in Cricket team.
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More than India bowling it was more of a Pakistani batting collapse which ended our team off into the failure. In bowling side there were few catch drops, specially the four catches if sachin, who was able to make 85 runs. Overall India had given Pakistan the target of 261 to team Pakistan which was very much gettable.
While batting, the start was pretty convincing but then after mid of innings somewhere inning collapsed and on correct time the runs were not taken ending us up in losing the game by making just over 230 with loss of all wickets in 49.5 overs.
India makes it to the finals where they are to meet Sri Lanka. Hope that would be a good match for both the teams. This is for sure that world cup is this time coming to Asia.
MS Dhoni won the toss against Pakistan after flipping the coin when Afridi flipped the coin, according to Dhoni they are looking to put the pressure on Pakistan after putting big score on score board. However according to Afridi in today’s match the toss will not mater much and they will play and try to win the game the game.
Hoping for a real great semi final game coming up between the rivals.