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Showing posts with label Pak bowling. Show all posts

Friday 20 March 2015

CWC15 - Did Rahat Ali Drop The World Cup For Pakistan?

#Australia vs Pakistan
#Adelaide Oval
20th Mar 2015

Picture this!
Pakistan defending a small total of 213 against the might Aussies.
They have started wonderfully in their defence capturing top three wickets cheaply.
Shane Watson, under serious pressure to perform and stay in this Australian side at the crease
#WahabRiaz in midst of an unbelievable seam bowling spell has him ducking, hopping, poking and doing everything but middling the ball with the bat. A lip service in progress. Everyone in Watson's ears. 

Score precariously poised at 83 for 3.
Wahab, having Watson at his mercy, produces a peach of a bouncer that Watson hooks instinctively. 
Gone you think as the bowl soars up high in the air towards long leg and the fielder settles under the bowl. And Ouch ... bowl slips through his butter fingers ... Catch Floored! What a dolly!!!

All the pressure built over the past few overs evaporates. The Pakistanis are gutted and devastated. Reactions from players say it all. Wahab is distraught, Pak skipper Misbah cant believe it happened, Rahat Ali the fielder in question is utterly embarrassed. If he would have it, he would have dug a hole and buried himself. What a miss! A game changer event.

The opportunity missed. And Australia probably looking for that one moment to come back. They got it and went on to complete the run chase successfully. Shane Watson, ironically, remained unbeaten to guide his team through. Kudos to his courage fighting it out there and not throwing it away (he almost did)...

Steve Waugh had famously said to Herschelle Gibbs in the 1999 semifinals after spilling his catch at short midwicket, "You just dropped the World cup son...."

Did Rahat drop the World Cup for Pakistan?
Feel sad for him. He's a very good young bowler and must be groomed, not chastised back in Pakistan. Wahab was quick to support his colleague and did not put blame on him. Its just pressure of the situation, occassion and opposition that leads to events like these! 

If at all, the onus of this defeat rests with Pakistan batsmen completely.
Not only they missed a huge oppootunity to bat first and pile up a score, the way they got out to some really poor shots should hurt them  more.

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CWC15 LIVE - Wahab Heroics In Vain Due To Dropped Catches

#Australia vs Pakistan
#Adelaide Oval
20th Mar 2015

Its was case of two dropped catches as Pakistan tried to defend a low 213 against the mighty Australia at Adelaide.

At 89 for 3 and the match hanging in balance, Wahab was midst of a breathtaking bowling spell that would be the talking point for years to come. He had #Watson hopping, ducking and all over the place. Then he produced a superb bouncer forcing Watson to pull and the ball lobbed to long leg for an easy catch. And ... #Rahat Ali spilled a sitter! This was the moment ... had they grabbed it, the story could have been just a bit different.

Then again at 160 for 4, with #GlennMaxwell just in #Wahab again got him to play one of his inventive shots. The ballooned catch towards third man was dropped by another seamer #SohailKhan this time... a wicket there and Pak could have another crack at the Aussie lower order.

Game set match! No more chances after that. Maxwell and Watson then took the attack to Pak bowlers and crossed the line in style in 33.4 overs.

Australia stumbled for sure but their clinical execution came to fore yet again.
For Pakistan, it was a case of "Ifs and buts", another day four years from now maybe!

Pak: 213 all out
Aus: 216 for 4 (33.5 overs)

Man of the Match: #JoshHazlewood

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CWC15 LIVE - Wahab Stings Aussies With Wickets And Words

#Australia vs Pakistan
#Adelaide Oval
20th Mar 2015

#WahabRiaz has stung the Aussies big time.
He is all over them .. with the ball and a few words too!

Brought one change into bowl, he's changed complexion through incisive pace bowling - speed, bounce, length .. all in one.

First he bounced Warner to hit down third man's throat
Then he bounced the skipper Michael Clarke to pop a simple catch at short leg.
Shane Watson was peppered with bouncers and some lip service, perhaps a taste of his own medicine.

Intensity at the Adelaide Oval has just gone up by 2 levels in the last 3-4 overs.
GAME ON....  

Aus: 67 for 3, 13 overs

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CWC15 LIVE - Steady Start But Openers Gone For Aus vs Pak

#Australia vs Pakistan
#Adelaide Oval
20th Mar 2015

Australia have started confidently in their run chase of 213 vs Pakistan.
These smallish totals can be nervy since it brings out indecision in approach scoring them.
But, the professional Aussies are masters at this.

#AaronFinch had yet another failure, trapped leg-before to #SohailKhan.
Aus 15 for 1

#StevenSmith walked in to join #DavidWarner and they started opening up scoring boundaries.

A bowling change brought about the fall of Warner. #WahabRiaz pitched one short that Warner tried to steer over third man but hit it straight down his throat. #RahatAli taking a very good catch.  

#MichaelClarke and #StevenSmith at the crease now.

Can Pakistan turn it around? or Australia will walk away with the game?

Pak: 213 all out
Aus: 52 for 2, 9 overs

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Saturday 7 March 2015

CWC 2015 LIVE - Quick Wickets And Pak Are Back vs SA

#SouthAfrica vs #Pakistan
7th Mar 2015

After a solid start to their run chase of 232 (D/L method), South Africa are pushed back by twin strikes from Pakistan.

From 67 for 1 in 10 overs, they are suddenly staring at 74 for 4.
#RahatAli got #FafDuPlessis to edge one behind for 27 while #WahabRiaz induced an edge off #HashimAmla for 38. First three wickets to fall so far have been caught behind by wicketkeeper #SarfarazAhmed

Wahab struck again when he got #RileeRossouw to hook one down long leg's throat.

Game on at the #EdenPark

Pakistan steamed up.
South Africa need to regroup.

#ABDevilliers at the crease is joined by #DavidMiller.

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Sunday 1 March 2015

CWC 2015 LIVE - Irfan And Riaz Put Pakistan On Top v Zim

#Pak v #Zim, #GABBA, #Brisbane
1st Mar 2015

#MohamadIrfan and #WahabRiaz have run through the Zimbabwe middle order and put Pakistan on top of their game v Zimbabwe.

Defending a modest target of 235, the seamers took advantage of the Gabba bounce under lights and choked the Zimbabwe batsmen in submission. #HamiltonMasakadza will also have to blame himself for playing a ridiculous shoot off Irfan to get himself out at a critical juncture in the game.

#LIVE #Cricket #Score: Zim 186 for 8 in 44 overs
Need another 50 runs in 36 balls. Looks close but the number of wickets down will put a lot of pressure on them. #EltonChigumbura and #DavidPanganyara at the crease. If they can string a partnership, the game can go down to the wire.

As it stands, Pak on top