Saturday, July 25, 2009

Lets Review Cricket.

Yesterday was the last day of the Third and final test match between Pakistan and Srilanka. Everyone including me were expecting Pakistan to win atleast this last test match as they were in such a commanding position entering the 5th day. I'm not an expert on Cricket but still I'm trying to analyze the match :D Srilankans won the toss and put Pakistan into bat on a wicket that had some juice in it. Younis khan said at the toss that he would have batted anyway so both the teams thad their best possible chance. Pakistan started off steadily on a seaming track but lost two quick wickets at the end of first hour. Yousuf and Khurram steadied Pakistan's position but sadly got out in their 90's, Muhammad Yousuf threw his wicket away when he got run out of an over throw. Misbah and Malik at last showed some resistance by taking Pakistan to 281/4 but soon that madness which has happened so many times in this series cost Pakistan 6 wickets for 18 runs and were bundled out for 299. They just don't seen to be comfortable when the ball is moving. Pakistan bowled well and restricted srilankans to 233 and getting a lead of 66 runs. Srilankans were 180/8 when Tilkarathne Dilshan was not given out by Umpire Ian Gould, the catch was obvious but Gould made many mistakes in the match which cost Pakistan much. Dilshan added 53 runs with the last two wickets. Pakistan's second innings started poorly when they were struggling for 67/4 which included the wickets of the two Y's in which Younis khan was given out Lbw by Ian Gould which was a terrible decision. Misbah at last came into some kind of form scoring 50 in the last innings after failing the whole series and that was the pattern he followed against Australia earlier this year. There is for sure something going wrong with Misbah. Well,he should realize that he is 35 now and don't have much time so he should avoid politics and focus on his Cricket. Malik scored a Hundred and saved his place in the team for a while and with his help Pakistan posted 425 giving srilankans a target of impossible 498. Going to the final day Srilanks were 155/3 with dilshan injured and Pakistan had a good chance of winning it but the srilankans responded well and just lost one wicket in the whole day. The reason I think Pakistan couldn't win was the failure of their fast bowlers. Umar Gul totally looked out of sorts not in this match but whole of the series. One plus Pakistan should be given is that they played test cricket after a long time and should be given the benefit of doubt.

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