Sunday, 20 November 2011

Afridi props up Pakistan

The flamboyant Shahid Afridi provided the most entertaining batting in the Pakistan Innings much of it featuring solid shots for the predominantly Pakistani crowd that filled the Sharjah Stadium staging an International cricket match after a lapse of eight years.
Sri Lanka’s spinner Seekkuge Prasanna celebrates after he dismissed Pakistan’s Sarfraz Ahmed for 10. AFP

Afridi strode to the wicket when his side was sensing disaster losing five of their batsmen for 71 runs in the 24th over batted in his own inimitable style and took the Pakistan score towards some respectability striking a 65 ball 75 which included three sixes and four boundaries.Afridi is  not play like stick be stick cricket for other player.if you want to see more about Afridi visit on Google this keyword cricinfo.cricifo have a lot of information about Afridi.
The Pakistan batting revival was mostly based on Afridi’s innings, he was ably assisted by Saeed Ajmal as the 8th wicket pair added 61 runs when Ajmal was lbw to Dilhara Fernando for 20. Pakistan finally ended their innings at 200 in 49.3 overs. Form and situations change in most games and in Sharjah that was the situation yesterday. Pakistan captain Misbah-Ul-Haq won the toss in a venue where an International was staged after eight years and electing to bat had an inauspicious start on a pitch seemed to be a slow turner.
Sri Lanka who went with the same combination, which they had in, the losing Dubai third ODI with the bowling strength of the side largely concentrated in the fast bowlers. Dilhara Fernando who had not had the best of the games in recent times gave his side the early breakthrough they needed in his very first ball when he had left hander Imran Farhat caught behind on the leg side by a tumbling Kumar Sangakkara.
Farhat and Hafeez put on a 151 run stand for the opening wicket in the third match at Dubai, but found themselves tough going on a sluggish wicket. Fernando struck again when he induced Younus Khan to push one into the covers and Jeevan Mendis accepted the easy catch.
The Sri Lankan spinners too,made a notable contribution. Jeevan Mendis (2 for 40) and Seekkuge Prasanna (2 for 55) kept the Pakistani batsmen guessing and Mendis got the vital wickets of Shoaib Malik who came in as a replacement for Abdul Rasaaq and the talented Umar Akmal both trapped leg before wickets.
Pakistan plunged into further trouble when Afridi struck a gigantic six into the stand off Jeevan Mendis, but the next ball he pushed on to the leg side and Misbah-Ul-Haq took off for a single which wasn’t there and was run our at the non-strikers end. Pakistan at 97 for 6 and was facing a crisis situation.


Mohammad Hafeez c Chandimal b Prasanna 27
Imran Farhat c Sangakkara b Fernando 10
Younis Khan c Mendis b Fernando  18
Misbah-ul Haq run out   16
Shoaib Malik lbw b Mendis   2
Umar Akmal lbw b Mendis    2
Shahid Afridi c Sangakkara b Perera 75
Sarfraz Ahmed lbw b Prasanna  10
Saeed Ajmal lbw b Fernando  20
Umar Gul b Malinga    7
Aizaz Cheema not out    3
Extras: (lb2, w8)   10
Total:     200
Fall of wickets: 1-18 (Farhat), 2-57 (Hafeez), 3-62 (Younis), 4-69 (Malik), 5-71 (Akmal), 
6-97 (Misbah), 7-120 (Ahmed), 8-181 (Afridi), 9-191 (Ajmal).
Bowling: Malinga 9.3-0-38-1 (w2), Perera 10-1-36-1 (w2), Fernando 10-3-26-3, 
Mendis 9-0-40-2, Prasanna 10-1-55-2 (w4), Dilshan 1-0-3-0
Overs: 49.3

No comments:

Post a Comment

Theme images by Jason Morrow. Powered by Blogger.