10 Years On, Pakistan aim for a series win against the Aussies


English: Saeed Ajmal in the field during a 50-...

(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It has been 10 years since Pakistan won an ODI series against the Australians. Yes, it was the year 2002 when they last beat the Aussies to win a series. They have a good chance to change these stats when they play at their second home on dry pitches where their spinners can be really dangerous.

Sharjah and Abu Dhabi are scorching hot during this time of the year with temperatures soaring to around 45’C and this can test the fitness of both the sides, especially, Australians’ who aren’t much used to such conditions. More than the heat, its the humidity that really saps a lot out of the players. It is like a sauna in the middle, where the players sweat profusely and with dew cover in the outfield it a two prong battle — outplay the opposition and at the same time fight the dew.

Both sides have won a match each with the decider to be played at Sharjah on Monday-Tuesday night. Australian pacemen ran through the Pakistan batting in the first ODI and after few hiccups in the middle of Aussies innings, the new guns Bailey and Maxwell held their nerve to make sure Australians cross over the line safely. Pakistan’s spinners bowled really well but as the batting again failed to deliver it was little too much of an ask for them.

Pakistan however bounced back in the second ODI, with their spinners, especially the magical off spinner Saeed Ajmal again bowling tremendously well to confine Australians to a modest total of 249. It was followed by a superb almost run-a-ball innings of 97 from Nasir Jamshed who dominated the Aussie attack and Pakistan surpassed the total with more than six overs to spare to set up a comprehensive and convincing victory. For a long time now Pakistan is in search of a genuine opening batsman and it seems with the arrival of Jamshed this wait is over. He just needs to watch out his injuries.

The decider promises to be an exciting contest with both sides looking to end on a high which would give them a psychological advantage ahead of the T20 series. Australia may make a change or two in their line-up by considering playing an additional spinner. For Pakistan, if Afridi recovers from his strain he may come back in place of Rehman whose figures were not too impressive in the last game. Also, with Afridi you have a potential chance of dominating the game if he fires with the bat. Though on that, I rest my case 🙂 !!!WW6PXY4QQTKV

Advertisements

With Peaks in the Background, Teams Ready to Fall or Peak


English: Dwayne Bravo at KFC Twenty20 BigBash ...

(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Dharamshala, the Tibetan exile world in India, a place super serene and beautiful is ready to host what is so unlike it. Fastest version of a cricket game arrives to a place that is greatly associated with calm & tranquil.

With Himalayan peaks in the background, Kings XI Punjab and Chennai Super Kings clash for a place in play-offs. For sure this match promises to be a spectacle and there are two very strong reasons for that. One, both the teams find themselves in a much win situation and would put everything into it, and two, even if cricket doesn’t live up to one’s expectations, surroundings certainly would do.

Chennai seem to be getting stronger every game and they start favorites. Bravo’s last ball six against KKR must have given them tons of confidence and belief. They are a champion team and looks like they are getting into the groove at the right time. Dhoni is eyeing another title win and they are storming towards it.

Punjab on the other hand is facing challenges with consistency. They have won some good tight games against top sides, they lost some easy ones, and they won some away matches and lost some at home. Overall they have shown promise but intermittently and that is what they must sort out going into this game. Potentially, they hold the chance to get four more points from this stage on (unlike most teams) as they still have two more games to go before the play-off.

David Hussey and Azhar Mahmood would want to bring all their T20 experience into this game and so would Dhoni and his men. Keep watching folks, it’s getting beautiful AND exciting !!!