Monthly Archives: January 2016

3rd T20 – Pakistan vs New Zealand

 

Hey Guys,

On 22nd of January New Zealand beat Pakistan in the 3rd T20 by 95 runs. Here is the ball-by-ball analysis and scorecard. 

By the time Corey Anderson limped of the field in the 15th over he had already turned the match and series in New Zealand’s favour. He smashed a innings of 82 of 42 balls which shot New Zealand to a total of 196. When he was bowling by his 2nd over he had taken 2 wickets to help reduce Pakistan to 36 for 4.

A good start was needed for Pakistan when they were chasing almost 200 buts that’s not what they got. Losing 4 wickets for only 36 runs in 6 overs. First went Mohammed Hafeez who didn’t get on top of a short one and then got caught on the off-side. In the next over, Ahmed Shehzad picked out a fielder in the deep of the leg-side, before Mohammed Rizwan ran himself out hurtling to towards his crease. Shoaib Malik struck 3 sweetly timed fours but then the run-rate got on top of Malik and in the next over got caught slogging. At this moment, New Zealand were firmly on road to a victory.

In the end Anderson was not needed for the win and New Zealand picked up the victory with 4 overs still remaining. Only 2 Pakistani batsmen got into double figures.

When Shahid Afridi chose to bowl first his vision was loosing the match without a fight. The game was brought on by Guptill from the first bowl of the match bowled by the seamer.

Just like what he did in Hamilton, Guptill tore through the Pakistani pacers with ease and proved that this was not going to be easy. Against the spinners, Afridi and Imad Wasim, he was also destructive but Afridi got his man when he bowled a top-spinner that went quickly on.

Then, a great piece of fielding from Rizwan at mid-wicket ran out Munro at the non-strickers end. Wahab took the wicket of Kane Willianson next but the momentum was still with New Zealand even though Pakistan had taken three quick wickets.

The Pakistani bowlers had very little margin for error with small boundaries and with third-man and fine leg in when they tried to fire in the yorkers like Wahab at 140 kph. Wahab leaked 43 runs in his first 4 overs and received a special type of punishment from the New Zealand batsman.

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Peace Out,

The Cornered Tiger

 

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2nd T20 – Pakistan vs New Zealand

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On Sunday New Zealand beat Pakistan by 10 wickets. Here is the ball-by-ball analysis and scorecard of the match.

Kane Williamson and Martin Guptill – New Zealand’s two form batsmen – combined in a clinical display of poise and timing, to gun down Pakistan’s 168 for 7 inside eighteen overs in Hamilton. Their 171-run stand was the highest ever for T20Is, let alone for opening pairs. The ten-wicket victory evened the series in emphatic fashion. Guptill left the field with 87 to his name, and Williamson with a personal best of 72 – both striking at 150.

Williamson had been the early aggressor, flitting about his crease to make use of errant lines from the Pakistan bowlers. He slapped Mohammad Amir through the leg side for four in the second over, then cracked three fours through point off Imad Wasim soon after. With the positioning of the pitch making the eastern square boundary only 52 metres, Williamson continued to move around his crease to target that – most memorably lap-scooping Amir to the fine-leg fence in the fifth over. Williamson had New Zealand’s run rate hurtling at 10 an over inside the Powerplay, and it did not dip too far below that thereafter.

Guptill was more still at the crease, hitting a flat six off Umar Gul in the first over of the chase, but largely batting in Williamson’s slipstream before taking flight through the middle overs. He struck consecutive fours, either side of the wicket, off Amir in the 13th over, and successive sixes off Shahid Afridi in the 15th. He struck four sixes and nine fours in his 58-ball innings. Williamson didn’t clear the rope, but hit 11 fours.

Kane Williamson and Martin Guptill gave the hosts yet another quick start

Pakistan had lost early wickets and made a stalling start before Shoaib Malik’s measured 39 and Umar Akmal’s violent 56 not out from 27 balls seemed to have revived their chances in the match. New Zealand’s batting was excellent, but Pakistan’s bowlers perhaps had their thoughts scrambled by the asymmetrical dimensions of the field – one square boundary more than 20 metres shorter than the other.

Amir had a particularly poor outing, leaking 34 from his 3 overs, but no one in the Pakistan attack fared well. Wahab Riaz went at 10 an over, and the usually-miserly Imad Wasim at 8. Such was the adaptability of New Zealand’s batting, that they were not slowed by Shahid Afridi’s rifling through the attack, nor the several different fields he employed through the innings.

Mitchell McClenaghan was the best of New Zealand’s bowlers, delivering a tight line, largely on off stump, and mixing up his pace and lengths intelligently. He had conceded only eight runs from his first three overs, but those figures were soured somewhat by Akmal’s late charge, during which the batsman struck two fours and a six in three balls. McClenaghan did take valuable wickets however, having bowled Malik with a yorker in his third over, then having Wasim top-edging a bouncer to fine leg in the penultimate over of the innings.

Pakistan lost their openers early after choosing to bat

Earlier, Pakistan had been 34 for 2 after 6.1 overs before Malik arrived to ease the innings into motion, beginning with singles to third man, then a spate of fours to that short boundary. His 63-run fourth-wicket stand with Umar Akmal was the most substantial of the innings.

Akmal blasted consecutive sixes off Mitchell Santner to the short leg-side boundary early in his innings, but he wasn’t shy of taking on the longer boundary either. He batted busily through the middle overs, and memorably launched Grant Elliott into the adjacent road in the 16th over, with a 103-metre hit over cow corner. Clean striking in McClenaghan’s final over moved him to 50 off 22 balls – the second fastest T20 half-century for Pakistan just one ball behind his own record. He lost partners in quick succession through those late overs, but appeared to have seen Pakistan through to a good score, given their successful defence of 171 two evenings prior.

Peace Out,

The Cornered Tiger

1st T20 – Pakistan vs New Zealand

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Pakistan beat New Zealand by 16 runs on Friday. Here is the scorecard and ball-by-ball analysis of the match.

New Zealand threatened Pakistan’s total of 171 for 8 through fifties to Colin Munro and Kane Williamson, but the many strands of Pakistan’s varied attack came together to truss up the hosts, 17 runs short of their target. The pace trio of Wahab Riaz, Umar Gul and Mohammad Amir created chances, while the spin of Imad Wasim, and Shahid Afridi provided economy. Mohammad Hafeez had earlier provided the base for Pakistan’s innings, with 61 from 47 balls from the top of the order.

Mohammad Hafeez, however, was steady at the other end and scored his eighth T20I fifty

Wahab was left to defend 20 runs from the final over, with Williamson on strike. He had the batsman caught at deep square leg first ball to effectively seal the match, before taking the final wicket of the innings off the last ball. New Zealand’s chase had begun slowly before being invigorated by Munro. They gave up most ground during the middle overs, when four middle-order wickets were lost for 18 runs.

Amir’s part in his international return was relatively low-key, but full of frustration. He had Williamson dropped off his bowling in the fourth over, then had another straightforward catch spilled towards the end of the match. He eventually took the wicket of Matt Henry in the penultimate over to finish with figures of 1 for 31 from four overs. Wahab claimed three scalps, Gul and Afridi took two wickets apiece, while Wasim returned 1 for 18 from his full quota.

Williamson had made a stuttering start to his innings, as Pakistan introduced spin as early as the second over – most likely to upset Martin Guptill’s rhythm in the early overs. Williamson was on two from six balls when he ran Guptill out in the second over, and then continued to progress slowly. He was 10 from 20 balls at one stage, and his first boundary came off the 36th ball he faced – as late as the 12th over.

Pakistan got a huge boost in the chase when Martin Guptill was run out in the second over for 2

In between Colin Munro had blasted 56 off 27 balls and got out. He sent six balls over the rope – memorably uppercutting Gul over third man in a fifth over that yielded 23 runs – as he reeled in New Zealand’s required rate. His departure heralded a middle-order collapse. Corey Anderson, Luke Ronchi, Grant Elliott and Mitchell Santner all fell in single figures.

Williamson attempted to resurrect the innings from 109 for 6 after 15 overs, but continued to lose partners just as he discovered fluency. He struck smart, square boundaries to keep his side alive, but was eventually out for 70 off 60 balls.

Perhaps wary of being fatally seduced by the size of the Eden Park boundaries, Hafeez saw out the first over, scoreless, then moved to five off ten balls before he became more ambitious. A lap-scoop off Trent Boult and a slap over the covers next ball moved him into a higher gear, before he plundered 18 runs off Corey Anderson’s first international over in six months, hitting three fours and a six on the off side.

That over helped lift Pakistan to 62 for 1 at the end of the Powerplay. Hafeez progressed at a more even pace when the field relaxed and New Zealand applied their spinners in tandem. Debutant legbreak bowler Todd Astle was the more expensive of the pair, as Hafeez and Shoib Malik lifted him over the rope in a three-over spell that cost 28. Having had Soahib Maqsood stumped first ball, then also taking the wicket of Malik, Santner didn’t give away a boundary in his four overs, which conceded just 14.

Hafeez mined the gaps in the outfield to near fifty, which he reached off 36 balls. He freed his arms again when pace returned to the attack, sending Boult over the covers again, then swatting a Milne bouncer to the wide long-on fence, but holed out at deep square leg off Milne’s next ball.

Shahid Afridi burned typically brightly for a typically brief period of time. He rocked the 16th over – bowled by Matt Henry – cracking two sixes and two fours in a span of four balls, but was out soon after. Having dropped a catch off Umar Akmal earlier, Kane Williamson held on to the chance from Afridi, leaving the batsman with 23 from 8 balls.

Shahid Afridi, though, smashed 23 off eight balls to lift Pakistan to 171 for 9

Having been 147 off 5 after 17 overs, Pakistan might have hoped for total in excess of 180, but good death bowling from Adam Milne and Henry in the two final overs thwarted those ambitions. Imad Wasim contributed a valuable 18 from 9 balls.

Peace Out,

The Cornered Tiger

BBL 05 – All Star XI

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So the Big Bash League (BBL 05) is going on and many players have proved to be vital to there teams and many underdogs have risen to shine for there teams. So here is a collection of all the best players in BBL 05:

  • Usman Khawaja (Batsman)
  • Aaron Finch (Batsman)
  • Chris Gayle (Batsman)
  • Chris Lynn (Batsman)
  • Andre Russel (All-Rounder)
  • David Willey (All-Rounder)
  • Daniel Christain (All-Rounder)
  • Brad Haddin (Wicket-Keeper)
  • Adil Rashid (Bowler)
  • Jason Behrendorf (Bowler)
  • Cameron Boyce (Bowler)

These are all the best players of the BBL 05 in one team. Comment down below who you think will win the fifth session of the Big Bash League.

Peace Out,

The Cornered Tiger

Amla’s Resignation

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The decision Hashim Amla made to resign the captaincy has to be respected. Amla is a key member of the South African batting line up. The runs he scores are of immense importance to the team, particularly now, after the retirement of a number of senior players.

If he feels that the burden of captaincy is affecting his performance with the bat then he has made the right decision.

He clearly made up his mind before the Cape Town test, which lifted the burden of leadership off his shoulders and his renewed vigour at the crease was there for all to see.

Test captaincy is not for everyone and the fact that Amla doesn’t want to continue with this demanding job doesn’t make him a lesser player or person. In fact this decision will prolong his career and ensure that he scores heavily for the Proteas in times to come.

His replacement, AB de Villiers, is very comfortable with the added responsibility that captaincy brings. We have seen this in one-day international cricket where his performances with the bat while captain speak for themselves.

As captain, De Villiers is unlikely to leave the test arena in the near future, which is a massive plus for the Proteas. There was a real fear after the Durban test match that he was going to cut down on his international playing future. This is unlikely to be the case now. The captaincy should energise him and give him a renewed vigour.

The team has a week before the next test to adjust to this development, which should be enough seeing that most of them have played under De Villiers and know his captaincy style well.

The Proteas will take confidence from the way they played from day three onwards in the test match in Cape Town.

It was important for Amla to make a strong statement in the second test.

Amla had a poor 2015 by his standards. There was a fear that the pressure of captaincy was affecting his batting.

He also developed a slight flaw in his footwork pertaining to his trigger movement.

Fortunately the surface in Cape Town was a batsman’s paradise. This enabled Amla to spend a Long time at the crease and iron out some of the problems he had with his technique.

The future holds if now Amla can get back to his ways of scoring runs without the weight of captaincy on his shoulders.

Peace Out,

The Cornered Tiger

The Return of Mohammed Amir

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Mohammed Amir entered with a bang in international cricket and shortly after disappeared with a even louder bang and the echoes of which haunt me and my fellow Pakistanis. The ‘King of Swing’ said himself that Amir was much better than him at that age. Sadly the guy ruined his career at Lords and the pundits deemed that he would never step foot on a cricket field and far from the fact that he would ever make a comeback to the national squad.

But after finishing his cricket-less 5 years he came back to the domestic circuit and blew the competition away with his bowling causing trouble to even his former team mates. Playing for Chittagong Vikings and taking 13 wickets in 8 matches and proving his critics wrong.

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As said before, Amir was signed by Chittagong Vikings in the Bangladesh Premier League and that’s where the revival of this maestro started. He had some shining moments in local matches in Pakistan but that was surely was not enough to get him to the national squad. He still has the pace and is still 23, in his very first match he was on hat trick on two occasions; he came all guns blazing and was wonderful to see. Steaming in from a fifteen yard run-up and troubling batsmen with his in swinging deliveries is a clear sign that the guy still has it.

He bowled a crucial second last over and got rid of two set batsmen, Pareera and Misbah on consecutive balls. That perfectly crafted yorker to Misbah who was opening himself for a booming drive over extra cover proved to be too good for him. Although the gestures after dismissing the captain were extremely inappropriate but still he helped his side win the match and ended up with the career best 4 for 30.

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In the next match Amir proved that he could do magical things even with an old ball when he had to defend nine overs and he succeeded proving that he is very cool under pressure as not a lot of young players are.

Pakistan desperately needs a fast bowler to accompany Wahab Riaz as Irfan sooner or later would retire and looking at the present lot, only Amir seems fit to fill the soon to be vacant spot. He is a potent fast bowler and is yet to reach his prime age, so let’s give him a chance.

In my opinion Amir should be included in the side only on his performance and behaviour and no not left out because of some grudges. Selectors must monitor his performance and discipline for next few months and if he performs and behaves well then there should be no excuse to keep him away from his passion.

Peace Out,

The Cornered Tiger

Lahore Qalanders Analysis

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The Pakistan Super League is all set to start on February 4th 2016. On the 21st and the 22nd of December 2015 the inaugural PSL draft was taken place in the National Academy of Pakistan in Lahore to maintain balance among all five squads of the tournament.

In each blog, I will analyse every team of the Pakistan Super league a.k.a PSL. So lets start the discussion about the Lahore Qalanders.

Lahore Qalanders was bought by Qatar Lubricants Company Limited for $25 million. The team is captained by Azhar Ali and the head coach is Paddy Upton. So lets move on to analyse the batting and bowling line-up.

Batting Line-up

One thing is for sure that the Lahore Qalanders management think that batsmen win matches because their 3 platinum picks were all batsman in the draft. The batsman to watch out for is the mighty Gayle-storm and with him in there ranks Lahore is sure to get high scores in each game.

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Mukhtar Ahmed was picked as a supplementary player and is the most suited to open the innings with Gayle, but with Lahore you don’t know what to expect.

The middle order of Lahore Qalanders is the strongest in the Pakistan Super League with big hitters and sheer talent. Bravo, Umar Akmal, Delport, Sohaib Maqsood, Rizwan and Hammad Azam will surely catapult the scores and we might witness regular 160+ totals from Lahore Qalandars. Abdul Razzaq will also join Lahore later as he is playing the MCL and this might be the reason why he was not picked as a normal player.

The Lahore batting line-up has lots of strengths but there is one weakness. If Lahore’s batting order collapses there is no player to hold one end. They have Azhar Ali as one batsman like that but he cannot do all of this on his own.

All-rounders

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Lahore has plenty of all-rounders in the team and the captain would be extremely lucky to have such diverse options at his disposal. Bravo, Hammad and Zafar Gohar are the ones to watch out for. These players are talented, dynamic and exciting and most importantly they like to take charge to the opposition, this is what makes them pretty dangerous.

Bowlers

This is one area where team Lahore will struggle as they will have to rely on few part time bowlers, who could leak away plenty of runs in their quota of four overs. Qalandars have T20 specialists in the form of Kevon Cooper and the latest Bengali sensation Mustafizur Rahman. Yasir Shah too could prove potent on his day but at the end of the day it would be an interesting thing to see how captain rotates his bowlers.

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Players to Watch Out For

Of course Gayle is the highlight of team Lahore Qalandars but I personally believe that Bravo is a player who would outshine rest of the team. Being my personal favorite of the team, I desperately want Umar Akmal to perform but I myself won’t place my bets on him, as he might win you a match or two but would utterly disappoint you in the rest of the tournament.

Underdogs

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Zafar Gohar for me would be the most exciting young player for Lahore Qalandars, after seeing him bowl and bat in a match against England, one would completely agree that the guy has a lot of potential and unlike are most “overly talented young rising stars”, he seems to have a cool head on his shoulders, thus a lot could be expected from this young lad.

Captain Issue

Lahore Qalanders will announce there captain very soon, at least this is what their Facebook is saying. In my opinion the captain should be Gayle as he has experience of being captain and he knows how things work in the field.

Hope you guys learnt something about the Lahore Qalanders and here you can see the full squad of the Lahore Qalanders: http://pslfantasy.com/psl-teams/lahore-qalandars

Tune in next time for the analysis of another team in the HBL Pakistan Super League.

Peace Out,

The Cornered Tiger

Karachi Kings Analysis

Hey Guys,

The Pakistan Super League is all set to start on February 4th 2016. On the 21st and the 22nd of December 2015 the inaugural PSL draft was taken place in the National Academy of Pakistan in Lahore to maintain balance among all five squads of the tournament.

In each blog, I will analyse every team of the Pakistan Super league a.k.a PSL. So lets start the discussion about the Karachi Kings.

Karachi Kings is the most expensive team in the PSL, bought by ARY Group for $26 million on a ten year agreement. Captained by Shoib Malik and coached by Mickey Arthur they are the most underrated team of the competition as they are lacking big names. The team had a tricky first day of the draft but really took hold of the crowd and making a balanced team.

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Batting Line-up

Karachi Kings batting line-up looks very solid but they lack some quality big hitters and finishers. Although, they have players like Simmons, Shakib and Mushfiq that can make some quick fire 30s or 40s. Shoib Malik and Nauman Anwar will add stability for the line-up. Karachi have spent most of there budget on players that can keep the scoreboard ticking. Fawad Alam, Ifthikhar and James Vince will manage the middle overs and Alam will add flavour to the line-up as he is a lefty. As said before Karachi lack hard hitters but Sohail Tanveer and Mushfiq-ur-Rahim could add the acceleration in the end.

In conclusion, it will be very interesting which batsmen are assigned what job in the batting Line-up.

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Bowling Line-up

Karachi Kings have a mediocre batting line-up but the bowling department is perfect and defensibly the most dangerous line-up in the tournament. Undoubtedly, the bowler that everyone will have there eye on is Mohammed Amir. He will be backed by another left-hander named Sohail Tanveer. These two can break any batting attack on any given day specially Amir and he has shown what he can do in the past.  Then there is Sohail Khan and Billawal Bahti who are quick but can get carried away sometimes. Ravi Bopara could also fill in with some overs in the middle.

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Coming to the spin department, Karachi Kings is lucky to have three quality spinners in their team. Shakib, Imad and Malik who are all different from each other but are equally dangerous and effective. This spin trio could become the highlight of the tournament.

All-rounders

Malik is extremely lucky to have the services of Shakib and Bopara, who alongside him are handful and possess the capability to turn around game both with bat and ball. These three people could bowl a full quota of four overs and have a capacity to score big too, so Karachi Kings have a strong case as they have good all-rounders.

Players to Watch Out For

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Amir unarguably would be the highlight of Karachi Kings, as since his return he has been in the limelight and after a brilliant BPL, all eyes are on him. Shaoib Malik and Shakib are the other two players who could steal the show on any given day. Malik had a great 2015 and he would love to carry the same form in next year.

Underdogs

Nauman Anwar is one guy, who I personally believe is pretty underrated. He has all the shots and is pretty cool under pressure. Soail Tanveer is another guy who could prove vital in the title quest for Karachi Kings; both with ball and bat.

Hope you guys learnt something about the Karachi Kings and here you can see the full squad of the Karachi Kings: http://pslfantasy.com/psl-teams/karachi-kings

Tune in next time for the analysis of Lahore Qalanders.

Peace Out,

The Cornered Tiger