Daily Archives: January 23, 2017

Pakistan vs Australia – 4th ODI

Hey Guys,

Australia beat Pakistan by 86 runs in the 4th ODI. Here is the full commentary and scorecard.

Pakistani goof-ups in the field and another high jump for the blistering Australian opener, David Warner, was the story at the SCG as Australia took the victory and the series 3-1. It felt like we were feeling Deja Vu from the test series in this match. Now, Pakistan can only hope for a victory at the Adelaide Oval for their series loss not to look as bad and make it 3-2.

The blows to Pakistan were taken early as Warner raced to a half-century in just 35 balls and got the score up to 212 for 1 with Steven Smith in the 36th over with the one scalp being Usman Khawaja who was the first of five for the younster Hasan Ali. Glenn Maxwell and Travis Head then set the stage for a strong finish by getting 118 runs of the last 10 over unlike Pakistan in the 3rd ODI. Smith, Maxwell and Head were the lucky ones today being offered many lives by the horrendous Pakistani fielding. 354 would have been the highest successful run chase in Australia’s back garden but it was not to be this time for Pakistan.

Although, Sharjeel Khan once again gave a great start to Pakistan with his 46 ball 74 but when he tried to slog sweep Adam Zampa for his fourth six of the innings Warner came running from the boundary to take the catch. After that the target was always too much, far too much.

The day was not always that good for Sharjeel. Head skied on off the bowling of Junaid Khan but the catch was grassed by Sharjeel. This hurt Pakistan as Head went on to make a 50 of 35 balls. It was Sharjeel’s second drop of the match with before he dropped Smith at backward point which also cost the Pakistanis as Smith made 49. In the whole story, Pakistan missed 6 catches which is far too many to be against a team like Australia.

Pakistan’s fielding was a key point in their test and ODI series defeat and you could see the emotions on the face of Steve Rixon (Pakistani fielding coach) that were the players doing what they had been taught. Their fielding was chaotic, fumbles and overthrows were the headlines of the innings and slow running to the ball was the point where Australia picked up those extra runs.

It was not only Pakistan who made the bad choices in the field. Australia also dropped catches a couple of times but made up for them by taking the important wickets very quickly like Warner (you cannot keep this man out of the game) came running once again to take the catch of Shoaib Malik for 47 of the bowling of Head.

Pakistani fielding was not the only thing on the table that made Pakistan taste defeat. The still had to deal with another Warner hundred. He was also dropped but only when he had gone past the milestone. His devastating innings included 11 fours and 2 sixes as well as recording his 8th ODI century in the past year. He slowed down significantly after his half century and brought up his century of 98 balls. The jump gets higher every time don’t you think and that what happened. The party had to end and Hasan Ali provided the break through when he edged off to the keeper, Mohammed Rizwan.

Warner had been the keystone of his partnership between Khawaja (94 runs) and then with Smith (120 runs). Hasan Ali broke the stand by getting Smith for 47 and Warner for 130 in the same over but when Head and Maxwell came they could not be stopped by anyone in the Pakistan team.

Maxwell was dropped of 8 by Hasan and went on to make a vital 78 runs for his country. Hasan had already grassed Warner on 113 before but he made up for it with his 5 wicket haul. The Maxwell and Head partnership was worth 100 runs of just 10 overs proving very important to get to that 353 target. Maxwell’s fifty came off just 34 balls before Head was caught in the deep by Shoaib Malik off the bowling of Mohammed Amir for 51. Hasan completed a five-wicket haul by getting Matthew Wade and Maxwell in the final over, but the damage had already been done.

Australia had smashed 353 and Pakistan needed for every batsman to contribute towards it. That did not start so well with Azhar Ali being caught by Smith for 7 off the bowling of Josh Hazlewood. Then Babar Azam was caught in the deep by Hazlewood off the bowling of Head for 31. Then, Sharjeel – who was the only one who gave a fight – perished and the game was firmly in the hands of the Australians.

The RRR (required run-rate) went through the roof with wickets falling at regular intervals. Mohammed Hafeez was taken off Zampa in the deep for 40, Malik picked out Head for 47, Umar Akmal skied Mitchell Starc for 11 and Rizwan was trapped LBW by Zampa for 10. The tradegies did not stop there as the tail was cleaned up quickly with Amir being caught for 5, then Imad Wasim being caught behind for 25 then a golden duck for Junaid.

Australia had completed a 86 run victory to take the series. Warner was named Man of the Match. Now can Pakistan upset Australia at the Adelaide Oval on Australia Day? I will see you there.

Peace Out,

The Cornered Tiger

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Pakistan vs Australia – 3rd ODI

Hey Guys,

Australia beat Pakistan by 7 wickets in the 3rd ODI. Here is the full commentary and scorecard.

The comments from Josh Hazlewood and Steven Smith were vindicated in the 3rd ODI as Pakistan failed to capitalise in the last 10 overs and Australia stealing the win. Steven Smith produced another disastrous innings at the WACA with a 108 not out to guide Australia to the win. They paced the finish line with 5 overs to spare. Australia took the lead in the series with 2-1 and 2 matches are remaining.

A hundred from Smith was complimented by by a 82 from Peter Handscomb (on ODI debut). With the ball, Josh Hazlewood was the pick of the bowlers with 2 for 32 in 10 overs. Travis Head also took 2 important wickets in the start and hit the winning runs at the end. We saw that sloppy Pakistan we have seen time and time again in the game and this was a major reason for their loss.

Handscomb might just be the luckiest man for the Australians this summer. First he survived a battery of South African fast bowling on his debut and now against Pakistan was caught at first slip but it was a no ball from Junaid Khan and then dropped at point (another no ball from Junaid). If that the first no ball had not happened Australia could have fell to 46 for 3 giving Pakistan real hope for the victory. When that 3rd wicket finally fell, Australia and Peter Handscomb had already done the damage and victory was in sight.

Early wickets from Junaid and Amir gave Pakistan hope that they could pull of a victory with the help of their battery of fast bowlers with the openers – Usman Khawaja and David Warner – being dismissed in the first 10 overs. Khawaja caught the edge of a swinging ball from Amir (who has flourished in this ODI series) and was out for 9 and Warner was caught by a out swinger from Junaid for Rizwan to take a catch behind the wickets. Although a great start from Pakistan, Handscomb once again was lucky and the 183 run partnership did the job for Australia very nicely.

Not a particularly exciting but useful innings from Handscomb contained a number of singles and 6 fours with of them being thick edges flying over the keeper. He finished that innings with his name in the record books scoring the 3rd highest score on ODI debut for Australia behind Phillip Hughes (112 vs Sri Lanka) and Phil Jaques (94 vs South Africa). Eventually, and finally for Pakistan his luck ran out and was caught of the bowling of Hasan Ali.

Travis Head struck an unbeaten 23 with hitting the winning which once again sparked the argument of the role of Glenn Maxwell. With Australia again using only 1 spinner, Maxwell did not bowl but Australia did not care who did what, they got a victory.

The major for the win of Australia was the fluency of Smith and how freely he scored – granted a couples of lives from the Pakistanis – with his 97 ball century. This amazing innings included 11 fours and a six. Another Australian in the record books as he became the fastest Australian batsman to get to 3000 runs in his 79th innings.

It was the final 10 overs that Pakistan did not capitalise in and the Pakistani fans remember the days of Abdur Razzaq and Shahid Afrid but they were no where to be seen. Sharjeel Khan once again stepped up to the mark with a 50 to set the stage and then Babar Azam also cashed in with a 50 but Pakistan could not get to that 300 plus score that looked easy at the start of the innings. From 213 for 4 at the 40th over many people expected them to at least get close but that was not the case.

Azam and Umar Akmal fell to Josh Hazlewood (3 for 32 in 10 over) who bowled a economical spell plus took 3 important wickets. The last 5 overs only brought 21 runs to Pakistan with just 1 boundary with Rizwan not being able to get bat on ball. Somehow, Pakistan crawled 263 which looked like it might be a dependable target with the form of Junaid and Amir.

The start of the innings was strong for the Pakistanis as Sharjeel smashed 20 runs from the 4th over brought to you by the new comer Billy Stanlake. Sharjeel hit his signature pull over mid wicket for a six and then 3 consecutive boundaries which made the rookie’s numbers look bad in only his 2nd ODI. But Australians had nothing to worry about as Hazlewood came to the rescue and trapped Hafeez LBW the very next ball for 4.

The departure of his partner had no effect on the batting of Sharjeel as he smashed 3 consecutive boundaries again of Head but then chopped one one and departed for a well made 50 of 47 balls to give Head his first of the match. Them Shafiq came down the crease for an adventure but sent a thick edge to short third man and was back in the pavilion for just 5. Azam and Shoaib Malik steadied the boat for a partnership of 63 for the fourth wicket.

Malik then fell victim to Stanlake for his first international wicket on 39 and he joined his fallen teammates in the pavilion. In came Umar Akmal who added a 60 run partnership with Azam and was given a life when he came to Head but the stumping chance was missed from the keeper.

Azam was the key for Pakistan but he only scored 4 fours and 1 six of his 84. On the other hand, he was the player the Pakistanis could revolve their innings around and they did as he scored more runs in this one match than he had in the whole test series. The Pakistani was in the record books as well along side Sir Viv Richards, KP, Joanthan Trott and Quinton de Kock by reaching his 1000 runs in 21 innings (joint fastest with Sir Viv Richards). Pakistan need him to get to that 100 but instead he became Hazlewood’s 2nd victim when he pulled a ball into the deep and was caught magnificently by Handscomb.

Hazlewood got his 3rd when Akmal edged a bouncer to Wade, the keeper, for 39. The Australian fielding was on point as in the next over Head came running from mid-off and caught Imad Wasim for 9 with a gem to remember for a long long time.

With wickets in the last 10 and no runs being made, Pakistan’s hopes of getting even close to 300 were finished that was the Australians needed. Australia crossed the finish line with 30 balls to spare. Pakistan will have to work their butts off to get this series back.

Peace Out,

The Cornered Tiger