PAKISTAN VS AUSTRALIA LIVE

This match is a test for Pakistan's match winners- will they be able to topple the tournament favourites?

Pakistan has beaten Australia before in World Cups and they have the talent to do it again. However Australia has momentum in their favour and they are the mentally the strongest team in this WC.

The weather in Colombo is expected to fluctuate between sunny and showery. It is possible that the match may be reduced in terms of overs. If this happens Pakistan should consider themselves lucky because the lesser the overs the match is reduced to, the more chances for Pakistan to play the match like a T20 match, the format they are most comfortable in.

Pakistan’s strategy is to retain focus on the positives and motivate Kamran Akmal. At the moment there is uncertainty about Akmal’s performance. In my opinion if the team management was sensible they should have tried to play Asad Shafiq or Younis Khan as a wicketkeeper vs Zimbabwe, since Umar Akmal was unavailable. I don’t think it would be a negative strategy to drop Akmal at all, I think in fact the players will feel more comfortable that he is not standing behind the stumps.

Shoaib Akhtar has announced his retirement, whether he plays or not tomorrow or in the forthcoming matches, time will tell but the Pakistan players must try their best for Akhtar’s sake if not for anything else. I am not a fan of Shoaib Akhtar but it would be nice to see his team mates giving him a nice retirement gift by reaching at least the semi final.

Pakistan’s Hafeez, K Akmal, Razzaq and Afridi must play this match like a T20 match. At least 3 of them should bat in the top order. Misbah must bat below Shafiq and Younis. It is important that the aggressive batsmen take their chances from the first ball, otherwise Australian bowlers will definitely take their wickets. If Hafeez and K Akmal have to score 20 or 25 runs apiece, they must score them very quickly. They are not going to score centuries against Australia so there is no point playing defensively and trying to make a big score.

In my opinion by retaining K Akmal in the team Pakistan has already taken the first negative step which might haunt them later. However it is never too late to make amends and the focus has to be to attack from the first ball. Australia is the best team but they can be beaten, the management just needs to think outside the box.

The slight good news for Pakistan is that due to the margin of victory for Sri Lanka against NZ, there is not a great difference between the Net Run Rate of Pakistan and NZ. If the match tomorrow is a close one then there is a chance Pakistan will end up as the 3rd ranking team in the points table which would mean it is most likely to play against India in the QF.

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  1. #1 by khansahab on March 18, 2011 - 11:18 PM

    new thread

  2. #2 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 19, 2011 - 2:46 AM

    Well, we are all looking forward to the game that is going to start in about 6 hours and 20 minutes from now. But, before that BD vs SA match is starting in about an hour and 20 minutes. Can BD surprise SA? I don’t think so, it has to be a miracle and that is not possible.

    I was looking at the Group A and B rankings and I was surprised to see that except for South Africa ALL other teams have yet to make it to the QF stage. Even India !

    If BD defeats SA and West Indies beats India, then India’s NRR will probably save them to stay in the tournament. England’s fate also depends on today’s match between BD and SA. Their NRR is lower than India’s at the moment.

    Whereas in the Group A, all the teams have qualified for the KO stage and they are, Australia, Pakistan, New Zealand and Sri Lanka. Only the match between Australia and Pakistan will decide the rankings. If Pakistan wins they will be at the top and if they lose they will be at the bottom. Because, their NRR is less than New Zealand’s. So India and Pakistan play similar style of cricket that you never know where they stand and where they will end up.

  3. #3 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 19, 2011 - 3:08 AM

    Good thread khansahab,

    My only difference of opinion in this matter is, including Akhtar in the playing XI at this stage. The other thing that you have said about Kamran Akmal being a negative impact on the team, there is nothing much can be done now because, they have already played him against Zimbabwe and they are not going to drop him against Australia.

    I agree that the openers have to go aggressively and not letting the ball go to the keeper’s glove like Hafeez does it so often. I really hate it when he does that because then the bowler keeps on bowling on the same line and length. You have to plan like Sehwag does, hit a four on the first ball i.e., when the bowler is actually bowling a warm up ball and you are prepared to hit him hard at any cost. So far it has worked for Sehwag and it should work for anyone who can hit hard.

    We have seen how that 19 year old Canadian opener Hiral Patel tormented Tait, Lee and Johnson, I remember in one of the matches Dilshan also tormented Tait and that is the way to deal with Australia, if you allow their fast bowlers to dominate then they come at you more aggressively. Tait did that in his second spell when Harvir was hit between the legs by a full toss and then he bowled him a couple of bouncers and yorkers and got him bowled eventually.

  4. #4 by amir on March 19, 2011 - 4:52 AM

    hi guys
    i agree with javed sahib that pakistan should attack ausies from first ball that is the only way they can win. On actor i dnt like him but think that we r giving him punishment 4 khatmals mistake. He got ross out twice and it was khatmal who droped him. He was bowling well jus bowled one bad over. I think if they drop actor they must also drop khatmal cause he is main culprit of ruining so many careers. And also i suspect that he wil throw another match and in ko stages that mean we r out so dnt want him in team as wel.

  5. #5 by Mohammed Munir on March 19, 2011 - 6:18 AM

    Hi guys,

    Big game this.

    Good Luck to Pakistan !!

  6. #6 by Mohammed Munir on March 19, 2011 - 6:29 AM

    Inside Juice …. 😉

    Kamran Akmal will open today and Ahmed Shehzad will finally be dropped, but Shoaib Akhtar will play.

  7. #7 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 19, 2011 - 7:01 AM

    South Africa are 284/8 batting first and this is innings break.

    Bangladesh has chased more than 300 runs and won but, not on this pitch and not against this team. It would really be treat for the BD nation if they win this match today. Cricket is a wonderful game and at the same time it is very unpredictable, so one never knows.

    The pitch looks like its made of cement rather, SLATE. I dunno why it is so dark and dirty? It looks very hard but there is no bounce in it. On the TV they showed where the covers are and, I saw some thick cotton covers soaked in water that were used to cover the pitch, probably the curator has soaked it in water to keep the pitch more moist so that it suits the spinners!

    SA is also playing with 3 regular spinners in the team i.e., Bootha, Peterson and Imran Tahir. So, it will not be easy for BD stroke makers to play against the SA spinners.

  8. #8 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 19, 2011 - 7:10 AM

    Munir Juice Wala,

    From Where the Hello do you get all this pulpy secrets? 😀

    Well, we all know after reading the news in the media that there is a lot of pressure to play shoaib akhtar in today’s match. Like amir has pointed out, it was Kamran Akmal the culprit who dropped two catches of Ross Taylor when he was on ZERO and FOUR. Had he held those catches things would have been different.

  9. #9 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 19, 2011 - 7:44 AM

    The good news is the weather report from Colombo confirms there will be no rain.

    Today Mar 19 Sunny 86° F and during the day it will be sunny so whoever wins the toss must bat first.

    86°F

  10. #10 by khansahab on March 19, 2011 - 8:12 AM

    Al Pacino’s famous speech from the movie, “Any Given Sunday”. Someone should give a similar speech in the Pakistan dressing room:

  11. #11 by Mohammed Munir on March 19, 2011 - 8:18 AM

    Javed Khan …

    LOL @ JuiceWala. 😉

    I also read your ‘Koolah-Saike-Raha-Hai’ 😉 and other funny names and will pass my comments laters.

    I don’t know how many bloggers understand the word ‘Koolah’ here. 😀

    It’s like I am off today and am writing from iPhone and can’t write in details, so will keep putting in short comments. 😉

  12. #12 by khansahab on March 19, 2011 - 8:24 AM

    What Waqar Younis’s speech may be like if he wants to emulate Pacino:

    “Pakastan dey moondo, ajj twadda wadda match hoanda si Aastralia noo. Ajj assi sab danya do duss dein teh assi pakastaani hain. ajj jera team ach koi punjabi, pathan, sandhi teh bhaiyya nai hoanda, buss sab pakastaani hon kar khelein. twadda talluk kissi pind ya zilley ach ho, ajj pakastani kom do ay sab pool jaana hoga. mainu dusso teh danya di koi takat pakastan do hara sakdi ay? jeri team ach wadday match winner hoanday ay, mainu advice ditta twannu teh tussi changee perfarmance do takkay Woolmer di rooh ko sukoon mal jaye, jera Amran Paee kitta key saanu changee perfarmance deni chaye. buss sadda advice ay hai twadday naal…..pakastan zandabad”.

  13. #13 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 19, 2011 - 8:33 AM

    Australia won the toss and elected to bat first, same team as before.

    Pakistan has made only one change, Ahmad Shahzad is dropped and Umar Akmal in, that means NO Shoaib Akhtar.

  14. #14 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 19, 2011 - 8:37 AM

    LOL @ Ricky Ponting. As it is he talks like a Cattle Auctioneer and today with some Audio malfunctioning his voice was sounding like CHIP MONKS

    In the other game Bangladesh is reeling…….. half of the crowd has left the stadium when the score was 21/4

  15. #15 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 19, 2011 - 8:40 AM

    We need to see what new changes or tactics Afridi is going to use against Australia? Will that be in bowling or batting?

    SA started the first over with Bootha, so is he going to use Abdur Rahman to open the bowling?

    Tsotsobe shattered Bangla dreams by taking 3 top order wickets in 5 overs giving only 14 runs.

  16. #16 by khansahab on March 19, 2011 - 8:42 AM

    I really didn’t wake up so early in the morning to listen to Ramiz and Wasim’s voice

  17. #17 by Mohammed Munir on March 19, 2011 - 9:00 AM

    Lol @ Khansahab’s Punjagi. 😉

  18. #18 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 19, 2011 - 9:00 AM

    Ramiz is already spitting venom against the team’s decision for not including Shoaib and he said, they should have given him a chance in this match to take out his revenge against Australia for the last time.

    If he was included and gave away so many runs they would have criticized for not including him when he already gave away so many runs in the match against NZ and discouraged WAHAB RIAZ, “THE YOUNGSTER”

  19. #19 by khansahab on March 19, 2011 - 9:02 AM

    Good first few balls by Gul, good carry to the keeper

  20. #20 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 19, 2011 - 9:04 AM

    After Umar Gul it will be Abdur Rahman to bowl the second over. And, Watson hits Rahman for a four on the first ball. POPEYES, POPEYES 😀

  21. #21 by khansahab on March 19, 2011 - 9:05 AM

    Rehman is mediocre.

    Lol just as I type that his 1st ball is put to the boundary.

  22. #22 by khansahab on March 19, 2011 - 9:06 AM

    Weird, that looked close to me.

  23. #23 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 19, 2011 - 9:07 AM

    I wonder why they went for a review because from here I can see it is going down the leg side and let us see.

  24. #24 by khansahab on March 19, 2011 - 9:08 AM

    The umpire could have given that out in my opinion, it was sliding down leg but could have been given.

  25. #25 by khansahab on March 19, 2011 - 9:09 AM

    I don’t know why Rehman bowls so much on the pads, you would think that he would have sorted his line problem out.

    This is really pathetic, I don’t know how strong Afridi’s leg side field is but Rehman has to pitch middle.

  26. #26 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 19, 2011 - 9:10 AM

    They wasted a review. Kamran Akmal gets so over excited that he made everyone believe that it was hitting the stumps.

  27. #27 by khansahab on March 19, 2011 - 9:12 AM

    Pakistan’s excellent fitness continues…..Umar Gul unfit.

  28. #28 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 19, 2011 - 9:12 AM

    Shucks Umar Gul is in trouble…. cant run

    Earlier he slided while fielding and probably got his knee twisted. This is very bad for Pakistan!!!!!

  29. #29 by khansahab on March 19, 2011 - 9:12 AM

    Javed A Khan

    Akmal is a genuine match loser, whatever he does.

  30. #30 by khansahab on March 19, 2011 - 9:13 AM

    How can a bowler be unfit like that just in his 2nd over?

    I don’t think Gul trained properly before this match.

  31. #31 by khansahab on March 19, 2011 - 9:14 AM

    I didn’t see him slide, well maybe that explains it.

  32. #32 by khansahab on March 19, 2011 - 9:16 AM

    I hope Rehman has learnt a trick or two. The story of his WC is that he gives 4-5 runs per over but then gives a few boundaries in his later overs and ends up with an economy of over 5.

  33. #33 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 19, 2011 - 9:17 AM

    I saw him fielding and he did well in stopping the ball instead of two, the batsmen took only one run and I thought that is a good commitment but, at the same time when I saw him slide, I said, that is not so good for Umar Gul to do its a big risk, but he got up early and threw the ball right into Kamran’s gloves. There was nothing wrong till he started the run up. Thank God he is OK now.

  34. #34 by Mohammed Munir on March 19, 2011 - 9:19 AM

    What a start for Pakistan … 😦

    – We lost an important toss.

    – We started with Abdul Rahman (NZ match).

    – A close review went down in second over.

    – Umar Gul seems to have injured himself.

    What a Fcuking start here. 😦

  35. #35 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 19, 2011 - 9:19 AM

    khansahab

    Today the Bangla spinners were also bowling on the pads and sometimes they were hit for fours but most of the time the batsmen were milking singles and I was wondering why the F they are bowling on the pads?

  36. #36 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 19, 2011 - 9:21 AM

    Dont worry Munir, this is better than a good start because then they become very complacent, now they will be more alert and will not F UP.
    Considering 10 runs in 4 overs is pretty good against Australia.

  37. #37 by Mohammed Munir on March 19, 2011 - 9:22 AM

    Another problem is that we will have use Hafeez or Razzaq later on because Rahman is bowling now and the Australians will kill Hafeez/ Razzaq same like NZ did. 😦

  38. #38 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 19, 2011 - 9:24 AM

    BOWLED HIM
    UMAR GUL GOT WATSON

  39. #39 by khansahab on March 19, 2011 - 9:24 AM

    Excellent ball.

    Danger man Watson is out.

  40. #40 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 19, 2011 - 9:24 AM

    Munir tum aur RO

    Pakistan will play better 😀

  41. #41 by Mohammed Munir on March 19, 2011 - 9:25 AM

    Gul SATRIKE. 😛

  42. #42 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 19, 2011 - 9:25 AM

    Picky Rontin is in and if they get him early, Australia be on the defensive

  43. #43 by khansahab on March 19, 2011 - 9:26 AM

    Ponting will take his chances and Pakistan must field well.

  44. #44 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 19, 2011 - 9:27 AM

    khansahab

    Are you listening to Ian Chappel’s comments? He is saying Ponting wants to PUNISH Pakistan for what they did against them in the Sydney test when they thought they clearly won the match and it turned out that it was fixed!

  45. #45 by khansahab on March 19, 2011 - 9:28 AM

    Javed A Khan

    Pakistan have a huge complacency problem, the attack needs to persist.

    Rehman is bowling dollies at the moment, opening with him hasn’t worked so far in the WC.

  46. #46 by khansahab on March 19, 2011 - 9:30 AM

    Javed A Khan

    I think that is the match where it was alleged Akmal deliberately dropped catches and didn’t run out the batsman.

    Rehman is mediocre, Haddin effortlessly smacked him for a 6.

  47. #47 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 19, 2011 - 9:31 AM

    Haddin dispatches Rahman for a SIX. I see your point Khansahab

    OMG, Bangladesh are 61/8 at the moment in 24 overs

  48. #48 by khansahab on March 19, 2011 - 9:33 AM

    I wouldn’t persist with Rehman, he has bowled 3 overs, no wickets, a sixer has been hit, time to change bowler.

  49. #49 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 19, 2011 - 9:33 AM

    MONKEY PRAISING HIS OWN TAIL, Wasim Akram in the commentary box and Ravi Shastri asked him about Umar Gul’s bowling especially since he got Shane Watson. Wasim said, “Before the WC I was telling that Gul is in prime form and he will be the main strike bowler.” JHOOTA, he said b4 Shoaib is the main strike bowler.

  50. #50 by khansahab on March 19, 2011 - 9:34 AM

    Afridi should bowl in my opinion, he should try and bowl with the new ball, with his bowling I think he can produce some wicket taking balls early on.

  51. #51 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 19, 2011 - 9:35 AM

    Ricky Ponting very uncomfortable against Umar Gul, he should get him now before he settles down. Run out chance missed…….. had the ball hit the stumps, Ricky Ponting would have been walking back to the pavilion.

  52. #52 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 19, 2011 - 9:38 AM

    khansahab

    be patient Rahman will get a wicket soon. So far 22 runs in 7.5 overs is very good for Pakistan bowling

  53. #53 by khansahab on March 19, 2011 - 9:39 AM

    Did Akmal deliberately drop that?

    It was a wide, and there was no edge, but HOW DID THAT COME OUT OF AKMAL’S GLOVES?

    Did anyone else see that?

  54. #54 by khansahab on March 19, 2011 - 9:44 AM

    Good delivery, Ronting is on the backfoot now.

    it is good to see the way Pakistan is pressurising the batsmen, but good fielding must also be a consideration.

  55. #55 by khansahab on March 19, 2011 - 9:46 AM

    That is the reason Australians are so good, quick learners.

    Gul is bowling one slower ball per over, the batsman noticed it this time and dispatched it to the boundary.

  56. #56 by khansahab on March 19, 2011 - 9:49 AM

    Afridi into the attack now.

    What will happen?

  57. #57 by khansahab on March 19, 2011 - 9:55 AM

    Riaz releases the pressure off the batsmen, poor first over.

  58. #58 by khansahab on March 19, 2011 - 9:59 AM

    Disdainful shot by Haddin, punishing Afridi for over pitching.

  59. #59 by khansahab on March 19, 2011 - 10:03 AM

    Riaz is losing the match for Pakistan.

  60. #60 by khansahab on March 19, 2011 - 10:05 AM

    Thank you Riaz for restoring Ponting’s confidence.

  61. #61 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 19, 2011 - 10:14 AM

    One bad over from Umar Gul and two bad overs from Wahab Riaz has shifted the momentum in Australia’s favour. Also, Ponting looks more confident now and middling the bat.

  62. #62 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 19, 2011 - 10:19 AM

    Is Umar Akmal, Ramiz Raja’s son? He is praising him on every ball whether he fields or not, he keeps on bragging that Umar is the best fielder in the side and it is good to keep him at short mid on and blah, blah.

    Afridi bowled such a good ball and Haddin edged it and it went straight on Kamran Akmal’s show and bounced but, he couldn’t hold it……… knowing Kamran Akmal you cannot call it a chance.

  63. #63 by Sagaat on March 19, 2011 - 10:19 AM

    DROPPED. Akmal drops Haddin off Afridi.

  64. #64 by khansahab on March 19, 2011 - 10:20 AM

    Dropped!!

    Match loser Misbah drops a catch.

  65. #65 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 19, 2011 - 10:20 AM

    Ponting got a life. Misbah missed it off Hafeez’s bowling.

  66. #66 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 19, 2011 - 10:21 AM

    Ponting is OUT…………….??????

  67. #67 by khansahab on March 19, 2011 - 10:21 AM

    HUGE EDGE

  68. #68 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 19, 2011 - 10:21 AM

    YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSssssssssssssssssssssss

  69. #69 by khansahab on March 19, 2011 - 10:21 AM

    Go back you MF Ponting.

    Cheat, should have walked off.

  70. #70 by khansahab on March 19, 2011 - 10:25 AM

    Sagaat

    Misbah dropped a relatively simple catch off Hafeez.

    Hafeez has been Pakistan’s 3rd best bowler in this WC after Afridi and Gul

  71. #71 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 19, 2011 - 10:26 AM

    It was such a big nick and when the umpire did not give him out, Pakistan went for a review then the Aussies got furious and Afridi came and asked Haddin what is the matter? And, Younus Khan came in between smilingly asking Haddin not to argue and wait for the review, Haddin pushed Younus Khan THAT IS SO UN SPORTY and so typical of Australians. Ricky Ponting should have walked off. Luckily the ball did not slip from Kamran Akmal’s glove, it almost came out because of the deflection but, he held it.

  72. #72 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 19, 2011 - 10:27 AM

    LOL @ khansahab’s anger at Ponting. 😀

  73. #73 by Sagaat on March 19, 2011 - 10:27 AM

    Javed Khan,

    I don’t understand Ramiz Raja’s infatuation with Umar Akmal either. Umar Akmal has not won a single match in his career so far. He averages around 33-34. He chokes under pressure.

    Anyway, Ponting gone. Haddin is riding his luck.

  74. #74 by khansahab on March 19, 2011 - 10:28 AM

    Match winners: Afridi, Gul, Razzaq,

    Facilitators: U Akmal, Hafeez, Younis

    Match losers: Misbah, K Akmal, Riaz

  75. #75 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 19, 2011 - 10:28 AM

    Thank God, Riaz bowled his second spell better………………………………………………………….. Oh, shucks the last ball got an inside edge and went for a four.

  76. #76 by Mohammed Munir on March 19, 2011 - 10:29 AM

    Yes it’s a shame Ponting was not walking away for such a clear big edge.

  77. #77 by khansahab on March 19, 2011 - 10:30 AM

    Javed A Khan

    He is such a great player, it is extremely unpleasant to watch him behave like that.

  78. #78 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 19, 2011 - 10:30 AM

    BANGLADESH ALL OUT ON 78, THEY IMPROVED 20 RUNS FROM THEIR WEST INDIES MATCH.

  79. #79 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 19, 2011 - 10:31 AM

    More shameful act was when Haddin was pushing off Younus Khan for no reason! They are real MF Bastards. They must lose this match.

  80. #80 by khansahab on March 19, 2011 - 10:31 AM

    LOL @ Misbah’s paindoo expression on his face.

  81. #81 by khansahab on March 19, 2011 - 10:32 AM

    The commentator is saying it is “mysterious” why Razzaq is not bowling.

    LOL, there is no mystery about it. He is not bowling because his bowling is shit.

  82. #82 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 19, 2011 - 10:32 AM

    Hafeez 4-0-8-1 up till now these are excellent figures.

    Riaz 25 runs in 3 overs. Most expensive bowler today.

  83. #83 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 19, 2011 - 10:34 AM

    Very poor delivery from Riaz wide and short on the off side, luckily there is protection in the deep.

    Another poor delivery from Riaz this time it is wide down the leg side.

  84. #84 by khansahab on March 19, 2011 - 10:35 AM

    I am not convinced by Wahab Riaz’s bowling, irrespective of his performance in this match.

    He is like Mitchell Johnson and Sreesanth, he will bowl a few good but bad balls too in an over.

    Johnson’s ability though is that his good balls are wicket taking balls.

    Riaz is just too wayward, I thought Rehman would be Pakistan’s worst bowler but alas it is Riaz.

  85. #85 by Mohammed Munir on March 19, 2011 - 10:37 AM

    Puppy and his Haddi are batting together. 😉

  86. #86 by khansahab on March 19, 2011 - 10:37 AM

    K Akmal should shut the fu*k up.

  87. #87 by Sagaat on March 19, 2011 - 10:39 AM

    Hafeez has bowled well so far. I’d bowl him for 10 overs and not bowl Razzaq.

    On the other hand Rehman is not a specialist bowler. He needs to be replaced with Ajmal.

  88. #88 by Mohammed Munir on March 19, 2011 - 10:39 AM

    Oooooh ….

    Good ball by Hafeez.

  89. #89 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 19, 2011 - 10:40 AM

    Another good over by Hafeez only 2 runs in it.

    89 for 2 in 23 overs still a lot of match left but, I am glad that Ponting is OUT.

  90. #90 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 19, 2011 - 10:42 AM

    GOT HIM

    Finally Riaz got a wicket and that too of Haddin.

    Earlier they were showing a replay of the spat when Ponting’s review was under process …………. it was Umar Akmal who said something and then Afridi came in, then Younus Khan tried to mediate and he was pushed by Haddin.

  91. #91 by khansahab on March 19, 2011 - 10:42 AM

    Riaz bowls a Johnson and Haddin is on his way.

    Things are working out for Pakistan, credit goes to Afridi.

  92. #92 by Mohammed Munir on March 19, 2011 - 10:42 AM

    Beauty …..

    Brad gone.

  93. #93 by Sagaat on March 19, 2011 - 10:42 AM

    Khansahab,

    I was also thinking of Riaz as similar to Jhonson.

  94. #94 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 19, 2011 - 10:45 AM

    Sagaat

    khansahab was missing your Sangat. Now that you are here will feel more at home 😀

  95. #95 by khansahab on March 19, 2011 - 10:46 AM

    Did you see how slowly Misbah reacted to that?

    What is Misbah doing?

    How poor was his throw/?

  96. #96 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 19, 2011 - 10:47 AM

    Clarke would have been run out had Misbah hit the stumps……….. slow response as well as inaccurate.

    25 overs gone and they are 95/3 good bowling by Hafeez so far.

  97. #97 by khansahab on March 19, 2011 - 10:48 AM

    Riaz needs to come around the wicket, seriously he is gifting runs to Aussies.

  98. #98 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 19, 2011 - 10:50 AM

    I think he should, because he is bowling either wides or wide off the off stumps. An easy four scored.

  99. #99 by khansahab on March 19, 2011 - 10:51 AM

    Javed A Khan

    Misbah is a serious under performer on the field, the other fielders look determined but his body language is pathetic.

  100. #100 by khansahab on March 19, 2011 - 10:54 AM

    Hafeez is bowling some beauties here.

    What a useful player he has become, if he scores 25 from the bat he will have done his job.

  101. #101 by newguy on March 19, 2011 - 11:01 AM

    Well well well what do I see .. Bangladesh crash out for 78 and lose by 206 runs to SA, and Steyn and Morkel did not even play today, what if they too were bowling!!!

    I watched most of SA innings and were very impressed by the way they constructed their innings, without any rash shots even in PP and accumulated 280 on a slow wicket, I thought this is too much for Bangla and went to sleep, their partisan crowd was kept quiet by SA batsmen. But even they would not have expected this. Their crowd should learn to respect other teams and appreciate good strokes and half centuries. This is an education for them.

    Pakistan is in a good spot with Australia, they must keep the pressure up, with Hussey to follow this partnership must not be allowed to flourish.

  102. #102 by khansahab on March 19, 2011 - 11:04 AM

    Misbah again reacted slowly but he may have returned the ball in time.

    No Ramiz, it was not a good throw!

    It was a slow throw but White was always struggling.

  103. #103 by khansahab on March 19, 2011 - 11:06 AM

    I think Razzaq should now bowl 2 or 3 overs because Hussey and Clarke play spin well and Razzaq may be able to contain them.

    But he should definitely not bowl in Powerplays.

  104. #104 by Sagaat on March 19, 2011 - 11:19 AM

    Khansahab,

    I think 230-240 on this pitch is very competitive. It seems Aus is on target to get 260-270. Unless Pakistan can take wickets now.

  105. #105 by khansahab on March 19, 2011 - 11:21 AM

    What did I say about Razzaq bowling now?

    Khansahab gets it right again 🙂

  106. #106 by Sagaat on March 19, 2011 - 11:23 AM

    In fact the pitch is two-paced. Even 200 can be very competitive.

  107. #107 by Sagaat on March 19, 2011 - 11:24 AM

    Khansahab,

    I thought you meant Razzaq should contain 😉

  108. #108 by khansahab on March 19, 2011 - 11:25 AM

    Sagaat

    With Australia’s pace attack 200 is a competitive score.

    This is more the incentive for Hafeez and Akmal to go for their shots.

  109. #109 by khansahab on March 19, 2011 - 11:26 AM

    Sagaat

    I got half of it right which is still something 🙂

  110. #110 by khansahab on March 19, 2011 - 11:31 AM

    The bounce is so inconsistent that I am not sure whether it is actually deteriorating with time?

  111. #111 by Sagaat on March 19, 2011 - 11:32 AM

    Khansahab,

    Pakistan should definitely attack with the new ball now (when they start batting). The ball would get older and the pitch would get more difficult to bat on as the innings will progress. Attacking Tait’s and Lee’s pace would be the ideal opportunity to make easy runs.

  112. #112 by khansahab on March 19, 2011 - 11:35 AM

    Misbah takes a catch and the mediocre Rehman takes a wicket 🙂

    Pakistan definitely want to win today, they might well do with this kind of captaincy which has not let Australia settle at all.

    Wasim Akram and Ramiz need to start praising the captain as well, enough praise for individual bowlers.

  113. #113 by Sagaat on March 19, 2011 - 11:36 AM

    Khansahab,

    The pitch is difficult to bat on. What I mean is that when the ball gets older, because it is two-paced, it becomes very difficult to score. Therefore, the new ball would be a better option to attack.

  114. #114 by khansahab on March 19, 2011 - 11:37 AM

    Now is the time to bring Gul back into the attack.

  115. #115 by Mohammed Munir on March 19, 2011 - 11:37 AM

    Wow wow wow …

    We have a grip so far. Should tight it now. Anything below 200 is fine, I guess. 😉

  116. #116 by khansahab on March 19, 2011 - 11:39 AM

    Now Chappell is saying Gul should be brought back

  117. #117 by khansahab on March 19, 2011 - 11:40 AM

    Razzzaq bowls impeccably.

    The uneven bounce helps him.

    Pakistan will have to be careful.

  118. #118 by newguy on March 19, 2011 - 11:53 AM

    Well well .. what’s happening in Pak-Aus game, Pakistan are playing like cornered tigers today, fielding and bowling is sharp and the body language is very positive. Australia have not had any chance to settle down for a partnership. Pakistan on the attack continuously.

    Australia are on the mat, now only have to deliver the KO punch.

    I might have to eat some of my words today at breakfast for placing Australia as favorites for this match based on form from previous games, but Pakistan turned out different today, looks like they are determined to win against Aussies.

    If Pakistan win today they will avoid the dangerous SA side in QF, I think they will play WI? We will know tomorrow for sure.

  119. #119 by Mohammed Munir on March 19, 2011 - 12:15 PM

    176 all done.

  120. #120 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 19, 2011 - 12:21 PM

    Yes, 176 is their lowest total since 1992 WC.

    It will not be a piece of cake for Pakistan they have to fight it to win this match. They are capable of collapsing and if that happens it would really be a shame. They should actually win this match by at least 5 wickets and finish it off in 40 overs max.

  121. #121 by Mohammed Munir on March 19, 2011 - 12:22 PM

    Pakistan will have to be careful now.

    I think Pakistan should only try to play 50 overs and they will win it sure. No need to be rash and playing fast, all they should do is to just hang in there for full overs.

  122. #122 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 19, 2011 - 12:24 PM

    If Pakistan wins, it will be a slap on Ian Chappel’s face because when Ricky Ponting came in to bat he was saying Ricky Ponting is very angry with Pakistan and he is out here to take revenge from them. He mentioned the Sydney Test which Australia thought they won it cleanly but, it turned out to be fixed.

    Pakistan should not get complacent and neither they should worry about the run rate because it is only 3.54 per over. And Pakistan should get it without getting under pressure.

  123. #123 by Sagaat on March 19, 2011 - 12:26 PM

    Pakistan should definitely attack the new ball. If they go in a shell, they will not come out of it. This is a tough chase on this wicket. It can go either way.

  124. #124 by newguy on March 19, 2011 - 12:32 PM

    Javed Khan,

    Ian Chappel has been going around telling Ricky Ponting is angry and people will pay for making him angry for a few weeks now .. well the only one paying is Ponting, for breaking TV sets 😉 LOL

    His form is pathetic and he is stubborn that he will continue on like a boxer who is past his prime.

    Pakistan must win this game by trying to play for 50 overs, and it does not matter if they scrap for run, because it is hard to chase at the Premadasa under lights and the wicket is uneven bounce. A score of 176 may look like 250 on a good batting pitch.

    Well done to Pakistan, but they must finish now.

  125. #125 by Sagaat on March 19, 2011 - 12:32 PM

    These are the sort of pitches they should make. Slow, low turners. I don’t think any of the Australian batsmen can play in these conditions.

  126. #126 by Sagaat on March 19, 2011 - 12:38 PM

    Newguy,

    Ponting still seems worried about that pull shot that he overdid in Pakistan’s tour to Australia. On slow and low tracks, he probably needs to let that go off his mind. He is simply infatuated with the idea of him hitting the pull shot 😀

  127. #127 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 19, 2011 - 12:43 PM

    newguy

    May be you missed the brawl when Ricky Ponting was given NOT OUT by the umpire for a caught behind appeal ( a very thick edge and a big deflection) and Pakistan team asked for a review. At that time Ponting stood on one side but Haddin came into the middle of the pitch and got involved in a row with Umar Akmal and then Shahid Afridi, to defuse the situation Younus Khan in his own humble way, smilingly asked Ponting to forget it and move on…….. Haddin pushed Younus Khan and that was very ugly. At that time the commentators were saying there is no need for pushing……… but they kept quiet after that. Like khanshab said, that “MF Ponting should have walked he is a big cheat.”

    Wait and see how Tait and Watson will behave when they will come to bowl. You will be seeing their ugliest faces when they are losing.

  128. #128 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 19, 2011 - 12:49 PM

    khansahab

    I have to go now because more than 20 of my friends are at one place and they are bugging me with telephone calls asking me to come and join them. If I don’t go they will be upset. So from now onwards you please continue the live coverage, I will watch the rest of the match there.
    bye.

  129. #129 by Mohammed Munir on March 19, 2011 - 1:08 PM

    Hafeez and Akmal have ‘running’ problems. 😦

    Pakistan should aim to play full 50 overs only.

  130. #130 by Mohammed Munir on March 19, 2011 - 1:12 PM

    Javed Khan …

    Not good 😦

    You are leaving your friends here on LS to go to others friends over there ?

  131. #131 by Varun Suri on March 19, 2011 - 1:17 PM

    What an amazing performance by Pakistan in the bowling to make this quite a memorable day in Colombo. I had an Javed--esque
    feeling about an Australian collapse today. I wish I would have prophesied about it earlier here. But it still depends how the Pakistani batsmen face the Aussie pace trio. As I write this Lee takes the first one. 162 more to score, 9 more wickets to go!! Exciting game on cards~!

  132. #132 by khansahab on March 19, 2011 - 1:23 PM

    Munir sahab

    Dost dost na raha

    yaar yaar na raha

    🙂

  133. #133 by Sagaat on March 19, 2011 - 1:29 PM

    I can’t stand this attitude by the Australian players. Akmal was given not out and Brett Lee went berserk on the umpire. ALL of the pitches that they play on should be made low and slow big turners. This is the only way the game of cricket will win.

  134. #134 by Sagaat on March 19, 2011 - 1:49 PM

    This is what happens when they put pressure on the umpire. A 50-50 decision went Australia’s way. Kamran Akmal gone.

  135. #135 by khansahab on March 19, 2011 - 1:55 PM

    Sagaat

    Yes, he was under pressure but Akmal was riding his luck for some time.

  136. #136 by Sagaat on March 19, 2011 - 1:56 PM

    Khansahab,

    All those shouts were hitting the outside half of leg-stump. You can’t blame the umpire for not giving it out.

  137. #137 by khansahab on March 19, 2011 - 1:59 PM

    Sagaat

    I didn’t mean that Akmal was out. What I mean is very obvious- he could not play Lee and it was clear he would be out sooner or later.

    Akmal is a hit and miss player, I wouldn’t have expected him to make 25+.against this team.

  138. #138 by Sagaat on March 19, 2011 - 2:05 PM

    Khansahab,

    I was talking about the spirit of the game and ‘respect’ for the umpire’s decision. Coercing the umpire into giving batsmen out isn’t the correct way to go about playing a game. In soccer there is a red card for this sorta stuff. Maybe they should introduce it in cricket. I can’t imagine this behavior in any other sport. Can you imagine a table tennis player cursing the umpire like that for a decision that goes against him?

  139. #139 by khansahab on March 19, 2011 - 2:10 PM

    Sagaat

    If they were Pakistani players then there would have been condemnation.

    This is how the Australians are as they hate losing.

    I think some Pakistanis are too soft on them, they should give tit for tat.

  140. #140 by newguy on March 19, 2011 - 2:14 PM

    I missed the Ponting, Haddin brawl that you guys are talking about, I will watch the replay, but I already know how it looked like based on the uncouth Aussie behavior. Pakistan must win this game and rub the Aussie face in the dirt. Ask the sulky grumpy Ponting to go on an break a few more TV sets. They are continuing with aggressive uncouth behavior when bowling, trying to put umpires on pressure, but with the DRS in place their bluff is becoming clear, if they are so confident they should go for review. They did for one LBW and got turned down.

    Come on Pakistan finish this game and show the world Aussies are pretenders and can be KO’d in QF.

  141. #141 by Sagaat on March 19, 2011 - 2:18 PM

    Newguy,

    That is not only it. Australia will definitely lose to India on a slow, low turner. If India beats West Indies, they will be number 2. Australia are desperate to avoid playing India because they know they will lose on a pitch that will spin square. If Australia lose today, they will come at number 3 and face India. This is why you see this uncouth behavior, they wanna win by hook or crook. The only thing left is throwing punches and kicks at the opposition and the umpires.

  142. #142 by newguy on March 19, 2011 - 2:29 PM

    Sagaat,

    I hope what you said will come true, that India will KO Aussies in QF, it will be Ind-Aus if Pak win today, and I think India can do it if they play to their potential.

  143. #143 by newguy on March 19, 2011 - 2:30 PM

    What a nice shot from Younis, a straight drive for four off Tait and this guy Tait looking flustered. He is spitting and cursing, but now he has sort of adjusted to it. Pakistan must not give them a chance to come back now.

  144. #144 by khansahab on March 19, 2011 - 2:39 PM

    This bowling doesn’t need this kind of respect.

    Pakistan is just wasting time, these players are now settled and they need to go for shots.

  145. #145 by khansahab on March 19, 2011 - 3:11 PM

    Match loser Misbah shows his true class.

  146. #146 by khansahab on March 19, 2011 - 3:15 PM

    There is no place in Pakistan cricket for Misbah and Akmal.

  147. #147 by Sagaat on March 19, 2011 - 3:16 PM

    Khansahab,

    His good form runs out whenever the ball is a bit too fast.

  148. #148 by khansahab on March 19, 2011 - 3:19 PM

    You can be critical about Ian Chappell constantly criticising U Akmal, but what he is saying is correct. U Akmal does tend to get himself out.

  149. #149 by khansahab on March 19, 2011 - 3:22 PM

    Sagaat

    What I don’t understand is these so called great cricketers who run the game in Pakistan can’t see that a player is not made for certain kinds of teams.

    Even Younis is past his prime and I don’t think he will ever return to his best.

  150. #150 by khansahab on March 19, 2011 - 3:46 PM

    Extremely poor shot by Afridi.

    There was no need for this.

  151. #151 by Sagaat on March 19, 2011 - 3:47 PM

    Khansahab,

    The game is in the balance now. In fact Australia are the slight favorites.

  152. #152 by newguy on March 19, 2011 - 3:49 PM

    Oh no, what has Afridi done now .. he has lost his head, that shot was totally not required. Pakistan should still win, but they gave Australia a sniff. Good thing the RR is very low. They should play singles and do it now.

  153. #153 by khansahab on March 19, 2011 - 3:49 PM

    Sagaat

    Yeah, I suppose one can forgive Shafiq but Afridi really should not have played that shot.

  154. #154 by newguy on March 19, 2011 - 3:50 PM

    Wasim Chakram is all over Afridi in the commentary box, sounds like he is happy. They must not do what WI did yesterday, must play with cool heads.

  155. #155 by Varun Suri on March 19, 2011 - 3:55 PM

    only 24 required, it’s surely Pakistan now!

  156. #156 by Mohammed Munir on March 19, 2011 - 4:19 PM

    YES … Yes, yes, yes !!

    Bloody Fcuking Australians are Kicked Hard in the A$$.

  157. #157 by khansahab on March 19, 2011 - 4:21 PM

    Razzaq finishes it in style.

    Congrats to Pakistan fans around the world.

    Well done Shafiq and U Akmal.

  158. #158 by Sagaat on March 19, 2011 - 4:26 PM

    Khansahab,

    Shouldn’t Razzaq be the MOM? Considering that he also turned the game when bowling.

  159. #159 by newguy on March 19, 2011 - 4:30 PM

    Congratulations to all Pakistan fans for this superb win over Australia in WC. Especially sweeter since it ended Australia’s 34 match winning run. This must mark the end of Australia’s supremacy in WC. I hope India can deliver the KO punch now in QF.

    But for now, enjoy this win, Razzaq came in and played sensibly, and remarkably Umar Akmal too played with a lot of confidence and finished the game.

    Once again Congratulations!!!

  160. #160 by Mohammed Munir on March 19, 2011 - 4:37 PM

    Tomorrow’s game : Kenya Vs Zimbabwe.

    Adjust your TV brightness. 😉

  161. #161 by khansahab on March 19, 2011 - 4:40 PM

    Sagaat

    I thought Shafiq should have been MOM because of the anchor role he played after Akmal and Hafeez got out.

    My second choice would have been Razzaq though because of his 2 crucial wickets and then calm presence on the pitch.

  162. #162 by Mohammed Munir on March 19, 2011 - 4:42 PM

    Thanks Newguy and all well-wishers.

    My MOM is Asad Shafiq or Gul.

    As long as Ramiz and Wasim will adjudicate the MOM, it will be always biased. 😦

  163. #163 by khansahab on March 19, 2011 - 4:47 PM

    Munir sahab

    I think U Akmal knew that Wasim and Ramiz would back him to be MOM, did you see when he was returning to the pavilion after Pakistan won, he asked one of the match officials, “Who is man of the match?”

    I also think Gul was a contender for the award. U Akmal came to bat after Shafiq and Younis had already placed Pakistan in a position of comfort.

  164. #164 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 19, 2011 - 4:47 PM

    CONGRATULATIONS GUYS ……. even to our Indian friends because they have been supporting Pakistan and thank you for those who have extended their greetings. I wish India should also beat them in India and knock them off from the tournament, enough of Aussies rude attitude. Ponting should go home and boil Kangaroo eggs and cool off.

    Well, I am sorry I had to go because MOHALLAY ki baat hai, there were almost 30 people and they were there since the match started and during the innings break there was a heavy desi breakfast, which I did not eat, I only went there for name sake, I could hardly hear a word of what the commentators were saying, I enjoy cricket more when I am watching alone or with a few like minded friends who also want to listen to the commentary and not blab around loudly.

  165. #165 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 19, 2011 - 4:50 PM

    Munir

    Tum bahot hee baa ta meez qism kay racist manimale ho ! Aur shukar kero kay yae match din hee din may ho reha hai 😀

  166. #166 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 19, 2011 - 4:53 PM

    So, like I said Pakistan should have won by 5 wickets and 10 overs to spare, they won with 4 wickets and 9 overs to spare. Afridi played a very irresponsible shot, there was no need for him to go boomboom when there were plenty of overs left and not many runs to score. Shukar hai Umar Khatmal khail gaya, but the real innings was Asad Shafiq’s he was unlucky to get out on 46. Misbah has never played a good knock in any crucial match. He is not a finisher, rather he is a choker.

  167. #167 by Sagaat on March 19, 2011 - 4:53 PM

    It has to be noted that Australians are poor losers. Their attitude was pathetic throughout the game. First Haddin kept on messing with Rehman, then he pushed Younis Khan, and then Brett Lee was all over the umpires and players. Playing like school children quite honestly.

    I am glad that they lost. If India beats Windies, then Australia may have zero chance against India on a real turner, a situation that Australia is been keen to avoid.

  168. #168 by Varun Suri on March 19, 2011 - 4:56 PM

    Congratulations to all the followers of Pakistani cricket. This has been a good result for the World Cup. At last the Australians are beaten.!!!

    All the best for the quarters and beyond…

  169. #169 by khansahab on March 19, 2011 - 4:58 PM

    Sagaat

    India would be playing Australia in Ahmedabad and although it will be low and slow, pressure will entirely be on India.

    Once again India will be relying to Sehwag and Tendulkar to give them an explosive start.

  170. #170 by khansahab on March 19, 2011 - 5:06 PM

    Varun/Newguy

    From India’s point of view is it good Pakistan beat Australia?

    It is good in that Australian confidence has been shattered.

    But it is bad for India that they will be playing a mentally strong side who will have a chance to remedy their weaknesses over the next few days.

    I wonder if India will give their 100% tomorrow, because if they lose tomorrow they will play Sri Lanka. At the moment India’s bowling is about the same as SL, whereas India’s batting is much superior so I think India has a better chance to beat SL than Australia.

    But it should be very interesting. Pakistan team management should watch tomorrow’s game very attentively to assess West Indies.

  171. #171 by Sagaat on March 19, 2011 - 5:07 PM

    Khansahab,

    All Indian batsmen thrive on low and slow pitches that spin. I don’t think even one Australian batsman can comfortably play on that sort of a pitch.

    Just consider their defensive strategy throughout the tournament. They have started very slowly, in the first 10 overs, aimed for 2-4 runs an over. They have done this on purpose. They want to avoid the risk of exposing the midle order to spin early in the innnings. They aren’t sure they can make 150 if the top 2-3 get out early. They are very, very unsure about their middle order against spin. It is a very defensive approach and it shows their insecurity. They have taken this set strategy and applied it in all the games to be consistent. But Indian batsmen are produced for those pitches, so even if Australia do “end” up with a secure 225-240 that they are hoping they can get, I doubt Australia would be able to use the conditions against Indian batsmen to secure a win with that total.

  172. #172 by newguy on March 19, 2011 - 5:28 PM

    Khansahab,

    From Indian view point NZ may have been better than Aus in QF. But then what’s the point of extending to Semi by beating a weaker side just to claim you advanced to semis? My view is that if India or any team that wants to win WC, then they must beat tough opponents. In this regard they must play hard against Australia and win, and besides India have had the upper hand in recent games against them.

    I do have a theory though about India and ICC events, India has been a very consistent side in bilateral series over the last couple of years against all top teams, both tests and ODIs, but when it comes to ICC events with games having knockout, they seem to falter. This points to a mental makeup problem, perhaps too much focus on process and procedures is their problem? This has been the captain / coach style of Gary Kirsten / MS Dhoni, they talk of process all the time. SA used to be like this, very process oriented and winning most series, but failing in ICC events. I wonder if India has taken on that role and lost their spontaneous ability. Something that sides like Pakistan and Sri Lanka still have.

    Any event, I rate India’s chances low in this tournament. Captain Dhoni is too rigid and he has lost his winning ways.

  173. #173 by khansahab on March 19, 2011 - 5:37 PM

    Newguy

    That is very insightful and well explained.

    However I think put simply India has 2 immense problems (and this doesn’t mean they can’t win this WC by the way)

    1) Over reliance on Tendulkar: He is a victim of his own success. He is expected to perform in every match. If he does not perform the batsmen lose morale. If he makes a century and gets out somehow the batsmen lose morale because they think their best batsman got out.

    2) Munaf and Nehra: a team needs to excel in at least 2 out of 3 departments to stay as a top 2 team. India’s bowling is weakened by Munaf and Nehra. Their fielding has improved, but some fielders like Munaf, Nehra, Pathan etc cost them dearly on the field.

    India will never be a world beater international team as long as they have these problems. Sometimes I feel if Tendulkar retires it might ironically help India because this over reliance and over dependability business will finish.

  174. #174 by khansahab on March 19, 2011 - 5:42 PM

    Imran’s/Akram’s views on Pakistan beating Australia

    – Imran: Haddin incident was unfortunate but it is part of the game. Players shouldn’t get affected by such events or swearing etc.

    – Akram: Whole team is confident, I met them after the game. They were happy but still leveled, which is good.

    – Akram: Planning is important, Pakistan did well.

    Akram: Afridi’s captaincy was a bit negative, should have restricted Aus more.

    – Akram: Afridi’s shot was idiotic, we’ve been telling him this for years – he won’t change now.

    – Imran says give the message on my behalf that ‘Shafiq and Kamran should open in a big chase and play Younis at 3‘. It is defensive to play so many batsmen in every single game.

    – Akram says Hafeez should be a floater, he is the team’s favourite so they only play him as opener. He has poor technique and plays across the line, good bowlers will get him out.

    – Akram: Shafiq is solid, has good temperament. Can score slowly at the start and speed up.

    – Imran: If Pakistan have a big chase, they have their hitters too low and the runs will dry up with so many slower players up the order.

    – Akram: Hafeez should play at 6/7, Razzaq should always come ahead of Afridi.

    – Akram: Ajmal should be in the team. Rehman did well but the wicket was dodgy and I’ve never seen a track like it. Undue advantage for the team that wins the toss.

    – Akram: Gul looking the most lethal bowler in the WC, especially since given the new ball.


    – Imran: Gul and Afridi (bowling) and Asad Shafiq’s rise are the biggest positives for Pakistan so far.

    – Akram: Akhtar unlikely to feature in future games now that the winning combo is set. His second spell isn’t good enough.

    – Akram: Wahab may be a bit inconsistent but he is quick.

    Imran: I pray that we play WI, because England look seriously dangerous to me. They are one of the teams who can upset anyone now because of their experience in pressure.

    – Akram: Wickets in the QF should be flatter, WI have mediocre bowling apart from Roach. Depend on one or two players, rather than a team.

    Imran: Ajmal MUST play 100%, we saw in the England game that their spinners did well. Pakistan may even consider 3 spinners against WI.

    – Imran: Maybe drop Hafeez for Ajmal against WI.

    – Akram: Management aren’t confident enough in their batting. They’re worried about the lower order.

    Imran: Afridi has never tried to stay at the wicket. He can’t do it because his defense isn’t good enough and he has very poor shot selection. I can tell by his eyes that after stopping two balls, he’s already made his mind up that he’ll hit the third.

    – Akram: Afridi is very talented but has limited temperament.

  175. #175 by khansahab on March 19, 2011 - 5:45 PM

    Why is Imran Khan suggesting that Hafeez should be dropped in favour of Ajmal after today’s performance?

    Hafeez is the reason why Australia did not go past 200 today.

  176. #176 by khansahab on March 19, 2011 - 5:46 PM

    Rift in Indian camp over team selection

    WORLD CUP favourites India are in danger of self-destructing following revelations skipper MS Dhoni is at loggerheads with chairman of selectors and former Test batsman Kris Srikkanth.

    In a stand-off that threatens to destabilise the tournament powerhouse, an Indian newspaper claims a “stubborn” Dhoni has angered BCCI bosses after a heated verbal altercation with Srikkanth over the composition of the side for its crucial final pool game against West Indies on Sunday.

    According to the report, Srikkanth and a fellow selector informed Dhoni the panel wanted spinner Piyush Chawla axed in favour of Ravichandran Ashwin, saying “Chawla has got enough chances”.

    But the skipper has allegedly refused to budge and is backing Chawla, prompting an angry Srikkanth to confront team management over the panel’s desire to play Ashwin.

    The selection boss took his grievances to coach Gary Kirsten, but under Indian selection policy Dhoni, as skipper, has the power to overrule the panel.

  177. #177 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 19, 2011 - 8:07 PM

    I have read ALL the comments that I have missed so, I know what you guys are talking about. So, I have my opinion about India / Australia QF

    I have a feeling that after today’s defeat Australia’s morale would be even more low especially if they play against India in India they are likely to lose and India despite having problems in fast bowling department can damage Australia at home. They have done this before in other ODI’s. The problem I see is not entirely in the fast bowling department, it is HARBHAJAN who is not taking wickets as much as we all expected. If India replaces CHAWLA with any other better spinner (I dunno much about Ashwin, I saw him once) and replace Nehra with that Bander Sreesanth they will do better. Because, Munaf bowls more accurately than Nehra. Batting is not a concern and I am sure it is about time that Kohli will click if they want to replace YKP with Raina they should do because YKP hasn’t done anything so far.

  178. #178 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 19, 2011 - 8:25 PM

    khansahab

    This is nothing new, Imran Khan has this mental problem since the beginning. As a captain he was stuck with Mansoor Akhtar his blue eyed boy (Just like Dhoni’s Jadeja) and played him time and again despite his repeated failures only because Imran thought Mansoor Akhtar is very talented, but he never produced a single good innings at any time.

    As a critic when he (Imran) pin points someone as a talented player, first he doesn’t know the new player very well, second he does not want to change his opinion because of his inflated EGO. He will say this, that or the other and will keep on saying the same thing he has said. Like he is insisting about Saeed Ajmal’s inclusion) Sami and Younus Khan are two examples destroyed by Imran Khan’s praise. He said, Sami is the best future bowler for Pakistan and Younus Khan is an exceptional captain for Pakistan. We all know about these two cases. So, we should know now about the third case called Imran.

    When Imran talked about Inzamam during and after the 1992 WC that was different because, he saw Inzamam very closely and Inzi had talent and he succeeded. But, there was also time in Inzi’s career where he became very complacent and was not scoring i.e., because Imran used to compare him with Lara and Tendulkar and everyone labeled him as lazy bones, Aloo etc. And, once when Inzi was captaining the Pakistan team touring Australia he had serious back problems and Yousuf replaced him as a captain in Australia. Then Imran criticized Inzi so much by saying, IF I was in Inzi’s place I would have played that test match, Inzi should have taken pain killing injections and played!

    Inzamam later clarified his position it by saying, he was in immense pain and he could have never played that test match, he said, I respect Imran Khan but, he doesn’t know the intensity of my pain hence he should not have commented about me like that openly in the media while the tour was in progress, because I was very hurt by his comments. Inzi was right, these people must keep their mouths shut during the tournament/tour/series.

    I also believe that if you cannot encourage your players, don’t discourage them either especially through the media, this is so unprofessional and uncouth of Imran Khan, Wasim Akram, Ramiz Raja, Moin Khan, Zaheer Abbass etc.

    HAS ANYONE HEARD MIANDAD TALKING NEGATIVE ABOUT THE TEAM SO FAR IN THIS WORLD CUP?

  179. #179 by newguy on March 19, 2011 - 9:34 PM

    Khansahab,

    I don’t think India’s bowling weakness is anything new, yet with this type of team they have beaten SA and Aus, both at home ODI series in the last year, and they almost beat SA in SA recently. So I don’t think their team strength is the problem, considering they still could have won against both England and SA with a few minor adjustments. I think the mental makeup with a pressure tournament like WC is getting to them.

    But I agree with Javed Khan that having Chawla in team has caused imbalance, replacing him with Ashwin and also bringing in Sreesanth will strengthen the team. But Dhoni personally dislikes Sreesanth for whatever reason, I think Dhoni is a person of strong likes and dislikes and he has been given so much power to chose players.

    This will all go away the minute India gets knocked out, in India you can only argue with chairman of selectors so long as you bring result, if you don’t then even Dhoni’s place in team will be doubtful.

    Anyhow, tomorrow Ashwin and Raina both will play, but Sreesanth the Bandar won’t get a game. In my view wicket taking bowlers should be backed. But Dhoni is too much of a line a length captain, he always talks about bowling in the right areas, so on. I don’t know why, but he is too much into process which hurts the team. But on the other hand, teams like SL, Pakistan have match winning bowlers who at times can be expensive, but they are backed by captain.

    I think India can defeat Australia as they will already have low morale and vary of playing spin. Harbhajan will be different bowler given some support from the pitch which I think they will do.

  180. #180 by newguy on March 19, 2011 - 9:41 PM

    Will it help Pakistan to play QF in Dhaka since all their games were played in SL and they got used to the conditions there?

    Also another important question is after Bangladesh pathetic crach out of WC will there be anyone watching these QF games in Dhaka and appreciating cricket? Bangla fans have become notorious for not appreciating other teams, will they turn up for neutral games and back one team?

    One advantage for Pakistan however is that they play WI who are very inconsistent.

  181. #181 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 19, 2011 - 10:06 PM

    newguy

    Pakistan will be OK in Dhaka or Ahmadabad there is no problem for them playing them at these venues, it was Sri Lanka that was my concern because, playing in Sri Lanka especially against Sri Lanka is not easy and luckily Pakistan had beaten them in the round matches. In any case they won’t meet Sri Lanka in the QF so there is nothing to worry about it. Whether the Bangla crowd will turn up or not is not important for Pakistan. But, I guess if Pakistan plays West Indies they will surely back up Pakistan not because of the past relationship but, also because of West Indies demolishing them for 58 runs. For them right now West Indies is their biggest enemy for crushing their hopes of coming in to the QF’s.

  182. #182 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 19, 2011 - 10:22 PM

    newguy

    As regards India, I have already mentioned my feelings this morning after the PK-Aus match that, Australia is demoralized and India can beat them with a few changes in the team. To add a few more points to that, I agree with you that Dhoni needs to change his attitude of criticizing his own players, especially senior players like Tendulkar and Sehwag. They are the backbone of Indian team, if Dhoni is that strong enough to score then why didn’t he score runs? Remaining not out on scores like 8 and 12 means nothing. So, it is more important for Dhoni to create balance and harmony in the team rather than showing HIS BOSSINESS.

    He criticized his senior players by saying ‘you don’t play for the public you play for the country.’ When Tendulkar, Sehwag and Gambhir scored 269 runs, forget about other players, what did he do? He remained on 12 not out is it good enough? And, on top of that he was nagging at Tendulkar and Sehwag.

    Like I was pretty confident about Pakistan winning this match (I questioned you yesterday and asked you why do you say Australia will win and why not Pakistan? And, you said because Australia are favourites.) Likewise, I am pretty confident that India can beat Australia in the QF. And, Pakistan can also beat West Indies more easily than they can beat England. So, assuming both India and Pakistan reach semifinals.

    The other two semifinalists would be:

    South Africa and Sri Lanka.

    But, the real fun for Pakistan would be if by chance New Zealand beat the chokers South Africa in the QF then Pakistan will not lose against NZ in the semifinals for sure. Once bitten twice shy, they will play better that what they did in the round match against NZ. And Pakistan always plays better in big matches. So the other semifinal would be between India and Sri Lanka and India’s chances of beating SL are very high. That way we can expect INDIA – PAKISTAN FINAL. 😀

  183. #183 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 19, 2011 - 10:29 PM

    “SEHWAG might miss India’s final group game against West Indies on Sunday because of a knee problem. Sehwag’s knee has been bothering him since the start of the World Cup, but his current worry is the result of swelling caused by an allergic reaction to a pain-killing injection he took after the match against South Africa.

    “Viru [Sehwag] has got an allergic reaction in his right knee, so we will take that call [about whether to play him] either in the evening or on the morning of the game,” MS Dhoni said at the MA Chidambaram Stadium on Saturday.

    If Sehwag is unable to take the field, Gautam Gambhir will most likely open the innings with Sachin Tendulkar.

    The game doesn’t have a lot riding on it as Bangladesh’s defeat to South Africa today means India and England are already through to the quarter-finals and barring a catastrophic defeat, West Indies can afford to lose tomorrow’s game and still join them on the basis of a better net run-rate than Bangladesh. “

  184. #184 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 19, 2011 - 10:51 PM

    Here is an excerpt from Waqar’s interview with Osman Samiuddin:

    http://www.espncricinfo.com/magazine/content/story/506965.html

    “Shahid Afridi said something striking about Waqar the coach last year, back when Afridi had just become Test captain. “The best thing about him is that he lives outside Pakistan and so he doesn’t have an angle on anything. All the guys are the same to him. Nobody is from Sindh or Punjab – they are all one. He doesn’t give examples of his own time either, that I used to do this, or used to do that. He talks of this time.”

    What Shahid Afridi said about Waqar Younus is true and it is more like Iqbal’s verse:

    Kuch jo samjha mere shikway ko tou Rizwan samjha
    Mujh ko jannat say nikala hua insaan samjha.

    This is a famous verse from Iqbal’s Shikwa, Jawab-e-Shikwa.

    Rizwan is the guard of the jannat or paradise ……….. Only he understood my grief (my shikwa) because once I was dwelling in jannat.

  185. #185 by Varun Suri on March 20, 2011 - 4:21 AM

    khansahab@170,

    In my view it is better for India to face this Australian team on a turning Ahmedabad pitch rather than facing the Srilankans in Srilanka. I think Srilankan bowling is much better than India’s because Murali is still taking wickets and could be unplayable at times and then Malinga is also bowling well where as with India Harbhajan is still struggling to take wickets and there is no consistent fast bowler other than Zaheer Khan.

    I would also try to get Sreesanth into some kind of a form in this last league game as after Zaheer Khan if there is a wicket taking fast bowler in India it is him, although he could lose his ways but temperamentally he has controlled himself pretty well in the last one year or so and on his day he could be a matchwinning bowler.

    As far as Dhoni’s obsession with Chawla, and also his not picking up Ashwin until now is totally baffling. Even more so when Ashwin is his Chennai IPL Team-Mate and could be that he knows his bowling so well that he wants to keep him as a surprise untill the KO stages but will he surprise everyone like once Mendis did to India ?

    At this stage my last 4 are same as Javed’s :- India, Pakistan, Srilanka and South Africa.

  186. #186 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 20, 2011 - 6:03 AM

    Hey guys carry on posting comments please, I dunno if I am able to wake up on time for the India/WI match on time because it is already 2:00 a.m. here and I am very, very sleepy and I don’t think I will wake up in 2 hours to watch this match on time. I was up all night last night watching the first match and then the second one when it started and I thought I will sleep after the match but, so many things happened that I was unable to sleep until now and I apologize if you don’t see me on the blog during the earlier part of the match.

    GO INDIA GO, I am supporting India. I am sure they will beat West Indies.

  187. #187 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 20, 2011 - 6:12 AM

    WE HAVE HAVE A NEW THREAD SO PLEASE WRITE YOUR COMMENTS ON THAT THREAD FOR THE INDIA VS. WEST INDIES MATCH.

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