PAKISTAN vs. WEST INDIES 1st QF LIVE COVERAGE

From now onwards, the law of the jungle SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST applies in the WC. The first two Gladiators entering into the arena are West Indies and Pakistan.  They will battle for life.  Both teams were not favourites before the commencement of the tournament yet both managed to reach the quarterfinals. One ending at the bottom of their group and the other emerging at the top of their group. 

Critics and experts were saying it would be a miracle for Pakistan to reach the semifinals, considering the format i.e., inclusion of so many minnows it was not a big deal and those who believe in Pakistan’s abilities knew that they will qualify for sure.  The real test starts from here, on paper they are favourites to win against West Indies, but West Indies are not a piece of cake to have it and eat it too.  They are a very unpredictable side with good athletes in their team, some real big hitters such as Gayle and Pollard, and a few defiant batsmen like Chanderpaul and Sarwan, a good fast bowler in Roach and a spirited Ravi Rampaul who took a fifer against India, including the scalp of the legendary batsman Tendulkar.

Pakistan has a chronic opening conundrum and they have not been able to resolve this issue since a decade.  In any case they cannot create miracles in a day but, all they need to do is keep focusing on Roach and Ravi’s line deliveries and playing only those which are outside the line.  Kamran Akmal has to go all out and play his natural stroke making game.  The middle order of Younus and Misbah has not done much in the crucial matches but, this is the most crucial mach so far so, they have to put their foot down and play a big innings here only then Pakistan should be able to post a big total to defend it.

There is a lot of criticism directed towards Shahid Afridi for his batting and even for team selection which is a very shameful thing from the so-called ex-greats of Pakistan. They should not be criticizing their own team during the tournament. The team needs encouragement and not negative criticism.  The foes are already attacking and stabbing Pakistan from every side. One of them is Ian Charlie Chappel the frustrated old joker, who called Shahid Afridi and “idiot” for playing that shot on which he got out against Australia.  The joker must know that the same idiot captain has defeated their cheats, whiners and unsporty bunch of rogue players whose captain was out and stood there for the review.  His protege wicketkeeper Gilly who is retired now used to give lectures on walking out in case of an edge.  He should now be meeting his Guru and asking him why on earth he stood there when he already knew he edged the ball?

Haddin was not penalized for fined for pushing two of the Pakistani players, it was not his job to push them if they came to the umpire claiming for a catch and asking for a rewiew.  But, because he is Australian he is above the law.  Anyways, Pakistan should put behind not only that incident but, even the win and focus only on the quarterfinal match.

Afridi must not pay heed to the crap that he gets from people like Imran Khan, Wasim Akram, Ramiz Raja, Zaheer Abbass and his likes, so far he has done a great job and he should listen to his coach and also gel with his team like he has been doing so far. 

Pakistan’s strength is in Umar Gul’s bowling followed by team effort.  There is a lot expected from Umar Gul and we all hope he will perform better from here onwards to take the side further up into the tournament.

It is for the bloggers to discuss the pros and cons of both teams and predict the winner.  The match will start tomorrow March 23rd 2011 at 4:00 a.m. EST

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  1. #1 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 22, 2011 - 5:40 AM

    We have a new thread, please comment here. Thanks

  2. #2 by Mohammed Munir on March 22, 2011 - 6:19 AM

    Wow … nice new thread for the first QF.

    Good Luck to Pakistan, all the way.

  3. #3 by Mohammed Munir on March 22, 2011 - 6:20 AM

    Javed Khan …

    While I was reading your comment no. 53 (previous thread), a question was circling in my mind and by the end of your comment you had yourself answered it for me.

    I agree with your last part that WI have many strong hitters and playing four spinners may be risk, worth not taking. Furthermore, Pakistan team is blessed in a way that it has two very good spinners in Afridi and Hafeez. Although, Afridi is a specialist but even Hafeez is good enough and can bowl his full quota of ten overs. So with this, one more full time spinner in either Abdul Rahman or Saeed Ajmal shall be more then enough and no need for including them both. This means that if the spinning conditions prevail, Pakistan will have an option of bowling 30 overs of pure spin and 20 over by fast/ medium fast bowling.

    Imran Khan, Basit Ali, Inzimam-ul-Haq, Wasim Akram, and many others have strongly favoured Saeed Ajmal over Abdul Rahman, but Coach and Captain have decided otherwise and as far as the team is winning no one can blame them. But we have to keep in mind that this wouldn’t be the case if Abdul Rahman let us down in KO stages and all these ex-players will start pointing their fingers at team management for not giving any chance to Ajmal.

    In one of his TV programs, Basit Ali explained that he had a discussion with Waqar on this Ajmal/ AR issue and team captain and coach were of the view that Sri Lankan conditions are better suited for AR, but if and when they play on more turning wickets of Bangladesh/ India then they may bring in Saeed Ajmal.

    Personally speaking, I would have preferred Ajmal as he is a wicket-taker and playing with Abdul Rahman seems more like a defensive move and not an aggressive one. That said, since AR is a better fielder and batsman and Ajmal has been kept out and didn’t have enough match-practice, the two are evenly balanced.

  4. #4 by Muhammad ilyas on March 22, 2011 - 8:48 AM

    @Munir.
    i m cmpletaly agree wd u. team managment shud prefer ajmal becz he is a wckt taker.
    besids team managment shud bring akhtar back instead of wahab.

  5. #5 by amir on March 22, 2011 - 12:38 PM

    i think they wil play the same team and wil never change a winning combination. Personelly i wil go with akhter instead of wahab. Dnt lyk rehman but windies main threat is pollards batting and he is a right hander so it wil be a bit difficult for him to hit against the spin of rehman rather then hitting with the spin of ajmal. Also dnt think pakistan should open bowling with spin but if they want to do that hafeez wil b better option than rehman against gayle. Any how want pakistan to win 2morow. Hope that khatmal wil nt destroy the day for us. If pakistan wil hold all catches they wil win tomorow. Gudluck pakistan.

  6. #6 by newguy on March 22, 2011 - 12:41 PM

    Good luck to Pakistan tomorrow for the big game. I hope Pakistan win and go through to semis. This in itself will be a major achievement considering not many gave them that chance. Credit goes to Afridi for keeping this bunch of players focused on winning. In fact credit should go to players as well for keeping their differences away and playing for the country.

    WI is not a cake walk as Javed Khan said, they have some hard hitters in Gayle, Sammy an Pollard who could take the match away in no time. They also have good fast bowlers in Roach and Ravi Rampaul. The spinner Bishoo is also a decent bowler.

    One thing that will work to Pakistan’s advantage is that WI is not playing as a unit and they are not focused on winning. They get into winning positions but they just don’t know how to do it, unless it comes to them. Pakistan on the other hand has shown the intense desire to win and advance deep into this tournament.

  7. #7 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 23, 2011 - 1:33 AM

    So far the news is they will play the same team because, they don’t want to disturb the winning combination. That is how Pakistan and India operates, they believe in their winning combination and do not want to improve it any further. According to people who are close to the team management, despite so much pressure on them from ex-cricketers and the media to include Saeed Ajmal in place of Abdur Rahman or to give Shoaib Akhtar one last chance to prove his worth against the West Indies, they are reluctant to make changes.

    During the KO stage there is no second chance and the team that holds their nerves will win it is as simple as that, both teams are capable of turning the tables at each other and both have good big hitters, good fast bowlers, pretty decent spinners and WI has an edge over Pakistan in the fielding department their players are more athletic and fast whereas, some of the Pakistani fielders and not to forget the wicketkeeper are very sloppy. Catches win matches, they have to field well and hold their catches.

    For Pakistan it is a big, big match. According to Afridi, “we are not even thinking of the semifinal our focus is only on QF and we want to win this match.” And, this is a good strategy to go step by step. Whether they play against Australia or India depends on the result of this match therefore, they must concentrate on winning and must win.

  8. #8 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 23, 2011 - 1:44 AM

    Perhaps I am not the only one but, there are so many people who are having anxiety and anxiousness for the match to commence and I could hardly wait, although there are 7.30 hours more for the match to start and plenty of time to sleep and wake up at the right time. But, it seems like sleep is miles and miles away. Sometimes I feel that humans must have a few qualities that machines have. 😀

    For e.g., we should have a switch to turn off and on and a timer to put us on to sleep and wake up automatically when the time is up. We do have a mental clock and for me it used to work fine but, time has changed and anxiety has overtook the confidence to control and manage the mind.

    I don’t know how many of you get this feeling when there is a crunch match and you are very anxious to watch it. From tonight till the next 4 nights every night is gonna be like this, because all the quarterfinals are being played day after day.

    One of my friends asked me, what if there is rain and they award one point for each team, then who is the winner? Without thinking I told him that it will be on the basis of the round matches NRR and he believed me. The truth is I am not sure either. If they decide on NRR that is absolutely unfair because, the team that got the higher RR in the round matches has clear advantage over the other. Whereas, from here every team is almost equal to the other and no one can predict who would be the winner? So, if anyone knows the rules, please come forward and explain it to us here. Thanks.

  9. #9 by newguy on March 23, 2011 - 2:21 AM

    Javed,

    You are not the only one, rest assured, a lot of people are anxious, including me. I can hardly wait for 4:30 am tomorrow, and the day after will be even more, but after that I might relax a bit 🙂

  10. #10 by Mohammed Munir on March 23, 2011 - 4:29 AM

    Javed Khan …

    Regarding rain, don’t sweat … becasue in case of any rain disturbances during the matches, there is an extra day reserve for each of the QF and beyond games.

    Now, don’t blame me if the rain continues for more then one day. 😉

  11. #11 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 23, 2011 - 5:16 AM

    Weatherman Munir;

    There are matches on 23,24,25, and 26th. There is no match on 27th and 28th and then the semifinals start. So, there are only two days of gap. According to forecast, the there will be no rain on 23rd and 24th at the locations where these QF’s are being held. There is a possibility of thunderstorm in both matches i.e., 3rd and 4th QF at both locations. My question was about points and how they pass one team to SF and exit the other one and it was not about the reserve day!

    The weather in Ahmadabad would be hot up to 40° C, so it is more favourable for India especially if Australia fields first.

  12. #12 by Mohammed Munir on March 23, 2011 - 5:16 AM

    Javed Khan …

    Most of the basic human traits like survival, fear, happiness, sadness, anger, anxiety, etc. are always common. Nevertheless, at times we all are differentiating is reacting to these situations.

    I too will be anxious, worried, tensed, and there will always be a fear-factor, but since I will have to be in office/ working, 😦 may be I will not be able to show these emotions as much as I would have done at home.

    One the other hand, my feelings will not be as intense when I am watching the other three quarter-finals, and with Pakistan match there is an added pressure. 😉

    If Pakistan wins today, Inshallah, then the pressure will be relieved and we will enjoy all the three remaining QF games, because after today’s match Pakistan’s next match (Semi-Final) will be on Wednesday 30th March 2011, and so there will be enough time in between to plan, prepare and enjoy good cricket with a free-mind.

    All the Best to Pakistani Team and all their Fans for today’s important game.

    GO GREEN.

  13. #13 by Mohammed Munir on March 23, 2011 - 5:20 AM

    Welcome Javed …

    Subah Ho Gai Mamoon

    It seems you really can’t sleep. 😉 Haved your Mashhoor-e-Zamana Nashta with Nihari and half-dozen Andaz (Eggs) so you are relaxed during the games. 😉

  14. #14 by Mohammed Munir on March 23, 2011 - 5:24 AM

    Seems like Khansahab is fast asleep like a baby, after selling all his horses. 😉

    Ghhoray Baich Kay So Rahai Hai …

  15. #15 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 23, 2011 - 5:25 AM

    “Johnson to target Sehwag with short deliveryl”

    http://www.espncricinfo.com/icc_cricket_worldcup2011/content/story/507541.html

    “We’ll silence India crowd, says Aussie coach”

    http://www.dawn.com/2011/03/22/well-silence-india-crowd-says-aussie-coach.html

    There you go, the trivial Aussies tactics have started, they always do this prior to the match. I remember Warne and McGrath used to do that. This is so cheap and so petty that only the Australians can do such things.

  16. #16 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 23, 2011 - 5:30 AM

    Munir I slept for about 90 minutes and woke up, well there is no fear but anxiety and anxiousness and more than that I will be watching this match live ONLY for the first innings (whoever plays) and I have to go, I cannot miss my appointment, hope you and newguy will be here to keep the blog running. Seems like you haven’t read the email?

  17. #17 by Mohammed Munir on March 23, 2011 - 6:22 AM

    Javed Khan …

    Sorry I really haven’t read any emails for last few days, and actually my ‘hot-maal’ account is having some problems. Anything special ❓

    I will try to get it sorted in few days.

    About the second innings, sure I will be at home watching ‘live’ and shall keep the things moving.

    But then again, hope you have already cancelled all your appointments on 30th March and 2nd April. 😉

  18. #18 by Mohammed Munir on March 23, 2011 - 6:24 AM

    This Aussie Coach’s comments about Indian Crown is very rude.

    Wish the Australians loose again. 😀

  19. #19 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 23, 2011 - 6:40 AM

    Munir

    I wish I could have even moved this appointment from morning to evening, but it is not in my hands, its a shame because, this is the first QF and Pakistan is playing against WI and I can’t even watch the whole match? Anyways, it is important and I have to go, but I hope you would be here! B’cz khansahab too has some assignments at work. Two more hours to go.

  20. #20 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 23, 2011 - 8:09 AM

    West Indies won the toss and elected to bat first

    Three changes for West Indies: Gayle, Chanderpaul and Roach in Edwards, Benn and Andre Russell, out.

    Pakistan: Saeed Ajmal in and out goes Abdur Rehman.

    Sammy: “We gonna have a bat. We have to put a good total and come back and defend it. We are much more comfortable in setting a total. The bowling line up can defend it. This is do or die quarter-final, We have all the people in the Caribbean waking up now. We hope to put an excellent performance.”

    Afridi: “Toss doesn’t give any difference. We bowled first against Australia; we will carry on with the same attitude. All the boys know the importance of this competition. We are very positive and looking forward to this game. Rehman has done a great job so far but we are going in with Saaed Ajmal as they have couple of left-handers. I am going in with the same batting order; maybe Razzaq might go up the order. We are planning game by game. Alhamdullilah, we have done a great job so far.”

    Pitch report by Wasim Akram: “There is green grass and hint of moisture but team will bat first. The ball will keep slow and low in the second innings. so win toss and bat first.” That was Chakram’s advise to West Indies. The match is gonna start in a few minutes from now.

  21. #21 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 23, 2011 - 8:16 AM

    Finally Pakistan has surrendered under pressure i.e., about replacing Ajmal with Abdur Rahman. West Indies have dropped Suleman Benn, I reckon its a mistake, no doubt Bishoo is good but, Benn took 4 wickets in that match against BD. His height was an advantage for him to bowl the rising delivery which Pakistanis would have found difficult to handle, anyways its good for Pakistan. Even the good all rounder Andre Russel has been dropped because they are taking in Ravi Rampaul who has proved his worth against India and Chanderpaul has always troubled Pakistan.

  22. #22 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 23, 2011 - 8:21 AM

    On cricinfo one guy Nazeer, sends his first comment for the day: “why shouldn’t Pakistan play both ajmal and rehman, the match is in sher e bangla where it has been a wee bit slow low and turning.”

    Well, this what I was also telling from the beginning but, the team management has other views.

  23. #23 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 23, 2011 - 8:27 AM

    If Pakistan can get Gayle early, the WI would be on back foot. The other three important wickets are of Pollard, Samy and Chanderpaul, Sarwan could also trouble but he is very much out of form and slow. The rest of the WI batsmen are capable of caving in.

  24. #24 by Pawan on March 23, 2011 - 8:38 AM

    Good morning folks..

    1st quarters started already, whoa

  25. #25 by Pawan on March 23, 2011 - 8:43 AM

    Umar Gul is bowling really well..
    No doubt he is touted as the form bowler of the WC at the moment

    As I type this, he takes out Gayle! Strike 1!

  26. #26 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 23, 2011 - 8:43 AM

    GAYLE GONE……………….. GUL STRIKES, AFRIDI TAKES A MAGNIFICENT CATCH
    WI ARE 13/1

  27. #27 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 23, 2011 - 8:45 AM

    Good moaning to you too Pawan 😀

    Yeah, after being struck for 2 fours Umar Gul got Gayle and what a catch by Afridi.

  28. #28 by Pawan on March 23, 2011 - 8:48 AM

    I still think Gul could be a better second change bowler.
    Somehow I feel he slots in to the second change and death bowling role much better than anyone in the world right now.

  29. #29 by Pawan on March 23, 2011 - 8:54 AM

    Javed

    Gayle is an important wicket, always.
    Players like Gayle, Afridi and Sehwag can change the course of the match within 5-10 overs – that is if they remain on the crease.
    But I also think Devon Smith is doing really good – he needs to be scalped early too.
    Without drawing much attention towards himself, Smith is quietly going about his job

  30. #30 by Pawan on March 23, 2011 - 8:58 AM

    lol, looks like I jinxed Mr. Smith!

  31. #31 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 23, 2011 - 9:00 AM

    Hafeez got 2 in an over.

    WI are 16/3

  32. #32 by Pawan on March 23, 2011 - 9:02 AM

    3 GONE now!

    This is huge!

    WI collapse coming up..

  33. #33 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 23, 2011 - 9:03 AM

    When Gayle was out, Ramiz Raja was saying, Shahid Afridi should now take off Hafeez and go back to his normal plan. I was wondering why should he? Because, Hafeez bowled his first over very well. See he got 2 more wickets in his next over.

    Now the dependable couple of Chanderpaul and Sarwan are at the crease

  34. #34 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 23, 2011 - 9:05 AM

    Devon Smith when he tried to play it hit him on his pad first and then the bat and went to Kamran Akmal’s glove who nicely dropped it and was jumping appealing for lbw, fortunately the umpire gave him out as he was plumb. But, Kamran should have held the catch to make it more sure. So Akmal is still the same.

  35. #35 by Pawan on March 23, 2011 - 9:07 AM

    Some of the commentary in this WC especially by Raja, Gavasker, Shastri and Akram has been horrendous and stupid

  36. #36 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 23, 2011 - 9:10 AM

    Pawan

    Talking of Chakram he is on air now. Stumping appeal by Akmal and Billy goes to 3rd umpire

  37. #37 by Pawan on March 23, 2011 - 9:11 AM

    Javed

    WI have been exposed by Pakistan.
    They are simply mediocre while playing spin.

  38. #38 by Pawan on March 23, 2011 - 9:15 AM

    Average first innings score at Mirpur is 221
    I wonder how much of that could be attributed to BD’s 58 all out in the last match, lol

  39. #39 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 23, 2011 - 9:15 AM

    So far so good for Pakistan by restricting WI 18/3 in 8 overs. This is a very reliable couple (Sarwan and Chanderpaul) senior most players and have a lot of experience, Pakistan must not get complacent here, if a big partnership is built then it will be the right platform for Pollard to launch his assault. So, they need to be cautious and alert.

  40. #40 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 23, 2011 - 9:17 AM

    Pawan

    U r rite, lets see how they play Ajmal

  41. #41 by Pawan on March 23, 2011 - 9:17 AM

    Javed

    In the last match with NZ, Pakistan had made similar inroads
    But due to late assault by Taylor and co. they lost the match
    I agree with you – no place for complacency
    Although this is a Wi team, cricket is a funny game

  42. #42 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 23, 2011 - 9:19 AM

    From my point of view Chanderpaul and Pollard are very dangerous for Pakistan and Pakistan needs to break this partnership and get CP out.

  43. #43 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 23, 2011 - 9:21 AM

    I am not sure but this could be the lowest score in the first ten mandatory overs ie 18/3 in 10 overs in the WC. Or, did the Bangla guys score was less?

    Hafeez has excellent bowling figures of 5-2-7-2

  44. #44 by Pawan on March 23, 2011 - 9:22 AM

    Javed

    Chanders is a very experienced batsman and campaigner
    This would be hist last WC for sure, so he will make sure he plays his best today
    He has been drafted in today’s match to counter Pakistan’s spin
    The thing about him is that he is very unsure early on
    So Pakistan needs to bring in Riaz and as I type this, he is on
    So Afridi is doing everything right today

  45. #45 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 23, 2011 - 9:23 AM

    Luckily Pakistan is not playing on the black track today i.e., the last match BD played against SA and lost.
    This track is not like the one next to it and in any case it has proved to be good for Pakistan so far.

  46. #46 by Pawan on March 23, 2011 - 9:24 AM

    This is pathetic batting from WI
    Ireland could have been a better team I guess
    Lowest score or not, they have shown what a mediocre team they are

  47. #47 by Pawan on March 23, 2011 - 9:25 AM

    Pakistan fielding has been good today (Expect of course Akmal)

  48. #48 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 23, 2011 - 9:27 AM

    One bail was broken by Sarwan as he was hammering down on the pitch to make is mark after taking guard from the umpire

    Now it is Chanderpaul who is doing the same and I hope he doesn’t break another.

    Pawan, I would like to keep my comments till the end of the match i.e. about WI

  49. #49 by Pawan on March 23, 2011 - 9:29 AM

    Javed

    20 odd runs from the first 11 overs with loss of 3 wickets in a WC QF on a not-so-devilish pitch is mediocre

  50. #50 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 23, 2011 - 9:31 AM

    Chanderpaul took 18 deliveries to get off the mark and what a bowling performance so far from Hafeez he gave only one run in his sixth over. And, he almost got Chanderpaul’s wicket had he been a fraction of a second late in bringing his bat in, the edge saved him otherwise he was plumb LBW

  51. #51 by Pawan on March 23, 2011 - 9:31 AM

    Now this should be interesting – Riaz vs. Chanders

  52. #52 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 23, 2011 - 9:32 AM

    The more Chakram praises Wahab Riaz the more bad he bowls, first boundary after 10 overs. I hope Riaz doesn’t change the momentum in WI favour? Second boundary and he is bowling BAD a wide again. He is gifting runs to WI

  53. #53 by Pawan on March 23, 2011 - 9:32 AM

    Sarwan 4 from 28 and Chanders 3 from 20

    As I type this Riaz is hit for a four down the leg, bad ball from Riaz – second one in the over down the leg

    Pakistan should not lose intensity now

  54. #54 by Pawan on March 23, 2011 - 9:34 AM

    Sarwan finally finds the middle of the bat – best shot of the innings so far
    Riaz should be replaced with immediate effect

  55. #55 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 23, 2011 - 9:35 AM

    I think Afridi should replace Raiz with Ajmal and see how it works

  56. #56 by Pawan on March 23, 2011 - 9:36 AM

    Javed

    Hafeez is the surprise package for me today!
    He is bowling out of his skin

    By the way where is Khansahab?

  57. #57 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 23, 2011 - 9:37 AM

    Another maiden over by Hafeez. Botham is not talking about how good Hafeez is bowling, instead he is saying WI should bat full fifty overs so that they cans core around two hundred runs. Sala pig headed

  58. #58 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 23, 2011 - 9:39 AM

    Pawan

    Khansahab has some important assignments at work and me, I will not be here when Pakistan will bat because I have an important appointment that I cannot miss. I shall be cursing but, I can do nothing. 😦

  59. #59 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 23, 2011 - 9:40 AM

    Wahab has bowled a LINE NO BALL and its a FREE HIT NOW.

    He is changing the momentum…………… Afridi …………………replace him with ANYONE

  60. #60 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 23, 2011 - 9:43 AM

    WOW, great bowling by Wahab another wide after the line no ball. He is looking like a nervous wreck at the moment, can’t the skipper see this? Replace him with Razzaq if not with Ajmal now.

  61. #61 by Pawan on March 23, 2011 - 9:43 AM

    Oh bad luck for you guys
    This match is turning out to be a very good one for Pak

  62. #62 by Pawan on March 23, 2011 - 9:44 AM

    Ajmal would be a logical choice for replacing Riaz, but I guess he would want to bowl from hafeez’s end

  63. #63 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 23, 2011 - 9:45 AM

    Perhaps they want the 15 overs to be completed before bringing in Ajmal

  64. #64 by Pawan on March 23, 2011 - 9:49 AM

    Chanders is struggling here, really struggling
    Sarwan isn’t in great form himself
    Like someone wrote on cricinfo – this is turning out to be a mismatch

  65. #65 by Pawan on March 23, 2011 - 9:51 AM

    Oh he is going for the review
    This is important one – its Sarwan

  66. #66 by Pawan on March 23, 2011 - 9:53 AM

    Hmm
    Think Sarwan was too far forward
    another one?

  67. #67 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 23, 2011 - 10:00 AM

    Umar Gul dropped a simple catch off Afridi otherwise Sarwan would have been walking back, a real clumsy effort by Gul in the deep.

  68. #68 by Pawan on March 23, 2011 - 10:03 AM

    Two runs gifted
    There was some confusion between the batsman
    COuld’ve been run out easily had the throw been even an average one

  69. #69 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 23, 2011 - 10:03 AM

    Afridi bowled his heart out especially in the first over which he bowled maiden, Chanderpaul was out LBW but Billy used his card of 2.5 meters. The ball hit the middle stump and also low. The very next delivery was also similar but, a little higher so they did not asked for a DRS.

    Ajmal is bowling well, but catches must be held otherwise this pair will build a decent partnership. 47/3 in 20 overs.

  70. #70 by Pawan on March 23, 2011 - 10:05 AM

    I am impressed by Afridi’s googlies
    They are hard to pick and a wee bit slower

  71. #71 by newguy on March 23, 2011 - 10:07 AM

    Wow, what a start for Pakistan. I got up 30 mins after game started and WI are 3 down for nothing, with Sarwan playing 5 day cricket. Carrying on from where he left off in previous game.

    Hafeez bowled 8 overs for 12 runs including 3 maidens and took two wickets, what is going on here!

    How good is Pakistan bowling? bowled out Australia cheap, now have WI on the mat, looking very very good. On the other hand, how pathetic is WI batting? batting like minnows. Lastly, how pathetic is India’s bowling that could put no pressure on WI batting for 30 overs of the match, very very pathetic.

    Sarwan and Chanderpaul is playing test cricket as I write, and there is little interest in the match. This is a no contest.

  72. #72 by Pawan on March 23, 2011 - 10:09 AM

    Ajmal is not in good bowling form
    Afridi is bowling much better than Ajmal, even Hafeez was better

  73. #73 by newguy on March 23, 2011 - 10:15 AM

    Come to think of it, Pakistan bowling is down to two exceptional bowlers in this tournament, Gul and Afridi, both have been terrific.

    Although Hafeez bowled well, I doubt he is a great bowler, can someone tell me more about Hafeez?

    Amazing what can be done with just a couple of bowlers who are on top. Others just need to make sure they don’t give away the advantage.

  74. #74 by Pawan on March 23, 2011 - 10:15 AM

    Sarwan’s struggle ends
    Is this the end of Sarwan’s career?

  75. #75 by Pawan on March 23, 2011 - 10:18 AM

    Newguy

    Hafeez is a part timer like Yuvraj
    Well, more in the mold of Sehwag, as Hafeez is also an opening batsman and a right arm off spinner

    I didn’t expect him to do so well frankly
    He is definitely the surprise package today
    He seems to copy his action from Saqlain Mushtaq

  76. #76 by Mohammed Munir on March 23, 2011 - 10:20 AM

    Hi Guys,

    Just finished by stupid meeting.

    We are all over them, so far. 😉

    Way to go … Afridi.

  77. #77 by Pawan on March 23, 2011 - 10:20 AM

    And as it happens many times, Sarwan was out on a delivery that was wide and possibly the worst delivery from Afridi, but he has been bowling so well that Sarwan pounced at the first opportunity given by Afridi and perished

  78. #78 by Mohammed Munir on March 23, 2011 - 10:22 AM

    I heard Umer Gul dropped one catch off Afridi ❓

    Is it true.

  79. #79 by Pawan on March 23, 2011 - 10:24 AM

    Munir

    Yes Gul dropped Sarwan
    Possible because Sarwan was fast becoming the MoM for Pakistan as he was playing a test match
    Unfortunately he is out now

    Pollard also goes
    One way traffic

  80. #80 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 23, 2011 - 10:24 AM

    AFRIDI GOT POLLARD

  81. #81 by newguy on March 23, 2011 - 10:25 AM

    Thankfully Sarwan’s test innings comes to an end. Chanders decided to move on and hit a six. I think WI should go aggressive and play their strokes as they have nothing to lose. At the most they will make 120, so no point hanging around.

    5th wicket gone, Pollard out, Pakistan all over WI.

  82. #82 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 23, 2011 - 10:26 AM

    AFRIDI ON A HAT RICK

  83. #83 by Pawan on March 23, 2011 - 10:26 AM

    Am I watching highlight’s package?
    Wicket’s are falling faster than we can type, lol

  84. #84 by Pawan on March 23, 2011 - 10:27 AM

    Lol at the way Misbah is hugging Afridi after every wicket
    Such a sissy hug, so gay-ish

  85. #85 by Mohammed Munir on March 23, 2011 - 10:27 AM

    6 gone ……….

  86. #86 by Pawan on March 23, 2011 - 10:29 AM

    Alright, am gonna get ready to go to work
    Let me see how many wickets fall in the meantime, lol

  87. #87 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 23, 2011 - 10:30 AM

    YOUNUS khan dropped a catch in slips of the bowling offAjmal

    OUT ………….. SAMMY GONE LBW AJMAL
    71/7

  88. #88 by newguy on March 23, 2011 - 10:31 AM

    Regarding Aussie comments about Indians, this is nothing new, in fact these are normal comments expected of Aussies. No one should pay any attention.

    The problem is with Cricinfo hyping up every bit of information out of proportion, they are like cheap tabloids you find in grocery stores over here in North America and probably in U.K.

    First some reporter (possibly Indian) ask Johnson how will you target Sehwag, to which he will reply with short balls aimed at his body, then Cricinfo goes on hyperbole with the headline “Johnson to target Sehwag’s rib cage”. Then 300 idiots will comment. This is plain cheap journalism to sell ad space. Everyone with a brain knows on the internet more traffic means more ad revenue. More people commenting is a lot of traffic and people who places adverts knows this is a good place to put up ad. Simple as that. The idiots commenting should get a grip, if no one reads this then there won’t be such cheap reporting.

  89. #89 by newguy on March 23, 2011 - 10:31 AM

    My typing simply can’t keep up with Pakistan.

    I don’t know if I am watching highlights of previous wicket or another fallen.

    They are falling all over in a heap .. LOL

  90. #90 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 23, 2011 - 10:33 AM

    Daiya Ray Daiya Ray Bicchowa…… Ayo ray! 😀
    Pakistan has set attacking field. BOWLED HIM,………………… AJMAL BOWLED BICHOO

    71/8 NOW IN 28 OVERS

  91. #91 by newguy on March 23, 2011 - 10:36 AM

    Regarding India, someone commented this on Cricinfo:

    Every time India is involved in a big game we see a headline that says “XXX to target YYY with short ball.” The idea that India’s batsmen struggle against the short ball is a bit exaggerated I feel. They may not be the best against the short ball, but they’re not the worst either. The key factor is pressure I feel. This is where India has fallen in recent years. In bilateral series, tri-series, etc, they’ve been doing well, hence #1 and #2 in tests and ODIs. However, they haven’t been able to handle the pressure of big tournaments – hence the early exits from all the recent World Cups (ODI and T20). The key to India progressing is not going to be how they handle the short ball, but how they handle the pressure.

    I wrote the exact same thing over here few days back. India simply seems to be not able to handle pressure in big ICC events and crach out early, where as they do really well in bi-lateral series, hence the #1 and #2 ranking in tests and ODIs. Bit like South Africa of old.

  92. #92 by newguy on March 23, 2011 - 10:37 AM

    Pakistan is too hot for WI.

    They have fallen in a heap. Let me go watch the last two wickets fall 😉

  93. #93 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 23, 2011 - 10:45 AM

    KAMRAN AKMAL MISSED A STUMPING CHANCE OFF AJMAL’S BOWLING, CHANDERPAUL WAS THE BATSMAN……………….. DID IT AGAIN AKMAL.

  94. #94 by newguy on March 23, 2011 - 10:47 AM

    Chanderpaul nearing his Quarter century 😉 Tension all around as he nears this milestone 🙂

    Where is Gavaskar when you need him to celebrate a record.

    Yes!!! he did it.

  95. #95 by newguy on March 23, 2011 - 10:50 AM

    When we were in school, we used to celebrate quarter century milestone in school and backyard cricket. This was a huge achievement if someone hit 25, we called it quarter century 😉

    WI batting as good as our school cricket today, hence bought back memories.

  96. #96 by newguy on March 23, 2011 - 10:52 AM

    How good is the “idiot” captain Afridi? Someone should ask Chappeli 😉

    He is well on course to take away the highest wicket taker record from Chappel’s fellow Australian and “great” fast bowler McGrath.

    If an “idiot” could do this to Australian cricket, then what are they .. LOL

  97. #97 by newguy on March 23, 2011 - 10:54 AM

    Gul back to finish off things . .good attacking captaincy from Afridi.

  98. #98 by newguy on March 23, 2011 - 10:56 AM

    Australia might want to think twice about winning tomorrow and facing Pakistan in semis after this performance. Matter of fact, India should take note as well.

    I am jumping far ahead here .. but Pakistan and SA will be a mouth watering contest for the finals.

  99. #99 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 23, 2011 - 11:11 AM

    Riaz is leaking runs, he is the most expensive bowler, he should be removed, Afridi must use GUL now, what is the point of saving your best bowler till the end, it is already 8 wickets down, strike when the iron is hot, don’t wait till the end of 48th over.

    As I am typing I see GUL has been handed the ball. Good thinking.

  100. #100 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 23, 2011 - 11:15 AM

    newguy

    LOL at quarter century ya, ya. 😀

    Gul should get Roach at least, who was lucky to survive the last over the catch went through the slips and YOUNUS BHAAND was smiling as usual after letting it go, hard chance but, it touched his fingers he should have been a little wider………. No chance for GUL, Roach is still there, a good yorker but not a wicket taking one.

  101. #101 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 23, 2011 - 11:17 AM

    Let us see what Razzaq will do? Hope is performs like he did against Australia?

    Like I have said, Chanderpaul has always troubled Pakistan and he is still there ,,,,,,,,,,,,, took a single now and Roach on the strike lets see if it is easier for Razzaq?

  102. #102 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 23, 2011 - 11:20 AM

    Roach is playing like a recognized batsman with a straight bat and he is frustrating the Pakistani bowlers……….. Razzaq bowled a wide one. They are clueless and don’t know what to do?

    Chanderpaul with his awkward stance is a nuisance to them and they don’t know where to bowl……….. 103/8 in 39 overs. They should not be allowed to score 150 at any cost.

  103. #103 by Sagaat on March 23, 2011 - 11:34 AM

    Chenderpaul’s stumping chance was missed by Kamran Akmal.

  104. #104 by Mohammed Munir on March 23, 2011 - 11:37 AM

    Javed …

    Just reached home and it will live from know till end. 😉

    Tell me something about the pitch please ?

    Are there any demons in it or what ?

  105. #105 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 23, 2011 - 11:39 AM

    AFRIDI got his 4th wicket and they are all out for 112.

  106. #106 by Mohammed Munir on March 23, 2011 - 11:42 AM

    All over at 112 …

    Pakistan needs 113 to go to India. 😉

  107. #107 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 23, 2011 - 11:44 AM

    Munir

    The pitch seems to be OK as you can see Chanderpaul remained not out, the other batsmen couldn’t face the spin.
    From here Pakistan needs to be really focused and not get complacent that they got them out for 112 and it is NOT a piece of cake.
    Sometimes the low scoring matches goes down to the wire so, nothing is over till the match is over.

    You don’t know how Bishoo is going to bowl and how Pakistani batsmen are going to play him? He is new to them.

  108. #108 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 23, 2011 - 11:47 AM

    Well, if Pakistan wins then they go to Mohali and have rest for at least 6 days before they play either India or Australia. There will be a lot of Pakistanis crossing the border to see the semifinal. Its a shame that it will be between India and Pakistan because, ideally I wanted them to meet in the final only.

    Afridi has now 21 wickets to his name in this WC only 5 short of McGrath’s record and 6 to break that record. Hope he gets the chance to do that if Pakistan reaches the FINAL. !!!

  109. #109 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 23, 2011 - 11:52 AM

    WAHAB Riaz by far is the most expensive bowler today, he leaked a lot of runs
    AFRIDI the most successful bowler of the day taking 4 wickets for 30 runs
    HAFEEZ is the most economical and great bowler of the day, he put the brakes on the WI attack. He is the only bowler to bowl 10 overs today and took 2 wickets for 16 runs and 3 maiden overs in it.

  110. #110 by Mohammed Munir on March 23, 2011 - 11:52 AM

    Thanks Javed.

  111. #111 by Pawan on March 23, 2011 - 11:53 AM

    Congratulations to all Pakistan supporters and bloggers
    Great display by the Pathan Afridi!

  112. #112 by Pawan on March 23, 2011 - 11:55 AM

    Guys

    You are forgetting
    Akmal took a VERY important catch off Afridi’s bowling to dismiss Pollard

  113. #113 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 23, 2011 - 11:57 AM

    Pawan

    Hold on your horses, the match is only half finished, you cannot judge the result from here, you don’t know how the WI bowlers are going to bowl? And, how the Pakistani batsmen are going to bat? On paper it seems simple, easy, piece of cake and blah, blah BUT cricket is a funny game and you don’t know what could happen!

    When Pakistan were playing against Australia the other day, 30 runs were needed in 96 balls and when Afridi got out he scared everyone that Pakistan can go down from here, but luckily they survived and won the match. Pakistan is such a team that you cannot be sure till the match is over. So, I am keeping my fingers crossed, I may not be here till the end to witness the game, as I have to go and I know I will be tense and worried till I come back and see the recording.

  114. #114 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 23, 2011 - 11:59 AM

    Yeah Pawan but he missed an easy stumping chance of Chanderpaul and dropped one of Afridi, and that is the only catch he held today of Pollard.

  115. #115 by Mohammed Munir on March 23, 2011 - 12:06 PM

    Afridi’s last wicket was the best when he bowled the batter behind his legs.

  116. #116 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 23, 2011 - 12:09 PM

    Munir

    Usko kehtay hain peechay say lena ! 😀 The batsman was Ravi Rampaul

  117. #117 by newguy on March 23, 2011 - 12:12 PM

    Relax Javed, not even Pakistani batsmen could make a mess out of chasing 113. They might lose a few wickets, but the batting is good enough to get it. This is why it is so important to have a sharp bowling attack, they could give small totals for batting to just about get it done, and also defend small to medium totals.

    Compare this with India that has explosive batting that could score 300 or more against top teams, but simply cannot defend it. Any day, strong bowling units with moderate batting unit will win the day, seldom does strong batting with weak bowling wins major games.

  118. #118 by Pawan on March 23, 2011 - 12:19 PM

    I think Javed is being pessimistic here and could be because it is Pakistan.
    But one simply cannot fathom Pakistan losing from here on.

    I agree with newguy (wish we could know your name though, sounds funny calling you new) about Pakistan bowling.
    Superb bowling
    If they continue in this vien then WC’s their’s for the taking.
    I cannot see even SA coming close to them.

    India, my dear friends, is out of question, simply because of pathetic bowling.

  119. #119 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 23, 2011 - 12:23 PM

    newguy

    I understand your point of view and your analysis but, because I have to go now I am not relaxed, LOL this is funny but, it is true. Anyways, let us see what happens next. Whether the opening pair gives them the desired start or not and the match is about to start and after watching it for 10 minutes I have to go. So, you may continue the live coverage with Munir and Pawan. Khansahab is not going to be home till late evening UK time so, he is also not here.

  120. #120 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 23, 2011 - 12:24 PM

    yes newguy you are too old here, btw give us your name please! 😀
    The teams are on the ground and the match is about to start.

  121. #121 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 23, 2011 - 12:30 PM

    Hafeez started with a blitz 2 boundaries and a two, eleven of the first over. Good going and me going to……… take care guys!
    I hope to see a Pakistan win when I come back and watch the recording.

  122. #122 by Mohammed Munir on March 23, 2011 - 12:32 PM

    I am in full agree 😉 with Pawan and Javed, we should be lucky enough to know Newguy’s name today.

    Pakistan should keep their cool and win it with 6/ 7 wickets in hand.

    Good start by Pakistan too.

  123. #123 by Mohammed Munir on March 23, 2011 - 12:35 PM

    Good positive start by Pakistani openers.

    2 overs and 25 runs.

  124. #124 by Mohammed Munir on March 23, 2011 - 12:41 PM

    Akmal gave a chance, but Pollard dropped it.

    Akmal got back, what he is so famous for giving.

    Chances. 😉

  125. #125 by newguy on March 23, 2011 - 12:41 PM

    Great positive start, it is actually an understatement, let me correct – a dominating start from Pakistan. They really look unstoppable and look set to Mumbai finals.

    This game should be over in next one hour.

  126. #126 by newguy on March 23, 2011 - 12:43 PM

    Pawan / Javed,

    Yeah, I not new any more 🙂 but can’t change this name since you (apart from the admins Javed / Khansahab) won’t know me. Besides, I use a fake name and e-mail address on internet because I am always too careful about not letting it out. Bad experiences from past. Once bitten twice shy.

  127. #127 by Mohammed Munir on March 23, 2011 - 12:49 PM

    WI keeper play Kamran and drops Hafeez, not easy though.

    Here comes Bishoo. 😉

  128. #128 by newguy on March 23, 2011 - 12:51 PM

    Pawan,

    India has no chance not just because of pathetic bowling, as we all know the so called great batting line up is one slump away from crashing out for a cheap total. Remember Asia cup final and so many other matches when one or two goes for cheap and the bowling is a bit aggressive, there will be a procession back to pavilion.

    So, batting could crash for 160-170 odd and when that happens the bowling is not there to make a match out of it. Unlike teams like Pakistan, SA, and England who could make a match out of even small totals.

    At the rate Pak is playing, I don’t know whether it is better for India to crash out to Australia, or go to semis and lose to Pak 😉 At least they could say they lose to 3 time world champions .. but I have a feeling if it is India vs. Pak in semis then the match will be very close. Either team could win. So let’s hope India win tomorrow against the arrogant Aussies.

  129. #129 by Mohammed Munir on March 23, 2011 - 1:00 PM

    Pakistan’s first 50 runs and best so far, opening stand.

    They are 55 in 9 overs, without any wicket.

    Incidently

  130. #130 by Mohammed Munir on March 23, 2011 - 1:04 PM

    This is Pakistan’s best ever Opening Stand in all their World Cup games.

    Strange. 🙄

  131. #131 by newguy on March 23, 2011 - 1:19 PM

    The Bangla crowd is so vocal in support of Pakistan, I wonder if this is only because WI defeated them thoroughly 😉 or something to do with living Bangladesh dreams through Pakistan, something like Gavaskar living through Tendulkar 😉 I think a bit of both. They are still poor partisan crowd in my view, this just underscores it.

  132. #132 by Mohammed Munir on March 23, 2011 - 2:13 PM

    What was that ….. WHAT THE FCUK WAS THAT ❓

    This is not Pakistan …. this just not is the Pakistan, we all know.

  133. #133 by Mohammed Munir on March 23, 2011 - 2:34 PM

    Question : Javed Miandad Aur Imran Ki Laraai Ki Asl Waja Kia Thee ❓

    Answer : Miandad Shot Maar Ker Imran Ko Awaaz Deta Thaa …… “ImLan Bhai Lun Ley Lo”

  134. #134 by Mohammed Munir on March 23, 2011 - 2:41 PM

    I am looking forward as to what Javed Khan and Khansahab has to say to all this.

  135. #135 by newguy on March 23, 2011 - 2:46 PM

    Congratulations to everyone for Pakistan reaching the semis of CWC 2011.

    I never doubted Pakistan’s ability to reach here. Remember I was one of the few people who were saying Pakistan has the team to advance deep in this tournament and cannot be overlooked when every expert discounted them for semis.

    Now they are the first team to enter the semis. Most experts and polls did not include Pakistan in last four.

    I always considered Pakistan capable of advancing to semis or even finals. For me it wasn’t hard to see, because it was a matter to focusing their talents, question was only whether they could find enough motivation to do so, and they did. They cannot be stopped from here on without an equally spirited opponent.

    Enjoy this moment folks!

  136. #136 by Mohammed Munir on March 23, 2011 - 3:42 PM

    THANKS NEWGUY …. Thanks a lot for your good wishes and sweet thoughts.

    Pakistan really is lucky to reach semis against all odds and we have ‘this moment’ of full Seven days to fully enjoy.

    Wish all the best to India and please do the same to Australia what we did to WI today. 😉

    See you in Mohali.

  137. #137 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 23, 2011 - 4:15 PM

    WOW that’s all I can say after this win, because reportedly it is a historic win in the WC so far that a team has won by 10 wickets in the QF …. Mark Nicholas.

    When I was leaving Pakistan were 25/0 in 2 overs so the feeling was good that they will make it, not by 10 wickets but by 8 wickets at least.

    Now that they have qualified for the semifinals, Mohali would be flooded by Pakistanis across the border and I wonder whether they all could be accommodated or not? Especially if it is a India Pakistan encounter.

    In the afternoon i.e., when the match started there weren’t many people in the stands and I was thinking that the Bangla crowd has taken their team exit very seriously and may not turn out to cheer Pakistan. But, as the time passed the stadium got full and they were all cheering and supporting Pakistan and I agree with newguy that there are 2 reasons, one to avenge the defeat at the hands of West Indies, “mai nahee tou mera bhai tujhay maaray” and they were living in the dream that Pakistan is accomplishing for them similar to that GAVASKARING DREAMS of living in Tendulkar’s world.

    Anyways THANK YOU GUYS. A win makes a big difference, like Munir said, a week to relax and watch cricket ….. next three QF’s without any tension.

    Ab Tension Lenay ka nai, day na ka hai….. 😀

  138. #138 by M . Y. Kasim on March 23, 2011 - 7:36 PM

    Congrats all.

    Great win…..Keep it up Green-shirts 🙂

  139. #139 by khansahab on March 23, 2011 - 8:56 PM

    “Pakistan will win the World Cup”: Ian Botham

  140. #140 by khansahab on March 23, 2011 - 9:24 PM

    new thread

  141. #141 by Sagaat on March 23, 2011 - 9:58 PM

    The last four world cups that Pakistan has played, that is, 3 20/20 world cups and now the 50-over world cup, Pakistan has made to the semi-finals on all occassions. Once won the final, once lost it, and once lost the semi final. Lets see what happens this time around. The next match will be the toughest.

    Afridi’s captaincy has been very good so far. In the previous match against Australia he brought Razzaq on an opportune time and that turned the match in Pakistan’s favor when Australia were going smoothly at 130-4. In this match he opened the bowling with Mohammad Hafeez and that paid off.

  142. #142 by Varun Suri on March 24, 2011 - 4:27 AM

    Congratulations to all the fans of Pakistan Cricket for this wonderful win over the Windies. I was a bit occupied yesterday so by the time i came home and switched on the TV the Game was already over. Afridi will definately end up as the highest wicket-taker irrespective of the Semi- Final result.

    Let’s see if India can make it a India-Pak Semi-Final or not?

  143. #143 by karthick.R on November 29, 2011 - 6:46 AM

    very eager to watch india vs WI

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