ABU DHABI: Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed faces some searching questions to answer for the second Test against Australia over his bowling attack and batting lineup after Tim Paine’s side produced a battling draw in the first match in Dubai.
Usman Khawaja defied pre-match predictions and a poor return on turning pitches in Asia to score a battling 141 and anchor his side’s defiance as they survived 139.5 overs in stifling conditions to ensure a draw.
Sarfraz’s bowlers were unable to put concerted pressure on the visitors with Khawaja reverse sweeping leg-spinner Yasir Shah seemingly at will on a pitch that was deteriorating and offering assistance to Pakistan’s four slow bowlers.
Left-arm quick Wahab Riaz also failed to effectively exploit any reverse swing he was achieving with the older ball, forcing Sarfraz to continually change his tactics and fielding positions in an effort to manufacture a wicket.
The second and final Test starts in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday and Sarfraz’s side will be forced to make at least one change with opening batsman Imam-ul-Haq having surgery on a broken finger and ruled out of the match.
Imam scored an impressive 76 in a 205-run opening stand with Mohammed Hafeez that set up Pakistan’s first innings of 482.
He added 48 in Pakistan’s second innings of 181 for six declared but broke the little finger on his left hand while fielding on the fifth and final day and was forced from the ground.
The left-handed opener had surgery in Dubai on Saturday and would return home on Tuesday, the Pakistan Cricket Board said.
His absence will necessitate changes to the batting order with Fakhar Zaman the only other specialist opening batsman in the squad, although he is yet to make his Test debut at the age of 28 and not played a first-class match in more than a year.
Azhar Ali could also be promoted up the order to open with Hafeez with leg-spinning all-rounder Shadab Khan possibly coming into the squad to bolster the team’s bowling stocks.
The 20-year-old Shadab, however, is battling a groin injury that ruled him out of the first Test and which thwarted coach Mickey Arthur’s plans of combining him with Yasir to attack Australia’s inexperienced batting lineup.
Meanwhile, Azhar admitted Pakistan will be under pressure of expectations in the final Test.
“I can’t say if the pressure will be more on Pakistan or Australia but we are the home side and obviously people expect us to win and so there is pressure,” said Azhar on Sunday. “However, having said that these are favourable conditions for us and we have to make the most of it.
“Pressure is always different in every match and obviously this is a decider. Being the home team we have to win it and we will enter the field thinking that. We will look to play positive cricket and hopefully the result will go our way.”
The 33-year-old Azhar held the opening spot since The Oval Test in England in August 2016 and struck a triple century against the West Indies in Dubai and a double hundred against Australia in Melbourne — both in 2016.
He went to his customary number three position for the two Tests against Sri Lanka last year and in last week’s first Test against Australia.
“When playing for Pakistan one has to be ready for everything,” said Azhar. “I have always believed in that and whatever the team management decides or the captain decides, I will be ready to do that.”
Azhar admitted Pakistan players were disappointed at not winning the first Test.
“We are not disheartened but, yes, disappointed, obviously after dominating the Test match throughout and then not winning it,” said Azhar, a veteran of 66 Tests. “Unfortunately we couldn’t win but I think we also have to give credit to the Australians as well as they showed resilience and kept fighting till the end.”
Azhar said he remains focused despite not in the best of form, managing only 95 runs in the last four Tests.
“A batsman always wants to score runs and it doesn’t feel nice when he doesn’t score runs,” said Azhar. “But the important thing is to stay focused and believe that once you get a good knock things will start rolling again.”
Published in Dawn, October 15th, 2018
ماسکو: اسٹریٹ چلڈرن فٹ بال ورلڈ کپ 2018 میں پاکستان نے سیمی فائنل کے لیے کوالیفائی کر لیا۔
روس کے شہر ماسکو میں ہونے والے اسٹریٹ چلڈرن ورلڈ کپ کے کوارٹر فائنل میں پاکستان نے تاجکستان کو شکست سے کر دوسری مرتبہ اس ٹورنامنٹ کا سیمی فائنل کھیلنے اعزاز حاصل کرلیا۔
ننھے شاہین کل اسٹریٹ چلڈرن فٹبال ورلڈ کپ کے سیمی فائنل میں انڈونیشیا کا مقابلہ کریں گے۔
خیال رہے کہ اسٹریٹ چلڈرن فٹبال ورلڈ کپ کا انعقاد 2010 سے کیا جارہا ہے جو فٹبال ورلڈ کپ کی میزبانی کرنے والے ملک میں میگا ایونٹ سے پہلے کھیلا جاتا ہے جس کا مقصد دنیا بھر میں اسٹریٹ چلڈرن کی حفاظت اور حقوق سے متعلق آگاہی پھیلانا ہے۔
واضح رہے کہ 2014 میں برازیل میں ہونے والے فٹبال ورلڈ کپ سے پہلے منعقدہ اسٹریٹ چلڈرن فٹبال ورلڈ کپ میں پاکستان نے عمدہ کارکردگی دکھاتے ہوئے تیسری پوزیشن حاصل کی تھی۔
یاد رہے کہ 2010 میں ہونے والے اسٹریٹ چلڈرن ورلڈ کپ میں بھارت نے کامیابی حاصل کی تھی۔
DUBAI: Lahore Qalandars pulled an upset on Sunday by knocking down mighty Karachi Kings in a super over in the 24th match of the Pakistan Super League's third edition at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.
Courtesy half-centuries by top-order batsmen Babar Azam and Lendl Simmons, Kings set Qalandars a 163-run target to win.
In a dramatic chase, the McCullum-led team levelled the score on the last delivery of the innings, taking the contest into the tournament's second super over.
Qalandars' top-order batsman Agha Salman contributed 50 off 45, but it was a fiery blitz by Sohail Akhtar which changed the game, his 15 runs off eight balls, including a six and a four, bringing the unthinkable into reality.
The game went for a super over in which, playing first, Qalandars gave Kings a target of 12 runs to win.
Fakhar Zaman was run out on the very first ball. Anton Devcich, the man next in with skipper McCullum, took the super over score to 11 runs.
Lendl Simmons and Colin Ingram opened for Kings in chase of 12 runs.
Sunil Narine took the prize wicket of Ingram on the third delivery of his over.
Shahid Afridi hit the last ball of the over for six, but by then it was already too late for Karachi.
Muhammad Irfan (Junior) took the wicket of Anton Devcich on the very first ball of his over. Devcich missed the leg-side flick which led the ball to hit the middle stump.
The in-form opener-batsman Fakhar Zaman fell prey to set up put by the Kings as he slogged towards a mid-wicket area, the ball landed safely in the hands of Denly.
Fast bowler Usman Khan Shinwari turned the tables in Kings' favour by dismissing Agha Salman and skipper McCullum in his over.
The six by Sohail Akhtar on the 19.3 overs shortened Kings' chase.
Kings' opener Joe Denly (3) departed after giving an easy catch to skipper McCullum on a flighted delivery of legspinner Yasir Shah.
Fast bowler Sohail Khan provided a much-needed relief to the Qalandars by taking down the wicket of Lendl Simmons. The opener set up a strong base for the Kings with his knock of 55 runs off 39 balls, with eight boundaries and one six on the strike of 141.02.
A pair of half centuries by Joe Denly and Babar Azam coupled with a vintage Shahid Afridi bowling spell helped Karachi Kings defeat Multan Sultans by 63 runs in the 22nd fixture of the Pakistan Super League 2018 in Dubai on Saturday.
After Multan Sultans won the toss and invited Karachi Kings to bat first, the new pairing of Joe Denly and Lendl Simmons took the crease. The two remained cautious at the start, the West Indian more so than the Englishman.
Simmons consumed 13 balls and scored just four before Mohammad Irfan sent him back to the dugout.
Babar Azam walked in.
By the end of 5 overs, the Kings were 30-1 and scoring at a measly six an over.
Denly took charge in the 9th and 10th overs, smacking two boundaries each off of Junaid Khan and Imran Tahir's deliveries.
He brought up his fifty in that same Tahir over, by the end of which the Kings were 68-1.
Denly was on a mission, almost single-handedly powering the Kings innings. Of the 95 runs scored by the end of the 13th over, 70 had come off the Englishman's willow.
Azam also played a few shots of his own, like the pretty looking six over the long-on boundary in the 14th over.
Denly finally departed in the 17th over. His and Azam's 118-run partnership was the highest for PSL 2018 until that point.
The standing ovation tells everything about the quality of his innings.
Ingram hit two consecutive 6s in the 18th over and Azam hit two consecutive 4s in the next over. The latter departed in the same over having scored a 39-ball 58. His second fifty of the tournament was proof that Azam can flourish in 20-over format as well.
Some late hitting by Colin Ingram saw Karachi Kings finish with 188-3 — the highest score of PSL 2018 and their highest score ever.
In reply, Kumar Sangakkara and Ahmed Shehzad, like they usually do at the very least, provided the Sultans a decent start.
Shehzad hit two 6s — one pretty and where he wanted to, the other ugly and a complete miscue.
The 5th, 6th and 7th and 8th overs saw Sangakkara, Sohaib Maqsood, Shehzad and Kieron Pollard depart one after the other as the Kings gained the upper hand. By the end of that 8th over, the Sultans were 62-4, with Saif Badar and Shoaib Malik at the crease.
Badar hit Shahid Afridi for a huge six in the 10th but was bowled out the very next ball. The reaction that the 19-year-old Badar's dismissal elicited from Afridi wasn't befitting of a veteran cricketer like him. Here's that sequence:
Afridi, who was bowling fast, wicket-to-wicket and with hostility of his heyday, bowled out his third Sultan of the innings, with his victim being his fellow veteran Malik.
The game, at this point, was all but over.
The tail extended the proceedings but the run chase had been dead for quite some time. Sohail Tanvir's late cameo of 29-ball 34 was of little use as the Sultans were all out for 125, falling 63 runs short.
Afridi was named the man of the match for his bowling figures of 3-18 in four overs.
Karachi Kings: Joe Denly, Lendl Simmons, Shahid Afridi, Babar Azam, Colin Ingram, Ravi Bopara, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Imad Wasim (capt), Mohammad Irfan, Mohammad Amir, Usman Khan
Multan Sultans: Ahmed Shehzad, Kumar Sangakkara (wk), Sohaib Maqsood, Shoaib Malik (capt), Kieron Pollard, Saif Badar, Sohail Tanvir, Junaid Khan, Mohammad Irfan, Imran Tahir, Hardus Viljoen
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Overseas Pakistani Week Starts with friendly Cricket match
Islamabad (PIK) Overseas Cricket match for projection of softer and positive image of Pakistan abroad Organized by the Overseas Pakistanis Foundation Ministry of Overseas Pakistani & Human Resource Development, a friendly cricket match between OPF v/s FBR was held on 17 December 2017 at Quaid E Azam University Cricket Stadium Islamabad. The FBR won the match in a thrilling close game.
The large numbers of Overseas Pakistani Community, the Officials of OPF watched the match along with their families. The Chief Guest Mr. Javed Ashraf Vice Chancellor Quaid E Azam University praised the spirit of sportsmanship displayed by the players and supporters from both sides. He congratulated the FBR Team for their best performance.
The Chief Guest Javed Ashraf Vice Chancellor Quaid E Azam University welcomed the enthusiasm and dedication of the Overseas Pakistani community and the players. He reaffirmed his support for the promotion of cricket in Quaid E Azam University.
The Chief Guest Javed Ashraf Vice Chancellor Quaid E Azam University reiterated the importance of sports in bringing the communities closer together and further strengthening the bonds of friendship through sports diplomacy.
Mr. Attshan Ali Abbasi World Record Holder Pakistani was also acknowledge by the OPF Official for rending outstanding services for the Youth of Pakistan nationally and internationally, Mr. Attshan Ali Abbasi also praised the role of the OPF for promoting positive image of Pakistan.
On behalf of Chairman OPF Deputy Secretary Mr. Khalid Said that OPF mission to transform Pakistan to a knowledge-based economy, OPF dedication to promoting health and fitness nationwide will help Pakistani adopt lifestyles that improve their overall wellbeing and active longevity.
Chief Financial official Talal Chand briefed about the role of OPF for Promoting better image of Pakistan, on behalf of Chairman OPF Khalid Khan Deputy Secretary OPF Presented shield to Guests.
Vice Chancellor Quaid E Azam University presented shield to winning Caption Mazhar from FBR.
Subsequently, addressing the on behalf of Amjad Malik Chairman OPF, Rafiq Ghouri reiterated continuous support for the rights of 9 Million overseas Pakistani who were contributing greatly for softer image of Pakistan nationally and internationally.
At the end OPF team headed by Rafiq Ghouri and Muhammad Farooq Sadiq logistic manager also played a Vital Role for organizing the mega event.
Tainted opener Nasir Jamshed, believed to be a prime suspect in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) spot-fixing case, has been handed a one-year ban by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU), a top PCB official told DawnNews on Monday.
The ACU decided to ban Jamshed for obstruction of investigation and non-cooperation with the PCB. The main charges will be brought against him soon by the ACU, according to PCB sources.
The PSL spot-fixing scandal surfaced earlier this year, on the opening day of the second PSL Twenty20 series held in Dubai, with the final staged in Lahore.
Sharjeel Khan was the first cricketer in the spot-fixing case, who was banned for five years last month.
However, after a suspension period of two and a half years and with the addition of seven months, which the left-handed opener had already passed as a result of the case proceedings, the remaining period of his punishment was reduced to just one year and 11 months when it was announced in August 2017.
In September, the ACU handed batsman Khalid Latif a five-year ban and Rs1 million fine for involvement in the spot-fixing case.
He was charged on six counts, including persuading or attempting to persuade three other cricketers — Mohammad Irfan, Shahzaib Hasan and Sharjeel Khan — to get involved in spot-fixing.