Sunday, 7 February 2010

Pakistan Totally Outplayed

What can anyone say about the Pakistan team which toured Australia and lost each and every encounter if faced? Pakistan were on the verge of victory on three occasions in the 3 tests, 5 one dayers and the only T20 game that was played yesterday at Melbourne. In the second test played at Sydney, Pakistani bowlers did well to contain the Aussie batsmen by bowling them all out for a score of 127, that in turn set many records for Pakistan. That was followed by Pakistan piling up 333 runs on the board, which was as good a follow on by a team batting first. But, the end result is that Pakistan lost the match by 36 runs.

Then, in the 1st one dayer at Brisbane, Pakistan did well to put up a decent score of 274 on board and eventually, out of bad luck lost the game and took honors after the Aussie batsmen went till the last over to win the game by 5 wickets. Then, in the 3rd ODI, though the Pakistani batsmen lost control in the initial stages of their chase of 286, there was an 85 run 5th wicket partnership between Fawad Alam and Umer Akmal, that restored hopes of a Pakistani win until the tail-enders viz Rana Naved and Shahid Afridi made a mess by just slogging irresponsibly.

Then comes the fifth one day match held at Perth, where still Pakistani batsmen made a mess of their game by losing all their wickets for a partly total of 212. But, that was not all until the Aussie batsmen had trouble chasing the same partly total. The Australian batsmen lost wickets at regular intervals, with the pressure balancing more on the Aussie batsmen than on the Pakistani bowlers. But, eventually, the result was that Pakistan had still lost by 2 wickets. Another blow to the Pakistan team was the suspension of Shahid Afridi for tasting the ball on the field.

Finally, in the T20 game held at Melbourne, Pakistan did everything to take home a win by first bowling the Aussie batsmen for 127 and then start the run chase the way it was supposed to be. Still, the final result of the game was no different. In defending a modest total of 127, even a 1 run victory is worth an innings win in case that can happen. The only thing that the Pakistani players can boast of is that they lost 1 wicket less than what the Aussie team could manage. Finally, needless to be said, the Pakistan team was totally outplayed, the reasons regarding the same being hardly of any weight.

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