Well well well, Who would think of such a performance from the Pakistani Team that consists usually of youngsters like Hasan Ali, Shadab Khan, Fakhar Zaman, Debutent Rumman Raees, Babar azam, Imad Wasim and with that a new captain Sarfraz Ahmed.
They literally thrashed the England Cricket Team and won the big semi final in Champions Trophy 2017. A very ordinary performance from England. Pakistan restricted them to just 211 runs in 49.5 overs as they were bowled out.
Yet again the Pakistani bowlers have shown temperament and skills. They were bowling the right areas as well as taking wickets at the right time. Sarfraz Ahmed was also very intelligently changing the bowlers around and not giving any sort of comfort to the English Batsman.
After the defeat against the Mighty Indians, No one was really hoping that this Pakistani team will come this far in the tournament. But they are unexpectedly now in the Finals of the Champions Trophy 2017.
Her is what happened in the match, England Batting First was troubled by the Pakistani pacers and spinners. England got a good start but later on in the middle overs after getting the wicket of Joe Root by Shadab khan, the momentum shifted towards Pakistan and they were back in the game courtesy Hasan Ali and Junaid Khan. England posted a total of 211 after they were bowled out in the last over.
Ben stokes played an interesting innings facing 64 deliveries for just 34 runs and not even managing to score a single boundary. Lets look at the Score card of the England Innings :
An easy task for the Pakistani Batsman, but as we know Pakistan on their day can be very sloppy, but they held their nerves. It was again the young Fakhar Zaman who provided an amazing start with Azhar Ali also clicking today, Both were involved in a 118 partnership after Fakhar Zaman was out stumped on Adil Rashid Googly. Here is the Scorecard of Pakistan Innings :
Hasan Ali was the star of the show with the ball and is named Man of the Match:
“It’s a big match, so we focused on our bowling. [Improvements after India game?] My coach Azhar Mahmmod helped me a lot, he gave me the plan and I implemented it. [Prize wicket?] Morgan. Tomorrow is my brother’s birthday and I dedicate this to him.”
After the defeat Eoin Morgan said :
“One thing we didn’t do was adapt to conditions, coming from Edgbaston to a used wicket, Pakistan did that well and played better. We did prepare, Pakistan bowled well but we didn’t adjust and 200 isn’t competitive, 250-270 would be a good score. [Used pitch in semi-final] It’s a test… There wasn’t [too much wrong]. We bowled okay but 200 was well under par. We continue to learn, everything we did was calculated, but Pakistan had played on the wicket previously and that helped. You have to adapt in knockout cricket, so it’s an important lesson.”
And Sarfaraz views were :
“We bowled very well and after that the batting was good too. Mohammad Amir wasn’t playing but Raees came in and did well. We elected to bowl and chase again [which worked]. After India, every game was a knockout game, I said to the players to just play your game. [India rematch in the final?] Both teams are playing well, so we will play whoever gets through. [Hasan performance?] He’s very impressive, hopefully he will do that in the final. Whenever he comes on he’s getting wickets.”
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So with the Tag of Unpredictability, Pakistan is going to the Final to face India or Bangladesh. And who knows if 18th June again becomes the Pakistan’s day, they might show a really good fight in the Final as well. So lets hope that the Final will be an amazing Encounter.
Till then Take care.
Stats and links Courtesy Cricinfo