Friday, December 8, 2023

Pakistan all out for 305 runs

Earlier, Pakistan won the World Cup by chasing a record 344 runs in their second match. Even today against Australia, Pakistan’s two openers made a pair of half-centuries and everyone thought that Pakistan would win by setting a record today. But Pakistan was able to get 305 runs after losing all the wickets in 45 overs with 3 balls due to the bowling of Auji bowlers. And Australia won by 62 runs.

Pakistan made a flying start to bat against the mountain target of 368 runs given by Australia. Today the opener picked up a pair of half-centuries. Pakistan was dreaming of this pair. But Pakistan could not stand the departure of this pair. Mohammad Rizwan tried but at the other end there was a procession. In the end, he also returned to Sajghar for 46 runs. Dream of victory Pakistan’s innings stopped at 305 runs. After a big loss to India, this time they also lost to Australia.

Abdullah Shafiq and Imam-ul-Haq, who came into the opener for Pakistan today, played carefully from the start. Relying on this pair, Pakistan completed their half-century in 8 overs 2 balls and scored 59 runs in the first power play. And the team took the century in 16 over 5 balls.

In the meantime, Abdullah Shafiq picked up a personal half-century. He scored 50 runs off 52 balls. Out of this 4 hit 5 and hit 2 sixes.

After Abdullah Shafiq, another opener Imam-ul Haq also took half century. He scored 50 runs off 54 balls. Which includes 8 fours.

Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa Josh Hazlewood, Pat Cummins and Glenn Maxwell could not break this pair. This pair was becoming increasingly dangerous for Australia.

Finally Marcus Stoinis broke this pair. He returned Abdullah Shafiq who scored 64 runs off 61 balls. They broke Pakistan’s opening pair for 134 runs.

After Abdullah Shafiq, another opener Imam-ul Haq also returned to become the second victim of Marcus Stoinis. After scoring 70 runs off 71 balls, he handed over the catch to Mitchell Starc and returned to the dressing room.

Pakistan went on the back foot losing 2 wickets for 154 runs. The run average continues to decline. Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan teamed up to save the team from disaster.

But the pair could not go far. The pair broke after Babar Azam’s departure for the team’s 175 runs. He returned after scoring 18 off 14 balls, caught by Pat Cummins off Adam Jumper. 21 runs came from this pair.

Mohammad Rizwan and Saud Shakeel led the Pakistan team losing 3 wickets for 175 runs. The pair continued to lead the team forward.

But after the team’s departure of Saud Shakeel for 232 runs, this pair was broken. He returned to Pat Cummins with 30 runs off 31 balls. Losing 4 wickets for 232 runs, Pakistan’s hopes of victory began to fade. Meanwhile, Mohammad Rizwan tried to manage the situation by forming a pair with Iftikhar Ahmed.

But this pair could not last long. The pair was broken when Iftikhar Ahmed returned after falling victim to LBW by Adam Jumper. He scored 26 runs off 20 balls before getting out.

Mohammad Rizwan and Usama Mir returned to the pavilion following Iftikhar Ahmed’s route. Mohammad Rizwan, who raised hopes of a half-century, returned to the pavilion with 46 runs. Adam was caught LBW by a jumper and made his way to the pavilion.

After Rijewan, Usama Mir also returned to Sajghar. Josh Hazlewood’s delivery was caught by Mitchell Starc at deep foul.

Mohammad Nawaz, who scored 14 runs from 16 balls, also returned to the dressing room. He returned as Adam Jumper’s fourth victim.

Losing 8 wickets for 287 runs, Pakistan’s innings could not go any further. Towards the end, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Afridi and Haris Rauf only narrowed the margin of Pakistan’s loss. In the end, Pakistan’s innings stopped at 305 runs after losing all wickets in 45 overs. And Australia won by 62 runs.

David Warner and Mitchell Marsh opened for Ajid today. Shaheen Afridi appealed for LBW on the first ball of the innings. Pakistan took a review because the umpire did not respond to the request. But even that did not benefit Pakistan. Babar Azam’s team lost the opposite review.

Then the two openers continued to play. David Warner took a catch at mid-on off Shaheen Afridi in the fourth over. But Usama Mir at mid-on failed to palm the easy catch. As a result, Warner got a personal 10 runs.

After 10 runs, Warner and another opener, Mitchell Marsh, started attacking the puck bowlers. With the pair of these two openers, Australia completed the team’s half century with 8 over 2 balls. And picked up 82 runs in the first power play. After that, he took the team’s century in just 12 overs.

Warner, who got life by 10 runs, took a personal half-century in the meantime. He scored 50 runs off just 39 balls. Which includes 5 fours and 3 sixes. Another opener Mitchell Marsh also picked up a half century.

Hasan Ali, Iftikhar Ahmed, Haris Rauf, Usama Mir and Mohammad Nawaz could not break this pair despite trying.

Warner, who got life by 10 runs, brought up a century off 85 balls. Which includes 7 fours and 6 sixes. Another opener Mitchell Marsh scored 100 off 100 balls. He hit 10 fours and hit 6 sixes.

Shaheen Afridi finally broke this pair that became terrible. 121 runs off 108 balls Mitchell took Shaheen Afridi’s catch at short fine leg. Earlier, Usama Mir, who dropped the catch to Warner, did not make a mistake this time. He palmed Mitchell Marsh’s catch at short fine leg. After his departure, Australia’s opening pair finally broke for 259 runs.

Glenn Maxwell also returns to the dressing room following the path of Mitchell Marsh. He also went back the very next ball after Mitchell Marsh was dismissed. Babb handed over the catch to Azam and returned to the dressing room.

Steven Smith also followed Glenn Maxwell’s path. After scoring 7 runs off 9 balls, he fell victim to Usama Mir. David Warner, who scored a century, returned to the team’s 325 runs. He returned after handing over the catch to Shadab Khan at long on. He made 163 runs off 124 balls before getting out.

After Warner’s departure, Jos Inglis, Marcus Stoinis, Marnus Labuschagne, Pat Cummins, Adam Zampa and Josh Hazlewood did not add much runs. Australia managed to score 367 runs after losing 9 wickets in the allotted 50 overs.

Shaheen Afridi took 5 wickets, Haris Rauf 3 and Usama Mir 1 wicket for Pakistan.

(20 October/NWB/ES)


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