Pakistan Win By 3 Runs In Dramatic Finish At Karachi
September 26, 2022 / By Zunair Tahir / Sport News
In a thrilling match on Sunday in Karachi, Pakistan defeated England by three runs. After losing their top three, England’s 168-point chase never really got underway. However, Haris Rauf took two wickets in as many balls to leave Adil Rashid and Reece Topley needing four runs from the last over after Liam Dawson hit 24 from an over to push his team close to victory. They were unable to complete the task, though, and the hosts tied the series at 2-2.
The series’ next game will be played in Lahore with the score currently tied at 2-2 between the two sides (September 28, 30 and October 2).
At the National Stadium in Karachi on Sunday, England captain Moeen Ali called the toss and chose to put Pakistan in to bat.
Pakistan was given the opportunity to bat first but was only given a goal of 167 runs, which by all accounts should have been simple for an English team to reach after setting a massive 222-run total in the previous game.
Haris Rauf (3-32) Mohammad Hasnain (2-40) and Mohammad Wasim (1-30) pressured the English side with their speed, while spinners Mohammad Nawaz (3-35) and Mohammad Iftikhar (0-23) limited the run rate even as the Pakistani batters struggled to find their feet.
Pakistan played in the 200th T20 game, becoming the first side to do so.
From the previous game, England made three adjustments. While Olly Stone received his opportunity to play in an international T20 match, Alex Hales and David Willey entered the lineup.
They took the place of Mark Wood, Sam Curran, and David Malan. In order to bring Asif Ali and Naseem Shah, Pakistan left aside the unhealthy Haider Ali and Shahnawaz Dahani.
Pakistan Cricket Team:
Babar Azam (captain), Mohammad Rizwan, Shan Masood, Asif Ali, Haris Rauf, Iftikhar Ahmed, Mohammad Nawaz, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Hasnain, Usman Qadir, Mohammad Wasim
England Cricket Team:
Moeen Ali (captain), Will Jacks, Harry Brook, Olly Stone, Ben Duckett, Liam Dawson, Alex Hales, Adil Rashid, Phil Salt, Reece Topley, David Willey
For a historic visit, the England cricket team has landed in Pakistan. After 17 long years, the Three Lions are returning to Pakistan for a seven-match T20I series. Babar Azam and company enter this series coming off a heartbreaking loss to Sri Lanka in the Asia Cup final.
Before the 2019 T20 World Cup, Pakistan will be aiming to make apologies and resolve all of the problems within their team. In the crucial series, Mohammad Rizwan’s strike rate will be scrutinized. Many commentators have criticized the 30-year-old for his dubious strategy in the Asia Cup final. Babar Azam, the captain, will try to regain his form by scoring some runs.
Karachi leg of the series
1st T20I – September 20
2nd T20I – September 22
3rd T20I – September 23
4th T20I – September 25
Lahore leg of the series
5th T20I – September 28
6th T20I – September 30
7th T20I – October 2
Babar Azam (c), Shadab Khan (vc), Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Mohammad Nawaz, Shan Masood, Aamir Jamal, Abrar Ahmed, Asif Ali, Haider Ali, Haris Rauf, Iftikhar Ahmed, Khushdil Shah, Naseem Shah, Mohammad Haris, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Wasim Junior, Shahnawaz Dahani, Usman Qadir
Jos Buttler (c & wk), Moeen Ali (vc), Alex Hales, Dawid Malan, Jordan Cox (wk), Harry Brook, Sam Curran, Liam Dawson, Chris Woakes, Ben Duckett, Richard Gleeson, Tom Helm, Will Jacks, Adil Rashid, Phil Salt, Olly Stone, Reece Topley, David Willey, Mark Wood, Luke Wood
England, captained by Jos Buttler, is aware that Pakistan is the favourite to win in these circumstances. It is important to note that a few of the England team’s players have had some experience playing in Pakistan thanks to the PSL. In recent years, players such as Alex Hales and Dawid Malan have competed in the Pakistan Super League.
For the Karachi leg of the series, Jos Buttler won’t be available, hence Moeen Ali will captain England. Liam Livingstone, Sam Curran, Chris Jordan, and Adil Rashid are T20 experts who will be crucial to England’s prospects. Here are all the specifics of the historic T20I series between Pakistan and England before the first T20I in Karachi.
Additionally, England arrives in Pakistan with a debt of gratitude to settle and an air of regret. The ECB was effectively kept afloat during an unprecedented crisis for the sport by Pakistan’s own willingness to visit England in the summer of 2020
When Covid had struck, and tolerating the enormous restrictions of that bio-secure summer. As a result, when last year’s goodwill return visit was cancelled without a good reason, the outrage was understandable and justified.
Afghanistan Hopes To Bounce Back Against Pakistan l Asia Cup 2022 l
September 7, 2022 / By Zunair Tahir / Sport News
With a victory, Pakistan will be one step closer to the title game, while Afghanistan will be eager to make their Super 4s debut.
On Wednesday, Pakistan and Afghanistan—two sides that are quite accustomed to the UAE—will face off against one another for the first time in the Asia Cup and for the third time in T20Is. Even though Pakistan has a flawless record against Afghanistan, having won both of their meetings in 2013 and 2019, the game in Sharjah will be open to anybody.
Afghanistan began the Asia Cup with two excellent victories over higher-ranked Bangladesh and Sri Lanka in the group stage, but they were defeated by Dasun Shanaka’s team in the first Super 4 game despite scoring 175 for 6. However, there were leftovers for them.
It was a tight game, to start. Overall, they’ve demonstrated that they are no longer only dependent on the wicket-taking spin combination of Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, and skipper Mohammad Nabi. Fast bowlers Fazalhaq Farooqi and Naveen-ul-Haq for them have proven to be match-winners.
Najibullah Zadran, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, and Ibrahim Zadran are just a few of the batsmen who have risen to the occasion. If Afghanistan is to go to the finals, they must maintain such standards.
Meanwhile, despite missing their skipper and having important players injured, Pakistan has been able to produce convincing victory. In filling in for Babar Azam, Mohammad Rizwan has performed admirably, scoring 192 runs in three innings. Fakhar Zaman and Khushdil Shah have also contributed, and all-rounder Mohammad Nawaz scored 42 runs off 20 balls in the last game against India after moving up to the No. 4 position.
Their greatest strength continues to be their bowling, as spinners Shadab Khan and Nawaz have combined for 13 wickets in three games. The onslaught appears to be much more effective when the young Naseem Shah is included in the scene.
Pakistan will go to the final with a win, but they will face a very determined opponent in Afghanistan, who is also vying for their first Super 4 triumph after defeating the defending champions India in a thrilling last-over match.
It’s difficult to replace a bowler like Shaheen Shah Afridi in Pakistan’s bowling lineup, but Naseem Shah, who has played in only three T20Is, has shown he can come close. His blistering pace and swing made him a star in red-ball cricket, and it turns out that the same combination also works in the shorter formats. The 19-year-old has taken five wickets in three tournament games so far, and he will be crucial in limiting Afghanistan’s improving batting. Especially now that Haris Rauf, who is seasoned, is having some difficulty.
Pitch And Circumstances:
As has been the case in two out of the three games played in Sharjah, the side batting first will be hoping to score a lot. Sri Lanka outran Afghanistan’s 175 while Pakistan defeated Hong Kong with a score of 193.
The Pakistani medical staff has given Rizwan, who suffered a knee injury on Sunday, the all-clear to play. He will continue to bat at the top of the order and stand behind the wicket.
In the past, Pakistan has defeated Afghanistan in both of their T20I matches.
The Pakistani player with the best economy rate in this Asia Cup (with at least five overs) is Shadab Khan, who has a 5.43.
In T20s, Rashid Khan has five times eliminated Babar, scoring 58 runs off of 48 balls in the process.
Key Statistics & Records For India And Pakistan As Their Longtime Rivals Square Off Once More In The Asia Cup 2022
August 27, 2022 / By Zunair Tahir / Sport News
At the same location where their arch-rivals shockingly destroyed the defending champions in the T20 World Cup last year, Rohit Sharma’s India and Babar Azam’s Pakistan will be hoping to get off to a strong start in the 2022 Asia Cup.
India, led by Rohit Sharma, will be seeking vengeance against Pakistan after losing the previous meeting between the two teams by a margin of 10 wickets.
ICC T20 Batting Ranking So Far:
Over the years, India and Pakistan have engaged in a number of notable contests in a variety of formats, 14 of which took place at the Asia Cup. India consistently outperforms its rivals in tournament matches, including in the Asia Cup, even if Pakistan may dominate the head-to-head statistics in Tests and ODIs played between the two teams.
The two sides will now face off against one another on Sunday in the opening game of the 2022 Asia Cup in Dubai, with Pakistan being headed by Babar Azam and India being led by Rohit Sharma. Before the eagerly awaited match, let’s look at some vital statistics:
As previously mentioned, India leads the tournament records, while Pakistan leads the overall records in ODIs and Tests. The Asia Cup, however, will be contested in the T20 format, and it’s vital to remember that India now leads 6-2 in this format. India now leads the Asia Cup 8-5, with the 1997 match being called off once. Pakistan leads India 12-9 in Test matches while leading the ODI series 73-55.
Most Runs Scored:
Rohit Sharma, the India captain, leads all T20I scorers with 3487 runs in 132 matches at an average of 32.28 and a strike rate of 140.26. Virat Kohli, India’s second-highest run scorer, has scored 3308 runs in 99 T20 Internationals at an astounding average of 50.12 and strike rate of 137.66. Babar Azam, the captain of Pakistan, is in first place with 2686 runs in 74 T20 Internationals at an average of 45.52 and a strike rate of 129.44.
Most Wickets Taken:
Both countries’ top wicket-takers are spinners, with Yuzvendra Chahal of India leading the pack overall with 79 dismissals in 62 games. Shadab Khan, the vice captain of Pakistan, has taken 73 wickets in 64 games, making him their most productive wicket-taker. Veteran Indian bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who has reached the milestone in 72 games, ties Shadab’s total.
While Shadab is not quite ready to surpass Chahal for India as the highest wicket-taker in the shortest format, he is still some way off. With 98 T20I wickets in 99 games, former skipper Shahid Afridi leads the team, and former fast bowler Umar Gul is second with 85 in 64 games. Saeed Ajmal, a former spinner, places third after tying Gul’s record in 64 games. Fourth on the list is Shadab.
Last Asia Cup Match:
While Pakistani supporters will never forget it, Indian fans would want to avoid looking at the previous game’s scorecard. India enjoyed the better name recognition going into the two sides’ T20 World Cup opener, in addition to their unblemished record versus Pakistan in 50-over and 20-over World Cup matches. However, the Indian batting order was destroyed by the fast bowlers from Pakistan, headed by Shaheen Afridi. They reached 151/7 thanks to the 57 off 49 balls scored by captain Virat Kohli. Mohammad Rizwan and skipper Babar both scored unbroken half century as Pakistan successfully chased down the goal without losing a wicket.