Showing posts with label Pakistan cricket. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Pakistan cricket. Show all posts

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq wins the ICC Spirit of Cricket Award.

Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq has won the ICC Spirit of Cricket Award.



The 42-year-old was adjudged the winner for inspiring his side to play the game in its true spirit, at the same time lifting the Pakistan cricket team from number-four to number-one on the MRF Tyres ICC Test Team Rankings. Remarkably, this was achieved without playing any Test matches in his home country.

Misbah is the first Pakistan player to win the award with the previous winners being MS Dhoni (2011), Daniel Vettori (2012), Mahela Jayawardena (2013), Katherine Brunt (2014) and Brendon McCullum (2015). New Zealand also won this award in 2004, 2009 and 2010, England in 2005 and 2006, and Sri Lanka in 2007 and 2008.

Commenting on the news, Misbah said: “I feel honoured and humbled to have won the ICC Spirit of Cricket Award. To lift the Test mace earlier this year and now this in the twilight of my career, is a message for every athlete that age is not a barrier as long as the sportsperson maintains highest fitness levels and continues to perform up to international standards.

“As a team, we have focused on playing within the rich traditions of the sport with a positive mindset and approach so that we can entertain the spectators and fans, and at the same time, challenge the oppositions. I am glad that this has been noticed and recognised by the game’s governing body.”

Monday, February 8, 2016

​West Indies stuns Pakistan by five wickets to enter semi-finals




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West Indies stuns Pakistan by five wickets to enter semi-finals

Umaid's brilliant 113 goes in vain as half-centuries by Hetmyer and Imlach help the Windies chase down Pakistan's 227 with 10 overs to spare

·       West Indies squares off against host Bangladesh in second semi-final on Thursday

·       India meets Sri Lanka in Tuesday's first semi-final on Tuesday

Hetmyer and Imlach


Skipper Shimron Hetmyer and Tevin Imlach hit half-centuries as the West Indies upset Pakistan by five wickets to cruise into the semi-finals of the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup in Bangladesh on Monday.

Hetmyer scored 52 and Imlach made 54 to ensure a gallant 113 by Umaid Masood went in vain as the West Indies surpassed Pakistan's 227 for six with 10 overs to spare in Fatullah.

The West Indies take on host Bangladesh in the second semi-final in Mirpur on Thursday. India plays Sri Lanka in the first semi-final at the same venue on Tuesday.

Pakistan's defeat prevented an all-Asian semi-final despite Umaid's man of the match-winning performance, but the West Indies played better all-round cricket to emerge deserved winner.

Umaid came to the crease in the 15th over with Pakistan struggling at 40 for four and rebuilt the innings in the company of Salman Fayyaz after half the side was back in the hut by the 21st over.

Umaid, who had scored 13 not out and 10 in previous matches in the tournament, hit 15 boundaries and two sixes before he was out in the final over.


Salman remained unbeaten on a defiant half-century, which included three hits to the fence and a six.

The revival came after a two-wicket burst by seamer Chemar Holder and fiery fast bowling by Alzarri Joseph, who conceded just 28 runs in his 10 overs.

Once Joseph's spell finished in the 36th over, Pakistan added a further 109 runs to set the West Indies a challenging target.

The Caribbean flair was evident as the West Indies raced to 100 for one by the 16th over.

Hetmyer and Imlach put on 77 for the second wicket to take the score to 122 for one, before two needless run outs saw the total slip to 147 for four.

Shamar Springer was the fifth batsman to fall for 37 when 38 runs were still needed for victory, but Jyd Goolie (26 not out) and Keemo Paul (24 not out) saw their side home.

"This is a wonderful result for us," said Hetmyer. "It feels good to be through to the semi-finals.

"We just stuck to our plans and executed what we had worked on at practice. It was probably a good toss to lose because our bowlers did very well to take those early wickets."

Pakistan's captain Zeeshan Malik congratulated the West Indies, but felt his team should have defended its score.

"Our plan had been to get around 235 because we had the bowlers who were capable of defending it," he said. "I thought we put up a good score despite the poor start.

"But I must give credit to the West Indies batsmen for playing so aggressively and chasing down the target."

Meanwhile, Zimbabwe upset the tournament's defending champion South Africa by eight wickets to enter the Plate Championship final for teams that finished outside the top eight.

Left-arm seamer Richard Ngarava grabbed four for 10 in nine overs as South Africa was shot out for 91, a modest target that Zimbabwe overtook in 22 overs after an unbeaten 34 from Jeremy Ives.

Zimbabwe will take on the winner of the other semi-final between Afghanistan and New Zealand in the final on 12 February.

In a play-off for minor placings, Scotland defeated Fiji by 76 runs in another Plate match in Cox's Bazar.

Scores in brief:
Super League quarter-final: West Indies beat Pakistan by five wickets in Fatullah
Pakistan 227-6, 50 overs (Umaid Masood 113, Salman Fayyaz 58 not out; Chemar Holder 2-26)
West Indies 229-5, 40 overs (Tevin Imlach 54, Shimron Hetmyer 52, Shamar Springer 37)


Plate Championship semi-final: Zimbabwe beat South Africa by eight wickets in Cox's Bazar
South Africa 91 all out, 39.5 overs (Rivaldo Moonsamy 32; Richard Ngarava 4-10, Rugare Magarira 2-11)
Zimbabwe 94-2, 22 overs (Jeremy Ives 34 not out, Ryan Murray 26 not out)


Plate Championship play-off (13th place): Scotland beat Fiji by 76 runs in Cox's Bazar
Scotland 225 all out, 48.1 overs (Finlay McCreath 60, Owais Shah 39; Cakacaka Tikoisuva 4-46)
Fiji 149 all out, 42.2 overs (Peni Vuniwaqa 80; Cameron Sloman 3-30, Finlay McCreath 3-48)


Forthcoming matches
9 Feb - India v Sri Lanka, Mirpur (Super League semi-final)
9 Feb - New Zealand v Afghanistan, Cox's Bazar (Plate Championship semi-final)
9 Feb – Nepal v Pakistan, Fatullah (5th place play/off semi-final)
10 Feb – England v Namibia, Fatullah (5th place play/off semi-final)
10 Feb – Ireland v Scotland, Cox's Bazar (13th/14th place play/off)
11 Feb - Bangladesh v West Indies, Mirpur (Super League semi-final)
11 Feb – 7th place play/off, Fatullah (teams TBC)
11 Feb – Canada v Fiji, Cox's Bazar (15th /16th place play/off)

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

ICC U19 CWC : Pakistan tops Group B after beating Sri Lanka #U19CWC




Pakistan tops Group B after beating Sri Lanka

·         Hasan Mohsin stars with 86 and two wickets in 23-run win

·         Pakistan meet the West Indies in fourth quarter-final on 8 February

·         Namibia face India in second quarter-final in Fatullah on Saturday

·         Sri Lanka take on England on 7 February


Pakistan rode on a fine all-round performance by Hasan Mohsin to defeat Sri Lanka by 23 runs in the last league match and top Group B in the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup in Bangladesh on Wednesday.
Mohsin top-scored with 86 and then rattled Sri Lanka with two early wickets as Pakistan fought back after being dismissed for 212 to bowl its rival out for 189 in Mirpur.

Pakistan will take on the West Indies in the fourth quarter-final in Fatullah on 8 February. Sri Lanka, which finished second in the group, meets England on 7 February in Mirpur.
Pakistan's total was built around Mohsin's attractive run-a-ball innings which was studded with eight hits to the fence and a six.

Pakistan was struggling at 96-4 after being sent in to bat on a hazy morning when Mohsin stepped in to stem the rot with a 61-run stand for the fifth wicket with Salman Fayyaz (33).
Mohsin, who was on 61 at the fall of the seventh wicket, smashed 23 runs in the 47th over bowled by seamer Asitha Fernando which included five runs for an overthrow.

Moshin was bowled in the next over, trying to reverse sweep left-arm spinner Damitha Silva, who finished with two wickets for 41 runs.
Thilan Nimesh and Wanidu Hasaranga also claimed two wickets each, but ambidextrous 17-year-old Kamindu Mendis caught the eye with his rare talent to bowl both right-arm off-breaks and left-arm spin.

Mendis gave away 21 runs in four wicketless overs.

Mohsin, who was later named man of the match, stung early in Sri Lanka's reply, grabbing the first two wickets by the sixth over with his medium-pace bowling.
Sri Lanka was reduced to 63-4 before Mendis, who bats left-handed, scored 68 and Vishad Randika made 46 while adding 84 for the fifth wicket.
Pakistan kept the pressure on the batsmen to clinch victory in the 47th over as leg-spinner Shadab Khan finished with three for 31 runs. Sameen Gul, Mohsin and Ahmad Shafiq shared six wickets between them.

Pakistan captain Zeeshan Malik said defeating Sri Lanka had lifted the team's morale for the quarter-final against the West Indies.

"I think we played very good cricket today, both with the bat and ball," he said. "Mohsin was very good but all the bowlers did well.

"We look forward to our quarter-final and hopefully we will go beyond that as well."

Sri Lanka's captain Charith Asalanka blamed the defeat on the batsmen's inability to string partnerships, but said his team did not fear England.

"The batting went wrong today," he said. "The top order batsmen couldn't score runs and form partnerships. Mendis and Randika had a good stand but we couldn't do our job in the end.

"England is a good side. We played each other in December. But I think the conditions will support us. Our spinners are in good form, so I think this will be an advantage for us."
  
Scores in brief:

   Group B - Pakistan beat Sri Lanka by 23 runs in Mirpur
   Pakistan 212 all, 48.4 overs (Hasan Mohsin 86, Salman Fayyaz 33; Damitha Silva 2-41, Thilan Nimesh 2-38, Wanidu Hasaranga 2-30)
   Sri Lanka 189 all out, 46.4 overs (Kamindu Mendis 68, Vishad Randika 46; Shadab Khan 3-31, Sameen Gul 2-29, Hasan Mohsin 2-28, Ahmad Shafiq 2-23)

Thursday's matches:
    4 Feb - South Africa v Ireland; New Zealand v Scotland, Cox's Bazaar
Quarter-finals (Super League)
  5 Feb - Bangladesh v Nepal, Mirpur
  6 Feb - India v Namibia, Fatullah
  7 Feb - England v Sri Lanka, Mirpur
  8 Feb - Pakistan v West Indies, Fatullah

Quarter-finals (Plate Championship):
 5 Feb - Afghanistan v Fiji; Canada v Zimbabwe, Cox's Bazaar


Points table
Group A

Team
Played
Won
Lost
NNR
Points

Bangladesh
3
3
0
+2.15
6

Namibia
3
2
1
+0.03
4
South Africa
3
1
2
-0.02
2
Scotland
3
0
3
-2.35
0

Group B

Team
Played
Won
Lost
NNR
Points
Pakistan
3
3
0
+0.97
6
Sri Lanka
3
2
1
+1.37
4
Afghanistan
3
1
2
-0.06
2
Canada
3
0
3
-2.64
0

Group C

Team
Played
Won
Lost
NNR
Points
England
3
3
0
+3.26
6
West Indies
3
2
1
+1.35
4
Zimbabwe
3
1
2
-0.03
2
Fiji
3
0
3
-5.15
0

Group D

Team
Played
Won
Lost
NNR
Points
India
3
3
0
+2.58
6
Nepal
3
2
1
+0.03
4
New Zealand
3
1
2
-0.81
2
Ireland
3
0
3
-1.70
0

      Top two sides from each group will progress to the Super League stage while the bottom two sides will feature in the Plate Championship



Monday, January 25, 2016

Youngster Nicholls inspires Black Caps to Pakistan by 70 runs

A solid 82 by Henry Nicholls followed by a ninth-wicket batting blitz carried New Zealand to a convincing 70-run victory in the opening one-day international against Pakistan in Wellington on Monday.

In reply to New Zealand's 280-8, Pakistan were skittled out for 210 with four overs remaining.
Nicholls apart, New Zealand's recognised run-makers struggled against a fired-up Pakistan attack, with the other six batsmen in the top seven contributing just 47 in total.
The hosts were in a perilous position at 99-6 before Mitchell Santner joined Nicholls in a 79-run stand for the seventh wicket.
Matt Henry and Mitchell McClenaghan then added 73 off 33 balls in a closing onslaught to ensure a target which eventually proved too much for Pakistan.

The tourists were bowled out for 210 after 46 overs as they chased New Zealand's 280 for eight.
Trent Boult took four wickets for 40 runs, including the final scalp of giant pace man Mohammad Irfan, who he bowled for a duck.


All-rounder Grant Elliott chimed in with three for 43 as the hosts got by without McLenaghan.

Mitchell McClenaghan is forced from the field injured during the ODI against Pakistan at the Basin Reserve,


 Copyright Photo.: Grant Down / www.photosport.nz
Mitchell McClenaghan is forced from the field injured during the ODI against Pakistan at the Basin Reserve
Photo: Photosport

The Black Caps made a stunning recovery after losing the toss and being sent in to bat.
They were 99 for six after 22 overs and one ball, before batsman Henry Nicholls made 82 in a crucial 79-run partnership for the seventh wicket with all-rounder Mitchell Santner, who struck 48.

Bowler Matt Henry then chimed in with an unbeaten 48, while Boult hit a four off the only delivery he faced, right at the end of their innings.
Both opening batsmen Martin Guptill and Tom Latham fell inside three deliveries early on for 11.
Then the captain Kane Williamson and all-rounder Grant Elliott were bowled, also within three balls, for 10 and a duck respectively.

Corey Anderson was caught for 10 soon after, followed by wicketkeeper Luke Ronchi for just five to have the hosts 99 for six after 21 overs and one ball.
But Nicholls stuck around with Santner and their fortunes turned. Nicholls was named man of the match afterwards.
Henry Nicholls bats during the 1st ODI cricket match between the New Zealand Black Caps and Pakistan at the Basin Reserve.

Henry Nicholls was named man of the match
It wasn't clear until the toss whether Colin Munro or Latham would come into the top order in place of the injured Ross Taylor for the Black Caps.

Taylor suffered a left-side strain during the Black Caps' T20 win over Pakistan in Wellington on Friday.

In the end, Latham came in to open with Nicholls first drop. There was no room for Munro.
The second of the three one day matches is in Napier on Thursday.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Genius vs Dumb - Why cricket is a Mind Game - Video

Genius vs Ordinary – 1 ball 1 run 1 clever trick: Here we have two occasions when the last ball thriller was set up by the Wicket-keepers. On one occasion, the batting team makes full use of the loop-hole and clinches the match, while, on the other occasion, a smart move by the keeper sets the record straight for his team. Let’s have a look at how the events unfolded.
The game was closing up for a nail-biting finish, as Venkatesh Prasad ran in to bowl the final delivery. Pakistan needed 1 run to win from 1 ball, with 2 wickets in hand. A fake run up by Prasad led the Pakistani tail-ender to wait for the final delivery.
Prasad comes in again as the Saqlain misses the completely. The non-striker ran his way to complete the single, while the keeper missed the stumps from the distance. Pakistan went on to win the thriller by 1 wicket.
On the next occasion, situation looked similar with South Africa needing 1 run to win from 1 ball. Kabir Ali was set to bowl the last ball, while South African all-rounder Andrew Hall was on strike. England wicket-keeper Jones came up to the stumps to avoid a single.Andrew Hall failed to make a contact with the ball, as his big bat swing missed the white leather completely. Jones moved smartly to stump Hall and finish the game for a tie.

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