Monday, February 25, 2008

Pentangular Trophy - Sohail Tanvir takes the Capital to Victory & Younis Khan Strikes another Ton.

Sohail Tanvir, who made his international debut last year, led the Federal Capital to a thumping innins win with an exhilirating all round performance on the 3rd day of the match against Baluchistan.

Following his 5 wicket haul in the first innings, Sohail, resuming his innings on 38 marched on to 132 to lead Federal Capital to a massive 597, leading Baluchistan by 344 in the first innings. Sohail hammered the listless Baluchistan bowling and scored his runs at a Strike Rate of over 75 hitting 19 boundaries and a six.

Federal Capital then bowled Baluchistan out for a meagre 132 with the man of the day, Sohail Tanvir, shining again and picking up 3-42 in 11 overs. Sohail finished with match figures of 8-108.

The 132 was Sohail Tanvir's 3rd first class hundred - few people knew that when he joined the international team during the T20 World Cup last year, he had a first class batting average of close to 40 and had 2 centuries and a few fifties under his belt. He showed the world his hitting prowess during the T20s and subsequent ODIs, however what he is truly capable of with both bat and ball was witnessed yesterday at the National Stadium in Karachi.

In the other match, skipper Younis Khan hit his 2nd century of the tournament to guide NWFP to a 1st innings lead over Punjab's all star line up. In a match that was billed as Younis Khan vs the rest of Pakistan's middle order, Younis came out on top with a brilliant 117 that was laced with 16 boundaries. NWFP ended day 3 on 392-7, 38 runs ahead of Punjab, and the match is headed towards a tame draw.

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  1. Anonymous said...

    Thanks for the update Q, much appreciated. I didnt know that Sohail Tanvir of all the people is a accomplished all rounder ( only had to take shoaib Akthar out of the equation)
    Younis khan among some runs, and for a change against a decent bowling line up ! i am kidding, eventhough i dont like him much he had proved his weight in gold in SOME recent matches. I only hope he converts that success into a series winning one rather than just be a match winner.

  2. Q said...

    AMK - Sohail Tanvir's story is that he started his career in domestic cricket as a middle order batsman who could bowl a bit about 2 years ago.

    Last year in April / May the PCB held a camp for allrounders with Wasim Akram and Tanvir attended that as a batting allrounder. Watching him bowl, Wasim bhai took him to the side and offered some tips and within minutes Tanvir was bowling outswingers from left arm over.

    During the T20 WC in Sept last year when Shoaib Ahtar returned after hitting Asif with the bat, Wasim Akram personally recommended Sohail Tanvir to Nasim Ashraf, who was then sent as the replacement.

    If you saw the ODIs against Zim in Jan u would have noticed that Tanvir has developed the inswinger from left arm over as well - again thanks to Wasim bhai.

    Only if the PCB can let go of their egos and have more people like Wasim and Waqar in reponsible positions, we could have many more match winners playing for Pakistan.

    We all know what Waqar did for Umar Gul and Asif.

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