Monday, October 6, 2008

Afridi downs Misbah!

The RBS National 20-20 Cup continued yesterday with 5 more matches as Pakistan Vice Captain Misbah found himself in a situation we have seen him in many a time.

The Faisalabad Wolves, winners of the 2005 domestic 20-20 title and runners up of the 2006 one, took on the Karachi Dolphins, runners up of the 2007 competition, in what was highlighted as the main event of the 2nd day of the tournament.

The match truly lived up to its potential.

Shahid Afridi won the toss and elected to bat first. The Dolphins' openers Khalid Latif (22) and Khurram Manzoor (34), both who have played a few ODIs for Pakistan this year, set about at a good pace putting together an opening partnership of 58 runs.

The rest of the Dolphin batsmen did not continue the good work the openers had done as their innings folded for 155.

Only Afridi who smashed 28 off only 12 balls could provide some impetus to the innings.

Saeed Ajmal, who had impressed one and all during the Asia Cup this year, was the pick of the bowlers for the Wolves picking up 3 wickets to bring the Dolphins innings to a halt.

156 should have been a gettable target for the Wolves, particularly with the likes of Hafeez and Misbah in the ranks but brilliant bowling by Afridi, Sohail Khan, and Anwar Ali left the Wolves stranded 8 runs short as their innings closed on 147-5 with Misbah stranded at the crease.

Requiring 14 to win of the final over, Misbah lost the strike of the 3rd ball and Ahmed Hayat could not get any of the next 3 deliveries away as Sohail Khan gave away only 5 runs in the crucial 20th over of the innings.

Misbah remained not out on 48 off 31 deliveries that included 4 sixes, while Sohail Khan ended with figures of 2-20 off his 4 overs.

Earlier, Afridi had done an outstanding job with the ball conceding only 16 runs in his 4 overs and picking up 2 wickets.

With 2 wins out of 2, the Dolphins look set to advance to the semi finals.

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  1. Straight Point said...

    so the killer punch freeze still haunts misbah?

  2. Q said...

    U got that right SP!

  3. Soulberry said...

    Is it possible Misbah perpetually comes too low down the order and finds himself stranded?

  4. Q said...

    SB that could an argument but he batted at 4 in this match and usually bats at 5 for Pakistan. I don't see him coming higher than that - He's not a 1 down batsman.

    He's a finisher but the irony is that he has never actually finished :-)

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