Monday, November 10, 2008

Yousuf Kicks-off ICL Campaign with a BANG

Mohammad Yousuf, who "ditched" Pakistan for the Lahore Badshahs, kicked off his ICL stint on Friday with 3 boundaries in 3 deliveries before edging the ball to the keeper.

Yousuf began in emphatic fashion against the Dhaka Warriors on Friday as he walked to the crease at the fall of the 2nd wicket.

His first deivery was the first ball of the 5th over from the former Bangladesh pacer Tapash Baisya, which was cover driven in true Yousuf style.

No one looks more graceful when playing the cover drive than Yousuf.

The next delivery was hit past extra cover for another boundary, and the 3rd delivery was hit to the mid wicket fence as Yousuf raced to 12 runs of his first 3 deliveries in the ICL.

His ICL debut was shortlived though as Baisya induced an edge of the next delivery that went straight into Dhiman Ghosh's gloves.

Yousuf's next appearance, against the Chennai Superstars last night, was an ever more entertaining experience as his 4th wicket partnership with Inzamam Ul Haq provided nostalgic moments from the last decade.

Inzi and Yousuf have scripted a number of victories for Pakistan over the last 10 years and have been involved in a number of partnerships in the middle.

Last night was no different.

Inzi joined Yousuf in the 14th over with the Badshahs cruising on 141-3.

From there the pair added another 64 runs in only 6 overs to take the Badshahs to a match winning score of 211 in 20 overs.

Yousuf remained unbeaten on 40 off 28 deliveries that included 2 sixes and 3 boundaries, while Inzi scored 31 off 19 deliveries with a six and 4 hits to the fence.

The two will be in action again tonight against the Superstars in the 1st semi-final of the ICL 20-20 Championship.

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  1. Saqib Rabbani said...

    and they say yousuf cant play 20-20..... shame

  2. Q said...

    The PCB will regret their acts.

  3. SledgeHammer said...

    Badshahs into the finals, with Yousuf playing some form of an anchor.

    Great to see Inzi and Yousuf partnering up again.

  4. khansahab said...


    Inzamam is showing his class in the ICL matches these days.

    Yousuf may have the higher average and his shots may be more exquisite, but Inzi is pure class and a match winner.

  5. Q said...

    Inzi played a masterclass last night.. wat an innings!

  6. Q said...

    I agree Sledge.. it is amzing watching the 2 greats together again..

  7. scorpicity said...

    Shucks they kicked out Chennai Superkings, who were the best team in the tournament and yet again.

    A quick question q, did yousuf play in all those 20-20 domestic tournaments which happened recently in Pakistan?

    If so, did he perform really well.

  8. Q said...

    Chennai Superstars Scorps.. the superkings are part of the IPL ..

    Yousuf played in the domestic 20-20 matches in Pak.. he didn't do that well...

  9. Saqib said...

    Q, any chance you have a link where i could stream the icl matches online?

  10. Q said...

    I wouldnt know of that Saqib.

    Which part of the world are you in? I can ask some of my friends there...

    Im in Dubai and here the matches r shown on ten sports..

  11. Saqib said...

    i am in the u.s... not much cricket to be found here

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