Cricket: Pakistan wins first match – was it Sri Lankan strategy?

Cricket: Pakistan wins first match – was it Sri Lankan strategy?

Cricket: Pakistan wins first match – was it Sri Lankan strategy?

Written by Staff Writer

05 Dec, 2014 | 7:37 am

Opening for the first time in a T20 international, Sarfraz Ahmed made a breezy unbeaten 76 to steer Pakistan to a seven-wicket win over New Zealand at the Dubai International Stadium. This is what happened when Sanath opened for Sri Lanka as he was also a lower order batsman when he started his career.

Sarfraz put on 51 with Awais Zia for the first wicket, and an unbroken 43 with Umar Akmal for the fourth wicket, to take Pakistan past their target of 136 with five balls remaining, Akmal ending the contest with a straight six off James Neesham.

Sarfraz had only batted once in his four previous T20 games for Pakistan, at number eight, and he quickly set about showing what a waste of talent that had been, slapping Mitchell McClenaghan to the point boundary and stepping down the track to the debutant fast bowler Matt Henry to sweep him over the fine-leg boundary.

New Zealand lost three wickets in their first three overs, each to a different bowler. Anwar Ali and Sohail Tanvir trapped Kane Williamson and Anton Devcich lbw, respectively, before Mohammad Irfan then consumed Ross Taylor with one that lifted from just back of a length and popped off the shoulder of the bat to point.

Martin Guptill and Anderson rebuilt the innings, picking up a boundary roughly every other over and putting on 46 off 41 balls. Guptill made 32 before Shahid Afridi bowled him through the gate with a slightly slower ball. Finally they managed to score 135 for 7 only.

Thereby they lost their chance of winning the first game against Paskistan. Pakistan made a dramatic change to made some one from lower order to open the bat and successfully won the match by seven wickets.

Source : Cricinfo

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