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Pakistan’s World Cup weapon: Bowling

Pakistan’s bowling attack will have to step up if the team is looking to do better than the previous two editions of the World Cup. Historically, Pakistan have done well when their bowling has lived up to expectations and this time would be no different. The conditions will assist only those who are willing to exploit them. The pitches in Sri Lanka are slow with low bounce therefore bowling has to be spot on. The warm conditions will wear out the ball quicker, assisting reverse swing, but at the same time dew will set in. It’s difficult to grip and ...

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Will ICC investigate the England vs India match?

I was unable to understand why England was unable to secure a victory against India in the recent Group B World Cup match until I heard the breaking news on TV. Shane Warne’s Twitter prediction, although it reached me late, resolved the whole matter. Warne wrote on his Twitter account: warne888 Shane Warne Looking forward to the game between india and England today should be a cracker… My prediction a tie ! Soon after the match ended, Warne tweeted again: warne888 Shane Warne Before u think there was something untoward re prediction of a tie, thought it was going to be a cracker-tie was tongue ...

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Beating Sri Lanka: Junaid must play today!

Pakistan take on Sri Lanka in the teams’ first high-profile clash after both disposed of minnows Kenya and Canada with ease. The two teams face each other in Colombo where the pitch offers more assistance to the bowlers than other venues in Sri Lanka. And no matter how much both former world champions want to rely on spinners throughout their campaigns, fast-bowlers will play a crucial role in the campaign. Pakistan had a three-man pace attack in their first match comprising Shoaib Akhtar, Umar Gul and Abdul Razzaq. But that was because the pitch in Hambantota was known to be a ...

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Pakistan cricketers: Fitness key to batting form

The endless late nights comprising hours of pajama cricket have commenced, Black Eyed Peas is blaring out after every boundary scored and the countless commercials will play for the next six weeks. Perhaps what keeps most Pakistani cricket fanatics up at night is debating their side’s batsmen and their batting order. ‘Why don’t they move this person down and they should play this guy’ are just two of the comments thrown at me continuously over the past three years. My batting expertise comprises slogging a Shoaib Akhtar half-tracker that he lobbed at me when I first arrived at the NCA on ...

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Sri Lanka vs Pakistan: Momentum should be taken forward

It was a pleasant sight to watch Shahid Afridi use his experience against Kenya. Pakistan had set a daunting target and he opted to bowl with an attacking field and returned with a record performance, an epitome of the captain leading from the front. Abdul Rehman, however, went for a defensive field and mainly bowled a flat trajectory. This was quite surprising given a spinning pitch with the minnows facing a huge target. He should’ve bowled with a positive frame of mind, taking wickets with added close-in fielders. That would’ve given him a few scalps too and provided him with added confidence ...

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World Cup 2011: Spinning a web

The sub-continent pitches have always been spin friendly and that’s one of the reasons why India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka have always produced great spinners. In the last World Cup held in these countries (1996), slow bowlers took the most wickets for all the four semi-finalists (joint, in case of Australia). Look at the line-ups of two sub-continental favourites, India and Sri Lanka. Both have selected three specialist spinners in their World Cup side. In addition, they have really useful part-timers. All of Pakistan’s pool games are in Sri Lanka. The spin provided by the pitch should be present but at ...

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A World Cup without the trio

For Salman Butt, Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Asif, February 5 is judgment day – the day when their future in cricket will be decided. As the court’s verdict is pending, there are many questions floating in the minds of avid cricket lovers; will the players get a fair trial or is the ICC hell bent on making an example out of them? Are they really guilty of those charges? Setting these questions aside – as the answers will be given to us soon- I want to reflect on how their possible exclusion from the World Cup squad will affect the team ...

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Yusuf Pathan: A man to fear

A brutal innings by Yusuf Pathan didn’t manage to score a win against South Africa in yesterday’s match, but it did signal intent from a side aspiring to make it big once again in limited overs cricket. Obviously, Pathan is a man to be reckoned with in his current form. Ball meets boundary Anything in his hitting zone clears the boundary, and South Africa learned that the hard way during the third ODI where his blitz won the match for India, who were again on the back foot in the final ODI when at 119 for 8, Pathan decided to make a ...

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Kiwis tour: Finally, a series win!

Pakistan drew the second test against New Zealand on Wednesday and claimed their first series victory since 2006. Just when it looked like Misbahul Haq and Younus Khan would make a win or draw for New Zealand inconceivable, the demise of Younus changed the setting; he had held the innings together with a superb and confident 81 runs. But unpredictability is what makes Pakistani cricket truly delightful; the opposition always has a chance. They are rarely locked out completely, and this makes for exciting cricket. What Younus’s dismissal meant – apart from a chance at victory for New Zealand – was ...

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Pakistan will bring this World Cup home!

Cricket has been plagued by so much controversy of late due to the spot-fixing allegations, that most Pakistanis have no hope that we can win matches in the World Cup 2011, and most are far from assuming that we will even dream to reach the final. I strongly disagree. I am pretty confident that our team – yes, the Pakistan cricket team – will win this World Cup and bring cricket and the trophy back to Pakistan. Our players can take on the world We must not forget that we have had wins along with the losses, and what we can learn from ...

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