Saturday, May 1, 2010
Decent effort by Afghanistan
I thought the Afghan team put up a decent show with the bat as 115 isn't a bad score for a team playing in a big match. Noor Ali was the most impressive of all their batsmen as he played late and was able to use the crease well against the spinners. I really liked the forcing shot of the back foot that Noor Ali played of Kumar and deservedly got a half century. Stanikazi showed decent footwork against spin and the six he hit of Jadeja was a classy shot. He also smashed a few lusty sixes by using the effective slog sweep.
Usually, any inexperienced team would be very nervous and throw their wickets away, but leaving Sadiq, who played shots that were fit for tennis played on hard courts, the rest of the batsmen, showed decent technique. Yes, Nehra got a few wickets by bowling short pitch stuff, but one can't expect their batsmen to get into a good position to play the pull shot in their first match.
Overall a good effort with the bat and next up, I'm looking forward to watching the trio of Hassan, the tall Shapoor Zadran and Nabi bowl!!!
Edit :So, it wasn't a bad effort with the ball either. Yes, the Indian batsmen seemed to be in no hurry as they were chasing a low target, but the Afghan team have shown in this match that they are not going to get overawed by the big boys.
The Afghan team have a decent variety in the attack as Zadran is a big unit and gets a bit of bounce, though as expected he is raw and has to work a bit on his run up, standing taller at the point of delivery and his seam position, but he does have the talent. Nabi has a decent action for a off spinner, though as expected the Indian batsmen went after him. Indian batsmen are always good against spin. The leg spinner, Saimullah too has a decent action and got Raina with a quicker ball. Hassan is nippy and bowls a bit like the former South African all-rounder Hall. Hassan though, for a change used the red headband! For India, the young Vijay was again impressive.
Afghanistan have to improve their fielding, still was a good effort against a strong team like India.