Friday, July 16, 2010
Now North gets onto the honours board!
As far as the match was concerned, on a good pitch for batting, Pakistan's batsmen played poor shots to gift their wickets away. Butt played a lazy shot to get out. Actually, the credit has to go to Paine for coming up with a fine stumping. If that wasn't enough, Umar Akmal played another bad shot as North got his second though, it has to be said that ball did seem to bounce off the rough, Umar's elder brother tried to play another slog and got out, Afridi played like he always does to gift his wicket to North, the tailender Ameer followed in other batsmen's footsteps to gift yet another wicket to North. Pakistan were soon bowled out for 289 to hand the Aussies an easy victory.
Actually, just a few days back, I was thinking about North being dropped from the team, but now he has got a five wicket haul. Yes, credit has to go to him for being persistent, but Pakistan helped him by playing a few slogs.
So, it has been a strange test match as to start with, the injury prone Watson got a five wicket haul, Hilfy scored a fifty and now the mother of all surprises, North getting a five wicket haul. A few things though never change like Afridi slogging and getting out and another defeat for Pakistan against Australia. Australia haven't lost a single match to Pakistan since 1995 and in that period, have won 14 out of 16 tests. In fact, if my memory serves me right, Australia have won all their last 13 matches against Pakistan!