Test Match Gone Sour

Some critical views were made about the dead pitch in Lahore which was a batting paradise scoring upwards of 1100 runs in the four days the teams played. The blame game started immediately after the match was drawn, the coaching staff and Captain blamed BCCP and they in turn blamed the wicket craftsmen. We all kept our fingers crossed hoping the Faisalabad wicket would prove to be some sort of a match winning pitch but as the players come off for tea. The batsmen have again enjoyed a mardi gras party scoring a massive total of 1600 runs until tea of the 5th day and still counting.

Critical to the Pakistan team – I remain puzzled as to why they continue to bat beyond tea with a massive lead of 400 under its belt, it seems as if they planned for a draw well before lunch on day 5 and had no intention of making it a match for any reason, it was simply treated as a round of net having the *Indians* bowl to them. Whatever the motive I feel they should have declared with a lead of 300 and have a run for the Indian wickets. After tea the Indians have shown their frustration by having their wicketkeeper Dhoni come to bowl, more as a show of frustration indicating to Pakistan that this is a lost cause.

We now only await the pitch status at Karachi and hope that the one day series would be a thriller and not a bore, maybe a pitch better suited for our pacers, would make the game tempting to say the least, Karachi One-dayer is the last of the series and I sincrely hope that Karachi match could be series decider.

8 Comments so far

  1. Zain (unregistered) on January 25th, 2006 @ 4:18 pm

    u r right may be pakistanis are afraid to lose
    although i dont think so
    further more why arent they peparing bowling wikets
    and what do ya think about dhoni bowling. were htey trying to mock us or repeating history

  2. Teeth Maestro (unregistered) on January 25th, 2006 @ 4:54 pm

    Dhoni coming into bowl was I agree they were trying to mock us. ;)

  3. Zag (unregistered) on January 25th, 2006 @ 6:47 pm

    Nice review doc, however…..

    well, first of all, its PCB and not BCCP :)

    Secondly, the reason pakistan didn’t tried to make the match out of it was because there was no need to take such a gigantic risk, especially when the series is leveled and there is one more match to go. Pakistan certainly didn’t had any sort of trumpcard in the bowling department who could work miracle on this pitch and getting India out in 45 overs would have been next to impossible. However, Indian batting has the firepower to make 350+ runs in 45 overs, especially on this kind of pitch, so it would have beeen suicidle to declare at that moment. Had Pakistan declared and lost, you would have been roasting them for that exact reason :)

    Dhoni was allowed to bowl more out of frustation…. cuz they couldn’t get the two Ys out no matter what they did. However, the treatment metted out to him by out batsmen was enough to send him back to his rightful place…

    After the two matches, it is a sure fire bet that KArachi pitch is going to be a result oriented one, because otherwise they are going to run the risk of killing the charm of Pak-Ind encounters….

    oh and the reason they probably didn’t made the pitched bowler friendly is because the last time india came here, tehy prepared all bowler friendly pitches and pakistan lost both test and one day series….

  4. Adnan (unregistered) on January 25th, 2006 @ 7:01 pm

    i agree with ZAG that pakistan did the right thing by not declaring as 300-350 would have been chased by indian batsmen (i belive) with they having DHONI SEHWAG SACHIN soo i think we should only blame the pitch and PCB (BCCP :Pp)

    ohh ya when pakistan came into bowling and afridi and younis wree given the ball i was surprised …….i think no matter the game was heading for a draw shoaib n asif should have been given the ball not blaming the captain as from what i saw on TV it seemed as if shoaib DID NOT ACCEPTED to bowl despite younis khan giving him the ball (THATS BAD)

  5. Neoxeekhrobe (unregistered) on January 26th, 2006 @ 6:38 am

    IMHO, 5 days of cricket is a waste of time. Further IMHO, the one days should be reduced to 60 total overs. 30 for each side.

  6. Shiraz (unregistered) on January 26th, 2006 @ 7:35 am

    Dont get me wrong guys, but Shoaib needs to fix his attitude. I think his attitude towards the players and being his own team or the opposite teams members, he doesnt seem to care for em. He doesnts even care for the umpires. Yes he is good but the way he behaves, it really sux. He thinks too much of himself. He was talking so much trash before even the serious started with India and now what where did it lead to? I think cricket is a team sport not individual one. Shoaib only cares about himself. Being just fast isn’t everything. You have to be good and respected. I have seen him time and time again getting too over confident and losing it. If he wants to play on the team then he should be a team player. If he doesnt then maybe he should just leave and someone else fill his spot. We have more than enough talented guys waiting to get on the squad. At the end of the day someone has to lose. Thats what its all about. Why dont they make it what it is. If we lose playing hard then we lose there is no shame in that, but come on lets make it an interesting game. I think we have a good enough team to play against any team in the world. Lets play the game and stop with the trash talking going back and forth. I hope the next match is a good one cause im getting bored of this series.

  7. Kashif Aziz (unregistered) on January 28th, 2006 @ 12:54 am
  8. Barbara (unregistered) on March 3rd, 2006 @ 4:20 am

    deoimezo uytoeti

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