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Pakistan Storms into Twenty20 Super8  – By Dr. Abdul Ruff Colachal


No wonder India is scared of Pakistan and annoyed with very existence of the Islamic state as a stiff competitor in the region. This is because; Pakistan team does things unexpected of terror India . Pakistan elegantly returned to the  20/20 when India media have already scripted an Obituary for Pakistani cricket, though  yet to be published, and was enjoying the  mere thought that one of the  tremendous hurdles  for the final was out prematurely. But Pakistan has a resurrection unexpectedly. Shahid Afridi carried Pakistan into the Super Eights at the expense of a spirited but outclassed Dutch side at Lord's, as he ripped his top-spinning legbreaks through a succession of bamboozled defences to deliver his team a thumping 82-run victory with the superb figures of 4 for 11 from four overs. For the Netherlands , the end came with unseemly haste as they lost their last nine wickets for 52 in 10.2 overs, but they still left the tournament with their heads held high after last week's unforgettable floodlit triumph over England .



The Pakistani cricket team, for no traceable reasons, was undergoing a phase of depression or fluctuation in the recent past, but it had reached the bottom level almost on the verge of the exit from the ill-fated 20/20 of this year. The weak disposition of a frightened display of skills just showcased the present state of Pakistani society which is now in a possible destabilizing mode. None seems to be serious there. I wrote a short note on June 08 immediately after the 3 consecutive defeats of Pakistan after it arrived in UK that Pakistan is gradually fading out of the cricket sport under the caption: Cricket fall of Pakistan ? Former Pakistan skipper Imran Khan correctly spotted the possible reasons for the debacle of his country's present team. It seems they tried to rectify the errors to some extent. But the selector of the Pakistani team unnecessarily quit the post in a hurry without offering any good suggestions.






With a very little international exposure on account of Indian terror activites and terror plank linking Pakistan with their terror blasts, Pakistan generally prefers to bowl first, but this time for a change they opted for bating first to put in place a formidable score. On June 10, the greater class and knowhow of the Pakistanis came to the fore. They produced a chastened display after their error-strewn effort against England at The Oval on Sunday, and though their batting was kept on a tight leash by some determined Dutch bowling, the prospect of defeat was never seriously entertained. Netherlands were set 176 for victory, but thanks to their superior net run-rate going into this game, they could still have gone through with a score of 151 or more.


After successive defeats three times in England so far during the current 20/20 series, Pakistan had been exposed very badly as the one of weakest cricket teams of the day, but a in a must win situation they fought vigorously to win a match against Netherlands which had defeated England in the opening match in London and now entered the Super 8. As the secular Indian media were ready with big banner news about the departure of Pakistan after Australia , Pakistan has stormed into the higher state of 20/20 super 8. Shocking the cricket world, Pakistan chose to bat. They needed to win by 25 runs to go through and settle in Super8. But Pakistan booked their place in the Super Eight stage of the World Twenty20 tournament, thrashing the Netherlands by 82 runs in a must-win Group B match for both teams at Lord's on 10 June. Riding on Shahid Afridi's haul of four wickets for 11 runs and Saeed Ajmal's three for 20, Pakistan , who needed win the match by a margin of 25 runs to qualify, dismissed the Dutch for a paltry 93 in 17.3 overs.




At 49 for 4 in the ninth over, the Dutch resistance had been all but crushed, and Afridi stepped forward to grind them down even further. After thrashing England , Netherlands were sure of a success, but were given a typically brief but belligerent start from their pinch-hitter, Darron Reekers, who smashed three fours from his first five balls including two stand-and-deliver slaps over long-on from Mohammad Aamer, but that, realistically, was as good as their run-chase got.  Afridi struck with the first ball of his third over, a full flat topspinner that flattened the leg stump. Two balls later, Daan van Bunge yorked himself as he charged down the track and was easily stumped for a duck, and though Ryan ten Doeschate stemmed the procession with a six over midwicket off Shoaib Malik, his same-over dismissal - again to a yorker-length stumping - reduced the score to a sorry 71 for 7. Afridi had time to claim one more wicket in his superlative four-over spell, as Edgar Schiferli flogged a lofted drive to deep mid-off, before Kamran Akmal completed his fourth stumping of the match - again off Ajmal - as Dirk Nannes was dragged out of his ground. It was left to Umar Gul to seal the contest with 14 balls to spare, when he splattered Pieter Seelaar's stumps with another full-length delivery.



The tone of the Pakistan performance was set during their six Powerplay overs, in which they raced to 50 for 1. Salman Butt, singled out by his captain after the England match for the woeful state of his fielding, responded with the aggression of a man whose job was on the line as he whipped his first ball, from Nannes, through midwicket for four, before launching Schiferli over the covers and into the Mound Stand for six. When Akmal found his range with a brace of sixes in consecutive overs, Pakistan 77 for 1 with 11 overs remaining, and looked as though they were pulling clear.






On 11 June, despite all “excellent delivery bounces”, England recorded their lowest total in a Twenty20 international as South Africa bowled them out for just 111 before easing to a seven-wicket win in the World Cup second round match on Thursday. Although England did well to contain South Africa in reply, ultimately they were never able to defend their paltry score as the Proteas reached 114 for three with 10 balls to spare. Jacques Kallis batted patiently for his 57 not out. SA lost two wickets towards the end of the match creating a panic situation.



On June 11, South Africa was looking to be the form team in the tournament as they thumped England by 7 wickets. It was a doodle in the park for SA as Kallis led them to victory with a composed innings of 57. England Run Rate of 5.6 forced the SA to go slow to reach the target without losing wickets. As it stood then, it was quite likely Pakistan would be faltering badly to reach even the semis. The final contests would be among South Africa , New Zealand and since Australia was thrown out of the series by Sri Lanka without letting it to enter the Super8, Lanka would replace it for the semis. Now Pakistan would also be in the semis. However, extra factors like luck, fluke, adjustments, agreements, match fixing, etc., would play their own games in the cricket 20/20 series as well. So, it is not easy to clearly state if South Africa would be world champions of 20/20. Recently, in the IPL India the best and but most unexpected Hyderabad team under Gilchrist got the trophy against all odds and despite the negative attitude of the team members.




Pakistan outclassed the Netherlands by 82 runs after losing tamely to England on Sunday, but Lawson was not surprised at the team’s stunning comeback to qualify for the Super Eights. Former Pakistan coach Geoff Lawson expects Pakistan to qualify for the ICC World Twenty20 semi-finals, after a morale-boosting victory over the Netherlands in a must-win Group C match. It seems cricket is moving towards shorter versions of the game and Ten10 is on the cards, because the matches would be over quickly leaving less strains the poor people watching the shows.


Just before the match, skipper Younis said: "It looks a hard pitch. If we can score 180-190, it will be hard for them." But the Netherlands captain Smits was damn sure about a victory against a weak Pakistan : "We will take the confidence out of our previous game. We saw Pakistan play on Sunday against England .  We are confident." But Netherlands showed from a similar position against England that they are a side who will not give up. Younis dented ten Doeschate's figures by clearing his front foot to swipe Pakistan ’s fourth six of the innings, then belted Seelaar for two more in two balls to hoist his team past 150 with 15 balls remaining. Afridi would later go on to show with the ball, sometimes there is simply no stopping him. When the mood takes them, there is sometimes no stopping Pakistan either.

Pakistan 's captain, Younis Khan, may have derided Twenty20 matches as "fun" after their defeat against England . Younis Khan rightly says "he has not given so much importance to T20. But as the captain he has to take it seriously now and show to the world that even with reservations about the 20/20, Pakistan has done extremely well.



There was clinical approach about the Pakistan ’s handling of the cricket crisis to win the match. Obviously, both South Africa and Pakistan , the runners up last time, are now threats to Indian cricket 20/20 as well now. India media have already congratulated the West Indies for their “outstanding victory” when WI defeated Australia June 06 to enter the Super 8 and hopefully they on behalf of India would do so today in favor of WI against India  on 12 June as well.



Dr. Abdul Ruff Colachal

Independent Researcher in World Affairs, The only Indian to have gone through entire India, a fraud and terror nation,
South Asia

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Replied by(ketlord) Replied on (13/Jun/2009)

Pakistanis are the best but sometimes they can not controll themselves and they lose as u see against Srilanka....
I think shahzeb and Abdul Razzaq will do more good.
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