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Asia Cup 2010

June 15, 2010

A new series has begun. Pakistan has got another chance to come back in swing before the World Cup. Today’s match was noticeable because of Shahid Afridi’s fine and sensible innings (109 of 76). It marked the return of both Shoaib Akhter and Shoaib Malik. Akhter’s return was fine (3 wickets in 10 overs with 41 runs and 1 maiden) except that he still struggles with his fitness but Malik (8 runs for 14 balls) needs to get in groove. He should remember that (good) cricket is the first and foremost thing he should be in the news for.

Salman Butt was out for naught. Shame! He’s got a plethora of experience on subcontinent wickets. Yet he failed to deliver.

Both the Akmal brothers got run out. Amazing! Pakistan is still struggling with basics like running between the wickets, coordination and fielding.

243 in 50 overs is pretty much getable score if most of the batsmen contribute towards the total. Unfortunately, that was’t the case.

Today was arguably Lasith Malinga’s day. His five wickets haul sealed Sri Lanka’s victory in that swinging match.

Let’s see how the series proceed.

PS: I liked the color and design of Pakistan team’s new kit. Hope they could perform too.

Addendum: Just read a Dawn Blog Ugly is the New Green today. The writer of that piece has slammed the color and design of the kit. First, I don’t see any problem with the color as long as it isn’t shocking and hard on eyes. Since I didn’t watch the match on TV so can’t tell whether it was or not. Second, who cares about the kit if Pakistan team performs well. Honestly, for a long time I found yellow in Australian cricket team’s kit horrendous but they are the true champions.

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7 Comments leave one →
  1. June 16, 2010 9:57 am

    Asia cup is started with the interested opening match between Pakistan and Srilanka. so all the

    dreamers of cricket wants to watch again India and Pakistan Match.
    so watch live and give the comments about the whole matches are specially Indo, Pak match.

    http://www.livetv.pk

  2. June 16, 2010 2:09 pm

    preda mari da de topic khowand neshta…..

  3. June 16, 2010 2:39 pm

    wale neshta…da kho bus da maze maze khabare de….did u read yesterday newspaper? Although the news was very typical of any pakistani newspaper but it attracted me. I have access to e-newspaper so i read it in express newspaper..Let me send you the link

    http://www.express.com.pk/epaper/PoPupwindow.aspx?newsID=1100970028&Issue=NP_ISB&Date=20100615

    check this. May be the news does not seems very new but it i was really sad. Pata neshta da Paktano da mind ba kala change ke ge….
    Dunyia daka da maslao na….ta ta cricket akhkara sho….anyway keep it up…I am also starting to write a blog…but time melo shi nu….

    • Adnan permalink
      June 17, 2010 2:27 pm

      Kamran,

      I am sorry to read this sad news. It’s so sad that for us, this is not even a news now because it’s become a routine in our country and society. Let’s pray and hope that education and time will change the minds of all of us not only Pakhtoons but also Punjabi’s, Sindhi’s and Balochi people. It’s a common case in each of the province of our beloved country.

  4. Adnan permalink
    June 16, 2010 5:44 pm

    Hi Ayesha,

    How are U?? It’s been long time since I last visited your blog. I agree with your blog about Asia Cup, Pak Performance and the New Kit for our team. It looks really good on our players and when I began to watch the match, I noticed a very positive change not only in the colour of their kit but also in their performance. They took some wickets, fielded well and Afridi played a captain’s knock. We gave away some 20 to 30 extra runs and that’s why we lost the match. I don’t agree with you that the score was gettable. The pitch wasn’t playing well and with the poor lights, the chase would always going to be a tough task. Anyways, All in all, it was a nice performance from our team.

    • June 21, 2010 5:53 pm

      Hi,
      I’m fine but was rather upset about Pakistan’s early exit from the series! 😀 See I’m laughing!

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