Day 2, Wellington

Iain O Brien is the most down to earth fast bowler today. He’s a gentleman cricketer and all his aggression lies in his bowling. He puts his heart out every single ball and any captain will be pleased to have such a dedicated resource. His bouncers have been really quick and the Pakistan batsmen have struggled to cope with them. With such intensity, a slower ball could be an extremely effective weapon in his armory. I was shocked to see the news of his retirement and NZ cricket will severely miss his services.

After 161 for 6 overnight, Dan would have badly wanted to skittle Pakistan out for less than 200. Fair expectations but Kamran got going. And when the tail wags, there is increased frustration in the fielding team. Here is where a coach should plan a ‘demolish the tail’ package. The fielding team expects the tail to fold up instead of actually attacking the lower order batsmen. Vettori himself was delivering two quick balls per over out of frustration. I have never seen him do that.

 There was a huge off cutter by O Ber to Kamran and the overruled appeal was referred. After confirmation of NOT OUT, the batsman showed better body language and it looked as if it was a moral victory for the batsman.

The Pakistani lower order, for it’s part, didn’t expect so many runs out of itself and started playing too many aerial shots. They could have tried to occupy the crease more.

I admired the beauty of the sine wave of this series. Take this first innings for example. Farhat and Butt stayed together for 32 overs before stupid middle order batting brought them to 161 for 6. Kamran and Gul then helped Pakistan to 262.

And what followed that was shame. You practice there, it’s your fort, you know which strand of grass is longer, which one shorter and it’s criminal to get all out for ninety nine.

Full credit to the Pakistani bowling attack. The reason why Aameer’s picking regular early breakthroughs is his length. I love bowlers consistently bowling full lengths.

I thought Asif wasn’t quite running full steam. He was also a little slow on pace but very accurate.

People think Aameer is the man for the future and all that but we’ve seen enough ‘great prospects’ disappear all of a sudden. We cannot be sure. Due to the amount of cricket played today, almost every series needs a couple of new bowlers in the squads.

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2 Comments on “Day 2, Wellington”

  1. Tashi Says:

    “And what followed that was shame. You practice there, it’s your fort, you know which strand of grass is longer, which one shorter and it’s criminal to get all out for ninety nine.”

    Lovely piece of writing that.

  2. ragz Says:

    seconded


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